2019 Film Log (New: Bird Island)

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FYI:
8mm/16mm/35mm/70mm indicates that what I saw was a film print.
DP indicates that what I saw was a Digital Projection in a theatre.
3D indicates that I saw a theatrical presentation and was encouraged to watch the picture while wearing some sort of special lens(es) (Polarized, Anaglyph, ChromaDepth, Pulfrich, Prismatic, et al). If I saw a feature-length film in 3D at home, the title of the film will be succeeded by “[3D]”.
– All others were from Blu-Rays, downloads, television, etc.
– A plus sign (+) at the beginning of a line indicates that I had seen this film before.

Furthermore:
– I only assign numerical ratings to films that are at least 40 minutes long.
– “Inc.” in lieu of a rating indicates that I don’t think that this screening was an accurate enough presentation of the film for me to make a quality judgment, either because it was a work-in-progress cut, or there weren’t English subtitles for a foreign language film, or the projector broke/sound cut out/the print burned, or an ass in the theatre distracted me with too much talking/popcorn eating, or whatever.
– I don’t log W/Os.
– I do log short films (≤ 39min.), sans ratings, but only those viewed either from a film print or in an official theatrical context (i.e., where there is published documentation that the screening of this particular film took place). Why these conditions? The main reason I never logged shorts before 2015 is that my OCD had prevented me from distinguishing between short films, television commercials, music videos, random viral clips, etc.; I didn’t want to log everything, and I didn’t want to be arbitrarily discriminating what I logged and what I didn’t. This (admittedly still arbitrary) fix allows me to narrow it down to only short films proper (whatever that means, etc.), which will almost exclusively consist of avant-garde works. These films will appear below in italics.

 

And that translates to:

A+	9.4 - 10.0	[Top 10 of All Time contender]
A	8.6 - 9.3	[Masterpiece]
A-	7.8 - 8.5	[Pretty great; Near-masterpiece]
B+	7.0 - 7.7	[Kinda great; Contender for Top 10 of its year]
B	6.2 - 6.9	[Has a special something]
B-	5.4 - 6.1	[Solid]
C+	4.6 - 5.3	[Doesn't arouse any particularly strong emotions either way]
C	3.8 - 4.5	[Useless; Mediocre; Significantly flawed]
C-	3.0 - 3.7	[What a failure]
D+	2.2 - 2.9	[What-a-failure with cheese]
D	1.4 - 2.1	[Grating]
D-	0.6 - 1.3	[Offensively horrific; Horrifically offensive]
F	0.0 - 0.5	[Worst of All Time consideration]

 

January

Cold Water (1994, Olivier Assayas) – 4.6

Paddington 2 (2017, Paul King) – 4.8

The Color Purple (1985, Steven Spielberg) 35mm – 5.9

The Old Man & the Gun (2018, David Lowery) – 5.6

Other Men’s Women (1931, William A. Wellman) 35mm – 6.2

The Polar Express [3D] (2004, Robert Zemeckis) – 6.3

The Last Race (2018, Michael Dweck) – 5.2

Ray Meets Helen (2017, Alan Rudolph) – 5.7

Crazy Rich Asians (2018, Jon M. Chu) – 4.1

Mission: Impossible—Fallout (2018, Christopher McQuarrie) – 6.5

Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler) – 4.8

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018, Ol Parker) – 4.5

Unstoppable (2010, Tony Scott) – Inc. [~5.5; Viewed on IFC in an ~85min. cut]

Unsane (2018, Steven Soderbergh) – 4.9

+Details of Pollock’s White Light (2019, Ken Jacobs) DP

+more than everything (2018, Rainer Kohlberger) 3D

+Twelve Tales Told (2014, Johann Lurf) 3D

+PROTOTYPE (2017, Blake Williams) 3D – H.i [same]

+Avatar [3D] (2009, James Cameron) – 5.4 [down from 6.0]

Life and Nothing More (2017, Antonio Méndez Esparza) – 6.3

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings [3D] (2018, Tsui Hark) – 3.9

Dovlatov (2018, Alexey German Jr.) – 4.4

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018, Marielle Heller) – 5.8

 

February

The Death of Stalin (2017, Armando Iannucci) – 4.8

High Flying Bird (2019, Steven Soderbergh) – 4.7

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn [3D] (1983, Charles Band) – 5.3

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [3D] (2003, Robert Rodriguez) – 6.6

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D [3D] (2005, Robert Rodriguez) – 5.4

Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien) 35mm – 5.5

Ghosts of the Abyss [3D] (2003, James Cameron) – 5.1

I Was at Home, But… (2019, Angela Schanelec) – 7.0

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For [3D] (2014, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller) – 3.3

Alita: Battle Angel (2019, Robert Rodriguez) 3D – 5.5

The Plagiarists (2019, Peter Parlow) – 7.2

So Pretty (2019, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli) – 5.6

 

March

Years of Construction (2019, Heinz Emigholz) – 5.8

+Ordet (1955, Carl Dreyer) – 7.6 [down from 8.2]

+The Soft Space (2018, Sofia Bohdanowicz & Melanie Scheiner) DP

Drift (2017, Helena Wittmann) DP – 5.8

Katy Perry: Part of Me [3D] (2012, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz) – 4.5

Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (2019, Frank Beauvais) – 6.7

Fourteen (2019, Dan Sallitt) – 6.9

Anne at 13,000 ft (2019, Kazik Radwanski) – Inc. [Rough cut]

Belonging (2019, Burak Çevik) – 5.6

+F for Fibonacci (2014, Beatrice Gibson) DP

The Tiger’s Mind (2012, Beatrice Gibson) DP

Agatha (2012, Beatrice Gibson) DP

+I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018, Beatrice Gibson) DP

Us (2019, Jordan Peele) DP – 6.5

+★ [January 2019 version] (2017, Johann Lurf) DP – 7.3 [Up from 7.1]

 

April

Glass (2019, M. Night Shyamalan) – 5.5

Native Son (2019, Rashid Johnson) – 5.9

11 x 14 (1977, James Benning) – 6.0

Welcome to Marwen (2018, Robert Zemeckis) – 6.1

Light from Light (2019, Paul Harrill) – 6.4

Embers and the Giants (2019, Kelly Richardson) DP

Lichen (2019, Lisa Jackson) 3D

Garden of the Legend of the Golden Snail (2019, Oliver Husain) 3D

Aerial (2019, Leila Sujir) DP

Cityscape (2019, Michael Snow) DP

The Beach Bum (2019, Harmony Korine) DP – 2.4

The Edge of Democracy (2019, Petra Costa) Hot Docs, DP – 4.9

Untitled (Burned Rubber on Asphalt, 2018) (2019, Tinja Ruusuvuori) Hot Docs, DP

Acid Forest (2018, Rugile Barzdžiukaite) Hot Docs, DP – 5.6

The El Duce Tapes (2019, Rodney Ascher & David Lawrence) Hot Docs, DP – 4.0

The Hottest August (2019, Brett Story) Hot Docs, DP – 5.9

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017, Abdellatif Kechiche) – 4.5

 

May

American Factory (2019, Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar) Hot Docs, DP – 5.3

Flight of the Butterflies (2012, Mike Slee) Hot Docs, 3D – 5.4

Hubble 3D (2010, Toni Myers) Hot Docs, 3D – 4.8

Season of the Devil (2018, Lav Diaz) – 4.9

I Lost My Body (2019, Jérémy Clapin) Cannes, DP – 5.0

The Dead Don’t Die (2019, Jim Jarmusch) Cannes, DP – 6.1

Deerskin (2019, Quentin Dupieux) Cannes, DP – 4.5

Bull (2019, Annie Silverstein) Cannes, DP – 5.1

Les Misérables (2019, Ladj Ly) Cannes, DP – 4.9

Bacurau (2019, Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles) Cannes, DP – 6.4

Beanpole (2019, Kantemir Balagov) Cannes, DP – 6.2

A White, White Day (2019, Hlynur Pálmason) Cannes, DP – 6.2

Atlantics (2019, Mati Diop) Cannes, DP – 5.4

Demonic (2019, Pia Borg) Cannes, DP

Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You (2019, Brandon Cronenberg) Cannes, DP

Naptha (2019, Moin Hussain) Cannes, DP

Sorry We Missed You (2019, Ken Loach) Cannes, DP – 4.3

Zombi Child (2019, Bertrand Bonello) Cannes, DP – 5.5

Living and Knowing You Are Alive (2019, Alain Cavalier) Cannes, DP – 5.8

Little Joe (2019, Jessica Hausner) Cannes, DP – 5.9

Pain and Glory (2019, Pedro Almodóvar) Cannes, DP – 5.1

First Love (2019, Takashi Miike) Cannes, DP – 6.0

Port Authority (2019, Danielle Lessovitz) Cannes, DP – 3.9

Joan of Arc (2019, Bruno Dumont) Cannes, DP – 6.6

Liberté (2019, Albert Serra) Cannes, DP – 7.7

Family Romance, LLC. (2019, Werner Herzog) Cannes, DP – 5.7

The Whistlers (2019, Corneliu Porumboiu) Cannes, DP – 5.3

On a Magical Night (2019, Christophe Honoré) Cannes, DP – 5.5

A Hidden Life (2019, Terrence Malick) Cannes, DP – 5.8

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019, Celine Sciamma) Cannes, DP – 4.4

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (2019, Karim Aïnouz) Cannes, DP – 5.4

Lux Æterna (2019, Gaspar Noé) Cannes, DP – 6.5

Young Ahmed (2019, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) Cannes, DP – 6.9

Tommaso (2019, Abel Ferrara) Cannes, DP – 6.5

Frankie (2019, Ira Sachs) Cannes, DP – 4.3

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (2019, Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää) Cannes, DP – 5.1

Tlamess (2019, Ala Eddine Slim) Cannes, DP – 5.2

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019, Quentin Tarantino) Cannes, 35mm – 5.9

Parasite (2019, Bong Joon-ho) Cannes, DP – 6.4

For the Money (2019, Alejo Moguillansky) Cannes, DP – 5.2

The Halt (2019, Lav Diaz) Cannes, DP – 5.5

Fire Will Come (2019, Oliver Laxe) Cannes, DP – 5.7

Matthias and Maxime (2019, Xavier Dolan) Cannes, 35mm – 4.9

Summer of Changsha (2019, Zu Feng) Cannes, DP – 4.1

The Traitor (2019, Marco Bellocchio) Cannes, DP – 6.6

Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019, Abdellatif Kechiche) Cannes, DP – 4.7

Ghost Tropic (2019, Bas Devos) Cannes, DP – 5.6

+Zombi Child (2019, Bertrand Bonello) Cannes, DP – 5.5 [same]

It Must Be Heaven (2019, Elia Suleiman) Cannes, DP – 4.8

The Lighthouse (2019, Robert Eggers) Cannes, DP – 4.4

The Wild Goose Lake (2019, Diao Yinan) Cannes, DP – 4.3

Oh Mercy (2019, Arnaud Desplechin) Cannes, DP – 5.4

Sibyl (2019, Justine Triet) Cannes, DP – 6.2

+The Strange Little Cat (2013, Ramon Zürcher) – 8.9 [same]

 

June

+Joan of Arc (2019, Bruno Dumont) – 6.6 [same]

Domino (2019, Brian De Palma) – 5.5

Old Hat (2016, Zach Iannazzi) 16mm

Ceiba (2016, Noé Rodríguez) DP

Pond and Waterfall (1982, Barbara Hammer) 16mm

Casa de la noche (2016, Marcel Beltrán Fernández) DP

Les Ombres aquatiques (2016, Philippe Cote) DP

+The River (1951, Jean Renoir) 35mm – 5.6 [up from 5.0]

Watching the Detectives (2017, Chris Kennedy) 16mm

+Classical Period (2018, Ted Fendt) 35mm – 6.3 [up from 4.8]

Blonde Venus (1932, Josef von Sternberg) 35mm – 5.2

Varda by Agnès (2019, Agnès Varda) – 5.6

Elena and Her Men (1956, Jean Renoir) 35mm – 4.7

*** ********* ******* (2019, ******* ******) – 4.1

Sunrise/Sunset (2019, Jong Ougie Pak) – 5.4

The Little Match Girl (1928, Jean Renoir) DP – 5.7

+A Day in the Country (1936, Jean Renoir) 35mm – 6.6 [same]

Toni (1935, Jean Renoir) 35mm – 5.8

The Souvenir (2019, Joanna Hogg) DP – 6.3

Shanghai Express (1932, Josef von Sternberg) DP – 5.3

Morocco (1930, Josef von Sternberg) 35mm – 6.8

+A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, Steven Spielberg) – 8.7 [up from 8.6]

 

July

The Lower Depths (1936, Jean Renoir) 35mm – 5.5

+The Elephant Man (1980, David Lynch) 35mm – 6.2 [down from 7.3]

KISS (2012, Lyndsay Bloom) 16mm

Across (1997, Cara Morton) 16mm

Dandelions (1995, Dawn Wilkinson) 16mm

Swell (1998, Carolynne Hew) 16mm

Scratch (1998, Deirdre Logue) 16mm

Phil’s Film Farm (2002, John Porter) 16mm

Your New Pig is Down the Road (1999, Helen Hill) 16mm

What Comes Between (2009, Cecilia Araneda) DP

Traces (2002, Christina Zeidler) DP

Captifs d’amour (2010, John Greyson) DP

I Regret (2018, Jonathan Culp) 16mm

Goodbye (2010, Daniel McIntyre) DP

Kaleidoscope (2017, Jaene Castrillon) DP

We Are Going Home (1998, Jennifer Reeves) 16mm

+Big Little Lies (2017, Jean-Marc Vallée) – 7.4 [same]

Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg) 35mm – 6.2

The War is Over (1966, Alain Resnais) 35mm – 4.4

Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino) 35mm – 7.6

+Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019, Quentin Tarantino) DP – 5.9 [same]

Providence (1977, Alain Resnais) DP – 5.1

Dune (1984, David Lynch) DP – 4.8

 

August

Le Trou (1960, Jacques Becker) DP – 7.1

+The Straight Story (1999, David Lynch) 35mm – 8.0 [up from 6.3]

+Wild Grass (2009, Alain Resnais) 35mm – 8.5 [up from 8.4]

Krabi, 2562 (2019, Ben Rivers & Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 5.2

+Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992, David Lynch) – 7.4 [same]

Wilcox (2019, Denis Côté) – 5.4

Un Film Dramatique (2019, Éric Baudelaire) – 4.1

The Giverny Document (Single Channel) (2019, Ja’Tovia Gary) – 6.7

143 Sahara Street (2019, Hassen Ferhani) – 5.2

Bird Island (2019, Sergio da Costa & Maya Kosa) – 6.5