2021 Film Log (New: RoboCop)

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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 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 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), or in 3D (regardless of format, as long as glasses are involved), or — new for 2021! — if it’s a first-time viewing of a film that was selected to screen (virtually or otherwise) in a credible film festival, or was made by a clearly reputable filmmaker (whose work, perhaps, has screened at a credible festival in the past. Or whatever, they’re legit just trust me). Why these (increasingly lax) conditions? The main reason I never logged shorts before 2015 is that my OCD had prevented me from distinguishing between short films, television commercials, Youtube videos, random viral TikToks, 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 log only short films proper (whatever that means, etc.), which by the way will predominantly be 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

The Seventh Continent (1989, Michael Haneke) – 6.1

The Girl and the Spider (2021, Ramon Zürcher) – 6.8

Teenage Emotions (2021, Frédéric Da) – 6.5

Some Kind of Heaven (2020, Lance Oppenheim) – 5.6

+Lux Æterna (2019, Gaspar Noé) – 6.5 [same]

El Planeta (2020, Amalia Ulman) – 6.4

 

February

A Glitch in the Matrix (2021, Rodney Ascher) – 5.5

Searchers (2021, Pacho Velez) – 5.8

All Light, Everywhere (2021, Theo Anthony) – 5.8

Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021, Sion Sono) – 3.1

In My Room (2020, Mati Diop)

Pebbles (2021, P.S. Vinothraj) – 5.9

Er is een geest van mij (2021, Mateo Vega)

Flowers Blooming In Our Throats (2021, Eva Giolo)

Sunsets, Everyday (2021, Basir Mahmood)

Taming the Garden (2021, Salomé Jashi) – 4.8

Patrick (2020, Luke Fowler)

Citadel (2020, John Smith)

Something to Touch That Is Not Corruption or Ashes or Dust (2020, Mike Stoltz)

Tellurian Drama (2020, Riar Rizaldi)

Tracing Utopia (2021, Nick Tyson & Catarina de Sousa)

Plant (879 pages, 33 days) (2020, Ruth Höflich)

Maat Means Land (2020, Fox Maxy)

The Hole’s Journey (2021, Ghita Skali)

80,000 Years Old (2020, Christelle Lheureux)

Inner Landscape Meditations [Anaglyph 3D] (2014, Dominik Lange)

Manifesto (2021, Ane Hjort Guttu)

For the Sake of Calmness (2020, Newsha Tavakolian)

The Women’s Revenge (2020, Su Hui-yu)

Best Year Ever (2021, James N. Kienitz Wilkins)

Friends and Strangers (2021, James Vaughan) – 6.3

Desert Lights (2021, Félix Blume)

Lemongrass Girl (2021, Pom Bunsermvicha)

The Eternal Springtime (2021, Việt Vũ)

Who Is Afraid of Ideology? Part 3 Micro Resistances (2020, Marwa Arsanios)

You Like It, I Love It (2013, James Vaughan)

earthearthearth (2021, Daïchi Saïto)

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) – 7.0

Jack’s Ride (2021, Susana Nobre) – 5.1

Bicentenario (2020, Pablo Alvarez Mesa) – 4.9

Night for Day (2020, Emily Wardill) – 4.3

Ploy (2020, Prapat Jiwarangsan) – 3.6

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021, Radu Jude) – 5.9

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (2021, Ana Vaz)

Natural Light (2021, Dénes Nagy) – 4.2

Keep on turning (1974, Karin Wiertz & Jacques Verbeek)

The Good Woman of Sichuan (2021, Sabrina Zhao) – 6.5

Ste. Anne (2021, Rhayne Vermette) – 4.5

Taste (2021, Lê Bảo) – 4.3

A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (2021, Shengze Zhu) – 5.6

Bloodsuckers (2021, Julian Radlmaier) – 5.0

Dirty Feathers (2021, Carlos Alfonso Corral) – 5.3

The White Fortress (2021, Igor Drljača) – 4.9

Cryptozoo (2021, Dash Shaw) – 5.4

+Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) – 7.2 [up from 7.0]

 

March

Censor (2021, Prano Bailey-Bond) – 4.9

Language Lessons (2021, Natalie Morales) – 4.4

Moon, 66 Questions (2021, Jacqueline Lentzou) – 6.2

Drift Away (2021, Xavier Beauvois) – 5.9

Fabian, or Going to the Dogs (2021, Dominik Graf) – 6.3

For Lucio (2021, Pietro Marcello) – 5.4

Ballad of a White Cow (2021, Behtash Sanaeeha & Maryam Moghaddam) – 5.0

Come Here (2021, Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 6.0

The Scary of Sixty-First (2021, Dasha Nekrasova) – 4.7

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021, Alexandre Koberidze) – 6.5

Petite maman (2021, Céline Sciamma) – 5.8

I’m Your Man (2021, Maria Schrader) – 5.1

Limbo (2021, Soi Cheang) – 4.5

May June July (2021, Kevin Jerome Everson)

Social Hygiene (2021, Denis Côté) – 5.4

Ski (2021, Manque La Banca) – 4.1

Introduction (2021, Hong Sang-soo) – 6.6

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet (2021, Ana Katz) – 6.5

Rock Bottom Riser (2021, Fern Silva) – 7.3

Forest: I See You Everywhere (2021, Bence Fliegauf) – 5.3

What Will Summer Bring (2021, Ignacio Ceroi) – 4.8

A Cop Movie (2021, Alonso Ruizpalacios) – 4.9

We (2021, Alice Diop) – 5.9

Azor (2021, Andreas Fontana) – 5.5

From Where They Stood (2021, Christophe Cognet) – 5.4

Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021, Maria Speth) – 6.9

The Men Who Wait (2021, Trương Minh Quý)

Wife of a Spy (2020, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 5.3

The Depths (2010, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) – 5.2

Landscapes of Resistance (2021, Marta Popivoda) – 5.2

Garage, Engines and Men (2021, Claire Simon) – 4.6

Kindertotenlieder (2021, Virgil Vernier)

Come Coyote (2019, Dani & Sheilah ReStack)

Future from Inside (2021, Dani & Sheilah ReStack)

THOMA (2021, Gina Telaroli)

The Inventory Will Be Drawn Up at 11 a.m. in the Presence of the Poet’s Wife (2021, Martin Verdet) – 5.6

The I and S of Lives (2021, Kevin Jerome Everson)

Random Patrol (2021, Yohan Guignard)

Saxifrages, Four White Nights (2021, Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval) – 7.0

End of the Season (2020, Jason Evans)

Sol de Campinas (2021, Jessica Sarah Rinland)

Retour d’un repère (1979, Rose Lowder)

Les Tournesols colorés (1983, Rose Lowder)

Bouquets 1-10 (1995, Rose Lowder)

Bouquets 21-30 (2005, Rose Lowder)

Under the Sun (2011, Rose Lowder)

Sources (2012, Rose Lowder)

Nightvision (2021, Clara Claus)

Un monde flottant (2021, Jean-Claude Rousseau) – 7.0

The Human Voice (2020, Pedro Almodóvar)

Corps Samples (2021, Astrid de la Chapelle)

Armour (2020, Sandro Aguilar)

Jeune femme à sa fenêtre lisant une lettre (1983, Jean-Claude Rousseau) – 5.3

Venise n’existe pas (1984, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Keep in Touch (1987, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Faux départ (2006, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Deux fois le tour du monde (2006, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Delft dans le lointain (2017, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

In Memoriam (2019, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Juste avant l’orage (2004, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Veduta (2010, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Chansons d’amour (2016, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Eaux profondes (2012, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Partage des Eaux (2014, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Pas cette nuit (2007, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Nuit blanche (2011, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Un jour (2011, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Attique (2011, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

L’air d’être là (2013, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

L’appel de la forêt (2008, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Série noire (2009, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Senza mostra (2011, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Saudade (2012, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

 

April

+Streetscapes [Dialogue] (2017, Heinz Emigholz) – 7.0 [same]

La vallée close (1995, Jean-Claude Rousseau) – 6.1

Dernier soupir (2011, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Une vue sur l’autre rive (2005, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

La Villa (2017, Jean-Claude Rousseau)

Festival (2010, Jean-Claude Rousseau) – 5.8

+The Last City (2020, Heinz Emigholz) – 7.1 [up from 6.9]

 

May

Trois fois rien (2006, Jean-Claude Rousseau) – Inc. [No English subtitles]

De son appartement (2007, Jean-Claude Rousseau) – 6.3

A Tuning Fork (2021, Phil Coldiron)

La Nature (2019, Artavazd Pelechian) – 5.5

+Charlie Victor Romeo [3D] (2013, Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, & Karlyn Michelson) – 6.8 [2D version: 5.3]

The Empty Man (2020, David Prior) – 3.4

 

June

Short Vacation (2020, Kwon Min-pyo & Seo Han-sol) – 5.6

+Siberia (2020, Abel Ferrara) – 5.0 [down from 6.6]

RoboCop (1987, Paul Verhoeven) – 7.1