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J.J. Abrams (3)
Star Trek (2009) [seen: 05/09]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) [seen: 12/15]
Super 8 (2011) [seen: 11/11]

Andrew Adamson (4)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) [seen: 12/08] Adamson is not a bad filmmaker, but this movie needs to get over itself and stop trying to be the next Lord of the Rings. Incredibly overlong and lacking many of the qualities of a great epic, this plays out like a 2 1/2 hour US Marines commercial. Oh, and as for the Italian invaders? All I can say is, “I told ya so…"
Shrek (2001)
Shrek 2 (2004) Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon co-directors [seen: 05/04]
Maren Ade (2)
Everyone Else (2009) [seen: 11/10]
The Forest for the Trees (2003) [seen: 02/10]

Ben Affleck (3)
Argo (2012) [seen: 02/13]
Gone Baby Gone (2007) [seen: 02/08]
The Town (2010) [seen: 09/10] An admirable sophomore effort from Affleck, who has proven to be a surprising talent behind the camera, this is fairly standard material (ie. banks heists, love interest doesn't know the crook is a crook, crook wants to go straight but can't, etc), elevated by some fine performances, as well as Affleck's reserved almost Eastwood-like approach to the material. One wonders if Affleck is still interesting when working outside of his comfort-zone of Boston based dramas, as the similarly set Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby, Gone were both excellent, and as he clearly thrives within the setting of his hometown, this is one viewer who hopes he doesn't stray anytime soon.

Alexandre Aja (5)
High Tension (2003) [seen: TIFF '03, 10/05] This works even better the second time around when you can prepare yourself for the laughable final act (which really is just plain awful). I’ve learned to forgive Aja’s messy ending because minute for minute, the first 45-minutes of this have to be some of the sharpest, most visceral horror cinema of the decade. Here’s hoping that he can stick to his guns on his next project, a remake of Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) [seen: 03/06] Wes Craven’s original horror film was a below average movie, but it had a smart construction that lent itself to academic analysis (see Robin Wood’s incredible "An Introduction to the American Horror Film"). This updated version, which I confess I had high hopes for, takes the interesting Craven premise and turns it into one loud, unpleasant gore-heavy climax. No longer do we have two families, one a stranded family of WASPs, the other a feral band of cannibals, with the similarities between the two often surprising and disturbing us. In Aja’s version it is a simple story of good versus pure evil, and the feral family is reduced to a pack of prosthetic grotesqueries and are completely devoid of any sense of character (Christ, even TCM’s Leatherface had personality). Alexandre Aja knows his horror films and exactly how they should function (cf. the masterfully flawed High Tension), but as a storyteller he is severely lacking. Not even Sam Peckinpah at his most intoxicated would release the ending of Straw Dogs as a feature-length film, and that is EXACTLY what this is. Gregory Nicotero’s kick-ass make-up effects are the only thing people will be talking about for as long as this film is remembered.
Horns (2013) [seen: 01/15]
(2008) [seen: 01/09]
Piranha 3D (2010) [seen: 08/10, 01/11] Ever since he immigrated to the US to make films, Alexandre Aja has been responsible for a string uninspiring genre entries. With Piranha 3D he is still making bad films, but at least he is aware of that fact and this awareness goes a long way towards making this work enjoyable. A great time to be had, even if there is nothing defining on display.

Chantal Akerman
The Captive (2000) [seen: 02/04]
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) [seen: 08/07] One of those pure masterpieces that you feel like you’ve seen a dozen times before even your first viewing is complete as one discovers the origin of the the numerous films that echo this cinematic watershed. The CineArt DVD (with Enlgish subs) does this beautiful work justice, but really, this is as much a film to be explored in the mind as it is on the screen.
Toute une nuit (1982) [seen: 06/05]
Fatih Akin (2)
The Edge of Heaven (2007) [seen: 06/08]
Head-On (2004) [seen: 06/05]

Robert Aldrich (11)
...All the Marbles (1981) [seen: 12/10]
(1954) [seen: 12/06]
The Dirty Dozen (1967) [seen: 03/05]
Emperor of the North (1973) [seen: 06/06]
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) [seen: 05/09]
Hustle (1975)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) [3rd viewing; 09/11]
Ulzana's Raid (1972) [seen: 06/13]
Vera Cruz (1954) [seen: 06/07]
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) [seen: 02/06]
World for Ransom (1954) [seen: 11/05]
Tomas Alfredson (2)
Let the Right One In (2008) Tomas Alfredson [seen: 03/09, 06/10]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) [seen: 02/12]

Woody Allen (23)
Annie Hall (1977)
Blue Jasmine (2013) [seen: 01/14]
Cassandra's Dream (2007) [seen: 06/08]
Celebrity (1998)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) [seen: 08/06]
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) [seen: 02/09]
Hollywood Ending (2002) [seen: 04/11]
Husbands and Wives (1992) [seen: 03/11]
Magic in the Moonlight (2014) [seen: 12/14]
Manhattan (1979)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) [seen: 04/05]
Match Point (2005) [seen: 01/06]
A change of pace from Woody Allen, who has been on the receiving end of a vehement critical backlash these last few years. Most of the praise critics have been lavishing on this film feels like they are merely excited about the fact that they responded to ‘a Woody Allen’ movie – something they forget they were actually capable of doing– and as a film, this is probably no better or worse than any of his recent efforts. Some phenomenal medium shots make this one of Allen’s most appealing works visually, but it doesn’t always work as his actors often appear to have been cast for their good looks and not for their acting chops. The cynical ending, which has led to many a Crime and Punishment comparison, is certainly earned and had me grinning with admiration of Allen’s wit, which of course has never left.
Melinda and Melinda (2004) [seen: 04/05]
Midnight in Paris (2011) [seen: 06/11]
Radio Days (1987) [seen: 09/08]
Very unique cinematic form (vignettes) for Allen’s style of writing and while he doesn’t have much flair for period films, I’d love to see more works like this by him.
Scoop (2006) [last seen: 07/06]
Sleeper (1973)
Small Time Crooks (2000) [seen: 09/07]
To Rome With Love (2012) [seen: 01/13]
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) [seen: 09/08] It seems like minor Woody Allen now, but that’s not to say that this little sex comedy -- Allen’s most “French” film to date* -- is not going to age well. It’s an expertly composed work, the only thing that seems to take away from it is the carefree nonchalance of the filmmaker himself, but perhaps that is the point anyway? *I know the film is set in Spain, but anyone who compares this to Almodóvar just doesn’t know melodrama, this film is bohemian to the core.
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
Whatever Works (2009) [seen: 11/09]

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) [seen: 03/11]
Zelig (1983) [seen: 10/03]
Michael Almereyda (2)
Nadja (1994)
Twister (1989) [seen: 04/05] Not to be confused with the Helen Hunt film of the same name, this eccentric and little seen comedy had me laughing my ass off from beginning to end. The story deals with a bizarre family, headed by father/playboy Harry Dean Stanton, who made millions in the Mini-golf and Soda Pop industry. His children all have problems – Suzy Amis plays Maureen, the alcoholic daughter who is sheltering her child and the always incredible Crispin Glover turns in perhaps his most bizarre performances as her wannabe musician brother. Worlds collide when Chris (Dylan McDermott) comes into town, carrying a twister on his heels, and a plan to rescue his daughter from the troubled family by winning back the heart of her mother Maureen. The humor is a strange mix of David Lynch, Hal Hartley, and the Coen brothers. How director Almeryda got everyone in sync with such a comedic recipe is beyond me, but the film is all the better because of it. A lightweight gem of a movie that deserves its own minor cult following. Don’t miss the terrific cameo by writer William S. Burroughs firing .45’s in a barn.

Pedro Almodóvar (15)
All About My Mother (1999)
Bad Education (2004) [seen: TIFF 04]
Dark Habits (1983) [seen: 04/04]
The Flower of My Secret (1995) [seen:04/05]
High Heels (1991) [seen: 12/03]
I'm So Excited! (2013) [seen: 09/13]
Kika (1993)
Live Flesh (1997)
Matador (1986)
The Skin I Live In (2011) [seen: 01/12]
Talk to Her (2002)
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)
Volver (2006)  [seen: TIFF 2006]
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Lisandro Alonso (4)
Jauja (2014) [seen: 01/16]
La Libertad (2001) [seen: 06/11]
Liverpool (2008) [seen: 06/11]
Los Muertos (2004) [seen: 02/08]

Robert Altman (17)
3 Women (1977) [seen: 06/06]
Brewster McCloud (1970) [seen: 08/10]
California Split (1974) [01/06]
The Company (2003) [seen: 05/04]
Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Gosford Park (2001)
Images (1972) [05/06]
The Long Goodbye (1973) [seen: 01/06]
M*A*S*H (1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) [seen: 03/06]
Nashville (1975)
A Perfect Couple (1979) [seen: 05/06]
The Player (1992)
Popeye (1980) [seen: 05/13]
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)[seen: 06/06]
Short Cuts (1993) [seen: 07/06]
A Wedding (1978) [seen: 07/06]
Rick Alverson (1)
The Comedy (2012) [seen: 11/15]

Alejandro Amenábar (2)
The Others (2001) [seen: 10/07]
Tesis (1996) [seen: 04/05]
Michael Anderson (2)
Logan's Run (1976) [seen: 07/08]
Orca (1977) [seen: 10/10] Where Jaws had the shark as a force of pure evil, hellbent on the destruction man, this picture moralizes the animal in question, playing man out to be the true villain. Sir Richard Harris is Captain Nolan, out to score a quick buck bagging marine life to sell to aquariums when he makes the mistake of biting off more than he can chew and tries to snag a killer whale, or Orca. Things go bad -- he wounds the male, snares the female, unaware she is carrying young -- and amidst Nolan's inability to handle the situation, the helpless animal miscarries her calf, and eventually bleeds to death. Her mate is mortified and will stop at nothing until he kills Harris and his crew. Animal attack movies tend to work best when the animal works as a stand in for a psychopathic killer. Motives and morals are pushed aside, and the animal -- in all of its mystery -- is simply a device to create suspense and illicit terror. In fact it is this very mystery, the fact that we the viewer's, in most cases, know very little about these creatures, that makes these stories so effective. They serve as a shocking reminder that nature is a cruel and brutal place and man does not have what it takes to truly tame it or fully understand it . Orca tries to rewrite this scenario, and if like me you saw The Cove and wished those slaughtering assholes a cruel and unusual punishment, then you will get an idea for the sort of revenge setup/button pushing scenario this creates. Nevermind that the Orca whale in this film is smarter than a fucking supercomputer, knows everything that is going on miles inland, and frequently performs spectacular leaps in front of a travel guide worthy setting sun, even without these lame touches, this film still would not work. It fails for the simple reason that you cannot take the monster out of the monster movie and still expect to have a movie.
Brad Anderson (6)
The Call (2013) [seen: 07/13]
The Machinist (2004) [seen: 11/05]
Session 9 (2001) [seen: 11/05]
Sounds Like (2006) [seen: 11/06]
Transsiberian (2008) [seen: 11/08]
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) [seen: 05/11]

Paul Thomas Anderson (7)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Hard Eight (1996) [seen: 06/11]
Inherent Vice (2014) [seen: 05/15]
Magnolia (1999) [3rd viewing: 01/08]
The Master (2012) [seen: 09/12]
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007) [seen: 01/08, 01/08]

Paul W.S. Anderson (4)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) [seen: 08/2004]
Event Horizon (1997)
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Resident Evil (2002) [seen: 09/2004]

Stephen J. Anderson (2)
Meet the Robinsons (2007) [seen: 08/12]
Winnie the Pooh (2011) Don Hall co-director [02/12]

Wes Anderson (8)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) [seen: 10/07]
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) [seen: 12/09]
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) [seen: 06/14]
Hotel Chevalier (2007) [short] [3rd viewing seen: 10/07]
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) [seen: 12/05]
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) [seen: 07/12]
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Rushmore (1998)
Roy Andersson (4)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) [seen: 08/15]
Songs From the Second Floor (2000)
A Swedish Love Story (1970)
You, the Living (2007) [seen: 05/08]

Kenneth Anger (8)
Eaux d'artifice (1953) [8th viewing: 02/07]
Fireworks (1947) [4th viewing: 02/04, 5th viewing 02/07]
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) [seen: 02/07]
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965)
Puce Moment (1949) [10th viewing: 02/07]
Rabbit's Moon (1950) [short cut]
Rabbit's Moon (1950) [long cut] [seen: 02/07]
Scorpio Rising (1964)
Ken Annakin (2)
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) [last seen: 10/15]

Nimród Antal (4)
Armored (2009) [seen: 04/10]
Kontroll (2003) [seen: 10/05] Set entirely in the underground transit system of Budapest, this slick thriller follows the alternately comical and horrific exploits of a group of ticket inspectors who struggle to maintain “control” over the various commuters. A model for ultra-low budget filmmaking, film students could benefit greatly to look at the ways in which Antal overcomes his budget limitations by allowing his pre-existing settings to figure heavily into the narrative, relying on their deeper metaphorical implications to give his story substance. It’s a technique that works, but the film is so bent on being a success, that it fails to live up to the "art film" status it strives to attain. To ensure that nobody goes home unhappy, there is a touching romance thrown into the mix and a murder mystery to boot, meaning if you aren’t entertained in some form by this, then you probably should stick to watching television.
Predators (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Vacancy (2007) [seen: 04/07]
Michelangelo Antonioni (6)
L'Avventura (1960)
Blow-Up (1966)
L'Eclisse (1962)
Eros -- segment "The Dangerous Thread of Things" (2004) [seen: 09/05]
Michelangelo Eye to Eye (2004) [seen: 02/06]
The Passenger (1975) [seen: 04/06]
Red Desert (1964)
Zabriskie Point (1970)

Judd Apatow (5)
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Funny People (2009) [seen: 08/09, 06/10] Really doesn’t have much to say as a serious film, but this is very successful as a comedy. Trimmed down to 90 minutes, this could have been remarkable.
Knocked Up (2007) [seen: 06/07] Apatow is trying to make a film with substance, but like his main character he seems doomed to immaturity. His young couple provides the drama, the foul-mouthed buffoons they hangout with the comic relief, the only part that really thrives is the tumultuous marriage of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann who play the “mature” other couple. Considering that the laughs come when the movie focuses on the antics of the secondary cast, this comedy could have been about anything, and it really should have been as there is about as much here to chew on about parenthood as there was in a film like Look Who’s Talking. And to further my rant-- It is quite funny how both Eli Roth and Judd Apatow chose to include a climatic shot in their films involving prosthetic genitalia, yet Roth is the one taking all the heat even though both shots are almost identical in the roles they play in trying to get a reaction out of the audience. Looked at side by side it’s easy to see which shot is there to serve a purpose and which is there to indulge the whims a juvenile filmmaker.
This is 40 (2012) Judd Apatow [seen: 03/13]
Trainwreck (2015) [seen: 11/15]

Gregg Araki (8)
The Doom Generation (1995)
Kaboom (2010) [seen: 06/11]
Mysterious Skin (2004) [seen: 06/05]
Nowhere (1997) [seen: 06/05]
Smiley Face (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]
Splendor (1999) [seen: 06/05]
Totally Fucked Up (1993) [seen: 06/05]
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) [seen: 08/15]
Asia Argento (2)
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) [seen: 01/06]
Scarlet Diva (2000) [seen: 11/03] Asia Argento, daughter of Italian Horror maestro Dario Argento, wrote, directed, and stars in this deeply personal albeit highly uneven work. Like Fellini's 8 1/2, Argento unpacks her celebrity persona, often blurring the lines between fact and fiction. The rather loose narrative is shot on DV and has Argento playing a young actress stuck in the dark side of the film industry where sex and drugs rein supreme. There are a lot of abrupt tonal shifts into random fucking and attempted rapes that I found tedious, but the lighting and use of sound in the dream sequences share a sharp affinity with her talented father. At the beginning of the film there is a clip where Asia states, that after viewing this film "you may understand me better… but then again you may understand me less." I'll have to agree that in the end I was at a loss to explain what Argento was getting at. One scene however, of Asia examining her body in the mirror, applying make-up and eventually breaking down into tears, perfectly manifests the difference between the celebrity persona vs. the way she sees herself, suggesting evidence of a considerable talent.

Dario Argento (17)
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
The Card Player (2004)
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
Deep Red (1975) [seen: 02/04]
Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) [seen: 08/06]
Dracula 3D (2012) Dario Argento [seen: 10/13]
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) [seen: 01/08]
Giallo (2009) [seen: 10/10] *spoiler alert* I won't win anyone over by saying this I'm sure, but I believe this is one of Argento's stronger films of late. It plays out as a meta-film of sorts, the usual set-up of a killer who likes to cut up beautiful women is turned upside down when everything plays out EXACTLY as planned, so the fact that there is no big twist, actually is the twist. Argento is critiquing his own style in every scene, inverting everything you'd expect him to be toying with at this stage of his career, abstaining from sex and violence when you'd expect him to be pandering to the fan boys; it's baffling really (or brilliant if you are myself or Brad Stevens) -- which might explain the universal hatred that seems to be floating out there for this work (Stevens actually goes so far as to compare this one to Bresson). Not to be outdone, Adrien Brody is playing the same game as maestro Dario in a duel role as both the cop and the killer -- the credits list this "other" as the anagram "Byron Dreida" but there's no hiding a nose like that -- and scene after scene finds him exploring good and evil as if they were elements of the same person, ie. he is literally acting out his homicidal fantasies. The incredible final shot which closes the picture in media res, has Dario content not to have closure, because in his eyes, as long as he is still making films, there is no ending in sight. The killer is still out there.
Inferno (1980) [seen: 07/04, 11/10]
Jenifer (2005) [seen: 11/05, 08/06]
Mother of Tears (2007) [seen: 05/08] Seriously folks, this one is bad, and this is a “bad” from someone who didn’t mind The Card Player…
Opera (1987) [seen: 02/04] I first approached Argento by unfairly comparing him to Hitchcock and DePalma. Today, I can confidentlly state that Argento inhabits a cinematic world entirely his own. Everything is done with such excess (from the expressionist lighting to the kick ass rock soundtrack) that it's hard to fully appreciate it all in one viewing. Argento's work is more than just an excercise in style however -- Opera's obsessive use of subjective camera angles combined with a fetish for eyeballs and an array of meticulously choreographed crane shots makes it the most intense meditation on the nature of the ‘gaze’ since Peeping Tom. Don’t let the narrative twists that seem hokey by today’s standards fool you, there is some serious shit being worked out here.
Pelts (2006) [seen: 12/06, 01/08]
Phenomena (1985) [last seen: 04/06] Argento at his most over-the-top, this is a wholly entertaining if rather uneven piece of supernatural horror. The story deals with a young Jennifer Connelly who has the ability to communicate with insects. She is sent to a female boarding school that has fallen prey to a psychopathic killer (a la Suspiria). Donald Pleasence plays the crippled entomologist who lives with the assistance of a trained monkey and resolves to help Connelly find the identity of the killer. It sounds ridiculous I know, but Argento as always directs the proceedings with a poker-faced seriousness, giving everything that otherworldly feel. An over reliance upon special effects distracts from the wild camera work that one usually associates with Argento's work, but the opening sequence alone makes this worth checking out. If you have never seen an Argento film this might not be the place to start, but fans like myself should find plenty to enjoy. The soundtrack features hard rockers “Goblin” amongst others playing in all their 80's glory.
Sleepless (2001) [seen: 04/05]
The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
Suspiria (1977)
Tenebrae (1982) [3rd viewing: 02/06]
Trauma (1993)
Two Evil Eyes -- segment "The Black Cat" (1990) [seen: 04/04, 02/06]
George Armitage (2)
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) [seen: 05/10] I think Armitage is sharp, but this is one of those "witty scripts" that I have a hard time stomaching, like a precocious child you just want to smack.
Miami Blues (1990)
Jack Arnold (8)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) [last seen: 04/06]
Games Girls Play (1974) [seen: 01/09]
High School Confidential! (1958)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) [seen: 04/06]
It Came from Outer Space (1953) [seen: 04/04]
Monster on the Campus (1958) [seen: 09/06]
Revenge of the Creature (1955) [seen: 11/07]
Tarantula (1955) [seen: 05/06]
Martin Arnold (3)
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998) [short] [seen: 05/08]
Passage à l'acte (1993) [short] [seen: 05/08]
Pièce touchée (1989) [short] [seen: 05/08]
Darren Aronofsky (4)
Black Swan (2010) [seen: 01/11] Several inspired moments keeps this one from wallowing in pretension-land (several scenes including the notorious lesbian action had me rolling the eyes), but Aronofsky is clearly swinging for the fences which is a lot more than you can say about most of this year's Oscar contenders. Portman is garnering much deserved acclaim, but it is Vincent Cassel who really shined for me. That guy takes "prick" to new level
Pi (1998)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Wrestler (2008) [seen: 02/09]

Miguel Arteta (4)
Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? (2005) [short] [seen: 02/06]
Cedar Rapids (2011) [seen: 06/11]
Chuck & Buck
The Good Girl (2002)
Youth in Revolt (2009) [seen: 06/10]

Hal Ashby (4)
Being There (1979)
Harold and Maude (1971) [seen: 06/05]
The Last Detail (1973) [seen: 11/08] This is so much more than an exercise in machismo, it’s a poignant look at human sympathy for one, and Towne’s masterful script only uses anything macho as a springboard to dive into the political deep end. Nicholson has also probably never been better…
Shampoo (1975) [seen: 11/10]

Olivier Assayas (6)
Boarding Gate (2007) [seen: 06/08]
Carlos (2010) [seen: 03/11]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Recrudescence" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Clean (2004) [seen: TIFF '04]
demonlover (2002) [seen: 03/04]
Irma Vep (1996)
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
Summer Hours (2008) [seen: 05/09]
Ovidio G. Assonitis (2)
Beyond the Door (1974) [seen: 10/10] Italian rip-off of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, fairly incompetent for the most part but like much Italian horror, it's that very incompetence that lends a dreamlike quality to the proceedings and ensures things are never less than compelling.
Tentacles (1977) [seen: 05/10] The worst movie I have ever seen constructed with a cast of great actors. Astonishing really, there is not a single thing to enjoy here...
Astron-6 (3)
Cool Guys (2010) [short] [seen: 06/14]
The Editor (2014) [seen: 09/15]
Father's Day (2011) Steven Kostanski [seen: 06/14]
H.I.Z. (2007) [short] [seen: 06/14]
Lazer Ghosts 2: Return to Laser Cover (2008) [short] [seen: 06/14]
Manborg (2011) Steven Kostanski [seen: 07/14]
Punch Out (2008) [short] [seen: 06/14]

Jacques Audiard (3)
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
A Prophet (2009) [seen: 01/11]
Read My Lips (2001)
Jamie Babbit (2)
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) [seen: 06/11]
The Quiet (2006) [seen: 02/07]

Ramin Bahrani (2)
Chop Shop (2007) [seen: 04/10]
Man Push Cart (2005) [seen: 01/10]
Sean Baker (2)
Starlet (2012) Sean Baker [seen: 05/13]
Tangerine (2015) [seen: 12/15]

Roy Ward Baker (8)
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) [06/07]
Asylum (1972) [seen: 05/07]
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) [seen: 11/04]
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) [seen: 06/10] Doesn't nearly go far enough exploring the gender/sex/homosexual/transexual/etc possibilities set forth by the script, but Baker's classical approach to material gives it all a very weird Paul Morrissey vibe. Definitely one of the more bizarre offerings from Hammer Studios ...
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967) [seen: 11/04]
The Vampire Lovers (1970) [seen: 10/06]
The Vault of Horror (1973) [seen: 09/07]
Jaume Balagueró (5)
Darkness (2002) [seen: 10/08] Cinematography doesn’t make a horror film, even though it can generate some scares…
Films to Keep You Awake -- "To Let" (2006) [seen: 01/08]
Fragile (2005) [seen: 05/10] Balagueró has skills but besides creating a little atmosphere and effectively reproducing the Jap ghost story for a different brand of audience, there is simply nothing to get excited about here.
[.REC] (2007) Paco Plaza co-director [seen: 06/08, 07/08]
[.REC] 2 (2009) Paco Plaza co-director [seen: 05/10] Very strong sequel, picks up where the first left off, but abandons the long-take approach for a more choppy, special effects driven thrill ride. The scripting and pacing are spot-on and the resulting frenetic film is one of incredible control. Great stuff.
Carroll Ballard (3)
The Black Stallion (1979) [seen: 07/13]
Duma (2005) [seen: 01/07]
Fly Away Home (1996) [seen: 11/15]

Michael Bartlett & Kevin Gates (2)
The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (2013) [seen: 11/13]
The Zombie Diaries (2006) [seen: 09/07]
Boris Barnet (2)
By the Bluest of Seas (1936) [seen: 03/14]
The Girl With the Hatbox (1927) [seen: 08/06]

Matthew Barney (5)
Cremaster 1 (1996)
Cremaster 2 (1999)
Cremaster 3 (2002) [seen: TIFF 03]
Cremaster 4 (1995) [last seen: 02/04]
Cremaster 5 (1997) [seen: 02/04] The final installment in Matthew Barney’s amazing Cremaster cycle takes the form of a grand aria in the famous Budapest Opera House. Everything moves at a snails pace, but the achingly beautiful imagery makes this one of the most sustained pieces of filmmaking of the series. The climax features Barney in an underground fountain with pigeons harnessed to ribbons affixed to his scrotum– a symbol of the gonads at their most descended state. An underwater finale with balloons and water sprites shows the cycle coming full circle and perhaps even starting over again. Essential viewing.
Destricted -- segment "Hoist"(2006) [short] [seen: 10/06]
Steve Barron (2)
Coneheads (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) [last seen: 07/15]

Paul Bartel (3)
Death Race 2000 (1975) [seen: 11/03, 07/10] A sport that involves racing cars cross-country and running over pedestrians for points has become the fuel that drives the fascist America of the future. The talented Paul Bartel directed this Roger Corman production with incredible efficiency. Everything is dripping with sleaze and sex to the point that its hard not to be taken by it. A terrific B-Movie script headed by the incomparable David Carradine (Bill from Kill Bill) and a very young Sylvester Stallone rounds out this delicious entertainment.
Eating Raoul (1982) [seen: 04/04]
Private Parts (1972) [seen: 12/05]
Charles Barton (2)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) [08/09]
The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Michael J. Bassett (2)
Solomon Kane (2009) [seen: 07/10]
Wilderness (2006) [seen: 03/07]

Noah Baumbach (8)
Frances Ha (2012) [seen: 11/13]
Greenberg (2010) [seen: 04/10]
Margot at the Wedding (2007) [seen: TIFF 07]
Mr. Jealousy (1997) [seen: 04/10]
Mistress America (2015) [seen: 12/15]
The Squid and the Whale (2005) [seen: 12/05]
Kicking and Screaming (1995) [seen: 08/06]
While We're Young (2014) [seen: 09/15]

Lamberto Bava (4)
Delirium: Photo of Gioia (1987) [seen: 10/05]
Demons 2 (1986) [seen: 04/05]
Demons (1985) [seen: 07/04, 08/07]
Macabre (1980) [seen: 07/07]

Mario Bava (17)
Baron Blood (1972) [seen: 11/07]
A Bay of Blood (1971) [seen: 11/04]
Black Sabbath (1963) [seen: 11/05]
Black Sunday (1960) [seen: 07/05]
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Danger: Diabolik! (1968) [seen: 10/05]
Erik the Conqueror (1961) [seen: 02/09]
Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) [seen: 09/09]
The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) [seen: 06/08]
Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) [seen: 10/06]
Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) [seen: 10/05]
Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966)
Lisa and the Devil (1974) [seen: 04/06]
Planet of the Vampires (1965) [seen: 10/04]
Rabid Dogs (1974) [seen: 07/07]
Shock (1977) [seen: 03/04]
The Whip and the Body (1963) [seen: 06/04]

Michael Bay (5)
Armageddon (1998)
Pain & Gain (2013) [seen: 09/13]
The Rock (1996)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) [seen:11/2009]
Transformers (2007) [seen: 04/2009] My universal hatred of all things Michael Bay and my general ambivalence for the source material (I was more of a He-Man kid) led me to pass on this one when first released. Two years later… surprise, surprise when I find myself riveted by the damn thing! A popcorn actioner that ranks right up there with Raimi’s Spider-Man, this is a classic sci-fi premise – a couple of youths discover a secret that can alter the course of mankind and the stubborn grown-ups wont listen to them – ratcheted up with house shaking special effects and actions sequences. Sure it has it’s flaws, but it also has a story that is more interesting when it’s not blowing stuff up, and that in itself is the crux of making these kinds of movies work.
J.A. Bayona (2)
The Orphanage (2007) [seen: 01/08]
The Impossible (2012) [seen: 06/13]
Warren Beatty (2)
Bulworth (1998)
Dick Tracy (1990) [last seen: 07/15]

Dean BeBlois (2)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Chris Sanders co-director [seen: 04/10]
Lilo & Stitch (2002) Chris Sanders co-director [02/12]

Jacques Becker (2)
Casque d'or (1952) [seen: 02/06]
Le Trou (1960) [seen: 07/09]

Robert Benton (2)
The Human Stain (2003) [seen: 12/03] A well acted but ultimately an enormous let down from director Robert Benton. Based on a novel by the talented Philp Roth (which I haven’t read), this tells the story of a successful college professor who watches his life go to shambles after a slip of the tongue brings about accusations of racism. He finds sexual reawakening in the form of a woman half his age (Nicole Kidman), whose life is an even bigger mess than his own, and things progressively get colder and more depressing from there. I found it hard to swallow that we are supposed to believe Anthony Hopkins in the role of an aging Jew, but the ludicrous denouement is potentially even more offensive. This kept my interest for a while, but eventually I couldn’t wait for it to end. Gary Sinese and Ed Harris co-star giving evidence that whoever cast this picture wasn't a complete jackass.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) [seen: 03/11]
Ingmar Bergman (9)
Cries and Whispers (1972)
Fanny and Alexander (1982) [seen: 07/07]
Persona (1966) [seen: 10/03]
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Silence (1963) [seen: 07/04]
Summer With Monika (1953) [seen: 06/12]
Through a Glass Darkly
(1961) [seen: 05/06]
The Virgin Spring (1960) [seen: 01/07]
Wild Strawberries (1957) [seen: 01/04]

Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (5)
Brother's Keeper (1992)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) [seen: 09/04]
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) [seen: 03/05]
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000) [seen: 04/06]
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) [seen: 06/12]

Bernardo Bertolucci (4)
La commare secca (1962) [seen: 06/06]
The Conformist (1970) [seen: 12/06]
The Dreamers (2003) [seen: 02/04]
Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Luc Besson (11)
Angel-A (2005) [seen: 02/07]
Arthur and the Minimoys (2006) [seen: 03/15]
Atlantis (1991) [seen: 03/15]
The Big Blue (1988) [seen: 01/15]
Le Dernier Combat (1983) [seen: 02/04]
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) [seen: 02/15]
The Family (2013) [seen: 02/15]
La Femme Nikita (1990) [seen: 07/06]
The Fifth Element (1997)
Leon: The Professional (1994) [last seen: 08/14]
Lucy (2014) [seen: 01/15]

Andrea Bianchi (3)
Burial Ground (1981) or *** camp rating - For its ability to remain entertaining despite being one of the worst films I've ever encountered. The could be the basis for a wonderful drinking game...
Malabimba: The Malicious Whore (1979) [seen: 03/09] A good helping of Euro-Sleaze, like a greasy cheeseburger, just feels right every now and then… In that case Andrea Bianchi is my Dave Thomas.
Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975) [seen: 03/06]
Kathryn Bigelow (5)
The Hurt Locker (2008) [seen: 08/09]
Near Dark (1987)
Point Break (1991) [last seen: 07/10]
Strange Days (1995)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) [seen: 01/13]

Brad Bird (4)
Family Dog (1987) [short] [seen:06/10] Very entertaining little short, evokes classic Warner's 'toons and Tim Burton's unmistakable visuals give that skewed sense to suburbia that plays nicely off Bird's traditional sense of humor.
The Incredibles (2004) [seen: 11/04, 12/13]
The Iron Giant (1999) [seen: 04/12, 05/12]
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) [seen: 05/12]
Ratatouille (2007) [seen: 11/07]
Tomorrowland (2015) [seen: 01/16]

Larry Blamire (4)
Dark and Stormy Night (2009) [seen: 08/10] A big improvement over the train wreck that is The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, but still a far cry from the first Cadavra film. It's nice to see Blamire adopt a cinematic style, as well as narrow the scope of what he is 'spoofing', something which plagued LSRA, and the cast of players does a terrific job exploiting their various "Old Dark House" tropes. Don't write this guy off just yet folks!
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001) [seen: 06/04, 10/04, 09/06]
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (2009) [seen: 08/10] Things take a major turn for the worse in this sequel, which is a shame, as the first film is a personal fav and something I hoped marked the presence of a bold new sensibility in low-budget spoofs. This one is poorly shot, poorly written, and the cast feels like they are merely going through the motions and nobody is in-tune with Blamire's vision. Major disappointment.
Trail of the Screaming (2007) [seen: 06/11]

Les Blank (2)
Burden of Dreams (1982)
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980) [seen: 02/05, 04/05, 10/05]
Betrand Blier (3)
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) [seen: 08/08]
Going Places (1974) [seen: 09/05]
How Much Do You Love Me? (2005)
Neill Blomkamp (3)
Chappie (2015) [seen: 05/15]
District 9
(2009) [seen: 08/09]
Elysium (2013) [seen: 01/14]

Don Bluth (3)
An American Tail (1986)
The Land Before Time
(1988) [last seen: 02/12]
The Secret of NIMH (1982) [seen: 06/12]
James Bobin (2)
The Muppets (2011)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) [seen: 03/14]

Budd Boetticher (6)
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) [seen: 10/04]
Comanche Station (1960) [seen: 11/04]
Decision at Sundown (1957) [seen: 10/04]
Ride Lonesome (1959) [seen: 12/08]
I’ve resisted for years viewing this in a cropped 1.33:1, and thankfully I did. Boetticher’s stark 2.35:1 ratio is essential to the picture. His use of space in the film, mainly negative space, is unrivaled and this Western might be his finest. Simply phenomenal moviemaking.
Seven Men from Now (1956) [seen: 12/05]
The Tall T (1957) [seen: 10/04]

Peter Bogdanovich (6)
The Cat's Meow (2001)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Paper Moon (1973) [seen: 09/10]
Saint Jack (1979) [seen: 12/10]
Targets (1968) [seen: 02/04]
What's Up, Doc? (1972) [seen: 11/10]
Adrian Garcia Bogliano (6)
36 Steps (2006) [seen: 02/15]
The ABCs of Death - segment "B is for Bigfoot" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
Cold Sweat (2010) [seen: 01/15]
Here Comes the Devil (2012) [seen: 06/14]
I'll Never Die Alone (2008) [seen: 02/15]
Penumbra (2011) Ramiro Garcia Bogliano co-director [seen: 01/15]
Room for Tourists (2004) [seen: 02/15]

Uwe Boll (2)
House of the Dead (2003) [seen: 10/03]
Postal (2007) [seen: 09/08]
The problem here is that the South Park writers are actually intelligent guys with a sharp understanding for the world of mass media, while Uwe Boll is a German who just saw his first South Park episode.
Bertrand Bonello (3)
House of Tolerance (201) [seen: 04/12]
The Pornographer (2001) [seen: 09/05]
Tiresia (2003) [seen: 09/05]

Bong Joon-ho (4)
Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) [seen: 04/2005]
The Host (2006) off-site review [seen: 01/2007]
Memories of Murder (2003) [seen: TIFF 2003]
Mother (2009) [seen: 11/2009]
Sink & Rise (2004) [short] [seen: 01/2007]

Tokyo! -- segment "Shaking Tokyo" (2008) [seen: 11/2009]
Ole Bornedal (3)
Just Another Love Story (2007) [seen: 01/10]
Nightwatch (1994) [seen: 04/04]
The Substitute (2007) [seen: 01/01]
Walerian Borowczyk (4)
The Astronautes (1959) [short - 11 min.] [seen: 11/06]
La Bête (1975)
Goto, Island of Love (1968) [seen: 11/06]
Immoral Women (1979)
Love Rites (1988) [seen: 10/05]
Private Collections -- segment "The Cupboard" (1979) [seen: 03/07]

Frank Borzage (7)
Lazybones (1925) [seen: 03/09] One of the great romantics in the history of cinema, Borzage tells yet another story about the couple that will never be, this time in the form of a lazy country boy who secretly adopts a society gal’s bastard child to save her from family shame. Borzage’s true gift lies in his handling of his actors and the beautiful human tenderness of his characters. He is a craftsman like Murnau, but where Murnau’s tools were his editing and his mise-en-scene, Borzage’s is more corporeal, and his films are all the more special for it.
Man's Castle (1933) [seen: 06/05]
The Mortal Storm (1940) [seen: 06/04]
Nugget Jim's Pardner (1916) [seen: 05/08]
The Pilgrim (1916) [seen: 05/08]
The Pitch o' Chance (1915) [seen: 05/08]
The River (1929) [seen: 05/08]
Darren Lynn Bousman (3)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) [seen: 01/09]
Saw II (2005) [seen: 11/05]
Saw IV (2007) [seen: 03/08]
Tales of Halloween - segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell" (2015) [seen: 10/15]

Danny Boyle (9)
127 Hours (2010) [seen: 03/11]
28 Days Later...
(2002) [seen: 07/03]
The Beach (2000)
Millions (2004) [seen: TIFF '04]
Shallow Grave (1994)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) [seen: 01/09] Everything about the game show flashback structure of this is trite to the point that I cringe even thinking about it now and let’s ignore entirely the borderline embarrassing colonialist viewpoint that Boyle and his screenwriters take. To the less jaded viewer (and there are many believe me), those who are better able to ease into this film’s fairytale universe, it appears that once inside, there are some uplifting treasures to behold. Personally, I kept feeling like I was on the outside looking in, but that’s not to say I didn’t like what I saw.
Sunshine (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Trainspotting (1996)
Trance (2013) [seen: 11/13]

Kenneth Branagh (2)
Dead Again (1991)
Thor (2011) [seen: 09/11]

Tinto Brass (7)
All Ladies Do It (1992) [seen: 06/09] Brass’ movies typically boast some impressive photography at the very worst. This one misses the mark, even on that front, and plays out as simply an exercise in classy pornography.
Cheeky (2000) [seen: 08/06]
The Key (1983) [seen: 05/07]
Paprika (1991) [seen: 05/08]
Private (2003) [seen: 10/06]
Miranda (1985) [seen: 07/07]
Salon Kitty (1976) [seen: 06/06]

Robert Breer (shorts only)
69 (1968)
Bang! (1986)
Blazes (1961)
Form Phases IV (1954)
Fuji (1974)
Jamestown Baloos (1957)
Lmno (1978)
A Man and His Dog Out for Air (1957) [seen: 04/05]
Recreation (1956)
Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons (1980)
Time Flies (1997)

Catherine Breillat (10)
36 fillette (1988)
Anatomy of Hell (2004) [seen: TIFF 20004]
Bluebeard (2009) [seen: 05/11]
Brief Crossing (2001) [seen: 08/2004]
Fat Girl (2001) [last seen: 08/10]
The Last Mistress (2007) [seen: TIFF 2007]
Parfait amour! (1996)
A Real Young Girl (1976)
Romance (1999) [3rd viewing last seen: 03/2004]
Sex is Comedy (2002) [seen: 10/2004]

Robert Bresson (10)
L'argent (1983) [seen: 10/03]
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) [seen: 02/07]
The Devil, Probably (1977) [seen: 04/10]
Diary of a Country Priest
(1951) [seen: 07/08] Damn near perfect filmmaking. My problems with this film are entirely founded within the ideologies at work, and Bresson’s mastery of the medium means that you must engage the spiritual journey at hand, lest you not even attempt to view this sucker. This forced moral approach has always made this film somewhat of a long sit for me. I saw it back in college, I’ve since tried watching it a couple of times on DVD only to turn it off (feeling I wasn’t able to give it the attention it deserved). This latest viewing put things a little more into perspective for me. This is every bit as good as Balthazar, Pickpocket, and Mouchette only it is a less forgiving to the viewer. There is no distancing yourself from this one...
Une femme douce
(1969) [seen: 04/05]
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) [seen: 02/04] One of the supreme masterpieces of cinema. This is as close to a perfect film as you can come, with images so powerful that I would prefer to keep them in my head than attempt to elaborate. The deceptively simple story of a donkey as he is passed from one owner to the next speaks wonders. As the Chicago Reader points out, Jean-Luc Godard perfectly said,"Everyone who sees this film will be absolutely astonished, because this film is really the world in an hour and a half."
Lancelot du Lac (1974)
A Man Escaped (1956) [seen: 10/03]
Mouchette (1967) [seen:10/03]
Pickpocket (1959) [seen: 10/03]
Patrick Brice (2)
Creep (2014) [seen: 10/15]
The Overnight (2015) [seen: 01/16]

Albert Brooks (2)
Lost in America (1985)
Real Life (1979) [seen: 04/05]

James L. Brooks (4)
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Broadcast News (1987) [seen: 09/11]
How Do You Know (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Over-written to a fault, but Brooks has an innate ability to save even the most trite scene when his script is firing on all cylinders.
Spanglish (2004)
[seen: 12/04]

Mel Brooks (11)
Blazing Saddles (1974) [last seen: 12/12]
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) [seen: 01/13]
High Anxiety (1977) [seen: 01/13]
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Life Stinks (1991) [seen: 01/13]
The Producers (1968)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) [seen: 01/10]
Silent Movie (1976) [seen: 12/09]
Spaceballs (1987) [last seen: 08/12]
The Twelve Chairs (1970) [seen: 01/13]
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Richard Brooks (2)
In Cold Blood (1967) [seen: 11/05]
The Professionals (1966) [seen: 01/06]

Tod Browning (5)
By the Sun's Rays (1914) [one-reeler] [seen: 01/07]
The Devil-Doll (1936) [seen: 06/05]
Freaks (1932) [last seen: 10/03, 05/06]
Dracula (1931)
West of Zanzibar (1928)
The Unknown (1927) [seen: 05/04] What can you say about a film where a man poses as an armless knife thrower in a circus, falls in love with a woman who is taken by his apparent handicap, and then cuts off his real arms in order to marry her, which also happens to be one of the most affecting and bizarre silent features I have ever seen? Director Tod Browning’s fascination with the macabre is in full effect and foreshadows his later masterpiece Freaks (1932). The ever enigmatic and equally macabre Lon Chaney stars. Easily one of the best films I've seen in a long time.
Douglas Buck (1)
Cutting Moments (1997) [short] [seen: 11/05, 03/06] Holy shit. And you thought Gaspar Noe was extreme...
Home (1998) [short] [seen: 03/06]
Prologue (2003) [short] [seen: 03/06]
Sisters (2006) [seen: 02/08] The execution is actually quite solid. Buck approaches the De Palma material with the clinical detachment of an early Cronenberg film, and while this is something to behold (and Buck is a filmmaker I’d like to support), this film falls into the “completely unnecessary remake” category in just too many ways.
The Theatre Bizarre -- segment "The Accident" [seen: 05/12]

Andrew Bujalski (5)
Beeswax (2009) [seen: 04/10]
Computer Chess (2013) [seen: 11/13]
Funny Ha Ha (2002)
Mutual Appreciation (2005) [seen: 11/05, 12/05]
Results (2015) [seen: 09/15]

Luis Buñuel (23)
L'âge d'or (1930)
Ascent to Heaven (1952) [seen: 05/07]
Belle de jour (1967)
El bruto (1953) [seen: 01/04]
Un chien andalou (1929) [short]
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
Death in a Garden (1956) [seen: 02/10]
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)  
El (1953)
The Exterminating Angel (1962) [last seen: 11/15]
Gran Casino (1947) [seen: 11/07]
The Great Madcap (1949) [seen: 01/07]
Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)
Land Without Bread  (1933)
The Milky Way (1969)
Nazarín (1959) [seen: 11/04]
Los olvidados (1950)
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Robinson Crusoe (1954) [seen: 10/04]
Simon of the Desert (1965)
Susana (1951) [seen: 12/08]
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)  
Tristana (1970)
Viridiana (1961) [seen: 10/03]
The Young One (1960) [seen: 04/05]
Neil Burger (2)
The Illusionist (2006) [seen: 09/06]
Limitless (2011) [seen: 11/11]

Charles Burnett (2)
The Horse (1973) [short] [seen: 12/07] This one is mysterious, illusive, and rather great.
Killer of Sheep (1977) [seen: 12/07]
Several Friends (1969) [short] [seen: 12/07] After just one viewing each, I actually think I prefer this to Killer of Sheep, if only because Burnett shows more narrative focus here. I could be way off of course, and Killer of Sheep does have that soundtrack…
To Sleep with Anger (1990) [seen: 10/05]
When It Rains (1995) [short] [seen: 12/07]

Tim Burton (18)
Alice in Wonderland (2010) [seen: 03/10]
Batman Returns (1992)
Beetle Juice (1988)
Big Eyes (2014) [seen: 05/15]
Big Fish (2003) [seen: 01/04]
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) [seen: 07/05, 12/05 rating lowered from ***]
Corpse Bride (2005) [seen: 02/06]
Dark Shadows (2012) [seen: 10/12]
Ed Wood (1994) [last seen: 02/06]
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Frankenweenie (2012) [seen: 1/13]
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) [last seen: 11/14]
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) [seen: 12/07] "Possibly not since Vincente Minnelli has anyone directed a musical with such absolute mise-en-scéne." - J. Hoberman
Vincent (1982) [short]
Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury (2)
Inside (2007) [seen:04/08] Brutal is an understatement. This is extreme horror, but unlike Frontiere[s], there is more than just visceral gore thrills to be had, and this one will give (or should I say take) with repeat viewings.
Livid (2011) [seen: 09/12]
Louis C.K. (1)
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (2008) [seen: 12/12]
Louis C.K: Live at the Beacon Theater (2011) [seen: 04/13]
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store (2015) [seen: 03/15]
Louis C.K.: Shameless (2007) [seen: 04/13]
Louie SSN 1 (2010) [seen: 02/12]
Louie SSN 2 (2011) [seen: 09/12]

Pootie Tang (2001) [seen: 06/13]

James Cameron (8)
The Abyss (1989)
Aliens (1986)
Avatar (2009) [seen: 12/09, 06/10]
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) [short] [seen: 03/08]
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Titanic (1997)
True Lies (1994)
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) [seen: 10/09] Pretty lame sequel to Joe Dante’s wonderful original, but in the hands of a young James Cameron, it is never a complete failure. The piranhas are back, and this time they have been genetically engineered to not only breathe on land, but they can also [oh shit moment] FLY! The plot is more or less a Jaws rip-off with a resort area being terrorized and a local sheriff (Lance Henriksen) who knows the truth but can’t talk the big wigs into closing down the beach. Cameron is more interested however in the character of the sheriff’s wife -- a tough, independent woman, who will not be pushed around – a theme that would become the focus of every subsequent film he would make.
Martin Campbell (4)
Green Lantern (2011) [seen: 08/12]
Casino Royale (2006) [seen: 11/06]
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
GoldenEye (1995)

Jane Campion (8)
An Angel at My Table (1990)
Bright Star (2009) [seen: 01/09]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "The Lady Bug" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Holy Smoke (1999)
In the Cut (2003) [seen: 11/03]
The Piano (1993)
Sweetie (1989)
Top of the Lake (2013) [seen: 11/13]
Two Friends (1986)

Laurent Cantet (3)
The Class (2008) [seen: 09/09]
Time Out (2001)
Vers le sud (2005) [seen: TIFF '05]
A major letdown after Cantet’s previous work, this is a capable film, but nothing to cheer about. It tells the story of three women, all French, but from different regions of the world, who get caught up in jealousy and romance with young male escorts at their Haitian vacation resort. The performances (especially Charlotte Rampling) and the location photography are all first-rate, but Cantet fumbles the ball when he tries to extend the film into a message about class and race relations. Maybe down the road once he has built up a larger body of work, this film may pick up a deeper meaning, but as it stands now, it’s a bit forgettable.

Frank Capra (4)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) [seen: 12/07]
It Happened One Night (1934) [seen: 12/06]
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) [last seen: 12/09]
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Leos Carax (4)
Bad Blood (1986) aka Mauvais sang
Boy Meets Girl (1984)
Holy Motors (2012) [seen: 02/13]
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) [seen: 01/06]
Tokyo! -- segment "Merde" (2008) [seen: 11/09, 05/12]
René Cardona Jr. (2)
Cyclone (1978) [seen: 06/06]
Night of the Bloody Apes (1969) [seen: 10/08] Mexican madness about a doctor who transplants the heart of a gorilla in his terminally ill son and winds up creating a blood thirsty monster who likes to rip the clothes off of women and the scalps off of passerby’s. I enjoyed this enough to watch both versions -- the Mexican version which plays like 1930’s Mad Doctor Hollywood, and the American export version which contains additional footage of the female leads in the nude, and a great deal of H.G. Lewis style gore -- guess which one was better?
John Carney (2)
Begin Again (2013) [seen: 12/14]
Once (2006) [seen: 02/08]

Giuliano Carnimeo (2)
Anna: the Pleasure, the Torment aka Secrets of a Call Girl (1973) [seen: 04/06]
Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

John Carpenter (20)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) [5th viewing: 01/06, 01/14]
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) [last seen: 12/13]
Body Bags -- segments "The Gas Station" and "Hair" (1993) [seen: 02/08]
Christine (1983) [seen: 02/04]
Cigarette Burns (2005) [seen: 12/05, 03/06]
Dark Star (1974) [seen: 04/08]
Escape from L.A. (1996) [seen: 01/06]
Escape from New York (1981) [last seen: 01/06]
The Fog (1980)
Ghosts of Mars (2001) [seen: 08/05]
Halloween (1978)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Prince of Darkness (1987) [seen: 11/03, lowered 01/06]
Pro-Life (2006) [seen: 11/06] Is it just me or are these things starting to show their budget constraints? Also, I think I'm starting to hate these Nicotero effects, they just feel so out of place...
Someone's Watching Me! (1978) [seen: 10/07]
Starman (1984) [last seen: 02/09]
They Live (1988) [seen: 01/04, 09/13]
The Thing (1982) [4th viewing: 02/06]
Vampire$ (1998)
The Ward (2010) [seen: 08/11]
Shane Carruth (2)
Primer (2004) [seen: 04/05]
Upstream Color (2013) [seen: 05/13]

John Cassavetes (8)
Faces (1968)  
Gloria (1980) [seen: 05/14]
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Love Streams (1984) [seen: 04/05] How do I do justice to this 141-minute masterpiece, by one of the greatest of all filmmakers, in which every single bit of dialogue, every actorly flourish, every nuanced camera movement, seems worthy of extrapolation? John Cassavetes has created an achingly beautiful film, one that made me weep, made me laugh, and made me cringe in its brutal honesty of the human experience—this is one of those great works of art that stirs you to the very core, leaving you with a profound feeling of what it means to be alive. IF you’ve never seen a John Cassavetes film, then you are depriving yourself of one of the cinemas most truly rewarding experiences, and if you have seen his work, then you realize that every word I said can be applied to just about any of his films.
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Opening Night (1977) [seen: 05/07]
Shadows (1959)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Nick Cassavetes (2)
The Notebook (2004)
The Other Woman (2014) [seen: 01/15]

Lucien Castaing-Taylor (2)
Leviathan (2012) Verena Paravel co-director [seen: 11/13]
Sweetgrass (2009) Ilisa Barbash co-director [seen: 08/11]

William Castle (10)
13 Frightened Girls! (1963) [seen:12/09]
13 Ghosts (1960) [seen: 06/08]
Betrayed (1944) [seen: 06/04]
Homicidal (1961) [seen: 10/10]
House on Haunted Hill (1959) [seen: 04/04]
Macabre (1958) [seen: 10/11] A little overachiever of a film that in just 70 minutes manages to squeeze in an introduction, two extended flashbacks, half dozen major characters, and a major twist ending that while quaint by today’s standards, must have brought down the house in 1958. William Castle was clearly swinging for the fences, using this production to launch what would become his signature brand of sensationalist filmmaking.  The basic plot involves a small town doctor who must race around town to find his kidnapped daughter who may be buried alive and slowly running out of oxygen. The majority of the film makes use of a creaky graveyard set, lending the film a spooky z-grade horror vibe, and while no means a great picture, there is an undeniable charm to Castle’s crackerjack approach.
Mr. Sardonicus (1961) [seen: 10/10] Castle seems to be going for a Hammer horror vibe with this gothic take about a baron whose face was frozen in a horrible grimace after he received a terrible scare. He now leads a reclusive phantom of the opera like existence in an old castle where he tortures his servants in an attempt to cure his ailment. It's a fun little movie, even if it's nothing of great significance. Castle's gimmick this time around was to let audiences vote on the villain's fate at the end... guess what my audience voted for?
Strait-Jacket (1964) [seen: 08/07]
The Tingler (1959) [seen: 01/09]
Hélène Cattet (2)
Amer (2009) Bruno Forzani co-director [seen: 02/11]
Catharsis (2001) Bruno Forzani co-director [short, 3min.] [seen: 02/11]
Chambre Jaune (2002) Bruno Forzani co-director [short, 8 min] [seen: 08/06, 02/11]
L'Etrange Portarait de la Dame en Jaune (2004) Bruno Forzani co-director [short, 5 min.] [seen: 02/11]
La Fin de Notre Amour (2004) Bruno Forzani co-director [short, 10 min.] [seen: 02/11]
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) [seen: 07/14] Bruno Forzani co-director
Paolo Cavara (3)
The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971) [seen: 04/06]
Mondo Cane (1963) co-directors Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi
Mondo Cane 2 (1963) [seen: 04/06] co-directors Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi

Nacho Cerdà (1)
The Abandoned (2006) [seen: 07/07]
Aftermath (1994) [short] [seen: 11/05]
The Awakening (1990) (short) [seen: 12/05]
Genesis (1998) (short) [seen: 12/05]
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (3)
Climates (2006) [seen: TIFF '06]
Distant (2003) [seen: TIFF '03]
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) [seen: 07/12]

Gurinder Chadha (1)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) [seen: 01/10]
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Quais de Seine" (2006) [short] [seen: 12/07]

Claude Chabrol (7)
Les bonnes femmes (1960)
Le Boucher (1970) [seen: 11/04]
The Bridesmaid (2004) [seen: 08/07] It’s quite good but it is nothing MAJOR, something that seems applicable to all late-Chabrol films these days…
La Cérémonie (1995) [seen: 07/05]
L'enfer (1994)
La Femme infidèle (1969)
A Girl Cut in Two (2007) [seen: 01/09]
Don Chaffey (3)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) [seen: 06/09]
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Pete's Dragon (1977) [seen: 10/12]

Fruit Chan (2)
Durian Durian (2000)
Three... Extremes -- segment "Dumplings" (2004) [seen: 11/04]
Jackie Chan (1)
Police Story (1985) [seen: 03/14]

J.C. Chandor (2)
All is Lost (2013) [seen: 03/14]
Margin Call (2011) [seen: 01/12]

Jay Chandrasekhar (2)
Beerfest (2006) [seen: 05/09]
Club Dread (2004) [seen: 05/04]
Kim Chapiron (2)
Dog Pound (2010) [seen: 01/12]
Sheitan (2006) [seen: 10/06] Don’t trust the bad reviews on this one…comedy and horror are two genres that immediately signal a “lesser film” in many people’s eyes and Chapiron mixes a warped cocktail of the two with uncanny perfection. Over-the-top French filmmaking (a la Gaspar Noe), unbridled teen sexuality (a la Larry Clark), and Lynchian black humour seem to be on display here, but with a complete originality that I’m at a loss to properly describe it. So in the meantime, ‘genre film of the year’ will have to suffice.

Charles Chaplin (11)
The Champion (1916) [short] [seen: 06/06]
The Circus (1928)  [seen: 07/04]
City Lights (1931)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Great Dictator (1940) [last seen: 05/11]
His New Job (1915) [short] [seen: 11/05]
The Immigrant (1917)
The Kid (1921)
A King in New York (1957) [seen: 09/04]
Limelight (1952) [seen: 01/04]
Modern Times (1936)  [last seen: 11/10]
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
A Night Out (1915) [seen: 12/05]
The Rink (1916)
Brenda Chapman (2)
Brave (2012) Mark Andrews & Steve Purcell co-directors [seen: 07/12]
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Chang Cheh (7)
Boxer from Shantung (1972) [seen: 05/06]
Five Element Ninjas (1982) [seen: 02/08]
Five Venoms (1978) [seen: 10/05]
Golden Swallow (1968) [seen: 11/04]
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) Roy Ward baker co-director
New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) [seen: 11/04]
Return of the One Armed Swordsman (1969)

Larry Charles (3)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) [seen: 11/06] Once again we have very average filmmaking desperately trying to keep up with a brilliant comedic mind.
Bruno (2009) [seen: 07/09]
The Dictator (2012) [seen: 05/12]
Damien Chazelle (2)
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2010) [seen: 05/11]
Whiplash (2014) [seen: 02/15, 02/15]

Patrice Chéreau (2)
Gabrielle (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] I’ve never been an ardent fan of Chereau’s work, and I also consider Joseph Conrad to be one of THE great writers of all time, so perhaps this is why this trite little film just didn’t work for me. The lead performances reek of theatricality and the stylish cinemascope photography, which bounces between black-and-white to saturated color, offers nothing to chew on. To complicate matters further, Chereau employs the hammy technique of occasionally stripping an actor of their line and presenting it as text on-screen in BIG BOLD LETTERS. I expect some will fall head-over-heels for this at the NYFF, but this is one film that feels trivial amidst a festival of this size and depth.
Intimacy (2001) [seen: 02/04]
Sylvain Chomet (2)
Paris, je t'aime - segment "Tour Eiffel" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
The Triplets of Belleville (2003) [seen: 01/04]

Stephen Chow (6)
CJ7 (2008) [seen: 05/08]
God of Cookery (1996) [seen: 03/05] This is my first encounter with Stephen Chow, distinguished Hong Kong comedian with a decent worldwide following and acclaimed director of the recent films Shaolin Soccer and Kung-Fu Hustle. As an early outing for Chow as director, the direction is a bit creaky at times, perhaps because Chows comedy is far more developed than his skills as a director at this point. The plot follows the downfall of the “God of Cookery”—a powerful and arrogant chef (played by Chow) who is revealed to be a fraud, left in the gutter only to mount a killer comeback after studying martial arts cooking at Shaolin Temple. The jokes range from hilarious to pitiful and by the time the well staged ending rolls around it feels a bit too little and a tad too late. Still, as an entertainment, this film works just fine and I cant say I’m not looking forward to checking out the rest of the Chow oeuvre.
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013) [seen: 05/13]
The King of Comedy
Kung Fu Hustle (2004) [seen: 03/05, 03/05]
Shaolin Soccer (2001) [seen: 03/05, 09/05, 04/06]
Derek Cianfrance (2)
Blue Valentine (2010) [seen: 05/11]
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) [seen: 08/13]

Rene Clair (4)
And Then There Were None (1945)
Entr'acte (1924) [short]
Le Million (1931)
À Nous la Liberté (1931) [seen: 06/06]
Paris qui dort (1925) [short]
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) [seen: 07/08]

Bob Clark (6)
Black Christmas (1974) [3rd viewing; 12/06]
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973) [seen: 01/07]
A Christmas Story (1983) [last seen: 12/08, 1/09, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12]
Deathdream (1974) [seen: 07/04]
Porky's (1982) [seen: 02/07]
Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) [seen: 02/07] Bob Clark is a filmmaker I have trouble classifying. He has made some brilliant films, but his body of work has to be one of the most uneven out there. This is typical of his misfires -- a rambling hodgepodge of raunchy jokes and nostalgic kitsch pieced together by a half-baked narrative -- one gets the sense that his wallet rather than his heart is the driving force here.

Greydon Clark (2)
Joysticks (1983) [seen: 09/12]
Satan's Cheerleaders (1977) [seen: 08/07] Harmless camp fun, it actually works better when it’s not trying to be a horror film.

Larry Clark (5)
Bully (2001) [4th viewing: 05/04] I show this film to more and more people and yet it still remains a masterpiece. Clark's camera is ever unflinching and the results are equal parts provocative, pornographic, and beautiful. Now if only his Ken Park could pick up US distibution.
Destricted -- segment "Impaled" (2006) [short] [seen: 10/06, 07/08, 07/10]
Ken Park (2002) [seen: 07/04]
Kids (1995)
Teenage Caveman (2002)
Wassup Rockers (2005) [seen: TIFF 05] I got the sense that much of the audience at my screening was letdown that this was not simply a retread to Clark’s groundbreaking Kids. As it stands, we have a gentle, far more sensitive approach to his verité rendered tale of six immigrant youths (no they are not Mexican), wherein Clark reveals he is not the perv-artisit so many have labeled him. The film starts off with pokerfaced seriousness, the camera lingering in extreme close-up on the subtle details of the actor’s faces (skin blemishes, an out of place hair, an innocent smile), but eventually evolves into something far more playful. Embracing the Punk attitudes of his young protagonists, Clark takes his film into Repo Man territory, turning the film into a full-blown satire (think The Twilight Zone suburban anxiety of John Cheever’s “The Swimmer”). It’s a commendable film, offering a different side of this audacious filmmaker.
Zach Clark (2)
Vacation! (2010) [seen: 05/14]
White Reindeer (2013) [seen: 12/13]

Alan Clarke (5)
Elephant (1989) [seen: 09/04]
The Firm (1988) [seen: 10/04]
Made in Britain (1982) [seen: 10/04]
Scum (1979) [seen: 10/04]
Scum (1977) [seen: 10/04]
Jack Clayton (2)
The Innocents (1961) [seen: 06/06]
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) [seen: 06/10] In the early 80’s Walt Disney was producing some tremendously interesting, if not wholly successful live-action films aimed at child audiences, but carrying a darker more adult edge. This one is marred by an abundance of poor special effects so you are never really able to get your imagination going, but had you been given the chance, the story about a wicked carnival that overtakes a small town screams potential. Movies like this don’t get made in America anymore, which makes it hard not to appreciate this in some form.
Ron Clements & John Musker (4)
Aladdin (1992)
Hercules (1997) [seen: 04/12]
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Princess and the Frog (2009) [seen: 03/12]

Edward F. Cline (4)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Cops (Buster Keaton co-director
My Little Chickadee (1940, USA) [seen: 11/04]
The Three Ages (1923) Buster Keaton co-director
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) George Marshall co-director
George Clooney (3)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) [seen: 11/05]
The Ides of March (2011) [seen: 01/12]

Robert Clouse (4)
Deadly Eyes (1982) [seen: 07/14]
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Game of Death (1978) [seen: 04/04] Considering that Bruce Lee died almost 6 years before this film was released, it’s not quite as awful as you might expect. Director Robert Clouse uses a plot that has Lee faking his own death in order to hide from gangsters who want him dead. This basically requires that his character appear in disguises or big dark sunglasses, hence the Bruce Lee stand-ins aren’t as noticeably apparent. Unfortunately only about 30 minutes of this film is footage of the actual Bruce Lee, most of them appearing during a fight sequence with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The kung-fu finale that has Lee battling through five levels of villains, each of whom specialize in a different martial art, is really the only thing that makes this movie worth seeing. The American DVD unfortunately only contains 4 levels of fighting and those are apparently presented out of order (the fifth was edited by censors). Overall, a mildly enjoyable Kung-Fu film, however I have to question the morals of a director who would use footage from Lee’s actual funeral in his movie. Tarantino pays homage to the film’s famous yellow jumpsuit in his Kill Bill vol. 1.
Gymkata (1985) [seen: 08/15]

Joel & Ethan Coen (16)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Blood Simple (1984)
Burn After Reading (2008) [seen: 09/08]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "World Cinema" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Fargo (1996) [last seen: 04/06]
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) [seen: 05/11]
Inside Llewyn Davis (2014) [seen: 03/14]
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) [seen: 10/03]
The Ladykillers (2004) [seen: 03/04]
The Man Who Wasn't There (01)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
No Country for Old Men (2007) [seen: 11/07]
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Tuileries" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
Raising Arizona (1987)
A Serious Man (2009) [seen: 11/09]
True Grit (2010) [seen: 06/11]
Scott Coffey (2)
Adult World (2013) [seen: 06/14]
Ellie Parker (2005) Scott Coffey [seen: 04/06]
Pierre Coffin (3)
Despicable Me (2010) Chris Renaud co-director [01/11]
Despicable Me 2 (2013) Chris Renaud co-director [07/13]
Minions (2015) Kyle Balda co-director [seen: 08/15]

Larry Cohen (13)
Black Caesar (1973)
Bone (1972) [seen: 12/03]
God Told Me To (1976) [seen: 10/03]
It Lives Again (1978)
It's Alive (1974) [seen: 10/04]
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)
Pick Me Up (2006) [seen: 01/06] Cohen’s strong suit has always been his scripts, so the realization that this episode was penned by David J. Schow is immediately a bit of a letdown. The story about two opposing serial killers – one a truck driver named Wheeler who preys on hitchhikers, the other a hitchhiker named Walker who preys on drivers – has an air of Cohen wit to it, but never manages to congeal into something greater. Longtime Cohen axiom Matthew Moriarty turns in a righteously hilarious performance as the sadistic truck driver, he single-handedly carries the show while his counterpart played by Warren Kole is a one-dimensional bore. Eventually this reveals itself to be an above average Twilight Zone episode, and while that’s nothing to boo-hoo about, I have to call it a wasted opportunity from Cohen, one of this country’s most underused directorial talents.
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977) [seen: 08/11]
Q: The Winged Serpent
(1982) [last seen: 01/06]
A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) [seen: 10/10] Larry Cohen was without a doubt one of the finest screenwriters working in America in the 1980's. While many are taken aback by Matthew Moriarity's hammy delivery, he is the perfect embodiment for Cohen's pulpy dialogue and the movies the two of them made together stand as some of the most underrated horror films in existence. Cohen is firing on all cylinders with this one, and armed with the king of pulp Samuel Fuller himself (as a Nazi killing Vampire hunter), he uses the story of a community of cold blooded Vampires to take numerous shots at small town Republicans. Cohen uses horror not as a device to scare, but as a tool to exaggerate the horrors of the real world. One of the few names who actually deserved the title of "Master of Horror," bestowed upon him in the short lived series, the man deserves wider recognition as a master filmmaker.
Special Effects (1984) [seen: 02/06]
The Stuff (1985) [last seen: 01/06]
Wicked Stepmother (1989) [seen: 03/13]

Jaume Collet-Serra (3)
House of Wax (2005) [seen: 05/05]
Orphan (2009) [seen: 12/09]
Unknown (2011) [seen: 08/11]

Chris Columbus (8)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987) [last seen: 08/12]
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Home Alone (1990) [last seen: 12/11]
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) [last seen: 12/10]
I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) [seen: 11/2009]
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Rent (2005) [seen:11/05]

Bruce Conner (4)
Breakaway (1966, USA) Bruce Conner [Short, 5 min.] [seen: 01/14]
Mea Culpa (1981, USA) Bruce Conner [Short, 6 min.] [seen: 01/14]
Vivian (1965, USA) Bruce Conner [Short, 3 min.] [seen: 01/14]
The White Rose (1967, USA) Bruce Conner [Short, 7 min.] [seen: 01/14]

Kevin Connor (5)
At the Earth's Core (1976) [seen: 09/10] Points awarded for the neat sets and campy art direction, however this is basically your low water mark for both Amicus and Cushing.
From Beyond the Grave (1973) [seen: 03/08]
The Land That Time Forgot (1975) [seen: 02/08]
Motel Hell (1980)
People That Time Forgot (1977) [seen: 07/09]
Martha Coolidge (3)
Plain Clothes (1988) [seen: 04/14]
Real Genius (1985) [seen: 11/10]
Valley Girl (1983) [seen: 02/13]

Francis Ford Coppola (9)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
The Conversation (1974)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) [seen: 11/13]
Rumble Fish (1983) [seen: 07/13]
Tetro (2009) [seen: 05/10] Gorgeous cinematography, but what an awful script. Gallo carries this one on his back.
Twixt (2011) [seen: 08/13]

Sofia Coppola (5)
The Bling Ring (2013) [seen: 09/13]
Marie Antoinette (2006) [seen: 10/06]
Lick the Star (1998) [short, 14 min.] [seen: 04/11]
Lost in Translation (2003) [seen: 10/03 ***; 04/04 post-hype rating ****]
Somewhere (2010) [seen: 04/11]
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Anton Corbijn (2)
The American (2010) [seen: 01/11] Methodical and meticulous, Corbijn makes this film like the main character would construct it, and the end product while not for all tastes, is a cool slow burn of a thriller the likes of which hasnt been seen since the American cinema of the 1970's.
Control (2007) [seen: 06/08]
Sergio Corbucci (3)
Companeros (1970) [seen: 09/07]
Django (1966) [seen: 11/07]
Hellbenders (1967) [seen: 09/08]

Roger Corman (14)
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) uncredited [seen: 02/08]
The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955) [seen: 01/08]
Bloody Mama (1970) [seen: 11/07]
A Bucket of Blood (1959) [seen: 03/04]
The Intruder (1962) [seen: 07/08]
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) [seen: 10/10]
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Not of This Earth (1957) [seen: 12/10]
Pit and the Pendulum (1961) [seen: 10/08]
Premature Burial (1962) [seen: 05/04]
The Raven (1963) [seen: 12/09]
Tower of London (1962) [seen: 05/08]
The Wild Angels (1966) [seen: 02/08]
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) [seen: 10/07]
Rodrigo Cortes (2)
Buried (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Red Lights (2012) [seen: 10/12]

Don Coscarelli (9)
The Beastmaster (1982) [seen: 11/2009]
Bubba Ho-tep (2002) [seen: 06/2004]
Incident on and Off a Mountain Road -- "Masters of Horror SSN2" (2005) [seen: 10/2005]
Kenny & Company (1976) [seen: 11/12]
Phantasm (1979) [seen: 01/2004]
Phantasm II (1988) [seen: 10/2005]
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994) [seen: 11/2005]
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) [seen: 11/2005]
Survival Quest (1988) [seen: 11/12]
George P. Cosmatos (3)
Cobra (1986) [seen: 06/12]
Leviathan (1989) [seen: 07/09]
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Pedro Costa (2)
Casa de Lava (1994) [seen: 11/06]
Ossos (1997) [seen: 04/10]
Alex Cox (3)
Highway Patrolman (1991) [seen: 04/06]
Repo Man (1984)
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Luigi Cozzi (2)
Contamination (1980) [seen: 08/06]
Starcrash (1978) [seen: 08/09]

Arthur Crabtree (2)
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) [seen: 01/08]

Wes Craven (15)
Cursed (2005) [seen: 02/05] Wes Craven has essentially made a children’s film with this modern day PG-13-take on the Universal classic The Wolf Man (or is it Teen Wolf?). Craven’s focus on the familial unit and the lack thereof of parental figures is still present, but the rest of this overblown moneymaking scheme is essentially a trodden pile of shit. The laughs come at the expense of the cast of recognizable pop-icons and their stilted performances, leaving me wishing that at least some of these people would end up getting horribly mauled. Alas, this being “a family film” of sorts, we get no such thing and the only horrific mauling it delivers is to the name of a once great horror film director.
Deadly Friend (1986) [seen: 09/07]
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) [seen: 10/03]
The Last House on the Left (1972)
My Soul to Take (2010) [seen: 03/11]
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) [3rd viewing: 5/10]
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Père-Lachaise" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
The People Under the Stairs (1991) [seen: 05/15]
Red Eye (2005) [seen: 08/05]
Scream 4 (2011) [seen: 10/11]
Scream 3 (2000)
Scream 2 (1997)
Scream (1996)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) [seen: 10/07]
Swamp Thing (1982) [seen: 03/06, 08/13]
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) [seen: 06/04]

David Cronenberg (19)
The Brood (1979) [last seen: 05/07]
Camera (2000) [short] [3rd viewing; 10/05]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Cosmopolis (2012) [seen: 11/12]
Crash (1996)
Crimes of the Future (1970) [seen: 09/04]
A Dangerous Method (2011) [seen: 02/12]
Dead Ringers (1988)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Eastern Promises (2007) [seen: 09/07]
eXistenZ (1999) [last seen: 11/03]
Fast Company (1979) [seen: 09/04]
The Fly (1986) [3rd viewing: 09/05, 4th: 10/05]
From the Drain (1967) [seen: 08/04] [short, B&W, 14 min.] Described as a surrealist sketch by the filmmaker himself, this early 16mm black and white short by David Cronenberg was made while he was still a student at the University of Toronto. Made on a budget of $500, the film resembles a Samuel Beckett play as two war veterans sit fully clothed in a bathtub and discuss recent changes in plant life. Eventually some kind of vine comes out of the drain and strangles one of the men while the other removes the dead man's shoes. Somewhat of an experimental oddity, this will probably appeal only to diehard Cronenberg fans.
A History of Violence (2005) [seen: TIFF '05, 03/06] I’m not sure which was more disturbing, the brutally honest indignation of American values that this film depicted, or the oblivious audience I saw it with who missed the point entirely. The fact that this audience felt the need to applaud every time someone was brutally killed on-screen was almost like a twisting of the knife, confirming the wicked truth behind every frame of this masterful film. Cronenberg has for all intents and purposes made a modern day Sirk film where image and subtext are everything (look at that wallpaper!). I look forward to seeing this one again, ideally in a place slightly more detached from that, which is illustrated in the film.
Naked Lunch (1991)
Rabid (1977) [last seen: 03/07]
Scanners (1981)
Shivers (1975)
Spider (2002)
Stereo (1969) [seen: 09/04]
Videodrome (1983) [7th viewing: 11/07]
Cameron Crowe (6)
Almost Famous (2000)
Aloha (2015) [seen: 09/15]
Elizabethtown (2005) [seen: 10/05] Cameron Crowe, are you making a film or a fucking music video? Your soundtrack is horrible, your lead actor worse. Please understand that inserting a song in every sequence cannot hide the fact that practically every character and action in your movie rings false. You have made a film so overblown and condescending and you deliver it with such superficial aplomb to attain that “feel good” effect, you actually left me feeling angered and depressed. Thank you.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
We Bought a Zoo (2011) [seen: 05/12]

Alfonso Cuaron (5)
Children of Men (2006) [seen: 01/07]
Gravity (2013) [seen: 10/13]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) [seen: 06/04]
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Parc Monceau" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
Sólo con tu pareja (1991) [seen: 11/06]
Y tu mamá también (2001)
Michael Cuesta (3)
L.I.E. (2001)
Tell-Tale (2009) [seen: 06/10] The whole "transplanted organ is possessed!" theme is better left in heydays of EC comic horror, but this tale about a vengeful heart, is compulsively watchable. Cuesta seems to be gravitating towards horror these days, and to my surprise, he has a knack for it, his unaired pilot for the zombie-themed Babylon Fields just picked up stock in my book.
Twelve and Holding (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] Like the art house fav from earlier this year Me and You and Everyone We Know, director Michael Cuesta has turned in a remarkable sophomore effort that deals with young children—each of whom are coping with very ‘grown-up’ issues—and the childlike adults that surround them. Cuesta has abandoned the Larry Clark that was channeled in his earlier L.I.E, and replaced it with something a little more wholesome. He films his young actors with a brutal honesty, unafraid if what he is showing might be misinterpreted as misanthropic comedy a la Todd Solondz. It’s shot on DV, but it feels like a larger picture with the serious issues it confronts and the tremendous performances it elicits. Feels like something of a discovery.
George Cukor (5)
Holiday (1938) [seen: 11/05]
My Fair Lady (1964)
Let's Make Love (1960) [seen: 04/05]
The Philadelphia Story (1940) [seen: 08/06]
A Star Is Born (1954) [seen: 11/05]
Richard E. Cunha (2)
Giant for the Unknown (1958) [seen: 08/04]
Missile to the Moon (1958) [seen: 03/12]

Chris Cunningham
Afrika Shox -- video for Leftfield and Afrika Bambaataa (1999)
All Is Full of Love -- video for Björk (1999)
Come On My Selector -- video for Squarepusher (1998)
Come To Daddy -- video for Aphex Twin (1997)
Frozen -- video for Madonna (1998)
Mental Wealth -- commercial for PlayStation (1999)
Only You -- video for Portishead (1998)
Rubber Johnny (2005) [short] [seen: 10/05]
Sheena Is A Parasite -- video for The Horrors (2006)
Windowlicker -- video for Aphex Twin (1999)
Sean Cunningham (2)
Friday the 13th (1980) [last seen 04/07]
Spring Break (1983) [seen: 08/09]
Trapped Ashes - segment "Jibaku" (2006) [short] [last seen: TIFF '06, 12/08] Obviously he didn’t get the memo about bad Jap-Horror. Stick to producing

Dan Curtis (5)
Burnt Offerings (1976) [seen: 03/08]
Dead of Night (1977) [seen: 10/10]
The Night Strangler (1973) [seen: 10/09] Few filmmakers were able to bridge the gap between the mediums of television and film like Dan Curtis. This made-for-tv film was the 2nd appearance of investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (a classic snarl and swagger performance by Darren McGavin), who after staking a vampire in Las Vegas (see The Night Stalker) has taken up residency in Seattle where he is hot on the trail of a new case – this time in the form of a walking corpse that’s offing women. Curtis was a storyteller first and foremost, and he slings this one with tremendous efficiency and his usual pulp charm. But if there is one thing I’ve learned by looking at his work over the years, it is that Curtis was producing more than just Emmy worthy television… he was producing art, and damn fine art at that.
The Norliss Tapes (1973) [seen: 11/08] No other filmmaker in history married the horror genre with the medium of Television to greater effect than Dan Curtis.
Trilogy of Terror (1975) [seen: 10/06]

Michael Curtiz (7)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) [seen: 04/05]
Captain Blood (1935) [seen: 07/04]
Casablanca (1942)
Doctor X (1932) [seen: 10/06]
Mildred Pierce (1945)
The Sea Wolf (1941) [seen: 08/04]
Gerard Damiano (2)
Deep Throat (1972)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1973) Gerard Damiano [seen: 05/06]
Lee Daniels (2)
The Paperboy (2012) [seen: 01/13]
Precious (2009) [seen: 03/10]

Joe Dante (14)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, & Robert K. Weiss co-directors [seen: 08/10]
The 'burbs (1989) [seen: 02/06]
Explorers (1985) [seen: 05/10] Falters a bit by the end, but not before hammering home a meaty philosophical point, and it's potency like this that makes Dante the true master of the Spielberg/Lucas family film adventure
Gremlins (1984) [last seen: 12/09]
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) [last seen: 02/06]
The Hole (2009) [seen: TIFF '09, 03/11]
Homecoming (2005) [seen: 12/05, 07/06]
The Howling (1981) [seen: 07/05]
Innerspace (1987) [last seen: 05/11]
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) [seen: 12/05]
Matinee (1993) [seen: 02/06]
Piranha (1978) [seen: 12/05]
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) co-director [seen: 04/08]
The Screwfly Solution (2006) [seen: 12/06]
The Second Civil War (1997) [seen: 02/06]
Small Soldiers (1998) [last seen: 06/08]
Splatter (2009, USA) [short, 26 min.] [seen; 05/10] Roger Corman produced short by the great Dante, feels like a Hammer film hammered out on a mediocre budget.
Trapped Ashes -- wrap around segments (2006) [seen: TIFF 06, 08/08]
Twilight Zone: The Movie -- segment " It's a Good Life" (1983) [seen: 10/07]
Frank Darabont (4)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Mist (2007) [seen: 11/07]
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Walking Dead -- Pilot Episode (2010) [seen: 11/10]

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (7)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Darkness" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
L'Enfant (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] A harrowing masterpiece, executed with the usual formal brilliance of the Dardenne brothers indelible body of work. Once again the focus is on lower-class Belgium; a young homeless couple is shattered by the unspeakable actions of the young father who indifferently sells their newborn child as a means to better their own existence. It quickly becomes apparent that the journey the film embarks on, although documentary in its feel, is a deeply metaphorical venture into the spiritual quest for redemption of the true l’enfant of the story, the father. No filmmakers working today are capable of stripping a narrative film of all pretensions in such a way as the Dardennes, who offer a genuine peak into the depths of the human soul. The final chase scene is infused with such urgency and embittered consequence, I found myself in awe, this is what cinema is all about. Photos found here.
The Kid with a Bike (2011] [seen: 08/12]
Lorna's Silence
(2008) [seen: 04/09]
La Promesse (1996)
Rosetta (1999)
The Son (2002)
Two Days, One Night (2014, Belgium) [seen: 11/14]

Jules Dassin (6)
Brute Force (1947) [seen: 06/07]
The Law (1959) [seen: 05/11]
The Naked City (1948)
Night and the City (1950) [seen: 03/05]
Rififi (1955)
Thieves' Highway (1949)

Delmer Daves (3)
3:10 to Yuma (1957) [seen: 04/06]
Dark Passage (1947)
A Summer Place (1959) [seen: 04/13]

Terence Davies (3)
Children (1976) [short] [seen: 07/13]
The Deep Blue Sea (2011) [seen: 04/12]
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) [seen: 09/07]
The Long Day Closes (1992) [seen: 11/09]
Andrew Davis (4)
The Final Terror (1983) [seen: 07/14]
The Fugitive (1993)
Holes (2003)
Under Siege (1992)

Jonathan Dayton (2)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Valerie Faris co-director
Ruby Sparks (2012) [seen: 11/12] Valerie Faris co-director

William Dear (3)
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987) [seen: 08/12]
If Looks Could Kill (1991)

Raymond De Felitta (2)
City Island (2009) [seen: 09/10] Took me by surprise. Dysfunctional family dramedy is usually not my cup, but like De Felitta's deeply underrated Two Family House, this is a small budget picture without lofty aspirations and executed with careful passion for the story that is evident in every scene.
Two Family House (2000)

Rolf de Heer (4)
Alexandra's Project (2003) [seen: 01/06]
Bad Boy Bubby (1993) [seen: 04/05]
The Tracker (2002)
Ten Canoes (2006) [seen: 04/08]

Manoel de Oliveira (3)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Sole Meeting" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (2009) [seen: 01/11]
I'm Going Home (2001)
The Panels of São Vicente de Fora – A Poetic Vision (2009) [short; 16 minutes] [seen: 01/11]
A Talking Picture (2003) [seen: 05/10] Dreamlike, philosophical, at times deeply pretentious, this picture snakes it way into a place you'd never expect it to reach and ends on a note so baffling that I had to wonder if I had missed something. It was only later upon reading some comments by Jonathan Rosenbaum that my suspicions were confirmed, this picture Bunuelian to the core.
Oswaldo De Oliveira (2)
Amazon Jail (1982) [seen: 07/08]
Bare Behind Bars (1980) [seen: 06/06]

Amando de Ossorio (6)
The Ghost of Galleon (1974) [seen: 03/06] It's sad that nothing serious is written about de Ossorio's work, the guy had talent.
The Loreley's Grasp (1974) [seen: 02/08]
Night of the Seagulls (1975) [seen: 03/06]
The Night of the Sorcerers (1973) [seen: 10/07]
The Return of the Evil Dead (1973) [seen: 03/06]
Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971) [seen: 10/04]

Brian De Palma (18)
The Black Dahlia (2006) [seen: 09/06]
Blow Out (1981) [seen: 10/03]
Body Double (1984) [seen: 10/03, 08/07] Amongst many it seems open for debate, but for me this will always remain De Palma’s masterpiece.
Carlito's Way (1993) [seen: 04/10]
Dressed to Kill (1980) [last seen: 05/06]
Femme Fatale (2002) [3rd viewing: 04/06]
The Fury (1978) [seen: 08/06]
Greetings (1968) [seen: 07/05]
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Obsession (1976) [seen: 10/03]
Passion (2012) [seen: 08/13]
Phantom of the Paradise (1974) [seen: 02/10]
Redacted (2007) [seen: TIFF 07]
Scarface (1983) [seen: 11/03]
Sisters (1973) [seen: 03/06]
Snake Eyes (1998) [seen: 04/06]
The Untouchables (1987) [seen: 11/07]
André De Toth (4)
Crime Wave (1954) [seen: 01/08]
Day of the Outlaw (1959) [seen: 11/04]
House of Wax (1953) [seen: 10/05]
Pitfall (1948) [seen: 04/05]
Marina de Van (2)
Don't Look Back (2009) [seen: 07/10]
In My Skin (2002) [seen: 04/04]

Guillermo del Toro (6)
Cronos (1993) [seen: 11/03]
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Hellboy (2004) [seen: 04/04] There is no denying that Guillermo del Toro certainly has talent. Whether he is making big budget Hollywood action pieces such as Blade II, or grinding out art house horror films in Mexico as in The Devil’s Backbone, he always seems to deliver the goods. I prefer his more personal projects made in Mexico, however I have admit to a fair level of enjoyment from his Hollywood fair. Hellboy is yet another comic book adaptation that is equal parts a thrilling experience and a tedious mess. The fantastic make-up of the title character was like a breath of fresh air compared to the computer-generated shell that was the Hulk. Even as the end of the film approached and the movie narrowly escaped constituting as a Men in Black remake—not to mention I had hardly any idea what was going on—I have to confess to having a good time. Fans of del Toro’s Cronos should find the knife wielding character named Kroenen (phonetic hommage?) a delight. His mechanical body might be the first “del Toroian” image I’ve seen
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) [seen: 11/08]
Pacific Rim (2013) [seen: 10/13]
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) [seen: TIFF '06] One of these days I'll get around to giving this a second look...
William Dear (2)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
If Looks Could Kill (1991) [last seen: 08/15]

Dean DeBlois (3)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Chris Sanders co-director [04/10]
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) [seen: 01/15]
Lilo & Stitch (2002) Chris Sanders co-director [02/12]

Fred Dekker (2)
The Monster Squad (1987) [last seen: 07/07, 09/08]
Night of the Creeps (1986) [seen: 10/04]
Tales From the Crypt SSN2 - The Thing from the Grave (1990) [seen: 01/06]
Lee Demarbre (5)
The Dead Sleep Easy (2007) [seen: 09/09]
Harry Knuckles and the Pearl Necklace (2004) [seen: 02/08]
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001) [seen: 11/07]
Smash Cut (2009) [seen: 09/09]
Summer's Blood (2009) [seen: 11/10]

Jonathan Demme (5)
Caged Heat (1974) [seen: 07/08]
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) [seen: 08/04]
Rachel Getting Married (2008)  [seen: 11/08]
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Jacques Demy (3)
Lola (1961) [seen: 06/09]
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) [seen: 02/04]

Claire Denis (7)
35 Shots of Rum (2008) [seen: 01/10]
Beau travail (1999)
Friday Night (2002) [last seen: 12/03]
L'intrus (2004) [seen: 09/08]
Nenette and Boni (1996)
Trouble Everyday (2001)
White Material (2009) [seen: 12/10]

Ruggero Deodato (2)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) [seen: 02/04]
The House on the Edge of the Park (1980) [seen: 11/08]
Scott Derrickson (4)
Deliver Us From Evil (2014) [seen: 11/14]
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) [seen: 09/05]
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) [seen: 07/14]
Sinister (2012) [seen: 03/13]

Arnaud Desplechin (2)
A Christmas Tale (2008) [seen: 12/09]
Kings and Queen (2004) [seen: 06/05]
Howard Deutch (1)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Tales from the Crypt SSN2 – Dead Right (1990) [seen: 01/06]
Tales from the Crypt SSN1 – Only Sin Deep (1989)
Anthony DiBlasi (2)
Dread (2009) [seen: 03/10]
Last Shift (2014) [seen: 01/16]

Kirby Dick (2)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) [seen: 06/07] Rosenbaum pretty much nails it and I wonder if Dick really cares about this issue, or is this just a stunt to put his name alongside Michael Moore and that Supersize Me guy in the public eye? The numerous staged scenes with the private investigators peeling rubber or conspicuously peering through binoculars are just plain awful. Let’s confront the real issues at hand and leave the garbage picking to the paparazzi.
Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997) [seen: 11/04]
Edward Dmytryk (2)
Crossfire (1947) [seen: 04/12]
Murder, My Sweet (1944) [seen: 03/05]

Peter Docter (3)
Inside Out (2015) Ronnie Del Carmen co-director [seen: 06/15]
Monsters, Inc. (2001) David Silverman co-director [seen: 08/10]
Up (2009) Bob Peterson co-director [seen: 06/09, 01/10]
Xavier Dolan (3)
Heartbeats (2010) [seen: 03/11]
I Killer My Mother (2009) [seen: 09/11]
Mommy (2014) [seen: 01/16]

Stanley Donen (5)
Bedazzled (1967) [seen: 05/07]
Charade (1963) [seen: 03/12]
Funny Face (1957) [seen: 06/09] J. Rosenbaum says it best with "The film's sophistication is compromised by the rather dumb plot..." but the musical numbers are stellar.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) [seen: 05/09] I kept thinking during this one how a masculine musical such as this would make a terrific double bill with a Shaw Brothers martial arts extravaganza.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Richard Donner (11)
The Goonies (1985) [last seen: 08/09]
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Maverick (1994)
The Omen (1976) [seen: 06/06]
Radio Flyer (1992)
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980) (uncredited)
Tales From the Crypt SSN1- Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone (1989)
Tales From the Crypt SSN2 - The Ventriloquist's Dummy (1990)
The Toy (1982)
John Erick Dowdle (2)
Devil (2010) [seen: 12/10]
Quarantine (2008) [seen: 12/09]

Robert Downey Sr. (3)
Greaser's Palace (1972) [seen: 01/04]
Hugo Pool (1997) [seen: 04/04]
Putney Swope (1969) [3rd viewing; 02/04]
Michael Dowse (3)
Goon (2011) [seen: 09/12]
Take Me Home Tonight (2011) [seen: 05/13]
What If (2013, Canada) Michael Dowse [seen: 12/14]

Carl Theodor Dreyer (5)
Gertrud (1964)
Ordet (1955)
Day of Wrath (1943)
Vampyr (1932) [seen: 11/08]
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Dennis Dugan (4)
Big Daddy (1999)
Grown Ups (2010) [seen: 11/10] Enough billboard talent involved to keep things watchable, but Dugan's penchant for comedic timing is approaching zero. His formula -- place the punchline at the end of the scene, then cut, repeat 45 times, roll credits.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Problem Child (1990)

Bruno Dumont (7)
Flanders (2006) [seen: 02/07]
Hadewijch (2009) [seen: TIFF '09] A major change of pace from Dumont, abandoning his raw violence for something more spiritual, and which plays out as if Mouchette were the star of Diary of a Country Priest. There is so much being worked out here that I really need a second viewing to fully grasp, but this is weighty material handled by an indelible talent for certain.
Hors Satan (2011) [seen: 06/13]
Li'l Quinquin (2014) [seen: 12/14]
Twentynine Palms (2003) [seen: 06/04, 07/04]
La vie de Jésus (1997) [seen: 03/04]
Quentin Dupieux (5)
Rubber (2010) [seen: 04/11]
Reality (2015) [seen: 09/15]
Steak (2007) [seen:11/12]
Wrong (2012) [seen: 04/13]
Wrong Cops (2013) [seen: 05/13]

Jay and Mark Duplass (5)
Baghead (2008) [seen: 01/09] This is a nice direction for the “mumblecore” movement, which was beginning to grow more than a tad one note and predictable. To combine this style of acting with the horror movie set-up is incredibly effective, and makes me hope that the Duplass brothers stick around and play in the genre some more.
Cyrus (2010) [seen: 01/11]
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) [seen: 08/12]
The Intervention (2005) [short] [seen: 01/09]
Jeff Who Lives at Home (2011) [seen: 06/12]
The Puffy Chair (2005) [seen: 01/09]
Scrapple (2004) [short] [seen: 01/09]
This Is John (2003) [short] [seen: 01/09]

Fabrice du Walz (2)
Calvaire (2004) [seen: TIFF 04]
Vinyan (2008) [seen: 04/09]
Clint Eastwood (16)
American Sniper (2014) [seen: 05/15]
Blood Work (2002) [seen: 04/10]
Changeling (2008) [seen: 11/08]
The Gauntlet (1977) [seen: 03/09]
Gran Torino (2008) [seen: 01/09]
Hereafter (2010) [seen: 05/11]
High Plains Drifter (1973) [seen: 05/06]
Invictus (2009) [seen: 07/10]
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Mystic River (2003) [seen: 10/03]
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) [seen: 07/12]
A Perfect World (1993) [3rd viewing; 12/08]
Play Misty for Me (1971) [seen: 05/06]
Sudden Impact (1983) [seen: 12/08] I’m simply not a fan of Eastwood’s self mocking/deconstruction of the Dirty Harry persona. Some brilliant noir sequences though…
Unforgiven (1992)
White Hunter, Black Heart (1990) [seen: 04/10]
Thom Eberhardt (2)
Captain Ron (1992)
Night of the Comet (1984) [seen: 05/07]

Blake Edwards (6)
"10" (1979) [seen: 11/07]
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
The Party (1968) [seen: 08/06]
The Pink Panther (1963) [seen: 06/05]
A Shot in the Dark (1964) [seen: 10/05]
S.O.B. (1981) [seen: 11/10]

Colin Eggleston (2)
Fantasm Comes Again (1977) [seen: 11/2009]
Long Weekend (1978) [seen: 08/2009]
Sergei Eisenstein (4)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot (1958) [seen: 06/05]
Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1944) [seen: 06/05]
Strike (1925)
Atom Egoyan (10)
The Adjuster (1991) [seen: 10/05]
Calendar (1993)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Artaud Double Bill" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Chloe (2009) [seen: 07/10]
Exotica (1994)
Family Viewing (1987)
Felicia's Journey (1999)
Next of Kin (1984)
Speaking Parts (1989) [seen: 08/04]
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Where the Truth Lies (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] A very uncharacteristic film from Egoyan, which still has me pondering where this fits into the filmmaker’s oeuvre, but stands as a strong enough film in its own right. The allusions to Martin and Lewis tend to complicate many people’s appreciation of this mysterious story about a comic duo coping with a past of drugs, sex, lies, and possibly murder. Where the source novel was an explicit reference to a Martin and Lewis, Egoyan tries his hardest to create something totally new (Kevin Bacon and Colin firth are indeed strange casting choices) and the result is a transfixing throwback to the dreamy aura of classic Hollywood mixed with the hard edged approach to sex that many 70’s neo-noir’s adopted. Egoyan continues to explore his fascination with image and memory – in this case the iage of celebrity – and its role in confirming/contrasting one’s own views of the self. The NC-17 rating given this film by the MPAA is completely undeserved and the fact that it kept someone I know from seeing the film, as the controversy gave her impressions of hard sex a la Breillat, only enrages me further. Egoyan has my respect for releasing the film unrated (even though this means many theater chains won’t touch it now) and the MPAA has my middle finger pointing straight at their prudish, bungling snouts, for once again proving that American cinema loves graphic depictions of murder and but cannot tolerate artistic eroticism.
David R. Ellis (3)
Cellular (2004) [seen: 10/04]
Shark Night (2011) [seen: 02/12]
Snakes on a Plane
(2006) [seen: 08/06] Obviously it’s crap, proving once again that Americans can be sold ANYTHING (and even swallow it judging from the IMDB rating) given the proper publicity campaign. Thankfully, a meager opening weekend should be enough to keep every studio from jumping on the bandwagon and producing similar over-hyped concept pictures. As it stands, this is a harmless late-night flick, filled with enough over-the-top dialogue, “loud edits,” and glaring continuity errors to keep everyone pleasantly entertained. I was slightly irked by the feeling that producers were trying a bit too hard to achieve the camp factor -- cult status is earned, not created at a board meeting. Still…Snakes on Plane delivers exactly what it promises, and it’s nice to see Hollywood not taking itself so damn serious for a change. See this at the right screen in select cities and you get a double feature that plays simultaneously entitled “Assholes in Theater,” an extra no DVD will provide.

Roland Emmerich (6)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Godzilla (1998)
Independence Day (1996)
The Patriot (2000)
Stargate (1994)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Cy Endfield (3)
Mysterious Island (1961) [seen: 07/03]
Try and Get Me (1950) [seen: 03/05]
Zulu (1964)

Jean Epstein (3)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) [seen: 07/04]
La glace à trois faces (1927) [seen: 11/07]
Le tempestaire (1947) [seen: 11/07]
Luciano Ercoli (3)
Death Walks at Midnight (1972) [seen: 03/06]
Death Walks on High Heels (1971) [seen: 08/06]
The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) [seen: 04/06]

Victor Erice (2)
The Dream of Light (1992) [seen: 05/04]
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) [seen: 10/03]
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet -- segment "Lifeline" (2002) [seen: 11/05, 12/06]
Valerie Faris (2)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Jonathan Dayton co-director
Ruby Sparks (2012) [seen: 11/12] Jonathan Dayton co-director

Peter & Bobby Farrelly (8)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014) [seen: 09/15]
Fever Pitch (2005) [seen: 04/05]
Hall Pass (2011) [seen: 06/11]
Kingpin (1996)
Movie 43 - segment "The Pitch," "The Catch," and "Truth or Dare" (2013) [seen: 07/13]
Shallow Hal (2001)
There's Something About Mary (1998)
The Three Stooges (2012) [seen: 09/12]
John Farrow (3)
The Big Clock (1948)
His Kind of Woman (1951) [seen: 08/06]
Hondo (1953) [seen: 10/05]

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (16)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) [seen: 01/2004]
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) [seen: 04/2009]
Beware of a Holy Whore (1970)[seen: 10/2003]
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
Fox and His Friends (1975)
In a Year of 13 Moons (1978) [seen: 04/2004]
Katzelmacher (1969)
Lola (1981) [02/2004]
Love is Colder than Death (1969) [seen: 06/2008]
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) [seen: 01/2004]
Martha (1973) [seen: 04/04]
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971)
Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)
Satan's Brew (1976) off-site review [seen: 02/2006]
Veronika Voss (1981) [seen: 01/2004]
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970) Michael Fengler co-director [seen: 06/2006]

Jon Favreau (5)
Chef (2014) Jon Favreau [seen: 12/14]
Elf (2003) [seen: 11/03] Jon Favreau's half-funny Christmas movie should prove a heartwarming experience for kids of all ages. For me, this played like a 90 minute Saturday Night Live skit -- throw Will Ferrell in an elf costume and have him run around -- laughter will follow. The problem is that this would have worked better as an SNL skit and to make a film out of it, means inserting storyline between the gags and disrupting the flow of the humour. Fans of Ferrell's antics should find this enjoyable, me, I was never more than mildly interested. Zooey Deschanel, who seems to have no idea why she is in this movie co-stars
Iron Man (2008) [seen: 11/08]
Iron Man 2 (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) [seen: 11/05] The opening credit sequence is a real knockout. As the camera gracefully explores the inner workings of the Zathura board game--a montage of intricate springs, gears, and 1950’s sci-fi artwork--we find both a touching and inspiring ode to a form of childhood entertainment all but forgotten. The film itself never quite manages to rise up to the level of imagination that the opening inspires, but that inspiration was enough to get me to enjoy every bit of what was to follow. Director Jon Favreau may not be a bona fide filmmaker, but he’s been in the business long enough to understand what works and what doesn’t, and for the most part, this works…
Paul Feig (2)
Bridesmaids (2011) [seen: 05/11, 09/11]
Freaks and Geeks (1999) [creator]
The Heat (2013) [seen: 10/13]
Spy (2015) [seen: 12/15]

Federico Fellini (8)
8 1/2 (1963)
Amarcord (1973)
La Dolce Vita (1960) [seen: 11/03]
Juliet of the Spirits (1965) [seen: 02/06]
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Roma (1972) [seen: 11/03] Fellini's poetic reverie to the great city is what many consider to be the height of his anti-narrative film phase. I prefer Amarcord, which he would make two years later, but this film is still pretty damn enchanting. Working equally on the streets of Rome and in the studio, Fellini jumps from one exquisite set piece to the next, often ignoring reality to indulge his own guilty pleasures. Where Buñuel was fascinated with feet, Fellini was a lover of big bottomed, large busted women. As he recounts his experiences in brothels during WWII and a fantastic sequence featuring a dreamlike fashion show, these fetishes (among his many others) become overtly apparent. As always, everything is beautifully photographed as Fellini walks you through a world that is entirely his own.
Spirits of the Dead -- segment "Toby Dammit" (1968) [seen: 05/13]
La Strada
(1954) [seen: 11/03]
The White Sheik (1952) [seen: 03/12]

Abel Ferrara (14)
The Addiction (1995) [seen: 11/2003]
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
The Blackout (1997)
Body Snatchers (1993) [seen: 03/2004]
China Girl (1987) [seen: 03/2005]
Could This Be Love (1973) [short] [seen: 10/2005]
Dangerous Game (1993)
The Driller Killer (1979) [seen: 07/2004]
The Funeral (1996) [seen: 03/2004]
Go Go Tales (2007) [seen: 04/2009]
The Hold Up (1972) [seen: 10/2005]
King of New York (1990) [seen: 06/2005]
Mary (2005) [seen: TIFF 2005]
Ferrara is at the top of his game in this, his most compassionate film to date. A deeply powerful look at religion, the soul, and its place in the Hollywood machine, this is the story of a director (Matthew Modine) who makes a Christ film as a means to exploit the religious dollar in American theater goers (Mel Gibson anyone?). Beautifully mixing video and film, and utilizing his typical flair for cityscapes and brutal close-up framing, this represents the apotheosis for years of subtle religious undertones in Ferrara’s work that seems to have boiled over here, and exploded onto the screen in a rage of post-9/11 self-affirmation. Forrest Whitaker turns in the performance of his career.
Ms. 45 (1981) [last seen: 03/14]
New Rose Hotel (1998) [seen: 03/2004]
Nicky's Film (1971) [short] [seen: 07/2004]
'R Xmas (2001) [seen: 04/2004]
Abel Ferrara’s last film was a masterpiece, but unfortunately hardly anyone saw it. His latest film is close, and like New Rose Hotel it basically was a straight to video release in the States. This is starting to become an uncomfortable trend for some of our country’s most interesting directors. Most recently people like Vincent Gallo, Brian DePalma, David Lynch, and with this picture Abel Ferrara, have turned to French producers and audiences to get their films made. It is even more depressing when you consider that the latest Hollywood vehicle starring The Rock is probably going to gross more this weekend than all of the aforementioned directors previous features combined. This Ferrara work, like Bad Lieutenant before it, functions during a specific time and place in NYC -- this time it is 1993, the final days of Mayor Dinkins administration. The story involves a married couple credited as Husband and Wife, who earn a decent living selling drugs and have a run-in with Ice-T, credited as Kidnapper. Ferrara films with a verité sensibility and punctuates the proceedings with slow dissolves into gliding shots of city skylines. As always, substance is derived from style so the plot is almost incidental. An experience to behold if you are willing to take the time.
Larry Fessenden (5)
Beneath (2013) [seen: 03/14]
Fear Itself 1.8 - "Skin and Bones" (2008) [seen: 10/09] Larry Fessenden re-visits Wendigo territory by curbing from the brilliant Ravenous (right down to the soundtrack) and abandoning any of the subtlety that made his own film on the subject worthwhile.
(1995) [seen: 10/05]
The Last Winter (2006) [seen: 08/07]
No Telling (1991) [seen: 08/06]
Wendigo (2001)

Louis Feuillade (2)
Fantômas (1913) [seen: 11/06]
Les Vampires (1915)

Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (2)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) [seen: 07/11]
I Love You Phillips Morris (2009) [seen: 04/11]
Todd Field (2)
In the Bedroom (2001)
Little Children (2006) [seen: TIFF '06]

Mike Figgis (3)
Hotel (2001) [seen: 09/05]
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Timecode (2000)

David Fincher (9)
Alien 3 (1992)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) [seen: 01/09]
Fight Club (1999)
The Game (1997)
Gone Girl (2014) [seen: 01/15]
Panic Room (2002) [seen: 01/04]
Se7en (1995)
The Social Network (2010) [seen: 10/10]
Zodiac (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Sam Firstenberg (1)
American Ninja (1985) [last seen: 07/15]

Terence Fisher (12)
The Brides of Dracula (1960) [seen: 08/07]
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) [seen: 10/09] I could have sworn that I had seen this Hammer horror classic, however a search through my screening logs produced nil, and even if I had seen it, I confess I remember very little. Terence Fisher takes on the legendary story, actually the James Whale film more than the novel, and comes up with a worthwhile reinvention. Gone is the damaged, poetic soul that is the monster, gone is the fairytale plotline, Fisher is out to produce something far more serious and frightening. The monster is actually seen very little, and the focus is shifted to the great Peter Cushing who portrays the Baron as a maniacal whacko hellbent on playing God. A bold use of color and a buxom Hazel Court keep things interesting to look at.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) [seen: 11/08]
The Devil Rides Out (1968) [seen: 03/05]
The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) [seen: 11/10]
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) [seen: 05/09]
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) [seen: 11/04]
The Gorgon (1964) [seen: 10/08] A small town in the early 19th century is home to an ancient curse in the form of a snake-headed woman capable of turning people into stone. I think the best Hammer horror films are the ones that play to the older crowd, like in the late Sixties when sex appeal was introduced into the mix, but this family-friendly Saturday matinee entry is also top notch, a first rate blend of costume drama and monster movie kitsch.
Horror of Dracula (1958) [seen: 11/04]
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Island of Terror (1966) [seen: 04/08] If you dig Fiend Without a Face then this is for you. A very underrated little monster movie... Sillicates!?
The Mummy (1959)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Mike Flanagan (2)
Absentia (2011) [seen: 10/14]
Oculus (2013) [seen: 10/14]
Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man With the Plan (2006) [short] [seen: 02/15]

Ryan Fleck (2)
Half Nelson (2006) [seen: 02/07]
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Anna Boden co-director [seen: 03/11] Unique look at that awkward stage of late adolescence where youths are terrified that they may actually be fucked up and are gripped with anxiety over said issue. Boden and Fleck do a fine job, but they turn a cold shoulder on mental illnesses of a more severe nature. Galifianakis' character is framed in the best of light to keep things cheery, but the painful reality that the camera chooses to turn away from him in the end, opting for smiles over pain, is a double edged sword Boden & Fleck should really be made to answer for.

Richard Fleischer (7)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Conan the Destroyer (1984) [seen: 02/10]
Fantastic Voyage (1966) [seen: 04/06]
Mr. Majestyk (1974) [seen: 04/05]
The Narrow Margin (1952) [seen: 10/05]
Red Sonja (1985) [seen: 06/11]
Soylent Green (1973) [seen: 12/03]
Ruben Fleischer (2)
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Zombieland (2009) [seen: 10/09] An enjoyable zombie romp, but nothing that’s much better than the myriad of other fanboy zombie films out there, Fleischer’s debut is garnering an obscene amount of undeserved praise. Cashing in on the Max Brooks craze of tongue-in-cheek zombie mythologies, this is nothing more than a series of clever scenarios that filmmakers tried their darndest to fit together into a cohesive narrative. Add some big name stars and few extra million to the budget, and people will actually think this is best thing since Romero…
Rodman Flender (2)
Idle Hands (1999) [seen: 10/13]
Leprechaun 2 (1994) [seen: 12/14]

Robert Florey (2)
The Cocoanuts (1929) Joseph Santley co-director [seen: 07/09]
The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928) Slavko Vorkpich co-director [short] [seen: 12/05]
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) [seen: 10/05]
The Twilight Zone - SSN 1.9 - Perchance to Dream (1959) [seen: 12/07] The Beaumont story is larger than Florey's direction is capable, but still manages to be somewhat incredible.
Twilight Zone SSN 1.17 - The Fever (1960) [seen: 02/08] More comical than anything else, but fun nonetheless...

Anne Fontaine (2)
Coco Before Chanel (2009) [seen: 02/10]
Nathalie... (2003) [seen: 06/06]

John Ford (11)
Donovan's Reef (1963) [seen: 12/09]
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Fort Apache (1948) [seen: 12/07]
My Darling Clementine (1946)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The Long Voyage Home (1940) [seen: 01/07]
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Rio Grande (1950) [seen: 04/13]
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) [seen: 06/08]
Stagecoach (1939)
Marc Forster (3)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Monster's Ball (2001)
World War Z (2013)

Bruno Forzani (1)
The ABCs of Death - segment "O is for Orgasm" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
Amer (2009) Hélène Cattet co-director [seen: 02/11]
Catharsis (2001) Hélène Cattet co-director [short, 3min.] [seen: 02/11]
Chambre Jaune (2002) Hélène Cattet co-director [short, 8 min] [seen: 08/06, 02/11]
L'Etrange Portarait de la Dame en Jaune (2004) Hélène Cattet co-director [short, 5 min.] [seen: 02/11]
La Fin de Notre Amour (2004) Hélène Cattet co-director [short, 10 min.] [seen: 02/11]
Alastair Fothergill (2)
Bears (2014) Kevin Scholey co-director [seen: 05/14]
Chimpanzee (2012) Mark Linfield co-director [seen: 04/12]

Josh Fox (2)
GasLand (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Gasland Part II (2013) [seen: 07/13]

Freddie Francis (4)
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) [seen: 11/07]
The Skull (1965) [seen: 01/09]
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Trog (1970) [seen: 06/04] camp rating

Jess Franco (17)
99 Women (1969) [seen: 04/2005]
The Awful Dr. Orloff (1962) [seen: 08/2007]
Blue Rita (1977) [seen: 06/2005]
The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966) [seen: 03/2008]
Faceless (1988) [seen: 05/2007]
Female Vampire (1973) [seen: 08/2004]
Ilsa-The Wicked Warden (1977) [seen: 04/04]
Kiss Me Monster (1969)
[seen: 11/2006]
Mansion of the Living Dead (1985) [seen: 11/2006]
The Sexual Story of O (1984) [seen: 09/2008]
A giant yawn of a film that’s punctuated by an experimental ending that is everything that makes Franco an artist worth consideration.

She Killed in Ecstasy (1971) [seen: 04/2006]
Succubus (1969) [seen: 08/2006]
Tender Flesh (1998) [seen: 10/2006]
Two Undercover Angels (1969, Spain) [seen: 08/2006]
Vampyros Lesbos (1971) [seen: 07/2007]
Venus in Furs (1969) [seen: 04/2006]
Women Behind Bars (1975) [seen: 11/2007]

Georges Franju (3)
Eyes Without a Face (1959)
Judex (1963)[ seen: 05/12]
Le Sang des bêtes (1949) [seen: 02/04]
Scott Frank (2)
The Lookout (2007) [seen: 04/07]
A Walk Among Tombstones (2014) [seen: 03/15]

David Frankel (2)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) [seen: 07/06]
Marley & Me (2008) [seen: 12/09]

John Frankenheimer (6)
Grand Prix (1966) [06/10]
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) [seen: 07/15]
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Prophecy (1979) [seen: 09/08]
Reindeer Games (2000) [seen: 11/12]
Seconds (1966) [seen: 11/07]

Richard Franklin (6)
Cloak & Dagger (1984) [last seen: 06/10] A childhood fav, that not only retains all of it's magic, but holds even richer treasures for the more mature viewer apt to pick out all of Franklin's Hitchcock nods as well as the deeper meaning of the film's father/son psychology.
Fantasm (1976) [seen: 11/07]
Link (1986) [02/10]
Patrick (1978) [seen: 10/09] Richard Franklin studied under Hitchcock on the set of Topaz, and this film (he considers it his first) shows the birth of a truly talented protégé. A young man kills his mother and her lover (shades of Psycho), and the shock of the ordeal renders him a comatose vegetable. He is kept in a private institute where a young nurse looks over him, and we begin to learn that Patrick may lost his basic senses, but may have picked up some new telepathic ones. It sounds a bit hokey, but Franklin ratchets up the suspense with some brilliantly storyboarded scenarios, and although Hitchcock never dabbled in the supernatural, one gets a feeling that he wouldn’t have done much better than this.
Psycho II (1983) [seen: 10/09] It took about a decade of adventurous film viewing for me to get around to the work of Richard Franklin, and I hope anyone reading does not make that same mistake. Psycho II is not only above the “not bad for a sequel” cliché, but it’s actually pretty fucking terrific. The ingenious Anthony Perkins is back, as is Vera Miles as Lila Crane. Franklin wields his arsenal of Hitchcock devices with serious confidence, and even toys with several shots and gore effects to surprising effect. In the end though, he is not out to top or even replicate Hitchcock, but to do his story justice, as well as the characters, and both Franklin and Tom Holland’s script pulls this off by resorting to several pulp horror twists straight out of original writer Robert Bloch’s repertoire, Strait-Jacket. Franklin is one of the real filmic discoveries for this viewer in 2009.
Roadgames (1981) [seen: 10/09] A masterful Hitchcock homage about a lone trucker (Stacy Keach ever impressive) who may/or may not be traveling the same route as a serial killer that is offing hitchhikers. Shot in evocative ‘Scope on the highways of the Australian outback, Franklin jacks up the suspense referencing all manner of Hitchcockian themes -- Rear Window, Frenzy, Psycho – and techniques -- 360 degree pan, POV shots, sharing information with the audience before the characters. The script by Everett De Roche (Long Weekend, Razorback – viewing to come) is full of sharp humor and Franklin matches it with visual acuity shot for shot. Australian genre cinema of the late 70’s, and early 80’s was something to behold, and this is one of the highlights.

Stephen Frears (9)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Chéri (2009) [seen:11/09]
The Grifters (1990)
Hero (1992)
High Fidelity (2000)
The Hit (1984) [seen: 11/09]
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) [seen: 02/06] Stephen Frears’ art house comedy about a shrewd widow (Oscar Nominated Judi Dench) who decides to spice up a war torn London by introducing the city’s first topless revue, is not a great film by any means, but it should be a smash with older audiences. Like ‘The Full Monty’ this is a work that takes a lewd subject and tailors the humor to fit with a more conservative audience. For the most part it works, and the film would stand as both a successful mannerist comedy and a solid backstage musical, but when Frears opts for something deeper by going for an emotional climax and a bigger statement on the war as a whole, you can feel the film sink beneath the weight of it all. Add to this some hokey CGI that tries to recreate a late 30’s London cityscape, but instead diminishes all sense of genuine period that the film had up to that point been so adept at constructing, and you can see my disappointment. There is no denying that this is a pleasant work, just don’t expect to be thinking about it much a month from now.
The Queen (2006) [seen: 05/07]

'Tamara Drewe' (2010) [seen: 02/11]
Juan Carlos Fresnadill (2)
28 Weeks Later (2007) [seen: 05/07]
Intacto (2001) [seen: 11/03]
Karl Freund (2)
Mad Love (1935) [seen: 12/06]
The Mummy (1932) [seen: 03/08]

William Friedkin (16)
The Birthday Party (1968) [seen: 01/13]
Blue Chips
The Boys in the Band (1970) [seen: 02/13]
The Brink's Job (1978) [seen: 01/13]
Bug (2006) [seen: 05/07]
Cruising (1980) [seen: 01/09]
Deal of the Century (1983) [seen: 02/13]
The Exorcist (1973) [seen: 09/04]
The French Connection (1971) [seen: 05/07]
The Guardian (1990) [seen: 03/13]
The Hunted (2003) [seen: 06/06]
Jailbreakers (1994) [seen: 03/13]
Killer Joe (2011) [seen: 11/12]
"On a Deadman's Chest" - Tales from the Crypt SSN 4, Ep. 3 (1992) [seen: 03/13]
Sorcerer (1977) [seen: 02/13]
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) [seen: 02/13]

Lee Frost (2)
The Defilers (1965) [seen: 04/06]
House on Bare Mountain (1962) [seen: 05/06]

Robert Fuest (3)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) [seen: 06/2005]

The Devil's Rain (1975) [seen: 04/12]
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) [seen: 10/2005]
Cary Fukanaga (2)
Beasts of No Nation (2015) [seen: 12/15]
True Detective (2014) [seen: 01/14]

Kinji Fukasaku (3)
Battle Royale (2000) [last seen: 07/05, 04/08] Although it is safe now to call this one a classic, I just have too many issues with Fukasaku's reckless narrative to shout masterpiece.
Blackmail Is My Life (1968) [seen: 06/03]
The Green Slime (1968) [seen: 11/10]

Lucio Fulci (18)
Ænigma (1987) [seen: 09/08]
The Beyond (1981) [seen: 10/02]
The Black Cat (1981) [seen: 09/07]
A Cat in the Brain (1990) [seen: 10/06]
Conquest (1983) [seen: 08/04]
Don't Torture a Duckling (1972) [seen: 10/04]
The Gates of Hell (1980) [seen: 03/04]
The House by the Cemetery (1981) [seen: 05/04]
House of Clocks (1989) [seen: 08/12]
Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) [seen: 07/07]
Manhattan Baby (1982) [seen: 01/09]
Murder Rock - Dancing Death (1984) [seen: 08/06]
The New York Ripper (1982) [seen: 11/04]
Perversion Story (1969) [seen: 05/07]
Seven Notes in Black aka The Psychic (1977)
Touch of Death (1988) [seen: 10/06] Master of gore Lucio Fulci’s Lost Highway is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about a man undergoing a psychological breakdown as a result of coping with the fact that he is a sadistic murderer. If you’ve never explored Fulci, this is hardly the place to start, but those who have a firm grasp on the director’s surreal approach to narrative and Grand Guignol artistic set pieces will find this a worthy entry in his wildly uneven body of work.
Zombi 3 (1988) [seen: 10/03]
Zombie (1979) [seen: 04/04]
Samuel Fuller (16)
The Baron of Arizona (1950) [seen: 01/08]
The Big Red One (1980)
Forty Guns (1957)
House of Bamboo (1955) [seen: 12/05]
I Shot Jesse James (1949) [seen: 07/05]
The Naked Kiss (1964) [seen: 05/04]
Park Row (1952) [seen: 04/06]
Pickup on South Street (1953) [seen: 02/04]
Run of the Arrow (1957) [seen: 10/04]
Shark! (1969) [seen: 08/04]
Shock Corridor (1963)
The Steel Helmet (1951) [seen: 07/05]
Street of No Return (1989) [seen: 05/04]
Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
Verboten! (1959) [seen: 06/04]
White Dog (1982) [seen: 08/04, 12/08] Pulp philosophy is not for everyone, but done right it can be incredibly potent stuff. McKee/Diesen’s contemporary film Red is a relative to this film, supplanting an animal and man’s relation to it, in order to make a deeper statement about the darker side of the species. Fuller’s picture is obviously superior (perhaps even the highpoint of 80’s cinema), but for everyone taking in his masterpiece this Holiday season, I recommend giving Red a spin…
Antoine Fuqua (2)
King Arthur (2004) [seen: 07/04]
Southpaw (2015) [seen: 11/15]

Sidney J. Furie (2)
The Entity (1982) [seen: 09/09]
LadyBugs (1992) [last seen: 07/14]

Christophe Gans (2)
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Silent Hill (2006) [seen: 04/06]

Philippe Garrel (3)
La Cicatrice Intérieure (1972) [seen: 02/06]
Regular Lovers (2005) [seen: 02/07]
Le Révélateur (1968) [seen: 10/05]
Mick Garris (3)
Chocolate (2005) [seen: 11/05]
The Shining: TV mini-series (1997)
Valerie on the Stairs (2006) [seen: 12/06]
Xavier Gens (2)
The ABCs of Death - segment "X is for XXL" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
The Divide (2011) [seen: 10/12]
Frontiere(s) (2007) [seen: 09/07, 10/08] After the long-take approach of two masters like Hou and Tarr, this kinetic French horror film in Cinemascope felt like a shotgun blast to the face. It starts out like Ma 6-T va crack-er with a group of rebellious car-torching youths on the run, but the French countryside proves to be an even bigger bitch than the city as the film quickly morphs into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake by way of cannibalistic Nazis. Like Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects Xavier Gens seems to have adopted that same, unapologetic Fuck-you-if-you-don’t-like-horror tone that genre fans all but eat up. The real downfall here is when the carnage ceases, so does the film, as Gens fails to conjure up even the slightest bit of character or broader narrative scope. This is yet another in the long line of admirable and entertaining shock-fests that are fun to rave about for a while but will be all but forgotten by next year's MM program.

Clyde Geronimi (3)
Cinderella (1950) Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske co-directors [last seen: 03/13]
Lady and the Tramp (1955) [last seen: 03/12]
Sleeping Beauty (1959) [last seen: 03/12]

Ricky Gervais
"Extras" (13 episodes, 2005-2007) [seen: 04/09, 05/09] Wraps up beautifully. Gervais and Merhcant have a true brilliance when it comes to endings. I never could shake the feeling however that this would have made for a better film than a series...
The Invention of Lying (2009) [seen: 01/10]
"The Office" (14 episodes, 2001-2003) [seen: 03/09]
Alex Gibney (2)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) [seen: 03/15]

Mel Gibson (3)
Apocalypto (2006) [seen: 12/06]
Braveheart (1995)
The Passion of the Christ (2004) [seen: 02/04]

Terry Gilliam (11)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Brazil (1985)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Fisher King (1991)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Tideland (2005) [seen: TIFF 05, 03/07] This is a much smaller film than Gilliam is accustomed to making, and I think it worked wonders for him. A Canadian production, this twisted little tale tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl (10 yr. old Jodelle Ferland, in brilliant performance) who is forced to take care of her drug addicted parents, even going so far as to help them shoot-up. She escapes this nightmarish home life by retreating into her imagination, and the film becomes a Gilliamesque “Alice in Wonderland” of sorts. Filled with a cast of eccentric characters, and some stunning camerawork, this is a welcome return to the imaginative filmmaking of the Terry Gilliam of old.
Time Bandits (1981)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
The Zero Theorem (2013) [seen: 01/15]

William Girdler (3)
Day of the Animals (1977) [seen: 07/07]
Grizzly (1976) [seen: 10/06] When nature revolts! These pictures became increasingly popular in the wake of Jaws. Not surprising is the fact that not a single one came even close to the masterpiece that Spielberg crafted. Girlder’s picture (he also did Day of the Animals) feels like a drive-in picture through and through, which is to say it’s a ‘concept picture’ held together by a series of set pieces (deaths) and framed by an uninteresting story. Back then they just poorly copied movies, today we just poorly remake them…
The Manitou (1977) [seen: 03/07] Please note camp rating. This film is a fucking UFO.

Jonathan Glazer (3)
Birth (2004) [seen: 11/04] The opening shot of ‘Birth’ has the camera tracking behind a jogger as a voice-over of presumably the same man discusses his skepticisms regarding reincarnation. Very shortly, that same jogger will enter a long, dark tunnel where he will drop dead – the shot is both a painful representation of the isolation of death, but can also be read as a beautiful metaphor for the birth process. This scene, like the rest of the film, is a carefully constructed and meticulously thought out piece of filmmaking. Director Jonathan Glazer collaborated with frequent Buñuel scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière to create a script that not only questions ideas of the spirit incarnated, more importantly, this is a film that takes a confrontational look at that obscure object which is desire, and its crumbling effect on bourgeois values. By no means is this a perfect film, but I can’t recall a more recent movie that got me thinking this much. The original score by Alexandre Desplat is simply astonishing.
Sexy Beast (2000)
Under the Skin (2013) [seen: 07/14]
Michael Glawogger (3)
Contact High (2009) [seen: 06/11]
Slumming (2006) [seen: 02/11]
Whore's Glory (2011) [seen: 12/12]

Will Gluck (2)
Easy A (2010) [seen: 12/10]
Friends With Benefits (2011) [seen: 12/11]

Jean-Luc Godard (21)
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
Alphaville (1965)
Band of Outsiders (1964)
Breathless (1960)
The Carabineers (1963)
Une catastrophe (2008) [short, 1min.] [seen: 09/08]
La chinoise (1967) [seen: 06/06]
Contempt (1963)
First Name: Carmen (1983)
Histoire(s) du cinema (1998) [seen: 02/08] Episodes 1 and 2 are close to the finest thing Godard has ever made.
In Praise of Love (2001)
Keep Your Right Up (1987) [seen: 02/06] Off-site review here
Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (1972) Jean-Pierre Gorin co-director [seen: 03/07]
Masculin féminin (1966) [seen: 06/05]
My Life to Live (1962)
Notre musique (2004) [seen: TIFF '04]
Passion (1982) [seen: 11/04]
Le petit soldat (1963)
Pierrot le fou (1965)
Tout va bien (1972) Jean-Pierre Gorin co-director [seen: 03/07]
Weekend (1967) [seen: 10/05]
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Menahem Golan (3)
The Delta Force (1986) [seen: 08/14]
Enter the Ninja (1981) [seen: 07/12]
Over the Top (1987) [last seen: 08/12]
Evan Goldberg (2)
The Interview (2014) Seth Rogen co-director [seen: 01/15]
This is the End (2013) Seth Rogen co-director [seen: 07/13]

Bobcat Goldthwait (6)
God Bless America (2011) [seen: 08/12]
Shakes the Clown (1991) [seen:02/06]
Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) [seen: 05/07]
Willow Creek (2013) [seen: 05/13]
Windy City Heat (2003) [seen: 07/13]
Worlds Greatest Dad (2009) [seen: 12/09]

Michel Gondry (6)
Be Kind Rewind (2008) [seen: 07/2008]
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005) [seen: 03/2006] In 2004 comedian Dave Chappelle signed a $50 million dollar contract with Comedy Central. As a celebration (as well as an apology of sorts) for his newfound success, he organized a free rap concert for 5,000 people (mostly strangers) on an undisclosed Brooklyn block, and funded the proceedings entirely out of his own pocket. Director Michel Gondry films the proceedings with a crew of cameramen and the results are nothing less than astonishing. What we come away with is one of the sharpest documents on a community experience ever to be captured on film. Gondry deftly edits between the event and its preparation, so that we are left with not so much of a linear document of the event, but a series of magical moments such as seeing a joke delivered and then cutting to the rehearsal of said joke. It sounds flashy, but believe me it works, and goes a long way towards summarizing Gondry’s approach to cinema, as well as the creative processes of a comedic genius. Chappelle shines as the concert’s emcee, and the film gives you a glimpse of a man terrified of selling out and losing the respect of his audience. The musical performances are equally intoxicating and I’ll wager right now that you won’t find a more enjoyable documentary all year.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) [seen: 03/2004]
The Green Hornet (2011) [seen: 06/11]
Human Nature (2001) [seen: 03/2004]
The Science of Sleep (2006) [seen: 02/2007]
Tokyo! -- segment "Interior Design" (2008) [seen: 11/2009]
Bert I. Gordon (5)
Attack of the Puppet People (1958) [seen: 06/11]
Earth vs. the Spider (1958) [seen: 04/06]
Empire of the Ants (1977) [seen: 06/08]
The Food of the Gods (1976) [seen: 11/07]
Village of the Giants (1965) [seen: 07/09]

Seth Gordon (4)
Four Christmases (2008) [seen: 12/09]
Horrible Bosses (2011) [seen: 07/11]
Identity Thief (2013) [seen: 06/13]
The King of Kong (2007) [seen: 01/08, 07/11, 09/11]
Stuart Gordon (11)
The Black Cat (2007) [seen: 01/07] Actually, this is more like a three-star work as I think Gordon puts many of the previous episodes to shame here, but if I'm speaking my heart, why do we need yet another filmic version of this predictable story!? The twist ending no longer works the 6th time around and Gordon is better than just someone who needs to piggyback a reliable story while he plays around with lighting, narrative, and atmosphere. Jeffrey Combs rocks by the way.
Castle Freak (1995) [seen: 11/04] Stuart Gordon is an enigma to me. After bursting onto the scene with the brilliant Re-Animator in 1985, he slowly faded back from the limelight in favor of making direct-to-video releases on his own terms. Even after selling his story for “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” to Disney in 1991, where selling-out was probably a viable option for him, once again he avoided Hollywood and went to Full Moon Pictures where he continues releasing direct-to-video horror features. Unlike Takashi Miike, who is capable of turning out as many as eight low-budget productions in a given year, Gordon’s films come once every three years or so. This gory little film has a family moving into a mysterious castle that they inherited, that unbeknownst to them, is home to a deformed freak who was raised in the castle dungeon. Gordon is a master of stretching the most out of his limited actors and miniscule budget. Sex and gore are used to maximum effect and spread liberally throughout the story, that is your standard for Z-grade Old Dark House narrative. The fact that I was glued to my seat and thoroughly entertained goes to prove the filmmaker that Gordon is. I yearn for the day that he will step up and take on a theatrical production. The guy is an artist even if he doesn’t realize it. addendum: 6 years later he did just this.
Dagon (2001) [last seen: 12/05]
(1987) [seen: 09/05]
Dreams in the Witch-House (2005) [seen: 11/05, 03/06]
Edmond (2005) [seen: 10/06] Stuart Gordon got his start in the Theater directing works by David Mamet, so this was hardly a stretch for him (even though within the world of film he is generally seen as only a ‘Horror’ director). The well-acted individual set pieces of Mamet’s play sort of lose something on film, but add to it the schizophrenic quality of Macy’s stellar performance, and the result is something of pulp marvel. Racism and misogyny run rampant in this picture, almost to offensive extremes, but not before being hammered home in one kicker of an ending that is about as over-the-top as it is effective. Fuck you Paul Haggis.
"Fear Itself" - Eater (2008) [seen: 10/09] Mick Garris’ PG rated version of the horribly underrated Master of Horror series, is better than I thought it would be, but sees most of the talented filmmakers he has brought on-board going through the motions rather than exploring anything new or interesting. Stuart Gordon re-tells John Brahm’s masterful Twilight Zone episode “The Four of Us are Dying” by adding cannibalism and baroque camera angles. Future episodes are in my future, but I can see that “risks” were the last thing on Garris’ agenda when he produced this, which is a shame coming from a man whose single greatest entry into the horror genre was a short story involving a director skull-fucking a deformed infant that he bought to use as a movie prop.
From Beyond (1986) [seen: 09/07, 02/08] This movie is pretty icky, almost too icky, but we’ll never see anything like it again. Ah real special effects…
King of the Ants (2003) [seen: 07/04, 10/05]
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) [seen: 02/10]
Re-Animator (1985) [last seen: 04/06]
Stuck (2007) [seen: TIFF 07, 01/09] This was released in a cut that is 9min. shorter than the screening I attended at TIFF ’07, but very little has been written about the actual changes. I can confidently say that the tone of the film has not changed in the least and most of the trims were probably aimed at keeping the film leaner and meaner… Changes that I noticed which were probably ratings board oriented include Brandi’s (Mena Suvari) early sex scene with Rashid, which now runs a tad shorter and with less nudity as well as the scene where Brandi throws Rashid’s other girlfriend out of the apartment naked, that scene was trimmed to remove a few shots of full frontal nudity. As far as I can tell all of the gore is intact, and the film plays basically the same, which is a good thing, because Gordon is producing tremendous cinema these days.
Raja Gosnell (2)
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) [seen: 04/04] I watched a lot of Scooby-Doo cartoons as a child and for that I can appreciate some of this movie. I can’t for the life of me however figure out why they needed to alter the successful premise of the original series. The mystery gang is now world famous, complete with fancy clothes and elaborate mansions, and much of the childhood innocence from the cartoon series has been exorcised by pop cultural references. The Mystery Machine now comes equipped with fancy “Rims” and cameos by American Idol contestants makes this all seem superfluous. Add to the fact that Shaggy does a “whip-it” and a couple of jokes about homosexuality and pot smoking also show up. Just how old do the filmmakers think their audience is? I yawned and my little nephews laughed from beginning to end…go figure.
The Smurfs (2011) [seen: 11/12]

Philippe Grandrieux (2)
La Vie Nouvelle (2002) [seen: 05/04]
Sombre (1998)
Debra Granik (2)
Down to the Bone (2004) [seen: 04/11]
Winter's Bone (2010) [seen: 10/10]

James Gray (3)
Two Lovers (2008) [seen: 08/09]
We Own the Night (2007) [seen: 02/08]
The Yards (2000) [seen: 11/07]
Adam Green (5)
The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein -- Chillerama segment (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Digging Up the Marrow (2014)
Frozen (2010) [seen: 10/10, 10/11] With this film, Green has cemented his place amongst the major players in contemporary horror cinema. The set-up is simple, three youngsters are mistakenly left on the ski-lift when the resort goes on holiday shutdown. Suspended 60 feet in the air, they must battle the elements (and a few other surprises) if they are going to escape the eponymous fate of the title. Most impressive is the way that Green manages to create some deep emotion from the material at hand, combined with some Hitchcockian suspense, as well as some over-the-top twists and gore (Green is a Jaws lover and it shows), this is a taut and remarkable bit of filmmaking.
Hatchet (2006) [seen: 10/07, 02/08]
Hatchet II (2010) [seen: 02/11]
Spiral (2007) Joel David Moore co-director [seen: 02/08]

David Gordon Green (8)
All the Real Girls (2003) [2nd viewing last seen: 11/03]
Eastbound & Down SSN 1 (2009) 3 episodes [seen: 06/2009]
George Washington (2000)
Joe (2013) [seen: 07/14]
Pineapple Express (2008) [seen: 01/2009]
The Sitter (2011) [seen: 03/12]
Snow Angels (2007) [seen: 08/2008]
Undertow (2004) [seen: TIFF 2004]
Your Highness (2011) [seen: 09/11]
Peter Greenaway (7)
8 1/2 Women (1999)
The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Dear Phone (1977) [short]
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
The Falls (1980) [seen: 10/03] Peter Greenaway's three and a half-hour avant-garde masterpiece has to be seen to be believed. This is a wildly inventive, encyclopedic experiment, that attempts to document the lives of 92 people who are victims of the VUE or Violent Unknown Event, and all of whom have a last name beginning with the letters FALL. Greenaway breaks his film into 92 shorts, each one shot in a different style, about the bizarre effects of the VUE on these people's lives -- such as why they all somehow take on bird like qualities or a fascination with birds. The results are frequently hilarious, highly surreal, and almost certainly unlike anything you have ever seen before. My favorite passages include a tale about a man who weds a turkey after his wife dies, only to have it shot by a veterinarian whom he in turn shoots, and a brilliant section about an Ornithologist who hypothesizes that Hitchcock is behind the VUE and studies the film The Birds for answers. Michael Nyman wrote the wonderful score.
H Is for House (1973) [short]
Intervals (1969) [short]
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003) [seen: TIFF 03]
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Vertical Features Remake (1978) [seen: 12/03]
A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist (1978) [short]
Water (1975) [short]
Water Wrackets (1975) [short]
Windows (1975) [short]

Paul Greengrass (3)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) [seen: 07/04]
Captain Phillips (2013) [seen: 02/14]
United 93 (2006) [seen: 04/06]
David Gregory (2)
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014) [seen: 07/15]
Plague Town (2008) [seen: 10/09] What the hell is it about children these days??? The Children, Home Movie, Ils, Joshua, Orphan, The Offspring, Acolytes, even Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, not to mention remakes of It’s Alive, The Omen, Children of the Corn, etc, etc. one could argue that there is a generalized anxiety about the youth culture of today and the future we have in store. This is a better than average tale about a small English town of leper children and the superstitious townspeople that believe they are victims of a curse. When a family of American tourists gets lost and happens upon the village a healthy does of blood and carnage ensues. Director David Gregory wisely decides to keep the extrapolation and back-story to a minimum, choosing instead to keep his little beasties a mystery and let them wreak havoc in the night.
The Theatre Bizarre - segment "Sweets" (2011) [seen: 07/15]

D.W. Griffith (3)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Broken Blossoms (1919)
Way Down East (1920) [seen: 11/05]

Christopher Guest (4)
Best in Show (2000) [last seen: 11/10]
For Your Consideration (2006) [seen: 02/07] As funny as any of the other recent Guest improv-comedies, but in this case when a joke missed, it missed by a mile. Good comedy is not just about hitting those highs, but about keeping the audience with you when you are hitting those lows. Mr. Guest has assembled a talented group of comedian, but they seem to be crying out for some direction already.
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Waiting for Guffman (1996) [last seen: 09/05]
Val Guest (5)
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) [seen: 06/07]
Quatermass II: Enemy from Space (1957)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) [seen: 11/12]
Davis Guggenheim (2)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) [seen: 07/06]
Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) [seen: 03/11]
Alain Guiraudie (2)
No Rest for the Brave (2003)
Stranger by the Lake (2013) [seen: 06/14]

John Gulager (2)
Feast (2005) [seen: 10/06]
Piranha 3DD (2012) [seen: 09/12]

James Gunn (3)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [seen: 08/14]
Movie 43 - segment "Beezel" (2013) [seen: 07/13]
PG Porn (2008) [shorts]
Slither (2006) [seen: 03/06, 11/06] Director James Gunn has made the perfect antidote to the recent trend in Saw-aesthetic horror with this campy, self-referential sci-fi horror film about a small town that is overtaken by mind controlling alien slugs. By omitting the grimy color-faded cinematography, the obnoxiously loud soundtrack with breakneck editing, and an advertising campaign that far surpasses the film’s budget, Gunn has come away with an exceptionally smart return to the genre films of old. Present here are actual characters, with an authentic feeling for small town life, and a story that is engaging even when the monsters are off-screen. Like Edgar Wright’s recent Shaun of the Dead, this is the work of someone who clearly loves and respects the type of movie he is making, and this confidence and lack of condescension on the filmmaker’s part goes a long way towards making the movie work and towards making the jokes funny. Simply put, I had a blast. (note: many reviews have made mention of influences like Cronenberg’s Shivers and Carpenter’s The Thing. Let me recommend Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage and Brian Yuzna’s Society. Two films that are genuinely closer in feel and execution to Slither. Cronenberg and Carpenter’s movies might have influenced the make-up effects, but their tone and underlying purpose could not be further from Gunn's film.)
Super (2010) [seen: 07/11]

Lucile Hadzihalilovic (2)
Good Boys Use Condoms (1998) [short; 6 min.] [seen: 10/10]
Innocence (2004) [seen: 03/06] Not the surrealist masterpiece I was hoping for, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s debut feature has to stand as the year’s best first film. Emerging from a small wooden coffin, a young girl finds herself the newest member of a mysterious institute populated by primped young girls clad in white uniforms and adorned with color coded ribbons. Nothing is definite at the institute and from the Marker-like opening, to the Lynchian soundscape of ambient mechanical rumbles, it is clear that we are occupying a world far more sinister than the title would suggest. Most closely resembling the meticulously crafted films of Matthew Barney, wherein the diegetic world of the film is approached like a sculpture rather than a narrative, Hadzihalilovic’s film is a boldly assured work of art. Benoît Debie’s scope photography speaks wonders and allows you to let your imagination run wild amidst the dazzling and dream-infused compositions (this is a film where a cigar is most definitely never just a cigar). Had it not been for a meandering middle passage where the film takes on different points of view and thus defeating much of the mood that was achieved prior, this may have been a masterwork, however that having been said, the final sequence is a knockout and marks Hadzihalilovic as a bold new talent in world cinema. The film is dedicated to Hadzihalilovic’s partner Gaspar Noé.

Don Hall (2)
Big Hero 6 (2014) Chris Williams co-director [seen: 11/14]
Winnie the Pooh (2011) Stephen J Anderson co-director [02/12]

Lasse Hallström (4)
Chocolat (2000)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Hachiko: A Dog's Story (2009) [seen: 06/10] Devastatingly sad story, but not much of a film.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) [seen: 09/12]

John D. Hancock (2)
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) [seen: 09/06]
Prancer (1989) [seen: 01/16]

John Lee Hancock (2)
The Blind Side (2009) [seen: 04/10]
Saving Mr. Banks (2013) [seen: 07/14]

Michael Haneke (9)
Amour (2012) [seen: 03/13]
Benny's Video (1992) [seen: 08/07]
Caché (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] Another puzzling, yet masterfully constructed look at the breakdown of a bourgeois family from Michael Haneke. Taking the formal approach of his “Seventh Continent,” and mixing in the impending doom of “Funny Games,” this is a darkly pragmatic look at not only the way we view our own lives, but the role that cinema plays in this view, implicating the viewer in on the proceedings of this disturbing puzzle. It’s near impossible to discuss this on any sort of substantial level without disclosing some serious plot details -- the ending for example has left many scratching their heads -- although the answer might not be as elusive as some might think. Haneke is asking us to seriously engage the images onscreen (ie. camera placement), and your ability to reflect on this goes a long way towards your appreciation of the film.
Code Unknown (2000)
Funny Games (1997) [3rd viewing: 10/07] What better way to start off a marathon of depravity than with a film that takes the genre, smears it in the viewers face, and makes you re-think everything you ever felt when watching a horror film? Probably will be the most disturbing and terrifying film I view all month, this also remains Haneke’s most perfectly realized picture. If the American remake is anything like I’ve heard it is, oblivious American audiences expecting yet another torture-porn film are in for one hell of a mind-fuck.
The Piano Teacher (2001) [3rd viewing: 04/04]
The Seventh Continent (1989) [seen: 09/05]
Time of the Wolf (2003) [seen: 07/05]
The White Ribbon (2009) [seen: TIFF '09]
Curtis Hanson (6)
8 Mile (2002)
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
In Her Shoes (2005) [seen: 10/05] A very capable Hollywood film, directed without the slightest auteurist sensibility by Curtis Hanson, who is now a sure thing for studios everywhere looking for “hired help.” Following up his work on 8 Mile and Wonder Boys, Hanson has proven he can approach just about any project, and regardless of whether he is invested in the material or not, he seems to always be able to grind out a well made and well-acted film. Based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner, who was obviously aiming for the “Sex in the City” crowd, the story chronicles the relationship between two sisters—one a shy workaholic (Toni Collette) and the other an extroverted mess (Cameron Diaz)—who have a falling out and in their loneliness discover a grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) they didn’t know they had. The real standout here is Collette who turns in a subtle piece of acting, and who may finally get the recognition she’s always deserved. How well this film works for you however, depends largely on how well you stomach stories about people undergoing life-changing transformations and live happily ever after, and if like me you find them trite and forgettable, then you certainly can afford to skip this.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The River Wild (1994)
Wonder Boys (2000)
Catherine Hardwicke (3)
Red Riding Hood (2011) [seen: 06/11]
Thirteen (2003)
Twilight (2008) [seen: 03/09]

Tsui Hark (3)
Green Snake (1993) [seen: 11/04]
Time and Tide (2000)
We're Going to Eat You (1980) [seen: 05/07]
Renny Harlin (7)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Deep Blue Sea (1999) [seen: 08/08] Renny Harlin has his supporters, but I’m not one of them. This silly film has more to offer in camp value (Samuel L. Jackson’s ill-timed death for instance) than it does any real cinematic craftsmanship. Harlin has a way of jacking up the testosterone level of his characters to a point of extreme, and while this may have worked for his Freddy Krueger entry, it comes across as obnoxious here… Christ, even the Sharks are sporting the ‘roid rage.
Devil's Pass (2013) [seen: 05/14]
Die Hard 2 (1990)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Prison (1987) [seen: 10/09] Well-executed, if a bit spectacular, ghost story about a prison that is haunted by an inmate who was wrongfully executed behind its walls some 25 years earlier. The film features a young Viggo Mortensen as an inmate who bears an uncanny resemblance to the angry spirit and Lane Smith is the sadistic warden whom you can’t wait to see get his comeuppance (true sign of a great performance). Renny Harlin secured his job on Nightmare on Elm Street IV with this, and while he keeps things interesting, one can’t help but see that his true calling is for loud, showy effects, and a future as an action director.

Curtis Harrington (4)
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) [seen: 10/11]
Night Tide (1961) [seen: 05/08]
What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) [seen: 08/07]
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972) [seen: 08/07]

Trent Harris (2)
Plan 10 from Outer Space (1995) [seen: 03/06]
Rubin and Ed (1991) [seen: 10/05]
The Wild Goose Chronicles - Naked Reality (1996) [short] [seen: 03/06]
Mary Harron (2)
American Psycho (2000)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) [seen: 05/06]

Hal Hartley (8)
Ambition (1991) [short] [seen: 10/05, 10/05]
Fay Grim (2006) [seen: TIFF '06]
The Girl from Monday (2005) [seen: 04/06]
Henry Fool (1997)
No Such Thing (2001) [seen: 07/03]
Simple Men (1992) [seen: 02/04]
Surviving Desire (1991)
Theory of Achievement (1991) [seen: 03/05]
Trust (1990) [seen: 02/04]
The Unbelievable Truth (1989) [seen: 08/04] The first feature from Long Island poet laureate Hal Hartley still has the director searching for a visual style, but his trademark dialogue is already in full effect. Hartley, who may be our country’s finest screenwriter, is noted for the Bressonian detachment he requires from his actors when reading their lines. Scenes consist of the actor’s ambivalent performances, with hardly any rapport amongst the players as they wax philosophy and prophesize the end of the world. Adrienne Shelly stars as an intelligent young girl with dreams of literature who is trapped by her mechanic father and his wishes for her future. Things get shaken up when Robert Burke’s character comes back to town after serving a lengthy jail sentence for killing two people years earlier. A love story develops and a great many people are “pushed” and deals are “struck” in between. Hartley’s script, as always, makes the proceedings compulsively watchable and at times deliriously profound.
Mark Hartley (3)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) [seen: 07/15]
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010) [seen: 10/11]
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) [seen: 10/09] Great documentary and an amazing work of both film fandom and film history. Probably will cost me $200+ in the long wrong as I track down some of the titles that caught my eye.

Byron Haskin (2)
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) [seen: 12/07]
The War of the Worlds (1953) [seen: 06/04]
Henry Hathaway (3)
Kiss of Death (1947) [seen: 12/05]
Niagara (1953) [seen: 10/05]
True Grit (1969) [seen: 11/10]
Jessica Hausner (2)
Lourdes (2009) [seen: 04/11]
Lovely Rita (2001) [seen: 07/10]

Howard Hawks (18)
Ball of Fire (1941) [seen: 06/08] I couldn't help but feel like Wilder's script was a little at odds with Hawks' sensibilities. Stanwyck however, is knockout.
The Big Sky (1952) [140 min. cut] [see: 04/05]
The Big Sleep (1946)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
El Dorado (1966) [seen: 01/06]
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) [last seen: 08/12]
A Girl in Every Port (1928)
Hatari! (1962)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
His Girl Friday (1940) [seen: 11/04]
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) [seen: 10/04]
Monkey Business (1952) [seen: 10/04]
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) [seen: 06/05]
Red River (1948)
Rio Bravo (1959) [seen: 10/03]
Scarface (1932)
The Thing from Another World (1951) [co-director]
Twentieth Century (1934) [seen: 04/05]
Todd Haynes (7)
Dottie Gets Spanked (1993) [short]
Far from Heaven (2002)
I'm Not There. (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]
Mildred Pierce (2011) [seen: 04/11]
Poison (1991)
[safe] (1995)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987) [last seen: 03/04]
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Leslye Headland (2)
Bachelorette (2012) [seen: 03/13]
Sleeping with Other People (2015) [seen: 01/16]

Amy Heckerling (7)
Clueless (1995) [last seen: 02/06]
European Vacation (1985) [last seen: 02/08]
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) [last seen: 12/07]
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) [seen: 02/10]
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Look Who's Talking (1989)
Vamps (2012) [seen: 12/12]
Peter Hedges (2)
Dan in Real Life (2007) [seen: 03/08] Fairly limp comedy that also tries to be a moving family drama, but winds up failing more than it succeeds. One needs only consider the awkward cast to get an idea for just how uneven the whole thing is…
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) [seen: 12/12]
Jalmari Helander (2)
Big Game (2014) [seen: 12/15]
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) [seen: 10/11]

Monte Hellman (6)
Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)
Cockfighter (1974) [seen: 03/04] An eclectic little film from Monte Hellman, who with the exception of John Cassavetes and Martin Scorsese, qualifies as perhaps the most important American director of the 1970’s. Warren Oates stars in a virtually silent performance as the enigmatic cockfighter who has taken a vow of silence after his big mouth almost ruined his career. I found it hard to stomach some of the film’s brutalanimal fights and mindless slaughter—did you know they affix huge spike heels to the roosters in order to speed up the carnage? In the hands of Hellman however, everything becomes strangely existential and even something as ridiculous as cockfighting begins to take on profound meaning. Not quite up to par with his earlier masterpieces such as Two-Lane Blacktop and The Shooting, nonetheless this like all of Hellman’s work, demands to be seen.
Road to Nowhere (2010) [seen: 08/11]
The Shooting
Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989) [seen: 02/04]
Trapped Ashes -- segment "Stanley's Girlfriend" (2006) [seen: 09/06, 08/08] Welcome back Monte… This just didn’t work for me the first time, and the flaws only came more into light the second time around. Hellman, maybe starved for work, goes for a full-blown movie here and psychological horror requires more time and patience from both the viewer and the filmmaker (both not present in this anthology form). Also, there are certain prerequisites to this segment (I’m thinking of the sex scenes) that are simply not Hellman’s strong suit.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

Jim Henson (2)
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) [short]
The Dark Crystal (1982) [seen: 11/2009]
Labyrinth (1986)
Muppet*vision 3-D (1991) [short]
Stephen Herek (4)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) [last seen: 06/13]
Critters (1986) [seen: 10/08]
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
The Might Ducks (1992)

Don Herztfeldt
Ah, L'Amour (1995) [short] [seen: 12/12]
Billy's Balloon (1998) [short] [seen: 12/12]
Everything Will Be Ok (2006) [seen: 04/13]
Genre (1996) [short] [seen: 12/12]
I Am So Proud of You (2008) [short] [seen: 04/13]
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011) [short] [seen: 04/13]
Lily and Jim (1997) [short] [seen: 12/12]
The Meaning of Life (2005) [short] [seen: 12/12]
Rejected (2000) [short] [seen: 11/12, 12/12]
Wisdom Teeth (2010) [short] [seen: 04/13]
World of Tomorrow (2015) [short] [seen: 03/15]

Werner Herzog (22)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (1995) [short] [seen: 02/08]
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) [seen: 02/12]
Encounters at the End of the World (2007) [seen: TIFF 07]
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) [seen: 10/03] Werner Herzog's second feature film also happens to be one of his best. This is not an exploitation film, but a surreal nightmare, equal parts terrifying and hilarious. When a band of dwarfs takes over the compound that rules them, a revolution of violent and destructive behavior ensues. The cast, composed entirely of dwarfs, seems of normal size by the end the film, with the oppressive world around them turning into an out of proportion grotesquerie. Not to be missed.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
God's Angry Man (1980) [short] [seen: 01/06]
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) [seen: 07/05]
Grizzly Man (2005) [seen: 12/05]
Heart of Glass (1976)
Herakles (1962) [short] [seen: 02/07]
How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... (1976) [short] [seen: 03/05] A documentary about those fast-talking auctioneers at American cattle events, this is classic Herzogian material—an alluring blend of the mundane and the macabre. For those people who take issue with Herzog’s documentaries claiming that he displays a lack of respect for the material and his subjects (a claim I happen to vehemently disagree with), you will be happy to find that Herzog has largely distanced himself from the material in this film, remaining a casual viewer, and allowing his images/audio to speak for themselves. You get the feeling that in Herzog’s mind this is like one gigantic horror show complete with ranting and raving cowboys, chewing tobacco, bake sales, and ugly patterned house dresses. His thesis is simple—what is it about the American capitalist drive that has necessitated the development of this strange new language? The answers are not very straightforward, and the film (rightly so) leaves you to address that on your own time, and presents itself as a surreal anthroplogical film. Herzog used one of his quick-tongued subjects to auction off Bruno S.’s house in his film Stroszek.
Huie's Sermon (1980) [short] [seen: 06/06]
Into the Abyss (2011) [seen: 04/12]
Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) [seen: 09/05]
Lessons of Darkness (1992) [last seen: 11/05]
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
My Best Fiend (1999)
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) [seen: 09/10] Razzle them. Dazzle them. RAZZLE DAZZLE THEM. Thank you Werner, you have done just that.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Rescue Dawn (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
La Soufrière (1977) [short] [seen: 07/05]
Stroszek (1977)
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet -- segment "Ten Thousand Years Older" (2002)
The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967) [short] [seen: 08/07]
Wheel of Time (2003) [seen: 04/08]
The White Diamond (2004) [seen: 06/05]
The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) [seen: 02/07] Like Herzog’s previous sci-fi/documentary Lessons of Darkness, this is a confounding experience to say the least, which may explain why so few have seen it. The sensibilities at work here are a bit more towards the surreal than the stark poetry of Lessons -- which seemed a bit ‘too real’ at times with all the Gulf War stuff -- and this film is a far gentler experience because of this. Like Tarkovsky’s Solaris, this is a work of intense metaphysical beauty. A film you should dive head first into and let your imagination run with. Dourif’s performance is amazing, and this stands as Herzog’s boldest venture into experimental/found footage movie making to date. The Wild Blue Yonder is classified as a fictional film, but to my mind, it is infinitely more potent than anything Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth has to offer.
Jared Hess (3)
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)[seen: 03/10] With the exception of Jemaine Clement, whose performance as a pretentious Sci-Fi author is one of those comic gems that it practically makes this thing worth recommending, this is ultimately a gigantic misfire from Hess. His brand of outcast humor and personal filmmaking simply does not lend itself to recognizable actors playing dress up; it needs an unknown to lend that uncomfortable hint of authenticity to the role (something Napoleon Dynamite had). In today’s YouTube age I can spare you the film and send you off with this
Nacho Libre (2006) [seen: 06/06]
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) [seen: 07/04, 12/07] For the past 6 years or so, a group of American directors have been releasing features that are distinctly their own. Wes Anderson, Vincent Gallo, Alexander Payne, P.T. Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Harmony Korine, and Spike Jonze are some of the names that spring immediately to mind. Jared Hess’s hilarious new feature Napoleon Dynamite is a love child to most of the aforementioned names—an independent feature of assured brilliance and deadpan wit. The biggest influence here is obviously Wes Anderson and this should become apparent the second you see the inspired opening credit sequence. If the films of Charlie Chaplin are comparable to the works of Da Vinci, then this film might constitute a daydreaming teenager doodling in his notebook during 5th period study hall—and I mean this as a compliment. This film seems to spring directly from Hess’ subconscious—everything about the costumes, the way that the actors speak, the year in which the film is set, and even the age of the characters themselves is indeterminate and instead exists as a hodgepodge of various 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s pop culture clippings. The end result is a perfectly realized, utterly hilarious little film and best of all (many may not agree) it has a heart, something absent from almost every summer film thus far.
Gordon Hessler (2)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
Scream and Scream Again (1970) [seen: 10/10]
Mad scientists! Vincent Price! Peter Cushing! Christopher Lee! Karate chopping lab creations and deadly baths of bubbling acid! This is one convoluted picture, which plays like a greatest hits of British horror, but manages to keep you interested enough to stick around and see how it all comes together. The story has something to do with a serial killer who is draining the blood of swinging co-eds, a facist regime out for answers, and a poor sap in a bed who keeps waking up to find another limb has been amputated. Lacking the class of a Hammer or Amicus production, this is closer to the exploitation craze that was sweeping the drive-in's Stateside in the late 60's. It's not a great picture, but it's singular enough to deserve attention.
George Roy Hill (2)
Funny Farm (1988)
Slap Shot (1977) [seen: 09/12]

Jack Hill (9)
The Big Bird Cage (1972) [seen: 03/04]
The Big Doll House (1971) [seen: 10/04]
Coffy (1973) [seen: 03/04]
Foxy Brown (1974) [seen: 03/04] Always sexy and never to be fucked with, Pam Grier battles a ring of drug dealers in this, perhaps my favorite of all the blaxploitation pictures. Jack Hill was one of the great B-movie auteurs of the Seventies. Despite making some tremendous pictures, he never quite got the deserved recognition that Larry Cohen and Monte Hellman did. In the spirit of all of Hill’s films, this one is vulgar, offensive, overloaded with sex and violence, and without a single dull moment. Grier cuts off a man's penis and claims to have a black belt in barstools. Girl, You is Bad Ass!
Pit Stop (1969) [seen: 06/09] This is Jack Hill’s The Lusty Men. One of those late night gems that screams for critical re-evaluation.
Sorceress (1982) [seen: 08/14]
Spider Baby
(1968) [seen: 12/03]
The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) [seen: 08/06]
Switchblade Sisters (1975) [seen: 10/03]

Jody Hill (2)
Eastbound & Down (2009) Ben Best & Danny McBride [co-creators] [seen: 06/09, 01/10]
Eastbound & Down SSN 2 (2011) [seen: 08/11]
Eastbound & Down SSN 3 (2012) [seen: 04/12]
Eastbound & Down SSN 4 (2013) [seen: 11/13]
The Foot Fist Way (2006) [seen: 04/09, 05/09, 07/11]
Observe and Report (2009) [seen: 09/09]
Walter Hill (17)
48 Hrs. (1982) [seen: 03/15]
Another 48 Hrs.(1990) [seen: 04/15]
Brewster's Millions
(1985) [last seen: 04/15]
Crossroads (1986) [seen: 04/15]
The Driver (1978) [seen: 10/03, 03/15]
Extreme Prejudice (1987) [seen: 01/09]
Hard Times (1975) [seen: 03/04, 03/15]
Johnny Handsome (1989) [seen: 05/15]
The Last Man Standing (1996) [last seen: 06/15]
The Long Riders (1980) [seen: 03/10] Solid stuff all round, and Hill is clearly on his game (editing abounds!). The inventive casting goes a long way, but I just wish this wasn't so indebted to The Wild Bunch
Red Heat (1988) [seen: 04/15]
Southern Comfort
(1981) [seen: 10/03] Walter Hill's masterful backwoods thriller is less a Deliverance remake, than it is a telling showcase for the director's favorite themes of outsiders and male bonding. When a routine military exercise has a violent run in with some backwoods poachers, a group of National Guardsmen suddenly find themselves trapped and hunted in the Louisiana bayou. Hill exercises remarkable control over the material, keeping the acting and action to a minimum and the directing to a maximum. The photography is dazzling yet oppressive and the result is something that comes closer to resembling a B-horror film than a war picture. I'd take this over just about any Hollywood war film I can think of.
Streets of Fire (1984) [seen: 02/10]
"Tales from the Crypt" - Cutting Cards (1990) TV episode [seen: 01/06]
"Tales from the Crypt" - The Man Who Was Death (1989) TV episode [seen: 07/05]
Trespass (1992) [last seen: 05/15]
Undisputed (2002)
The Warriors (1979) [seen: 10/03, 02/06, 04/15]
Wild Bill (1995) [seen: 06/15]

John Hillcoat (4)
Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988) [seen: 10/07]
Lawless (2012) [seen: 09/12]
The Proposition (2005) [seen: 09/06]
The Road (2009) [seen: 12/09, 05/11, 04/13]
Alfred Hitchcock (30)
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Birds (1963)
Blackmail (1929)
Dial M for Murder (1954) [seen: 07/03]
Family Plot (1976) [seen: 12/07]
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Frenzy (1972)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Lifeboat (1944) [seen: 07/04]
Marnie (1964) [seen: 01/08]
Murder! (1930)
North by Northwest (1959)
Notorious (1946)
Number 17 (1932) [seen: 08/04]
Psycho (1960)
Rear Window (1954)
Rebecca (1940)
The Ring (1927) [seen: 06/07]
Rope (1948)
Sabotage (1936)
Saboteur (1942) [seen: 06/04]
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) [last seen: 05/04] Despite the brutal nature of Producer David O. Selznick, who at this time was fighting a losing battle trying to break Hitchcock and rob him of his creative control, this remains one of the master’s finest achievements. Everything from the careful editing, to the fragmented lighting, right down to the hallucinatory soundtrack approaches sheer perfection. Most notable as the film that catapulted Hitchcock to godlike status for the young boys at Cahiers du cinema -- Francois Truffaut’s lucid essay on Hitchcock’s thematic use of “the double” remains one of the strongest pieces ever written about the director. For my money, you can’t talk Hitchcock until you’ve seen this at least twice.
Spellbound (1945)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Suspicion (1941) [seen: 03/05]
To Catch a Thief (1955) [seen: 01/08] There are elements of style -- costume and set design -- that Hitchcock seems to throw to the wayside here, but that are vitally important when you are making a film set in a posh French Riviera villa cirque 1955. A minor quibble I know…
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Vertigo (1958)
The Wrong Man (1956) [seen: 04/06]
Mike Hodges (3)
Croupier (1998)
Flash Gordon (1980) [seen: 08/07]
Get Carter (1971)

P.J. Hogan (3)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) [seen: 06/09]
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Peter Pan (2003) [seen: 01/04]
Nicole Holofcener (5)
Enough Said (2013) [seen: 01/14]
Friends with Money (2006) [seen: 05/06]
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Please Give (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Walking and Talking (1996) [seen: 05/06]

Tom Holland (5)
Child's Play (1988) [last seen: 01/07]
Fright Night (1985)
The Langoliers (1995)
Tales From the Crypt -- "Four-Sided Triangle" (2006) [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt -- "Lover Come Hack to Me" (1989) [seen: 08/05]
Thinner (1996) [seen: 10/12]
We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007) [seen: 01/07]
Seth Holt (3)
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) [seen: 02/08] In spite of a plot which has to be one of the worst in Hammer history, this manages to remain watchable, no less for the scantily clad Valerie Leon than for the slick direction of the underrated Holt.
The Nanny (1965) [seen: 10/08] According to Christopher Lee, Seth Holt was the famed Hammer Studio’s finest director. This is a bold statement considering he only made three films for them, the last of which (Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb) he died before completing. Judging from this work, one can certainly see that Holt brings a psychology to the screen that rarely surfaces in Hammer productions. Bette Davis, ever the cinematic basket case, adds a much needed presence to the film, and Holt’s keen use of close-ups are reminiscent of Hitchcock at times. I’m looking forward to checking out his purported masterpiece Taste of Fear, due out on DVD later this month.
Scream of Fear (1961) [seen: 10/09]

Ishirô Honda (7)
Dogora, the Space Monster (1964) [seen: 07/08] I’ve grown weary of the giant-monster attacks storyline, and this entry from Honda offers an interesting enough diversion from that formula to warrant closer consideration. This time through we have mysterious jellyfish from outerspace and a parallel storyline involving diamond thieves. Honda’s glorious ‘scope framing and his visionary approach to effects never cease to entertain.
Godzilla (1954) [seen: 04/07]
The H-Man (1958) [seen: 12/09]
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) [seen: 07/05]
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) [seen: 07/07]
The Mysterians (1957)
Rodan (1956) [seen: 11/08]
Hong Sang-soo (13)
The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996) [seen: 02/04]
The Day He Arrives (2011) [seen: 05/12]
Hahaha (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Like You Know It All (2009) [seen: TIFF 09] Hong’s mundane stories and stream of thought narratives are starting to wear thin, hence he resorts to the self-conscious subtext. This is solid stuff but it has little, to nothing to say over the course of its two-hour runtime.
Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013) [seen: 07/13]
Oki's Movie (2010) [seen: 04/11]
Our Sunhi (2013) [seen: 03/14]
The Power of Kangwon Province
(1998) [seen: 05/04]
Tale of Cinema (2005)
Turning Gate (2002) [seen: 02/04]
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000)
Woman Is the Future of Man (2004) [seen: 07/04]
Woman on the Beach (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
Christophe Honoré (5)
La belle personne (2008) [seen: 07/10]
Beloved (2011) [seen: 04/13]
Dans Paris (2006) [seen: 01/08]
Love Songs (2007) [seen: TIFF '07] A very different film from Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (which this is being somewhat unfairly compared to) Christophe Honoré is becoming yet another one of those French shape-shifting anomalies (Ozon and Chereau also falling into this category), you never can predict what the guy will make next. Personally I find this inverted tale of Jules and Jim, transformed into a musical as scored by some Parisian hipster like Serge Gainsbourg, infective. It’s a major and one would hope, liberating, step artistically for Honoré. Let’s see what his next project brings… The fact that this has split audiences as it has, with many rejecting it vehemently, only seems to foster the argument that this is more than just some light entertainment, but rather one of the defining films to come out of France this year. The term “French film” has become somewhat of a genre unto itself, so the fact that Honoré takes these clichés (lovers angst, sexual liberation) and exaggerates them with an actual genre (the musical), his film privies us to a glimpse of both the future and the past of French cinema.
Ma mère (2004) [seen: 11/05]

Tobe Hooper (12)
Body Bags -- segment "Eye" (1993) [seen: 02/08]
The Damned Thing (2006) [seen: 10/06] After a phenomenal prologue that emphasizes muted lighting and fast-tracking cinematography (a Hooper strong point when he tries for it), this quickly devolves into your typical overly dramatic and FX based horror show. Hooper bites off more than his 1-hour episode can chew by trying for a Lovecraftian tale that encompasses an entire town and its dark past, spreading the narrative too thinly and over too much. By the time the big finale rolls around we have yet to develop any kind emotional rapport with anyone or anything (even the helpless child seems a tad wasted). I was even more unnerved to see Hooper leave a lot of unexplored political commentary by introducing the corruption of oil as if simply an afterthought. This damned thing could have been so much more…
Dance of the Dead (2005) [seen: 11/05]
Eaten Alive (1977) [seen: 04/06]
The Funhouse (1981) [seen: 10/05]
Invaders from Mars (1986) [seen: 06/10] Well, maybe if the kid could act...
Lifeforce (1985) [seen: 05/10]
Mortuary (2005) [seen: 04/06] Believe it or not, this silly straight-to-video horror film represents some of Tobe Hooper’s best work in years. A mother moves her two children to a small town where she intends to take up residence as the newly hired mortician, but things get complicated when their new house by the cemetery proves home to an evil secret. The horror elements at work here are a mélange of everything from Friday the 13th, to Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, to even something as obscure as The Lair of the White Worm. Screenwriters Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch have trouble settling down into just one idea. Of course there is a ton of Romero and Hooper in there as well, which is a good thing as Tobe is directing the film. He approaches this project with tongue firmly planted in cheek and directs the proceedings with the sort of campy sensibility he seems to have adopted since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 -- expressive Christmas tree lighting included. The cast is serviceable (a few wincers are delivered but forgiven) and if you can handle that the film is out to have fun and not scare the shit out of you, you just might enjoy yourself.
Poltergeist (1982) [last seen: 04/07]
Salem's Lot (1979) [seen: 10/07]
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Toolbox Murders (2004) [seen: 03/05] It’s nice to see Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) back and working with power tools again. His latest film, essentially a straightforward slasher flick, sees the filmmaker returning to his long absent fascination with cheap lighting effects and grotesquerie make-up. I never thought I’d say this, but it’s a tad refreshing to see a slasher film getting made. After the horror market became watered-down in the late eighties, slasher films essentially died off (as an aside, a quite similar trend is taking shape these days with imitation Japanese ghost stories), but taken in small doses these films can be quite entertaining. I wish there was more of a script here, but the execution is nice and there are quite a few gory indulgences. It has been posited before, but I must say it again—one has to wonder if Hooper and other filmmakers of his era (Romero, Craven, Carpenter) still take filmmaking very seriously. I know these guys are capable of better.
Tom Hooper (2)
The King's Speech (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Les Miserables (2012) [seen: 07/12]

Stephen Hopkins (2)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) [seen: 04/04]
Predator 2 (1990)

Hou Hsiao-hsien (9)
Café Lumière (2003)  
Chacun son cinema -- segment "The Electric Princess House" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Flight of the Red Balloon (2007) [seen TIFF 07] A prime example of a master filmmaker who is not personally invested in his subject matter, I’ve sort of been at a loss to come up with anything meaningful to say about this film. On the commentary front, Hou decides not to use the character of Song Fang to make a deeper statement about social displacement. You can all but forget about calling this an ode to France (Juliette Binoche’s apartment could be mainland China), and the flights of fantasy with the titular balloon never really coalesce into anything beyond brief whimsy. All of this is not to say that the film is without merits -- Hou structures this as a series of 10 minute long takes in which the actors improvise, combined with the graceful camera, it captures the subtle rhythms of everyday life in a way that is sheer poetry -- it’s only when we consider this film in the sense of the larger Hou canon that this comes across as a minor work. But few filmmakers have such a grace and absolute mastery of the medium as Hou. Photos found here.
Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)
Millennium Mambo (2001) [seen: 01/04]
The Puppetmaster (1993)
A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) [seen: 07/05]
Three Times (2005) [seen: TIFF 05] Three different stories each set during a pivotal time in Taiwanese history, and each featuring the same actors playing out variations of the same characters. Hou has made a beautiful and deeply moving film as he constructs each of his stories in a different style, the 1911 passage for instance is rendered faithful to the cinema of its time, silent with intertitles. The first passage set in 1966 and entitled “A Time of Love,” was probably my favorite – eloquent long takes in a pool hall as a young soldier falls for the girl who works there as music by The Platters emanates from the radio – this was 45 minutes of flawless filmmaking that had me transported in its sheer perfection. The last section is perhaps the most difficult to place, it would be unfair to call it a shortened version of Millenium Mambo, but there are certainly the same existential questions of youth handled in a similar manner. Needless to say, this is without a doubt a masterpiece, and has an incredible amount to say about Taiwan and its history, communication, music, and cinema itself.
A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1985) [seen: 01/06]
John Hough (7)
American Gothic (1987) [seen: 10/10] Yuppies in a sea plane are trapped on an island inhabited by a family living like it's still 1904 and are terrorized by the misfit children who are actually adults stuck in adolescence. Nothing but cringe worthy over the top performances, the likes of which were common from over the hill Hollywood types in 1970's/80's genre films. Believe it or not this odd duck of a film has its supporters, personally I couldn't wait for it to end.
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
(1974) [seen: 04/10]
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) [last seen: 06/10, 11/15]
The Legend of Hell House (1973) [seen: 10/08] Great haunted house film that certainly laid the groundwork for films like The Changeling and Poltergeist. Hough’s direction seems to be channeling Bava at times with his inspired art direction and baroque camera angles all of which are aided by some strong acting and a screenplay by the great Richard Matheson, making this a minor classic.
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Twins of Evil (1971) [seen: 10/07]
The Watcher in the Woods (1980) [seen: 03/10]

Ron Howard (9)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Cinderella Man (2005) [seen: 06/05]
Cocoon (1985)
The Da Vinci Code (2006) [seen: 05/06]
Edtv (1999)
Parenthood (1989)
Ransom (1996)
Splash (1984)
Willow (1988)
King Hu (2)
Come Drink with Me (1966) [seen: 11/04]
A Touch of Zen (1969)
John Hughes (6)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) [last seen: 12/13]
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Weird Science (1985)

Sammo Hung (4)
Encounter of the Spooky Kind (1980)
The Magnificent Butcher (1979) Yuen Woo-ping co-director [seen: 06/04]
The Victim (1980, Hong Kong) [seen: 01/14]
Warriors Two (1978) [seen: 10/05]

John Huston (9)
The African Queen (1951) [last seen: 03/10]
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Beat the Devil (1953)
Fat City (1972) [seen: 09/06]
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Misfits (1961) [seen: 04/11]
Prizzi's Honor (1985) [seen: 11/10]
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Wise Blood (1979) [seen: 01/10]
Willard Huyck (2)
Howard the Duck (1986) [seen: 11/10]
Messiah of Evil (1973) [seen: 10/10] A young woman tracks down her reclusive father and discovers the secrets of a town under the spell of some sort of ancient evil. This flat out gorgeous, little seen gem, which practically writes the Argento handbook 3 years before Suspiria was even made, is virtually unknown in most horror circles. Far more talented writers like Tim Lucas have extrapolated on the groundbreaking work that is on display here, so seek those essays out if you want the real scoop. I'll simply say, this an essential work that deserves a place amongst the ranks of the greats.
Álex de la Iglesia (12)
800 Bullets (2002) [seen: 06/2005]
Acción mutante (1993)
As Luck Would Have It (2011) [seen: 01/15]
Common Wealth (2000) [seen: 01/15]
The Day of the Beast (1995) [seen: 04/2007]
Iglesia suffers from acute final act syndrome. Someone give this guy an ending already!
Dying of Laughter (1999) [seen: 03/15]
Ferpect Crime
(2004) [seen: 03/07]
Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room (2006) [seen: 01/08]
The Last Circus (2010) [seen: 06/11]
The Oxford Murders (2008)
Perdita Durango (1997)
Witching & Bitching (2013) [seen: 01/15]

Dennis Iliadis (3)
+1 (2013) [seen: 06/14]
Hardcore (2004)
The Last House on the Left (2009)

Shohei Imamura (6)
11'09''01 - September 11 -- segment "Japan" (2002) [seen: 10/03]
Dr. Akagi (1998) [seen: 01/04]
The Eel (1997)
Pigs and Battleships (1961) [seen: 04/11]
The Pornographers (1966) [seen: 10/03]
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Vengeance Is Mine (1979) [seen: 07/04]

Alejandro González Iñárritu (4)
21 Grams (2003) [seen: 01/2004]
Amores perros (2000)
Babel (2006) [seen: TIFF 2006]

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) [seen: 02/15]

James Isaac (2)
Jason X (2001) [seen: 06/04, 11/13]
Pig Hunt (2008) [seen: 10/09] Better than Razorback, but all over the place.
Katsuhito Ishii (3)
Party 7 (2000) [seen: 09/08]
Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998) [seen: 07/04] Japanese Yakuza films are pretty goddamn amazing these days. This one is only mediocre, although there are flashes of brilliance. The opening sequence is one of the best, featuring more stylized bad guys than I was able to count, each one posing for a photo shoot and modeling an array of kick ass suits and weapons --in a word, being “cool,” and that’s what this movie is all about. The plot is rather incidental, something about some stolen money and vengeful gangsters. A girl gets involved and things progressively move towards a large gunfight, which may I add is totally worth the wait. At only six years old, this film already feels a tad past its shelf life, however Katshito Ishii has proven himself as someone to watch out for.
The Taste of Tea (2004) [seen: 09/07]

Shunji Iwai (3)
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001) [07/2004]
April Story (1998) [seen: 03/2005]
Hana and Alice (2004) [seen: 06/2005]

Peter Jackson (13)
Bad Taste (1987)
Dead Alive (1992)
The Frighteners (1996) [seen: 11/03]
Forgotten Silver (1995)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) [seen: 03/13]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) [seen: 11/15]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) [seen: 06/14]
King Kong (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) [seen: 01/04]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lovely Bones (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Meet the Feebles (1989)
Azazel Jacobs (2)
Momma's Man (2008) [seen: 05/11]
Terri (2011) [seen: 11/11]

Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi (2)
Mondo Cane (1963)
Mondo Cane 2 (1963) [seen: 04/06]

Luc Jacquet (2)
The Fox & the Child (2007) [06/09]
March of the Penguins (2005) [seen: 08/05]

Steve James (2)
Hoop Dreams (1994) [seen: 05/05]
Stevie (2003) [seen: 01/04]
Andrew Jarecki (2)
Capturing the Friedmans (2003) [seen: 01/04, 04/04]
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015) [seen: 03/15]

Jim Jarmusch (9)
Broken Flowers (2005)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) [seen: TIFF 2003]
Dead Man (1995)
Down by Law (1986)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
The Limits of Control (2009)
Mystery Train (1989)
Night on Earth (1991) [seen: 01/2004]
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet -- segment "Int. Trailer Night" (2002)

Garth Jennings (2)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) [seen: 04/05]
Son of Rambow (2007) [seen: 08/08]

Jia Zhang ke (7)
24 City (2008) [seen: 02/10]
Cry Me a River (2008) [short] [seen: 02/10]
Platform (2000)
Still Life (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
A Touch of Sin (2013) [seen: 04/14]
Unknown Pleasures (2002) [seen: 04/04]
The World (2004) [seen: 03/06] DVD reviewed HERE
Xiao Wu (1997) [seen: 09/04]
Jiang Wen (2)
Devils on the Doorstep (2000) [seen: 08/05]
The Sun Also Rises (2007) [seen: 04/08]

Alejandro Jodorowsky (5)
The Dance of Reality (2013) [seen: 09/14]
Fando and Lis (1968) [seen: 05/07]
The Holy Mountain (1973)
Santa sangre (1989)
El topo (1970)

Rian Johnson (3)
Brick (2005) [seen: 08/06]
The Brothers Bloom (2008) [seen: 01/10]
Looper (2012) [seen: 10/12]
Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!! (1996) [short]

Joe Johnston (6)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) [seen: 11/11]
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Jumanji (1995) [last seen: 11/15]
Jurassic Park III (2001)
October Sky (1999)
The Wolfman (2010) I don't even know what this movie was about. No seriously. Not a clue.
Chuck Jones
Duck Amuck (1953) [short; 7min.] [seen: 08/15]
Hare Tonic (1945) [short; 8 min] [seen: 08/15]

Duncan Jones (2)
Moon (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Source Code (2011) [seen: 04/11]
Mark Jones (2)
Leprechaun (1993) [last seen: 12/14]
Rumplestiltskin (1995) [seen: 06/11]
Michael Caton-Jones (2)
Basic Instinct 2 (2006) [seen: 07/06]
The Jackal (1997)

Spike Jonze (4)
Adaptation (2002)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Hello, Tomorrow (2005) [commercial] - Recommended - view here [11/04]
Her (2013) [seen: 05/14]
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) [seen:11/09]
Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (3)
Catfish (2010) [seen: 01/11] Completely misrepresented as a big shocking reveal doc, which is a shame as it has tarnished this film's chances of being taken seriously by many folks. The reveal is hardly a surprise, it's the fragile souls at the heart of the story that make this potent. To me this has infinitely more to say about the social network world that we live in than Fincher's over-rated work even hinted at.
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) [seen: 03/12]
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) [seen: 02/13]

Neil Jordan (5)
Breakfast on Pluto (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Butcher Boy (1997)
Byzantium (2012) [seen: 01/14]
The Company of Wolves (1984) [seen: 02/07]
Mona Lisa (1986)

Mike Judge (4)
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
Extract (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Idiocracy (2006) [seen: 01/07, 02/07]
Office Space (1999)
Miranda July (2)
The Amateurist (1998) [short]
The Future (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) [seen: 08/05]
Nest of Tens (2000) [short]
Nathan Juran (5)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) [last seen: 06/09]
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) [seen: 07/06]
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) [seen: 07/07]
The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) [seen: 10/08] Your average B-movie sci-fi/horror movie from the late 50’s, not as campy as many have claimed, but great fun nonetheless.
The Deadly Mantis (1957) [seen: 01/09]
Don Jurwich (2)
G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
Once Upon a Girl... (1976) [seen: 11/06]

Cédric Kahn (2)
L'Ennui (1998)
Red Lights (2004) [seen: 03/05] An interesting film for sure, part thriller, part masculinity crisis, you will no doubt be glued to your seat as this suspenseful tale unfolds. A husband and wife take a road trip to pick their children up from summer camp, while an increasing amount of booze and tragic foreshadowing mounts to an unforeseeable detour. Director Cédric Kahn has an innate gift for eliciting brilliant performances from his actors; his earlier film l’Ennui for example was one of the best-acted films of 1998. In this case, the performance by Jean-Pierre Darroussin is a tour-de-force, not just servicing the script, but actually breathing life into this character, and should make you question the validity of such soulless award ceremonies like the Oscars. Kahn is by all means a director to look up if you haven’t already done so.

Phil Karlson (3)
99 River Street (1953) [seen: 04/2005]
Kansas City Confidential (1952) [seen: 08/2004]
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Alex Karpovsky (5)
The Hole Story (2005) [seen: 03/15]
Red Flag
(2012) [seen: 02/14]
Rubberneck (2012) [seen: 02/14]
Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (2009) [seen: 03/15]
Woodpecker (2008) [seen: 03/15]

Jake Kasdan (3)
Bad Teacher (2011) [seen: 11/11]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) [seen: 04/08]
Zero Effect (1998) [seen: 01/07]

Mathieu Kassovitz (2)
Gothika (2003) [seen: 11/03]
La haine (1995) [seen: 03/08] Solid but Ma 6-T va crack-er is most certainly a better film.
Aaron Katz (3)
Cold Weather (2010) [seen: 08/11]
Dance Party USA (2006) [seen: 02/08]
Quiet City (2007) [seen: 02/08]

Lloyd Kaufman (7)
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000) [seen: 12/08] Tasteless as it is, there is no denying that Troma is capable of good, even great, Midnight Madness fun. Also on display here is some effective commentary on selling out and the Hollywood system, something that informs all of Mr. Kaufman’s work.
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986) [seen: 11/08] I finally think I “get” the cinema of Lloyd Kaufman, and while the man annoys me to no end, his work certainly deserves wider recognition. More to come following future screenings...
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) [seen: 10/08]
Terror Firmer (1999) [seen: 04/06]
The Toxic Avenger (1984) [seen: 04/04, 11/08]
The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989) [seen: 12/08]
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989) [seen: 12/08]
Philip Kaufman (3)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) [seen: 11/05]
Quills (2000)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Aki Kaurismäki (9)
Ariel (1988) [seen: 01/04]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "La Fonderie" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Drifting Clouds (1996) [seen: 01/04]
Le Havre (2011) [seen: 08/12]
Juha (1999) [seen: 02/06]
Lights in the Dusk (2006) [seen: 07/07]
The Man Without a Past (2002)
The Match Factory Girl (1990) [seen: 01/04]
Shadows in Paradise (1986) [seen: 01/04]
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994) [seen: 12/05]
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet -- segment "Dogs Have No Hell" (2002) [short]
Minoru Kawasaki (2)
The Calamari Wrestler (2004) [seen: 01/06] Only in Japan can a film this crazy actually get made and with the modest production values it deserves. We are talking about a professional wrestling film that deals with a mysterious 8ft. squid bent on claiming the championship title. Similar to Takashi Miike’s Zebraman, Kawasaki manages to easily top that film by abandoning CGI effects in favor of campy ‘theme-park’ style costumes and a hilariously awful approach to the action. It’s a bit long at 90-minutes, however I can’t imagine anything this original could disappoint even the most jaded of viewers. As parody of American sports films like The Karate Kid and Rocky, it’s absolutely priceless. How TIFF ‘Midnight Madness’ programmer Colin Geddes passed on this is beyond me
Executive Koala (2005) [seen: 11/08] I’m down with giant koala bears in the workplace, but it takes more than that off-the-wall premise to make a film like this work. Jokes perhaps?

Elia Kazan (4)
East of Eden (1955) [seen: 07/08]
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
On the Waterfront (1954)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Buster Keaton (10)
The Cameraman (1928) Edward Sedgwick co-director
Cops (1922) [short] [seen: 11/04]
The General (1926) Clyde Bruckman co-director
Go West (1925) [seen: 11/04]
The Navigator (1924) co-direcot Donald Crisp
Our Hospitality (1923)
Seven Chances
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Spite Marriage (1929) Edward Sedgwick co-director [seen: 06/07]
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Charles Reisner co-director [seen: 05/04]
Three Ages (1923)

Richard Kelly (3)
The Box (2009) [seen: 02/10]
Donnie Darko (2001)
Southland Tales (2006) [seen: 03/08]
Irvin Kershner (2)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Robocop 2 (1990) [last seen: 09/12]
Franck Khalfoun (2)
Maniac (2012) [seen: 06/15]
P2 (2007) [seen: 05/08]

Abbas Kiarostami (13)
10 on Ten (2004) [seen: 06/06]
ABC Africa (2001)
About Five (2003) [short] [seen: 02/05]
The Bread and Alley (1970) [short] [seen: 06/05]
Certified Copy (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Where is my Romeo?" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
The Chorus (1982) [short] [seen: 06/05]
Close-Up (1990)
Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003) [seen: 02/07]
Homework (1989) [seen: 07/05]
Life, and Nothing More... (1991) [seen: 04/05]
Like Someone in Love (2012) [seen: 12/12]
Recess (1972) [short] [seen: 02/06] Very good and shows his craft was in place long before the widespread critical acclaim.
Solution (1978) [short] [seen: 02/06]
Taste of Cherry (1997) [last seen: 03/04]
Ten (2002)
Through the Olive Trees (1994) [seen: 04/05]
Two Solutions for One Problem  (1975) [short] [seen: 06/05]
Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) [seen: 01/04]
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

Kim Jee-woon (5)
A Bittersweet Life (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008) [seen: 06/13]
I Saw the Devil (2010) [seen: 05/11]
The Last Stand (2013) [seen: 06/13]
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) [seen: 04/05]

Kim Ki-duk (12)
3-Iron (2004) [seen: TIFF 2004]
Address Unknown (2001) [seen: 05/2004]
Bad Guy (2001) [seen: 05/2004]
The Birdcage Inn (1998) [seen: 05/2004]
The Bow (2005) - [Seen: 10/2005] As much as I wish I could run to Kim’s defense in the face of some of the harshest criticisms this side of Vincent Gallo (see Tony Rayns in Film Comment), there is simply no way to stick up for a film like The Bow. Kim fires one metaphor heavy image after another at the viewer, and the result although beautifully photographed, is flat out laughable. Keep in mind this is not El Topo and surrealism is not on Kim’s agenda. He actually wants us to buy into this story about an old fisherman who keeps a beautiful young girl on his boat under lock and key until she is old enough to marry. It works up to a point, but eventually the strained art that Kim tries so hard to achieve, winds up beating us over the head one too many times, and by the end I actually found myself embarrassed for this filmmaker. This untimely failure and the Tony Rayns backlash is enough to ruin a career, and let us hope that is not the case, as Kim needs the support of film festivals and programmers like Rayns, as his films don't really perform in his native country.
The Isle (2000) [seen: 01/2004]
Moebius (2013) [seen: 04/14]
Pieta (2012) [seen: 09/13]
Real Fiction (2000) [seen: 05/2004]
Samaria (2004) [seen: 06/2004]
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) [seen: 06/2004]
Time (2006) [seen: 11/2006]
Dimitri Kirsanoff (2)
Brumes d’Automne (Autumn Mists) (1928) [short - 12 min.] [seen: 11/06]
Ménilmontant (1926) [short - 37 min] [seen: 11/06]

Ryûhei Kitamura (4)
Alive (2002)
Azumi (2003) [seen: 08/04] A group of children are raised from birth to become deadly assassins and blah blah blah—a lot of people get killed, the camera is everywhere and a great many CGI effects are used. I had a lot of fun with Ryuhei Kitamura’s previous feature Versus, a film that playfully blended samurai swords and zombies. This feature attempts a slightly more serious tone, although its dedication to a “movie as video game” approach to filmmaking is so faithfully adhered to, any attempts at drama wind up seeming superfluous. There is a damn fine and entertaining piece of filmmaking to be found in this 145 minute clump of ideas, if only Kitamura would have spent a little more time in the cutting room.
The Midnight Meat Train (2008) [seen:02/09]
Versus (2000) [seen: 02/04] A pure guilty pleasure. Samuari zombies, lots of gore, snippets of dialogue like "Your slow bullets can't hit me! I move 500 times faster than Mike Tyson!" Fans of Evil Dead II should find lots to love here (I know I did), however just don't come looking for much substance over the 116 minute runtime. (unrated version)
Takeshi Kitano (13)
Achilles and the Tortoise (2008) [seen: 06/10] The best in Kitano's recent self-relfection trilogy, this harkens back to the shit-eating grin humor his early films (something that never ceases to make me belly laugh), while also being a potent look at the struggle for artistic originality and the absurd lengths we go to achieve it.
Boiling Point
Brother (2000) [seen: 10/04]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "One Fine Day" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Dolls (2002) [seen: 08/04]
Getting Any? (1995) [seen: 12/09]
Hana-bi (1997)
Kids Return (1996) [seen: 04/05]
Kikujiro (1999)
Outrage (2010) [seen: 12/11]
A Scene at the Sea (1991) [seen: 07/04]
Sonatine (1993)
Takeshis' (2005) [seen: TIFF 05] Not quite the masterpiece that some have been claiming, this is nonetheless a very worthy and inventive film from the great Kitano. A deconstruction of the persona of ‘Beat’ Takeshi with “stream of conscious” narrative structure, it’s not hard to draw up the Fellini comparisons, although Chaplin’s “Limelight” is another worthy film to reference (just as Chaplin was forever seen as “The Tramp,” so Kitano is forever associated as the bad ass Yakuza). The elliptical editing is really something of a marvel and should be enough for even detractors of his work to finally recognize the “edited by” credit Kitano always takes, as signs of where his true filmic mastery lies. Frequently hilarious, I got the feeling that for every one “In-joke” I was picking up on, at least two were passing me by, so in this sense, the film might be a bit too esoteric for most Americans. 
Violent Cop (1989) [seen: 10/03]
Zatôichi (2003) [seen: TIFF 03]
Jon Knautz (2)
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)[seen: 10/08, 10/09] Jack is a plumber with anger management problems who finds his calling in life when monsters start some shit at the community college night class he attends. What a blast this movie was… Old school monster makeup with comic book characters and just the right amount of flashy direction and over-the-top acting, I doubt a better straight to video horror movie comes out this year. With films like Slither and Hatchet, and now JB:MS, it is nice to know that horror filmmakers are still capable of putting on some monster make-up and daring to imagine a little.
The Shrine (2010) [seen: 03/12]
Teen Massacre (2004) [short, 13 min.] [seen: 10/08]
Tip to up and coming filmmaker who just wow’d this viewer with his first feature film: nobody wants to see your bad student film.
David Koepp (3)
Premium Rush (2012) [seen: 12/12]
Secret Window (2004) [seen: 03/04]
Stir of Echoes (1999) [seen: 12/05]
Jackie Kong (2)
The Being (1983)
Blood Diner (1987) [seen: 10/10]

Hirokazu Koreeda (6)
After Life (1998)
Air Doll (2009) [seen: 05/10] Too whimsical for my tastes but another solid effort from Koreeda who seems to always want reinvent himself.
I Wish (2011) [seen: 04/12]
Nobody Knows (2004) [seen: TIFF 2004]
Still Walking (2008) [seen: 11/2009]
Satoshi Kon (5)
Millennium Actress (2001) [seen: 12/03]
Paprika (2006) [seen: 07/07] Miles ahead of any animated film produced by this country in decades, Satoshi Kon has taken what has in recent years become a cliché art form, and elevates it to a level only hinted at in Richard Linklater’s recent work. A seamless -- almost Markerian-- meditation on the notion of history and memory combined with the Hollywood dream factory we find in films like Mulholland Dr, this is a surreal but equally cerebral piece of filmmaking. It may fall under the category of ‘cyberpunk’ however it has a far less dystopic and violent approach to the subject matter that lends to the film a more immediate and moving quality. Gorgeous and poetic in every sense, this is a powerful meditation on cinema, the state of the world, to the very nature of the human heart. In short, a major piece of cinema.
Paranoia Agent (2004) [seen: 03/08] In brief -- I’ll call it the greatest television series since Twin Peaks and place Satoshi Kon in the forefront of Japanese cinema. Just incredible stuff here…
Perfect Blue (1998) [seen: 01/04]
Tokyo Godfathers (2003) [seen: 03/08]
Harmony Korine (5)
Gummo (1997)
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
Mister Lonely (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]
Spring Breakers (2012)
Trash Humpers (2009) [seen: TIFF '09]

Ted Kotcheff (3)
Rambo: First Blood (1982) [last seen: 09/08] Hadn't seen this one since my early teens. It's amazing how given the number of action/revenge films made during the late 70's/early 80's, this was the one that made the biggest impression on the American public... (personally I'm a Bronson fan). For the record, William Friedkin outdoes this film in just about every category with his very similar The Hunted (2003).
Wake in Fright (1971) [seen: 01/10]
Weekend at Bernie's (1989) [last seen: 07/12]
Lee Toland Krieger (3)
The Age of Adaline (2015) [seen: 10/15]
Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) [seen: 02/13]
Denise (2012) [short, 7 min.] [seen: 09/13]
The Vicious Kind (2009)[seen: 03/10] Described as "the best film Neil LaBute never made" by the Village Voice, and I can't say I disagree. LaBute himself Executive Produced, and while the film is a bit predictable and hard to swallow at times, the seething misanthropy beneath the surface makes me long for the LaBute of old to return to these types of pictures. Krieger handles the widescreen frame exceptionally well and his actors have the chops to carry his script. Solid stuff all around, I'm curious to see what's on the horizon.

Stanley Kubrick (11)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [dozens of viewings, last seen: 11/07]
Barry Lyndon (1975) [seen: 05/11]
A Clockwork Orange
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The Killing (1956) [last seen: 01/12]
Lolita (1962) [seen: 06/06]
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Shining (1980)
Spartacus (1960)

Akira Kurosawa (10)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
High and Low (1963) [seen: 02/10]
Ikiru (1952) [seen: 03/05]
Ran (1985)
Rashomon (1950)
Sanjuro (1962)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Stray Dog (1949) [seen: 10/05]
Throne of Blood (1957) [seen: 02/04]
Yojimbo (1961)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (7)
Bright Future (2003) [seen: TIFF 03]
Charisma (1999) [seen: 10/03]
Cure (1997) [seen: 12/03]
Doppelganger (2003) [seen: 08/04]
Kairo (2001) [3rd viewing: 07/05]
Seance  (2000) [seen: 09/04]
Tokyo Sonata (2008) [seen: 07/09] Up until the ending wherein in Kurosawa abandons the mundane for the ridiculous in order to stuff his message down the audience’s throat, this was bordering on masterpiece territory.
Ken Kwapis (2)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009) [seen: 06/09]
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) [seen: 06/05]
Neil LaBute (6)
Death at a Funeral (2010) [seen: 09/10] A remake of the 2007 British film of the same name supplanting well known black American comedians for the accented unknown Brits and changing very little else in it's venture for the almight dollar. This works as a passable entertainment, but from a talent like LaBute it seems like an awful waste of time. What the fuck dude?
In the Company of Men (1997)
Lakeview Terrace (2008) [seen: 02/09]
The Shape of Things (2003)
Tumble (2000) [short, 3 min.] In voice over a man recounts a tale of an attractive woman whom he raped because he felt "she needed it." On screen we see the man and the woman sitting next to each in a Laundromat, years have past, and each are squirming in their seats, unsure if the person next to them is who they think it is. The tension is unbearable. Classic LaBute, potent and searing.
The Wicker Man (2006) [seen: 12/06]
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
Aldo Lado (3)
Night Train Murders (1975) [seen: 04/06]
Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
Who Saw Her Die (1972) [seen: 05/06]

Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow) (15)
Bardo Follies (1967-76) [short; 16mm, 20min]
Diploteratology (1978) [short; 16mm, 7min.]
Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1966) [short; 16mm, 4min.]
A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, California (1974) [short; 16mm, 12min.]
The Film that Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (1968) [short; 16mm, 9min.] 
Fleming Faloon (1963) [short; 16mm , 5min.]
Institutional Quality (1969)  [short; 16mm , 5min.]
New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops (1976) [short; 16mm, 10min.]
 “No Sir, Orison!” (1975) [short; 16mm, 3min.]
On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed ? (1979) [short; 16mm, 18min.]
Remedial Reading Comprehension (1970) [short; 16mm, 5min.]
Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present (1973) [short; 16mm, 6min.]
What’s Wrong With This Picture? 1 (1971) [short; 16mm, 5min.]
What’s Wrong With This Picture? 2 (1971) [short; 16mm, 6min.]
Wide Angle Saxon (1975) [short; 16mm, 22min.] -  Masterpiece

John Landis (16)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, Joe Dante, & Robert K. Weiss co-directors [seen: 08/10]
An American Werewolf in London (1981) [seen: 11/03, 06/10] This one has gotten better for me over the years and Landis is a great deal better than I’ve ever given him credit for. The key is not approaching this as a horror film.
Animal House (1978)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
Black or White - Michael Jackson music video (1991)
The Blues Brothers (1980) [seen: 06/10]
Burke & Hare (2010) [seen: 05/11]
Coming to America (1988)
Deer Woman - Masters of Horror SSN 1 (2005) [seen: 12/05, 07/06]
Family - Masters of Horror SSN 2 (2006) [seen: 11/06]
Innocent Blood (1992) [seen: 03/09]
Into the Night (1985) [seen: 01/10]
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) [seen: 02/07]
Schlock (1973) [seen: 08/06]
Slasher (2004) [seen: 06/04]
¡Three Amigos! (1986) [last seen: 02/12]
Thriller - Michael Jackson music video (1983)
Trading Places (1983)
Twilight Zone: The Movie segments -- "Prologue" & "Kick the Can" (1983) [seen: 10/07]

Fritz Lang (20)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
The Big Heat (1953) [last seen: 05/13]
Clash by Night (1952) [seen: 09/04]
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) [seen: 07/05]
Fury (1936)
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) [seen: 11/09]
Indian Epic - The Tiger of Eschnapur & The Indian Tomb (1959) [seen: 12/10]
M (1931)
Metropolis (1927) [3rd viewing; 12/10]
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Secret Beyond the Door... (1948) [seen: 04/06]
Scarlet Street (1945) [seen: 04/06]
The Spiders (1919) [seen: 04/05]
Spies (1928) [seen: 06/07]
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Western Union (1941) [seen: 12/05]
While the City Sleeps (1956) [seen: 11/04]
The Woman in the Window (1944) [seen: 01/08]
You Only Live Once (1937) [seen: 01/07]
John Lasseter (4)
A Bug's Life (1998)
Cars (2006) [seen: 11/06, 01/12]
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)

David Lean (4)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Brief Encounter (1945) [seen: 01/10]
Great Expectations (1946)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Patrice Leconte (5)
Girl on the Bridge (1999)
The Man on the Train (2002) [seen: 12/03]
Monsieur Hire (1989) [seen: 03/08]
Ridicule (1996)
The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000)
Lee Chang-dong (4)
Oasis (2002) [seen: 11/04]
Peppermint Candy (1999)
Poetry (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Secret Sunshine (2007) [seen: TIFF '07] One of those thoughtful human dramas interested in looking at the fragility of that dense universe of emotion housed inside us all, this is a mature and respectful -- to both characters and the audience alike -- bit of filmmaking that will probably leave you brooding over it long after the credits have rolled. Director Lee Chang-dong seems to specialize in these moral dramas, walking on the edge of sentimental sap, he chooses to keep his camera at a reserved distance and uses narrative ellipses to keep off-screen, numerous events that are better left imagined than shoved in our faces. Nobody teaches us how to deal with death, and like Japanese filmmaker Kor-eda’s Maborosi, this is a powerful and unforgettable look at that difficult subject, all elevated to monumental heights with the lead performance by Do-yeon Jeon (no surprise that she took Best Actress at Cannes). Add to this some pungent commentary on organized religion and the sanctimonious role it plays in the lives of the grieving, and you have a film whose moral complexity is capable of addressing not just the hot-button topics of contemporary South Korea, but the entire world.
Ang Lee (6)
Brokeback Mountain (2005) [seen: 01/06] It's a little late to convince anyone on this film -- most seem to either love it or hate it -- and I doubt there is a whole lot I can add to either side of the debate as I find myself pitching tent on the awkward grounds somewhere between the love and the hate camps. Ang Lee's film is a worthwhile reworking of Western iconography, most notable for the way that he forgoes the usual cinemascope frame in favor of a framing that can include more vertical information (1.85:1). This works exceptionally at the beginning of the film where Lee tends to frame every actor against the backdrop of the mountain, creating some beautiful compositions, while at the same time deconstructing the image of the 'Cowboy.' Somewhere midway through the film however, Lee seems to lock into storytelling mode and the picture becomes an unremarkable string of quick scenes as time passes and his characters get older. By the time the film finally finds its poetic heart and delivers one hell of a crushing ending, I was willing to forgive the uneven center and give in to the tear-jerking soundtrack that I had been relentlessly fighting. Hats off to Heath Ledger, this is his film all the way, and bullshit politics aside, it should be his Oscar as well.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Hulk (2003)
The Ice Storm (1997)
Life of Pi (2012) [seen: 03/13]
Lust, Caution (2007) [seen: 03/08]

Lee Kang-sheng (2)
Help Me, Eros (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]
The Missing (2003) [seen: 09/04]

Spike Lee (9)
25th Hour (2002)
Clockers (1995) [seen: 11/05]
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Inside Man (2006) [seen: 03/06]
Malcolm X (1992)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
Passing Strange (2009) [seen: 04/10]
She's Gotta Have It (1986) [seen: 09/06]
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet -- segment "We Wuz Robbed" (2002) [short] [seen: 11/05]
When the Levee's Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) [seen: 09/10] Impressive throughout, but where many say this is one of Lee's finest, I find documentary filmmaking of this nature to be a bit irksome. Lee has drawn a line in the sand, you are either with him or against him, and while you can appreciate the angry nature of his approach given the subject matter, a 4-hour browbeat seems a tad like overkill. Lee is an artist unafraid to bring his soapbox to work, and frankly our country needs more influential artists like him.
Mike Leigh (9)
All or Nothing (2002)
Another Year (2010) [seen: 03/11]
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) [seen: 01/09] Brilliantly acted little film that shows touches of Renoir’s Boudu in its handling of character and tone. I was a little irked by Leigh’s apparent choice of green-screen in a couple of key car ride conversations -- this unnatural intrusion is completely at odds with the realist tone of the performances, however even with this criticism, Leigh has come up one of his most distinctive, and believe it or not, uplifting films to date.
High Hopes (1988) [seen: 12/11]
Life Is Sweet
(1990) [seen: 03/06]
Naked (1993)
Nuts in May (1976) [seen: 11/11]
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Vera Drake (2004) [seen: 03/05]
Umberto Lenzi (4)
Cannibal Ferox (1981)
Man From Deep River (1972) [seen: 08/09]
Nightmare City (1980) [seen: 05/07]
Spasmo (1974) [seen: 10/06]

Brett Leonard (3)
The Dead Pit (1989) [seen: 05/09]
Feed (2005) worthless [seen: 07/06]
The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Sergio Leone (3)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) [06/06]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) [seen: 03/04]
Irving Lerner (2)
City of Fear (1959) [seen: 09/13]
Murder By Contract (1958) [seen: 06/04]

Mervyn LeRoy (4)
The Bad Seed (1956) [seen: 12/05]
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Busby Berkeley co-director [seen: 04/05]
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) [seen: 11/05]
Little Caesar (1931)
Louis Leterrier (4)
Clash of the Titans (2010) [seen: 08/10] A perfect example of slapdash Hollywood filmmaking that reeks of dollar minded execs out to cash-in. Only barely does this constitute a film, it's more or less a bunch of CGI sequences held together by a few flesh and blood actors out to collect a paycheck and move on with their lives.
The Incredible Hulk (2008) [seen: 11/08]
Now You See Me (2013) [seen: 09/13]
Unleashed (2005) [seen: 05/05]
Jonathan Levine (4)
50/50 (2011) Jonathan Levine [seen: 02/12]
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) [seen: TIFF '06]
The Wackness (2008) [seen: 01/09]
Warm Bodies (2013) [seen: 06/13]

Barry Levinson (4)
The Bay (2012)
Rain Man (1988)
Sphere (1998)
Wag the Dog (1997)

Shawn Levy (3)
Date Night (2010) [seen: 03/11]
The Internship (2013) [seen: 12/13]
Real Steel (2011) [seen: 06/12]

Herschell Gordon Lewis (13)
Blast-Off Girls (1967) [seen: 03/10]
Blood Feast (1963) [seen: 01/04]
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat
Color Me Blood Red (1965) [seen: 04/04] Part three of H.G. Lewis’ Blood trilogy represents a retreat from his two previous features. Both Blood Feast and 2,000 Maniacs were stupid, low budget excercises in on-screen gore, however both managed to be entertaining in their wacky premises and shoddy production values. Lewis, who photographs most of his films himself, is at his worst here with many poorly executed camera movements and frequent focus problems. The story deals with a painter who reacts to a critics remark that he “has no sense of color” by switching to a palette of human blood. The gore is scarce and even at 69 minutes it all seems too long. For a similarly themed story, I would recommend Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood, a film that was also shot in a few days, but manages to put everything about this movie to shame.
he Gore Gore Girls (1972) [seen: 03/04] H.G. Lewis has no idea how to frame a shot and if he had a light meter at any point in his career, he sure as hell didn’t know how to use it. Oddly enough, this small time director of over a dozen Z-grade horror pictures is probably the biggest influence for the early works of George Romero, John Waters, and Tobe Hooper. Lewis’ talent lies in the fact that he knows how to come up with a catchy premise. Recanting his plots typically makes them sound many times more frightening and gruesome than they really are. Even if you find his work to be nothing more than a curious oddity, as I do, we should still recognize that this filmmaker is probably the godfather of modern gore. The story this time around deals with a psychopathic killer who has a taste for disfiguring Go-Go dancers. If memory serves, this may be Lewis’ most gruesome picture, though far from his best.
The Gruesome Twosome (1967) [seen: 09/04]
Just for the Hell of It (1968) [seen: 03/10]
The Scum of the Earth (1963) [seen: 04/06]
She-Devils on Wheels (1968)

Something Weird (1967) [seen: 09/04]
A Taste of Blood (1967) [seen: 09/04]
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
The Wizard of Gore
(1970) [seen: 09/04]
Jerry Lewis (4)
The Bellboy (1960)
The Patsy (1964)
The Ladies Man (1961) [seen: 10/04]
The Nutty Professor (1963) [seen: 07/03]

Joseph H. Lewis (3)
The Big Combo (1955)
Gun Crazy (1950) [seen: 07/04]
Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Liu Chia-Liang (6)
36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) [seen: 08/04]
Dirty Ho (1979) [seen: 09/05]
Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)
The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1983) [seen: 11/04]
Legendary Weapons of China (1982) [seen: 03/05]
Shaolin Challenges Ninja (1979)

Jeff Lieberman (5)
Blue Sunshine (1976) [seen: 05/04] The 1970's horror genre is easily the most socio-politically minded cycle in filmmaking. This little slice of suburban paranoia is about a bad batch of acid ingested 10 years earlier by a group of Yale college students. A scathing look at the baby boomers, the film has former drug experimenters, now middle-aged housewives and business execs, losing their hair and turning into psychopathic killers. This film is reminiscent of the great Larry Cohen with its rich satire, detailed stereotypes, and frenetic pacing. If execution was everything, this would be far from a great film, but sometimes we need to give credit and respect to such daring and original works.
Just Before Dawn (1981)
Remote Control (1988) [seen: 04/13]
Satan's Little Helper (2004) Jeff Lieberman [seen: 10/13]
Squirm (1976) [seen: 05/08] A dated piece of horror, but it all remains effective as Lieberman is a strong storyteller and his actors have the chops to keep things rolling. To judge this by the effects would be a mistake…

Doug Liman (4)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) [seen: 12/14]
Go (1999)
Swingers (1996)

Richard Linklater (14)
Bad News Bears (2005) [seen: 07/05]
Before Midnight (2013) [seen: 10/13]
Before Sunrise (1995) [last seen: 08/04] The film that confirmed Richard Linklater as a major talent in American cinema, one of the key independent works of the 90’s, quite possibly the most romantic movie ever made, and according to critic Robin Wood’s passionate essay—one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema. It isn’t hard to come up with great things to say about this film. Ethan Hawke plays Jessie, a heart broken youth on his way back to the US after a trip to Europe to meet with his girlfriend ends in breakup. On the train he meets Celine (Julie Delpy), a beautiful and intelligent French girl on her way home. The pair spends the next 12 hours walking around Vienna talking about love, and quite possibly finding it in each other. A magical experience on all levels, if this film doesn't fill you with bliss, I suggest checking for a pulse.
Before Sunset (2004) [seen: 08/04]
Bernie (2011) [seen: 09/12]
Boyhood (2014) [seen: 01/15]
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Fast Food Nation (2006) [seen: 03/07]
Me and Orson Welles (2008) [seen: 12/10]
A Scanner Darkly (2006) [seen: 07/06]
The School of Rock (2003) [seen: 10/03, 10/03]
Slacker (1991) [seen: 10/04]
Waking Life (2001)
SubUrbia (1996)
Dwight H. Little (2)
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) [seen: 09/04]
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) [seen: 07/06]

Ken Loach (5)
Æ Fond Kiss (2004) [seen: 06/05]
11'09''01 - September 11 -- segment "United Kingdom" (2002) [seen: 10/03]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Happy Ending" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Kes (1970)
Raining Stones (1993) [seen: 02/04]
Sweet Sixteen (2002) [seen: 10/03]
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
Julia Loktev (2)
Day Night Day Night (2006) [seen: 01/09]
The Loneliest Planet (2011) [seen: 05/13]

Kenneth Lonergan (2)
Margaret (2011) [seen: 07/12]
You Can Count on Me (2000) [last seen: 05/04]
Phil Lord (2)
21 Jump Street (2012) Chris Miller co-director [seen: 07/12]
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Chris Miller co-director [seen: 01/10]
The LEGO Movie (2014) Christopher Miller co-director [seen: 02/14]

Joseph Losey (3)
Modesty Blaise (1966) [seen: 11/03]
The Prowler (1951) [seen: 04/11]
These Are the Damned (1963) [seen: 01/10]

Ernst Lubitsch (7)
Heaven Can Wait (1943) [seen: 10/05]
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) [seen: 03/05]
The Love Parade (1929) [seen: 09/08]
Ninotchka (1939) [seen: 10/04]
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Trouble in Paradise (1932) [seen: 07/05]
George Lucas (6)
American Graffiti (1973)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
THX 1138 (1971) [seen: 10/04]
Sidney Lumet (5)
12 Angry Men (1957) [seen: 01/12]
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) [seen: 04/08]
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Find Me Guilty (2006) [seen: 07/06]
Network (1976)

William Lustig (5)
Maniac (1980)
Maniac Cop (1988) [seen: 08/04, 01/06]
Maniac Cop 2 (1990) [seen: 04/14]
Uncle Sam (1997) [last seen: 08/04, 01/06] If the name Larry Cohen is unfamiliar to you then I suggest doing your homework and checking out a few other films before viewing this. For those of you who are familiar with the hardworking screenwriter/producer/director’s work, then the recent DVD release of this Cohen scripted slasher film was probably a welcomed delight. The story deals with an American soldier, killed by friendly fire in the Gulf War, who comes back from the dead to kill unpatriotic anti-war citizens in a small community on the 4th of July. Like Bob Clark’s masterful and similarly themed horror film Deathdream, here is a contemporary take on the effects that war can have on the domestic household. Lustig goes for an over the top, fireworks filled ending that I could have done without--it’s the disturbing themes underlying Cohen’s script that manages to keep this entertaining.
Vigilante (1983) [seen: 01/06]

David Lynch (11)
The Alphabet (1968) [short] [last seen: 06/12]
The Amputee (1974) [short]
Blue Velvet (1986) [last seen: 06/12]
Boat (2007) [short] Digital, 8 min.[seen: 03/10]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Absurda" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988) [short]
Darkened Room (2002) [short]
DumbLand (2002) [short]
Dune (1984) [seen: 09/04, 03/11]
The Elephant Man (1980)
Eraserhead (1976) [last seen: 06/12]
The Grandmother (1970) [short]
Hotel Room (1993)
Inland Empire (2006) [seen: 08/07]
Lost Highway (1997) [last seen: 10/03]
Lumière and Company -- segment "Premonition Following An Evil Deed" (1995) [short]
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Out Yonder (2002) [short]
Rabbits (2002) [8 short series] [seen: 02/06]
Six Figures Getting Sick (Six Times) (1966) [short]
The Straight Story (1999)
The Three R's (2011) [short; 1 min.trailer for Viennale]
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Twin Peaks Season 1 (1990-1991) [director, creator] [last seen: 07/12]
Wild at Heart (1990)
Jennifer Lynch (3)
Boxing Helena (1993) [seen: 06/09] Pretty much reviled by everyone? I’m at a loss… There is so much to be worked out here on both a visual and narrative level. Miss Lynch was lambasted by a critical world, most whom tend to dislike the edgier works of Paul Verhoeven, Peter Greenaway, and Ken Russell (this film’s closest relatives – sorry Dad) so it’s a shame that she took the blasting so much to heart. With Surveillence in limited circulation and HISSS in production, I’m ecstatic that she is back behind the camera. This is a filmmaker I could fall in love with.
Chained (2012) [seen: 10/12]
(2008) [seen: 08/09]
Joe Lynch (2)
Chillerama -- segmet "Zom-B-Movie" (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Everly (2014) [seen: 04/15]
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) [seen: 10/07] The reality show twist has something going for it, but the first film was not very good and this one is even worse. Anything with Henry Rollins as an ex-Seal, painting his face and going all Rambo cannot take itself seriously.

Kevin Macdonald (3)
The Last King of Scotland (2006) [seen: 01/07] Well-acted for sure, but take way the performances and this is nothing more than an empty shell of a film with some decent Seventies grainy-overexposed throwback cinematography.
One Day in September (1999)
Touching the Void (2003) [seen: 03/04]
Alexander Mackendrick (3)
The Man in the White Suit (1951) [seen: 03/13]
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Whisky Galore! (1949) [seen: 06/05]

David Mackenzie (2)
Asylum (2005) [seen: 02/06] What does Jonathan Rosenbaum see in this guys work? Aside from the worthwhile cinematography and some solid performances, there is a completely underwhelming auteurist sensibility behind both this film, and Mackenzie’s previous feature Young Adam. His film are grey, gloomy affairs, populated with lonely people willing to do anything to fulfill their lustful needs. I find these works utterly devoid of emotion, and more than a bit narrow minded in their focus on all things adulterous.
Young Adam (2003) David Mackenzie [seen: 06/04]
Alison Maclean (1)
Jesus' Son (1999)
Kitchen Sink (1989) [short] [seen: 03/05]
John Madden (2)
Proof (2005) [seen: 10/05]
Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Guy Maddin (10)
Archangel (1990)
Berlin (2008) [short] B&W 1 min.
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
Careful (1992)
Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003) [seen: 10/04]
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002) [seen: 11/04]
The Heart of the World (2000)
Keyhole (2011) [seen: 06/12]
My Winnipeg (2007) [seen: 12/08] This one’s unique even for a Maddin film. By taking his wild brand of cinema and introducing some recognizable elements of the real world (and I’m speaking of the actual world, not the world of cinema that most Maddin film’s speak in), the great filmmaker injects an emotive quality only hinted at in his previous works. His most poetic film to date, and quite possibly his finest.
Odin's Shield Maiden (2007) [short] B&W 4 Min.
Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity (1995)
The Saddest Music in the World (2003) [seen: 11/04]
Sissy Boy Slap Party (1995) [short] [seen: 10/04]
Sombra dolorosa (2004) [short] [seen: 10/04]
Spanky: To the Pier and Back (2008) [short] B&W 3min.
Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988)
A Trip to the Orphanage (2004) [short]
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)
Dusan Makavejev (3)
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967) [seen: 05/12]
Sweet Movie (1974) [seen: 03/05]
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (2)
A Moment of Innocence (1996) [seen: 11/03]
Salaam Cinema (1995)

Samira Makhmalbaf (1)
11'09''01 - September 11 -- segment "God, Construction and Destruction" (2002) [seen: 10/03]
The Apple (1998) [seen: 03/05]
Terrence Malick (5)
Badlands (1973)
Days of Heaven (1978)
The New World (2005) [seen: 01/06] I’ve been putting off writing something about this, as I’ve felt I am too much in awe of it to say anything worthwhile, and while this still may be the case, forgive me as I try not to fawn (too heavily) over the best film of 2005. This is a great, goddamn masterpiece of a movie. A picture of uncompromising beauty and lyrical sweep, this is at once an excellent historical drama and a timeless tale of love and human connection. Malick edits his images with a grace that defies classification. Images seemingly flow into one another simultaneously evoking the insight of great prose, the elegance of a brush stroke, the passion of a major chord. His characters feel real, yet his approach to them is far more abstract, inflecting an almost transcendent quality to them. The performances are all first rate with Colin Farrell and Christian Bale exceeding all expectations, but it is the incomparable Q'Orianka Kilcher, who at just 15 years old, turns in the performance of a lifetime. With just a single glance, her stunning, subtle portrayal of the love torn Pocahontas was capable of making me weep like a child. Ten years from now I expect I will still be talking about it, but of course we will be referring to this film as a classic by then.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
To the Wonder (2012) [seen: 04/13]
The Tree of Life (2011) [seen: 11/11]
Louis Malle (4)
Atlantic City (1980) [seen: 03/14]
Elevator to the Gallows (1958) [seen: 06/06]
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Spirits of the Dead -- segment "William Wilson" (1968) [seen: 05/13]

William Malone (1)
The Fair Haired Child (2006) [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt -- "Only Sin Deep" (1989) [seen: 08/05]

David Mamet (9)
Heist (2001)
Homicide (1991)
House of Games (1987)
Phil Spector (2013) [seen: 06/13]
Redbelt (2008)
Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants (1996) [seen: 02/13]
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Spartan (2004) [seen: 03/04]
State and Main (2000) [last seen: 05/14]

Rouben Mamoulian (2)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) [seen: 10/05]
Love Me Tonight (1932) [seen: 08/04]
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (5)
All About Eve (1950)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) [seen: 01/07]
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Guys and Dolls (1955) [seen: 04/11]
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) [seen: 12/05]

Anthony Mann (9)
Bend of the River (1952)  
The Furies (1950)
The Great Flamarion (1945) [seen: 01/07]
The Man from Laramie (1955) [seen: 09/04]
Man of the West (1958) [seen: 07/03]
The Naked Spur (1953) [seen: 07/04]
Raw Deal (1948)
T-Men (1947) [seen: 01/06]
Winchester '73 (1950) [seen: 07/04]

Michael Mann (11)
Blackhat (2015) [seen: 07/15]
Collateral (2004) [seen: 08/04]
Heat (1995)
The Insider (1999)
The Keep (1983) [seen: 04/10]
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Manhunter (1986) [seen: 07/07]
Miami Vice (2006) [seen: 12/06]
Public Enemies (2009) [seen: 12/09]
Thief (1981) [seen: 09/11]
Antonio Margheriti (2)
Castle of Blood (1964) [seen: 10/07]
Snow Devils (1967) [seen: 10/15]

José Mojica Marins (4)
At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964) [seen: 02/06]
Awakening of the Beast (1970) [seen: 02/09]
Embodiment of Evil (2008) [seen: 08/09]
This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967) [seen: 03/08]
Chris Marker (2)
La Jetée (1962) [short]
One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevitch (2000)
Overnight (201) [short] [seen: 08/11]
Sans Soleil (1983)

James Marsh (2)
Man on Wire (2008) [seen: 12/08] Pertinent and skillfully crafted, this also happens to be one of the most entertaining docs in recent memory. It’s a crowd pleaser, but never to a fault, as Philippe Petit is a showman, so James Marsh must be.
Project Nim (2011) [seen: 02/12]
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) [seen: 02/04]

George Marshall (3)
Destry Rides Again (1939) [seen: 06/04]
Red Garters (1954) [seen: 04/06]
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) [seen: 11/04]
Neil Marshall (4)
Centurion (2010) [seen: 09/10] Lacks the scope for an epic, but comes across as a tad too serious for pure genre. Valhalla Rising trumps this one in just about every category and it's safe to say that the further Marshall strays from horror, the more he struggles. I appreciated the effort and Marshall's desire to dabble in just about every category of film imaginable is commendable, but with the exception of Axelle Carolyn in Marshall's now trademark "strong woman," this just doesn't kick enough ass.
Doomsday (2008) [seen: 08/08]
The Descent (2005) [seen: 07/06, 10/06] Let’s call this a new genre classic. Second viewing revealed Marshall’s impeccable control for atmosphere. Also, there are several subtle character details that showed up this time around, eliminating the ‘cardboard character’ complaint I was unsure if I supported or not. The UK cut of this film is essential in my opinion. Those seeing the happier US version are losing out big time.
Dog Soldiers (2002) [seen: 12/05]
Tales of Halloween - sement "Bad Seed" (2015) [seen: 10/15]

Rob Marshall (3)
Chicago (2002)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) [seen: 01/06] Represents just about everything that is wrong in American cinema. Despite some tremendous talent in the cast, most of the performances are hampered by their awkward English deliveries; this is after all, a 145-minute film set in Japan featuring not a single subtitle. What this film boils down to is, a glossed over look at Japanese culture aimed at audiences who could give a flying fuck about learning about another culture. Sets and costumes are attractive, but serve nothing other than to conceal the hollowness behind the bloated spectacle of it all. See for instance Marshall’s treatment of the war which is reduced to a couple of passing shots of planes, scenes with the actors wearing less make-up (they’re suffering after all), and John Williams god awful score kicking into ‘sad mode’. We learn nothing about the ‘life of a geisha’ other than that they look foreign, hence exotic and sexy, and American fashion designers rejoice, "Let's use this to sell us some new styles!" I imagine Marshall’s biggest obstacle when starting this consumer-minded production was the realization that he was going to have to do it with [gasp] real Asians. Michael Bay, you are starting to have yourself some competition.
Nine (2009) [seen: 12/09]
Lucrecia Martel (3)
The Headless Woman (2008)[seen: 02/10]
The Holy Girl (2004) [seen: 06/05]
La ciénaga (2001) [seen: 04/05]
Rey muerto (1995) [short] [seen: 04/05]
Sergio Martino (10)
All the Colors of the Dark (1972) [seen: 03/06]
Big Alligator River (1979) [seen: 04/08]
Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) [seen: 02/06]
Gambling City (1975) [seen: 02/06]
Giovannona Long-Thigh (1973) [seen: 11/06]
Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) [seen: 02/08]
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) [seen: 02/06]
Suspected Death of a Minor (1975) [seen: 10/06]
Torso (1973) [seen: 03/06]
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) [seen: 01/06]

Adam Mason (3)
Blood River (2009) [seen: 08/10] An absolute powerhouse performance by Andrew Howard, and a fairly reserved approach to some deeply metaphysical stuff by Mason elevates this above your standard Twilight Zone knock-off into something darker and more personal than most will be prepared handle, and which is exactly why I thought it was great.
Broken (2006) Simon Boyes co-director [seen: 05/07]
The Devil's Chair (2006) [seen: 10/10] Mr Mason has some real skill, but I think the real standout in this and the last Mason film I viewed, Blood River, is the performance by Andrew Howard. He has a genuine knack for delivering the creepiness his role demands, and he does it with such ease and confidence, I wouldn't be surprised to read he is a formally trained, serious method actor. Recanting the plot of this one is a moot point as it snakes and folds all over the place, but Mason is clearly paying hommage to the worlds of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft. It's a little too fragmented for my tastes, but there are several gruesome and highly effective set pieces on display that make this worth checking out.
Yasuzo Masumura (4)
Blind Beast (1969) [seen: 03/06]
Giants and Toys (1958) [seen: 09/08] Quite a special little film, which has justly garnered comparisons to Frank Tashlin, about rival candy corporations vying for their share of the market. Viewed today the rich images are tad ‘time capsule-esque, however the underlying human drama remains completely modern. I only wish the ending pushed even further…
Manji (1964)
Red Angel
(1966) [seen: 03/07] I'm at odds with this rating. Masumura is no joke.
Hitoshi Matsumoto (3)
Big Man Japan (2007) [seen: 08/09] If you don’t have a deep love for classic Japanese Kaiju films like Godzilla and Ultraman, you probably will hate this film. For those of you who treasure these (myself included), you will find a lot to enjoy in this brilliant send-up of the genre that reaches levels of absurdity that are only found in Asian cinema today. I’m not a huge fan of the CGI, but Matsumoto explains his choice for this with an ending that is nothing less than perfect.
R100 (2013) [seen: 09/14]
(2009) Hitoshi Matsumoto

Elaine May (3)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972) [seen: 11/04]
Mikey and Nicky (1976) [seen: 08/06]
A New Leaf (1971) [seen: 08/13]

Les Mayfield (2)
Encino Man (1992)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) [12/09]
Tim McCann (4)
Desolation Angels (1995)
Nowhere Man (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Poker Club (2008) [seen: 06/09]
Revolution #9 (2001) [seen: 12/05]

Leo McCarey (4)
The Awful Truth (1937) [seen: 10/03]
Duck Soup (1933)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) [seen: 08/09]
The Milky Way (1936) [seen: 06/04]
Thomas McCarthy (3)
The Station Agent (2003) [seen: 05/07]
The Visitor (2007) T[seen: TIFF '07]
Thomas McCarthy impressed just about everyone with his subtle directorial debut The Station Agent. Sophomoric pratfalls intact, this film finds him abandoning all of the subtle control that made his previous film such a success and making just about every mistake you’d expect from a filmmaker who wants the exposure of a larger audience. Things are fine in the first two reels where McCarthy still shows that tender touch for unique human characters making special emotional connections, but like the incident that occurs midway through (changing the tone of the film drastically), McCarthy then begins to hold his audience prisoner to a more manipulative and less palatable brand of filmmaking. Commenting on the world at large (in this case immigration and US feelings towards Arabs) the film eventually tries to be too big for its own good and seems hell-bent on provoking a reaction. Expect certain audiences to love this overreaching and misguided movie that, while entertaining, is a little too wrapped up in itself to count as anything meaningful. Photos found here.
Win Win (2011) [seen: 09/11]
Martin McDonagh (2)
In Bruges (2008) [seen: 06/08]
Seven Psychopaths (2012) [seen: 02/13]
Bruce McDonald (2)
Hellions (2015) [seen: 12/15]
Pontypool (2008) Bruce McDonald [seen: 10/09, 11/10] Here we go! Why haven’t people been talking about this film more I have no idea, but this is not only one of the finest movies of the last few years, but one of the few Horror films if the last 10 years that attempts to try something new with the zombie craze. I’ve always said that the best parts of the original Night of the Living Dead film are the news broadcasts and the stories recounted by the characters about the chaos occurring outside. The images that these tales conjure in the viewer’s mind are better than any special effect Hollywood could produce both then and now. Bruce McDonald knows this and takes a baseball bat to the action model put forth by nonsense like 28 Days Later. His film is set entirely inside a radio station, and when the shit hits the fan outside, slowly, listener calls begin to trickle in recounting the horror. It’s that simple. Great actors sell the show like an infamous Orson Welles broadcast (Stephen McHattie gives the performance of a lifetime), and the predictability elements of the story go out the window when ideas of linguistics enter the mix, suddenly turning this into a damn fine piece of intellectual horror as well. Not to be missed.

Andrew Repasky McElhinney (2)
A Chronicle of Corpses (2000) [seen: 07/04]
Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (2004) [seen: 08/06]
Scott McGehee & David Siegel (4)
Bee Season (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Deep End (2001)
Suture (1993) [seen: 11/03]
Uncertainty (2009) [seen: 04/10]

Adam McKay (4)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) [seen: 07/2004] The biggest surprise of my summer viewing has been this eccentric little comedy from writers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (from Upright Citizens Brigade). Occasionally a film comes along that happens to perfectly connect with a comic's persona, so much so that it manages to alienate half of the audience with its bold dedication to the comedian’s antics. Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Chris Farley in Tommy Boy, Adam Sandler in Billy Madison--each of these films were reviled upon release only to be reborn some years later when the country has had time to finally catch up with these comedians and get in-sync with their humor. Will Ferrell’s Anchorman is one of those films--a hilarious, no holds barred comedy that allows its star to cram a lifetime of comedy routines into a 90-minute film. Adam McKay directed, but this is clearly Ferrell’s show and a damn funny show it is. The “brawl” sequence is perhaps one of the most ingenious bits of comedy I’ve seen in years.
Eastbound & Down SSN 1 (2009) 1 episode [seen: 06/2009]
The Landlord (2007) [short]
The Other Guys (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) [seen: 12/2006]
Step Brothers (2008) [seen: 12/2008]
Lucky McKee (6)
All Cheerleaders Die (2013) Chris Siverston co-director [seen: 07/14]
May (2002) [seen: 10/05]
Red (2008) [seen: 10/08]
Sick Girl (2006) [seen: 01/06, 06/06] I must confess a certain amount of adoration for the eccentric and frighteningly ‘cutesy’ worlds that McKee effortlessly creates in both this, and his previous film, May. Each of these works would not be so successful were it not for the truly splendid reticent performances from Angela Bettis, who seems to be so in-synch with her director, one can’t help but be reminded of the Depp/Burton collaborations. “Sick Girl” is one of the best episodes of this series, which if you haven’t already done so, you owe to yourself to check out. Directors like Argento, Carpenter, Dante, and Gordon have churned out some of their best work in years, and in my book, McKee has earned a spot next to those names.
Tales of Halloween - segment "Ding Dong" (2015) [seen: 10/15]
The Woman
(2011) [seen: 10/11]
The Woods (2006) [seen: 10/06] From one of the most promising young directors making film today, The Woods comes straight to video after sitting on the shelf at Sony for over two years following the MGM buyout. It should be no shocker then, that this winds up being a very accomplished work, one that takes atmosphere just as seriously as it takes character, and manages remarkable control with both. Mixing elements of female gothic horror, supernatural Argento style set pieces, and combining it with his very contemporary pop-female sensibility, McKee has proven once again he is a talent to be reckoned with.
Greg McLean (2)
Rogue (2007)
Wolf Creek (2005) [seen: 12/05]

Norman Z. McLeod (4)
Alice in Wonderland (1933) [seen: 03/10]
Horse Feathers (1932)
It's a Gift (1934) [seen: 06/05]
Monkey Business (1931)

John McNaughton (3)
Haeckel's Tale (2006) [seen: 01/06] Take a Mario Bava film, strip it of every ounce of style and atmosphere, and you would be left with something like this; a movie that thinks that the elements of a good horror film are a twisted story and a couple of cheap exploitation shots. I’m not buying it and neither should you. This ranks with Mick Garris’ episode as the worst of the series, both of which should be embarrassed of the ‘Masters’ moniker they carry. And shame on Showtime for nixing the Miike episode, because God knows they wouldn’t want to tarnish their reputation of quality programming.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) [seen: 10/04]
Wild Things (1998)
Steve McQueen (3)
12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen [seen: 01/14]
Hunger (2008) [seen: 03/09] Bold no-bullshit drama on the famed 1981 hunger strike of Irish Republican Army prisoners in Maze Prison is one of the best debut films in past years. Newcomer Steve McQueen is an heir to the great Alan Clarke in his direct approach to the political material. His actor’s dedication to their craft combined with McQueen’s long-takes and stripped down styling gets to the heart of matter, ditching all of the hyped up melodrama which tends to most often spoil these kind of films. This was everything I wanted The Wind that Shakes the Barley to be.
Shame (2011) [seen: 06/12]
John McTiernan (5)
The 13th Warrior (1999) [seen: 03/08] Rumor has it that Crichton fucked with this film quite a bit after McTiernan’s cut tested poorly. A loose retelling of Beowulf, this is pretty standard stuff no matter how you cut it. Like Fuqua’s King Arthur, it’s hard to imagine the trims had any real impact. You have swords, some carnage, natural locals end of story.
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995)
Last Action Hero (1993) [last seen: 07/14]
Predator (1987)

Shane Meadows (4)
Dead Man's Shoes (2004) [seen: 02/08]
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) [seen: 11/09]
Somers Town (2008) [seen: 11/09]
This is England (2006) [seen: 12/07]
Peter Medak (2)
The Changeling (1980) [seen: 01/06]
The Washingtonians (2007) [seen: 01/07] Completely ridiculous and over-the-top, Medak -- tongue firmly planted in cheek -- seems to be trying for a wonderful bit of television rather than the over-reaching 60-minute movie that many of these episodes have been. Simply put, it worked for me. Maybe it’s because I love the dark secret society worlds of Bentley Little’s literature, or perhaps I’ve finally lost respect for this series and have learned how to just sit back and have fun with it?

Julio Medem (6)
Chaotic Ana (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]
The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
Room in Rome (2010) [seen: 01/11] Fails to be drop dead sexy a la Sex and Lucia or heart-wrenching romantic a la Lovers of the Arctic Circle. Might have worked on the the stage, but as a film, it drags a bit, and the leads lack the necessary chemistry to sell Medem's fantasy.
Sex and Lucia (2001)
Tierra (1996)
Vacas (1992) [seen: 10/03]
Fernando Meirelles (3)
Blindness (2008) [seen: 02/09]
City of God (2002)
The Constant Gardener (2005) [seen: 09/05]

Jean-Pierre Melville (4)
Army of Shadows (1969) [seen: 08/07] I prefer Melville’s “detached” and “empty” films when these distinctive elements are used to highlight the understated “cool” of his gangster works, as opposed to here where they effectively chronicle the grim atmosphere of WWII. It’s an enthralling work by a master filmmaker, one that we are blessed to now have available, but for this viewer Melville’s contribution to cinema will probably be best remembered outside of this work.
Bob le flambeur (1956)
Le Cercle Rouge (1970) [seen: 0404] Perhaps my favorite film by Jean-Pierre Melville, this one surpasses his earlier Le Samourai with its slant on male machismo and lurid color cinematography. Alain Delon perfectly embodies the role of Corey, a recently released convict who finds himself uncontrollably involved in one last heist. Everything is dripping with noir fatalism, from the opening Buddhist quotation (which some may find a bit tepid), to the corrupt cops, the gloomy locales, and the extraordinarily paced finale. Recently re-released in a special edition DVD, you can’t afford to pass this up.
Le samouraï (1967)
Sam Mendes (6)
American Beauty (1999)
Away We Go (2009) [seen: 09/09]
Jarhead (2005) [seen: 11/05]
Revolutionary Road (2008) [seen: 01/09]
Road to Perdition (2002)
Skyfall (2012) [seen: 06/13]
Fernando Méndez (2)
The Living Coffin (1959) [seen: 08/07]
El Vampiro (!957) [seen: 02/07]
Mike Mendez (3)
Big Ass Spider! (2013) [seen: 10/14]
The Convent (2000)
The Gravedancers (2006) [seen: 03/07] A true B-movie, it should be pointed out that this is far from a great film, but in a genre where so much crap is produced on a monthly basis, this stands head and shoulders above the pack
Tals of Halloween - segment " Friday the 31st" (2015) [seen: 10/15]

William Cameron Menzies (3)
Invaders from Mars (1953) [last seen: 12/03] William Cameron Menzies, who served as the genius production designer behind Gone With the Wind and Thief of Baghdad, directed this 1953 Sci-Fi B-movie, and it’s a hard film to shake. Chicago Reader critic Dave Kehr put it best when he said “I can't say it's a good film, but it's fascinating, one of those rare movies that seem to tap directly into the director's subconscious, bypassing every rule of dramatic logic and most of those of filmmaking.” We all know the story by now -- a young boy sees a flying saucer land in his backyard, his parents may have become aliens themselves, and of course, nobody believes him. The beautiful sets combined with the horrific acting, and heavy use of military stock footage screams Ed Wood Jr. which isn’t always a bad thing, but even evoke the dreamlike mastery of Jean Cocteau
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) (uncredited) [seen: 07/07]
Things to Come (1936)

Radley Metzger (4)
Camille 2000 (1969) [seen: 08/04]
The Lickerish Quartet (1970) [seen: 09/04]
Score (1974) [seen: 02/06]
Therese and Isabelle (1968) [seen: 08/04]

Russ Meyer (15)
Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) [seen: 03/04]
Black Snake (1973) Russ Meyer [seen: 03/10]
Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970) [seen: 03/07]
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) [seen: 02/04, 12/05]
Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968) [seen: 03/09]
Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967) [seen: 06/09]
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) [seen: 01/07]
Lorna (1964) [seen: 01/07]
Mondo Topless (1966) [seen: 06/05]
Motor Psycho (1965) [seen: 04/06]
Mudhoney (1965) [seen: 06/06]
Pandora Peaks (2001) [seen: 02/08]
Supervixens (1975) [seen: 09/04]
Up! (1976) [seen: 04/06]
Vixen! (1968) [seen: 08/04]
Nancy Meyers (2)
It's Complicated (2009) [seen: 04/10]
Something's Gotta Give (2003) [seen: 01/04]
Roger Michell (2)
Enduring Love (2004) [seen: 12/05]
Notting Hill (1999)
David Michod (2)
Animal Kingdom (2010) [seen: 05/11]
The Rover (2014) [seen: 11/14]

Jim Mickle (3)
Cold in July (2014) [seen: 05/14]
Mulberry Street (2007) [seen: 03/08]
Stake Land (2010) Jim Mickle [seen: 08/11]

Takashi Miike (25)
13 Assassins (2010) [seen: 07/11]
Audition (1999)
The Bird People in China (1998) [seen: 08/04]
Blues Harp (1998) [seen: 11/04]
The City of Lost Souls (2000) [seen: 11/04]
Crows Zero (2007) [seen: 06/10] Like most Miike, it's hard to know how to approach this. Young thugs attend high school solely to beat the shit out of each other and gain rank. Things grow to a boil and eventually we have a 200 man brawl, at which point Miike decides to cross cut with a Jap-Pop musical performance, undermining the machismo vibe like a slap in the face. This is more than just Manga stylized violence, and surely not a comment on Japanese youth culture, Miike is out to lambast the yakuza picture. By portraying the gangster heroes/villians as a bunch of misguided youths posturing for power, we see the criminal underworld is nothing more than a schoolyard to live out their childish fantasies.
Dead or Alive (1999)
Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000) [seen: 01/04]
Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)
Gozu (2003) [seen: 08/04]
The Great Yokai War (2005) [seen: TIFF 05]
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Imprint (2006) [seen: 06/06]
Izo (2004)
Ninja Kids!!! (2011) seen: 06/12]
One Missed Call (2003) [seen: 09/05] I'm serious, look at what Miike does with this tiresome genre of post-Ringu films! This guy's genre talent is endless...
Silver (1999) [seen: 08/04]
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) [TIFF 07]
Three... Extremes -- Segment "Box" (2004) [seen: 11/04]
Visitor Q (2001) [seen: 02/04] Easily one of Takashi Miike’s most sickening outings, this 2001 video feature holds nothing back. Incest, anal raping, necrophilia with shit oozing corpses, and plenty of squirting breast milk – would you believe me if I said that the only scene in the movie that really disturbed me was when a young boy brutally beats his heroin addicted mother? In many ways this is John Waters filtered through the world of reality TV. Sure it’s all excessive and definitely pornographic, but that’s the point. In a time when people will watch just about anything broadcast on television solely because of the fact that it’s ‘real,’ along comes this disgusting antidote that is entertaining solely because it is NOT.
Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) [seen: 10/15]
(2009) [seen: 06/10] Miike at his most anarchist is capable of out doing Tarantino and Eli Roth. Miike at his most playful, as is the case here, is capable of making some of the most inventive and enjoyable family films out there -- the kind that we convince ourself Robert Rodriguez's half-baked movies are -- in the world according to Adam, this movie would be on fucking lunchboxes.
Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (1997) [seen: 04/08] One of those instances where a two-star rating seems entirely appropriate for what is an overall pretty solid film. Perhaps this was something Miike just had to make and get out of his system? For now lets just leave it at that until I’ve had a chance to check out Young Thugs: Nostalgia.
Zebraman (2004) [seen: 10/04]

Ted V. Mikels (3)
Astro-Zombies (1969) [seen: 07/04]
The Corpse Grinders (1972) [seen: 06/05]
The Doll Squad (1973) [seen: 03/08]
Lewis Milestone (2)
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) [seen: 01/08] Ever since I saw Hallelujah, I’m a Bum! I knew I had to see more Lewis Milestone films. Why did it take me so long?
Bennett Miller (3)
Capote (2005) [seen: 11/05]
Foxcatcher (2014) [seen: 03/15]
Moneyball (2011) [seen: 01/12]

Chris Miller (2)
21 Jump Street (2012) Phil Lord co-director [seen: 07/12]
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Phil Lord co-director [seen: 01/10]

George Miller (8)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998) [seen: 04/06]
Happy Feet (2006) [seen: 03/07]
Mad Max (1979)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) [seen: 09/15, 09/15]
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) George Ogilvie co-director [seen: 04/06]
The Road Warrior (1981)
Twilight Zone: The Movie segment -- Nightmare at 20000 Feet (1983) [last seen: 10/07]

Mike Mills (2)
Beginners (2010) [seen: 12/11]
(2001) [short] [seen: 05/07]
Thumbsucker (2005) [seen: 10/05] A story about a teenage boy who is addicted to his thumb and his gradual mental unwinding as he attempts to give up his childhood addiction, this is not your typical American indie film with big name actors and contrived story bent on revealing a darker side to American suburbia. Instead, this is a pointed critique of the overmedicated/-mediated American culture that seems to be rearing its ugly face these days. Not a Tom Cruise rant on the negatives of antidepressants, Mike Mills’ film is instead a poignant look at the consumerist need that these drugs can often fulfill (ever seen those commercials at 2am “Are you feeling sad? Alone?”). You could just as easily supplant antidepressants for any number of things – television, fast food, recreational drugs, dieting, etc – because the point is the personal comfort we gain by displacing the most natural of human fears and anxieties onto the most trivial of consumerized items, and how we allow these to rule our very lives. I would have hated this film when I was 17, which is exactly the age of the audience that Sony Pictures has been marketing this to.
Steve Miner (4)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) [last seen: 09/13]
Friday the 13th Part III (1982) [last seen: 09/13]
House (1986) [last seen: 12/07]
Lake Placid (1999)

Anthony Minghella (4)
Breaking and Entering (2006) [seen: 07/07]
Cold Mountain (2003) [seen: 01/04]
The English Patient (1996)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Rob Minkoff (2)
The Haunted Mansion (2003) [seen: 11/03]
The Lion King (1994) Roger Allers co-director [seen: 04/12]
Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990) [short]
Tummy Trouble (1989) [short]

Vincente Minnelli (8)
The Band Wagon (1953) [seen: 10/04]
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
The Clock (1945) [seen: 07/07]
Father of the Bride (1950) [seen: 03/05]
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) [last seen: 12/10]
The Pirate (1948)
Yolanda and the Thief (1945) [seen: 04/05]
Ziegfeld Follies (1945) [seen: 04/06]
Emilio Miraglia (2)
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) [seen: 04/06]
Red Queen Kills 7 Times (1972) [seen: 04/06]
Kenji Misumi (3)
Shogun Assassin (1980) Kenji Misumi [seen:05/04] In case you were interested, this is the movie that the Bride’s daughter watches at the end of Kill Bill vol. 2. One of the classics in the Samurai genre, this is actually an export for American consumption that is edited from three superior Japanese films. The Lone Wolf and Cub series is famous for its trademark geysers of blood and sharp widescreen compositions. All of that is evident here, however director Robert Houston has taken Kenji Musumi’s first three entries in the seven part series and robbed them of any interesting storyline. The results are a non-stop festival of carnage that is sure to arouse interest in even casual fans of the genre. I loved every second of it, even if I sorely missed Musumi’s carefully balanced storytelling.Dubbed in English.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) Kenji Misumi [seen: 12/13]
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) [seen: 05/04]

John Cameron Mitchell (3)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Rabbit Hole (2010) [seen: 05/11]
Shortbus (2006) [seen: TIFF '06]
David Robert Mitchell (2)
It Follows (2014) [seen: 06/15]
The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010)

Hayao Miyazaki (10)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) [seen: 06/05, 03/06]
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) [seen: 02/04]
Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) [seen: 03/04]
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) [seen: 03/06, 01/12]
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind  (1984) [seen: 04/05]
Ponyo (2008) [seen: 08/09]
Porco Rosso (1992) [seen: 02/13]
Princess Mononoke (1997)  
Spirited Away (2001) [last seen: 01/04]
The Wind Rises (2013) [seen: 11/14]

Kenji Mizoguchi (3)
Life of Oharu (1952) [seen: 07/06]
Sansho the Bailiff (1954) [seen: 09/07]
Ugetsu (1953)
Dominik Moll (2)
Lemming (2005) [seen: 08/06]
With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)

João César Monteiro (5)
Amor de Mãe (1975) [seen: 08/04]
O Bestiário (1995) [short] [seen: 04/05]
Come and Go (2003) [seen: 03/05] As Jonathan Romney lucidly points out about Monteiro’s final film, “At once a fond farewell, a joyous celebration of sex and the lawless imagination, and an unrepentant 'fuck you' to the world, Come And Go sees Monteiro going out in inimitable style.” This three-hour masterpiece alternates between a public park in Portugal, a city bus, and Monteiro’s apartment, and is perhaps the closest the Portuguese master ever came to making a Tati film. Essentially a deconstruction of the director’s filmic persona, this is bound to illicit some head scratching from those unfamiliar with Monteiro’s “Deus Trilogy” (comprised of Recollections of the Yellow House, God’s Comedy, and God’s Wedding). But for the adventurous viewer, and for those who can appreciate this eccentric brand European humor, plan to be enraptured. The final shot is a stunner.
God’s Wedding (1999) [seen: 03/05]
God's Comedy (1995) [seen: 03/05] I can confidently state now, without any reservations whatsoever, that João César Monteiro was a Master. Directing exactly ten feature films since 1978 and a dozen more shorts, he developed an eccentric and paired down style along with a savagely funny and self-reflective on-screen persona that was entirely his own. Yet, despite receiving critical acclaim from publications such as Cahiers du Cinema and winning numerous awards at festivals such as Venice and Cannes, you rarely hear Monteiro’s name dropped w/r/t contemporary world cinema as you might Kieslowski or Kiarostami. This is truly a shame since no other filmmaker has given me this much inspiration, not to mention laughter, since I discovered the late period work of Luis Buñuel. Monteiro is most recognizable for his appearance—a frail and lecherous man, Nosferatu mixed with Buster Keaton—his performance was the center of most all of his films. The Keaton comparison is suitable for the stone-faced performance, but Chaplin’s Tramp might better sum him up, take this quote from Keaton for example, "Charlie's tramp was a bum with a bum's philosophy. Lovable as he was, he would steal if he got the chance…" This perfectly sums up Monteiro’s Deus character, add to it a piss and vinegar taste of surrealism and a prolific collection of woman’s pubic hairs and I think you’ll be able to form a suitable portrait of the kind troublemaker this guy was. Sadly, Mr. Monteiro passed away from cancer in early 2003, a major loss to the artistic world, that I’m sure anyone who has been afforded the experience of viewing one of his films can agree with, and for those of you who have not, I say you have not experienced cinema until you have sampled at least one Monteiro film.
Lettera Amorosa (1995) [short] [seen: 04/05] For this and O'Bestiario, we have two brilliant outtakes from when funding to shoot God’s Comedy in Cinemascope fell through. Gorgeous sample of “what coulda been,” as Monteiro shows tremendous discipline in his use of the widescreen frame. O Bestiário is the real standout and has the mad genius in top form, cooking dinner for a young woman while battling his cheap silverware and an annoying moth. Monteiro turns these mishaps into clever moments of seduction for his lady friend. Damn funny too.
Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)
A Sagrada Família (1972) [seen: 08/04]
Snow White (2000) [seen: 06/05]
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1969) [seen: 08/04]
What Will I Do with This Sword? (1975) [seen: 08/04]
Lukas Moodysson
Container (2006) [seen: 02/10]
Fucking Åmål (1998)
A Hole in My Heart (2004) [seen: TIFF 04, 03/06]
Lilya 4-Ever (2002) [seen: 10/03]
Mammoth (2009) [seen: 05/10]
Together (2000)
We Are the Best! (2013)

Michael Moore (3)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) [seen: 06/04]
Sicko (2007) [seen: 07/07] Moore’s ego has always tended to spoil his work for me, and while it still rears its ugly face on occasion in this film, there is also a heartfelt sincerity underlying his typically poignant political commentary. As Jonathan Rosenbaum says, “this is essential viewing.”
Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson (2)
Resolution (2012) [seen: 10/13]
Spring (2014)
[seen: 12/15]

Phillippe Mora (2)
The Beast Within (1982) [seen: 12/05]
Communion (1989) [seen: 02/06]
Pierre Morel (2)
District 13 (2004) [seen: TIFF '05] Written and produced by Luc Besson, this action film tells the story of a France of the future, where dangerous ghettos are blocked off by a large wall to exist separate from the rest of civilization. It stars David Belle, the inventor of the trend sport parkour, wherein participants tackle urban landscapes by running and leaping their way through any obstacle that may come in their way. There is an opening chase scene which is quite extraordinary, but the film unfortunately is never able to top the initial thrill it gives, and eventually this becomes your standard no-brainer action flick, complete with ticking time bomb. In a perfect world this would have been more Ma 6-T Va Crack-er and less Vin Diesel, but there is no denying the talent which is on display. 
Taken (2008) [seen: 04/14]
Brett Morgen (2)
Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
On the Ropes (1999)

Errol Morris (8)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) [seen: 05/04]
Gates of Heaven (1978) [seen: 10/05]
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) [seen: 09/10]
Tabloid (2010) [seen: 12/11]
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Vernon, Florida (1981)
El Wingador (2012) [short] [seen: 02/12]
Bill Morrison (1)
Decasia (2002)
Footprints (1998) [seen: 08/04] Like Morrison’s masterful Decasia, this small film also shows the filmmaker in all his found footage glory. Various snippets of cinema are sampled, starting with early Méliès and moving up to the modern 20th Century Fox logo. Essentially a film about cinema that tries to communicate via cinema-- its beautiful to look at and features an alluring sampled soundtrack, I’m sure there is more being worked out here than I was able to pick up on in my two viewings. (6 min. , B&W)
Paul Morrissey (2)
Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1973)
Trash (1970) [seen: 04/05]

Greg Mottola (5)
Adventureland (2009) [09/09]
Clear History (2013) [seen: 09/13]
The Daytrippers (1997) [seen: 06/04]
Paul (2011) [seen: 06/11]
Superbad (2007) [seen: 08/07, 12/07] For once the juvenile humor fits. Everything a high school movie aspires to be and a little bit more. Probably will be ranked with Fast Times at Ridgemont High someday, and I try not to make comments like that too often. I’ve been waiting for this guy to make a film ever since his indie gem The Daytrippers touched my heart, and while this isn’t exactly the type of film I was hoping for from Mr. Mottola, he handles himself beautifully. What’s with the HD however??
Oren Moverman (2)
The Messenger (2009) Oren Moverman [seen: 05/10] Incredible performances, with a pulse of Cassavetes-like realism, is more than just comment on the war, but a look at the inevitable confrontation with death we must all deal with in our lives.
Rampart (2011) [seen: 05/12]

F.W. Murnau (6)
City Girl (1930) [seen: 02/09] Seriously folks, the sweeping beauty of this one made my heart hurt. This alone, is worth the price of admission on the Murnau/Borzage boxset.
Faust (1926) [seen: 11/04]
The Last Laugh (1924)
Nosferatu (1922)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) [seen: 11/04] Absolutely perfect in every way?
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) [seen: 01/06]
Geoff Murphy (3)
The Quiet Earth (1985) [seen: 06/06]
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
Young Guns II (1990)

Daniel Myrick (2)
The Blair Witch Project (1999) Eduardo Sánchez co-director
The Objective (2008) [seen: 08/09] Once again, C- becomes my E for effort grade, Myrick flirts with the premise that got him his start -- a group of soldiers stranded in Afghanistan mirroring the backpackers of The Blair Witch Project -- and manages to churn out a fairly original war film in the process. The effects are poor, but the ideas are not. I suspect this guy has another major film in him, even if this is not it.

Mira Nair (2)
11'09''01 -- segment "India" (2002) [short]
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Vanity Fair (2004) [seen: 09/04]
Takao Nakano (2)
Big Tits Zombie (2010) [seen: 10/10]
Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy (2004) [seen: 06/08]
Tetsuya Nakashima (2)
Confessions (2010) [seen: 04/11]
Kamikaze Girls (2004) [seen: 11/05] I haven’t the stomach for movies like Charlie's Angels or The Spice Girls Movie, but I imagine if you took those films, added a shitload of obscure Japanese pop culture references, and magnified the over-the-top direction tenfold, it might look something like this. May work for some people, but I found it annoying as hell.
Memories of Matsuko
(2006) [W/O: 07/11]

Gerardo Naranjo (3)
Drama/Mex (2006) [seen: 05/11]
I'm Gonna Explode (2008) [seen: 04/10]
Miss Bala (2011) [seen: 04/12]

Mikio Naruse (3)
Late Chrysanthemums (1954) [seen: 04/08]
Repast (1951) [seen: 09/07]
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) [seen: 04/07]

Vincenzo Natali (4)
Cube (1997)
Cypher (2003) [seen: TIFF '03]
Elevated (1997) [short, 19 min.] [seen: 06/10] One of those shorts you aren't really crazy about, but you know the filmmaker is destined for a promising feature-length work.
Nothing (2004) [seen: 11/05]
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Quartier de la Madeleine" (2006)
Splice (2010) [seen: 06/10] Natali is not a "creature" nor a visceral director, so the cerebral first half of the film which sticks to the science is wonderful, while the final half, which is about as over the top as Verhoeven's Hollow man, the word "falters" would be putting it lightly.
Jean Negulesco (2)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Jean Negulesco [seen: 05/06]
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) [seen: 10/15]

Fred C. Newmeyer (2)
Safety Last! (1923) Sam Taylor co-director [seen: 04/06]
Girl Shy (1924) Sam Taylor co-director [seen: 04/06]

Andrew Niccol (2)
Gattaca (1997)
Lord of War (2005) [seen: 10/05] For those who like their films with a heavy dose of cynicism, then this is the picture for you. Nicholas Cage stars as a suave and unapologetic arms dealer who tries to rationalize the “need” for his profession to we the audience. Writer/director Andrew Niccol can be either brilliant (cf. his script for The Truman Show) or hopelessly laughable (cf. The Terminal), and this movie falls somewhere in between the two. Niccol is working double time here with his role as director, and it’s obvious that he is out to entertain first and make a point second. Every time the film threatens to take a turn towards ‘seriousness,’ along comes Jared Leto (in an obnoxious performance as the doped up brother) to add some comic relief. Cage plays the role with a deadpan seriousness, and combined with Niccol’s script (when it’s working in high gear) there are several harrowing sequences worthy to remember, like the opening CGI long take that shows the manufacturing and ultimate harrowing fate of a single bullet. For the most part however, I just couldn’t take the film on any serious level, and its use of ironic music grew tiresome, very fast, almost like a feature length version of the end credit sequence of Dogville. This is about as risky as mainstream cinema can get, and it’s commendable for this, even if it cannot escape the fact that it is mainstream cinema.
Jeff Nichols (3)
Mud (2012) [seen: 08/13]
Shotgun Stories (2007) [seen: 02/12]
Take Shelter (2011) [seen: 02/12]

Marcus Nispel (2)
Friday the 13th (2009) [seen: 06/09] I think it’s pretty obvious that the Studio execs and/or Nispel studied Adam Green’s Hatchet in detail during the making of this. The sad part is how far they fall short of his impressive reinvention of the slasher film. It’s not a good time to be an American horror film…
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) [seen: 10/03]
Gaspar Noé (3)
Enter the Void (2009) [seen: 02/11]
I Stand Alone (1998)
Irreversible (2002)
Sodomites (1998) [short, 7 min.] [seen: 02/11]
We Fuck Alone -- segment from Destricted (2006) [short] [seen: 10/06]

Christopher Nolan (9)
Batman Begins (2005) [seen: 06/05] This has to be the worst big screen comic book adaptation yet. Where Tim Burton’s Batman films were an absolute tour-de-force of expressionistic set design and off the wall theatricality, Nolan chooses to render his film in a more realist manner—real city streets, a rational approach to costumes and acting—the results of which come across as laughable at times when the “realism” clashes with the fantasy elements to produce an uncomfortable mishmash of styles (cf. the updated “I’m Batman,” line or just about anytime Bale speaks in his costume for that matter). Another example is a film like Sin City, which transposes the style of comic book story telling, so that you can practically feel each frame of illustration, Nolan edits his film to shambles using an insipid flashback structure to communicate Bruce Wayne’s inner-demons. While we are on the subject of realism, lets consider the casting of Katie Holmes for a moment, as one of the city’s top District Attorneys… mmmm realism. Now if all this wasn’t bad enough, we have a network of villains—racist stand-ins for Arabs with a hatred for Western Civilization, “realistically” played by an Irishman. They conspire to purge Gotham of the infidels, and Nolan goes for a 9-11 inspired bit of filmmaking channeling the chaotic smoke filled streets of New York City. By the time the climatic finale rolled around featuring a train hurling down the tracks with Liam Neeson on a suicide course to take out Gotham Tower, I had to muster all my strength not to throw-in the towel. Could Batman Begins be “too real” for my own tastes? Maybe someone in the theater was to blame, but I could have sworn I smelt shit.
The Dark Knight (2008) [seen: 07/08]
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) [seen: 12/12]
Following (1998)
Inception (2010) [seen: 07/10]
Insomnia (2002)
Interstellar (2014) [seen: 12/14]
Memento (2000)
The Prestige (2006) [seen: 06/07]
Stephen Norrington (2)
Blade (1998) [seen: 08/09] I’ve never seen the Del Toro directed sequel, mainly because I never saw the first film. I wasn’t missing anything, but now at least I can move on to the Del Toro.
Death Machine (1994) [seen: 10/10] FX guy from Aliens combines whatever he picked up on that production with a little Blade Runner, and a dash of Robocop for a recipe that looks good on paper but can't escape the fact that it's serving up someone else's leftovers. Not even Brad Dourif as a maniacal hacker who plays with He-men can give this one much life.
Bill Norton (2)
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) [last seen: 07/14]
Gargoyles (1972) Bill L. Norton [seen: 06/11]

Jehane Noujaim (2)
Control Room (2004) [seen: 08/04] The “truths” of war is a fascinating subject and is certainly worthy of an entire film as opposed to the brief aside given it in Michael Moore’s hastily assembled Fahrenheit 9/11. Director Jehane Noujaim (, an Arab American, spent the entirety of Operation Iraqi Freedom at the media headquarters CentCom in the city of Qatar. The focus is on Al Jazeera, the gargantuan Arab news channel that pulls in about as many daily viewers as our Super Bowl does. Is this network spinning Iraqi propaganda or simply conveying the truth? A great many ideas and a great many versions of the “truth” are explored in this straightforward and vitally essential documentary. Noujaim presents the material justly and thoughtfully, and his ability to rattle our bones makes this required viewing. When asked who is going to keep the American’s from getting out of line as a World Power, Al Jazeera correspondent Hassan Ibrahim replies, “I have complete and utter faith in the American constitution. The Americans are the ones who will stop the Americans.” Let’s hope his words are prophetic of our upcoming election. (2001)

Dan O'Bannon (2)
The Resurrected (1992) [seen: 01/10]
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Naoko Ogigami (4)
Megane (2007) Naoko Ogigami [seen: 06/10] Snuck up out of nowhere on me, don't buy into the negative buzz, this a zen film that approaches the mastery of early Kitano, mixed with an enthralling stasis that rivals Jarmusch, it combines culinary charm and the natural world in such a way that I didn't want to stop looking through Ogigami's glasses...
Rent-a-Cat (2012) [seen: 01/13]
Seagull Diner
(2006) [seen: 06/10] Appreciating the quiet, simpler pleasures of life is what Ogigami is all about, be it a well made cup of coffee, a cold Sapporo on a hot day, a comforting silence, the smell of a new place, and what it means to share these moments with another person. These intangible elements are difficult to capture on film, and they can’t be realized without the viewer bringing a bit of themselves to the experience -- film cannot tell us what coffee tastes like -- a character drinks coffee, most of us know what that character is tasting. It is this notion – the intangible senses -- that Ogigami uses to bring us into her filmic worlds, linking us to the characters on screen much as they are linked to each other. There is no room for hate, sex, violence, or money in these movies, their tone is “life” and they exude it effortlessly.
Toilet (2010) [seen: 04/11]

Max Ophüls (2)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) [seen: 04/06]
La Ronde (1950)
Kenny Ortega (2)
Hocus Pocus (1993) [seen: 10/13]
This Is It (2009) [seen: 01/10]

Mamoru Oshii (3)
Avalon (2001) [seen: 07/05]
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) [seen: TIFF 04]
Nagisa Oshima (4)
Cruel Story of Youth (1960)
Gohatto (1999)
In the Realm of the Senses (1976) [3rd viewing: 03/04]
Max mon amour (1986)
Ruben Ostlund (4)
Force Majeure (2014) [seen: 03/15]
The Guitar Mongoloid (2004) [seen: 03/15]
Involuntary (2008) [seen: 02/15]
Play (2011) [seen: 03/15]

Frank Oz (4)
Bowfinger (1999)
The Dark Crystal (1982) [seen: 11/2009]
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
What About Bob? (1991) [seen: 07/10]

Francois Ozon (10)
5x2 (2004) [seen: 10/2005]
8 Women (2002) [seen: 11/2003]
Angel (2007) [seen: 11/09]
Criminal Lovers (1999)
Ricky (2009) [seen: 04/11]
See the Sea (1997) [seen: 11/2003]
Sitcom (1998)- [seen: 11/2003]
A Summer Dress (1996) [short] [seen: 11/2003]
Swimming Pool (2003) [second viewing: 02/2004]
Under the Sand (2000)
Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000) [seen: 03/2005]

Yasujiro Ozu (10)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) [seen: 04/07]
Early Summer (1951) [seen: 11/04]
The End of Summer (1961)
Floating Weeds (1959) [seen: 04/04]
Good Morning (1959)
I Was Born, But... (1932) [seen: 03/09]
Late Spring (1949) [seen: 05/06]
The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) [seen: 09/08] Ozu at his most sentimental, yet entirely restrained. Amazing.
Tokyo Chorus (1931) [seen: 06/08]
Tokyo Story (1953) [seen: 07/04]

John Paizs (3)
Crime Wave (1985) [seen: 10/04]
Invasion! aka Top of the Food Chain (1999) [seen: 10/04]
Marker (2005) [seen: 09/10]
Springtime in Greenland (1981) [short] [seen: 10/04]
György Pálfi (2)
Hukkle (2002) [seen: 01/04]
Taxidermia (2006) [seen: TIFF 06, 02/08] I suspect if this had been Pálfi’s first film I would be a great deal more skeptical of what he accomplishes here, however given the genuine strength (and restrained nature) of his previous film Hukkle, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. Chronicling three generations of a Hungarian male bloodline, this absurdist triptych is obviously out to shock and disgust with its graphic depictions of twisted masturbation practices, copious vomit, actual animal slaughter, and numerous other things both taboo and icky. Fortunately, beneath all this ‘shock’ exists a rather poignant and frequently hilarious commentary of Hungary’s communist history (Ilya Khrjanovsky’s “4” works in a similar fashion). Pálfi also manages to spice things up with his remarkable talent for deftly edited extreme close-ups, something that gives this work a tangible albeit uncomfortable texture and rhythm. There is some sort of mad brilliance at work here that is both this movie's saving grace and (for most audiences I suspect) its downfall.

Jafar Panahi (6)
The Circle (2000) [last seen: 04/04]
Crimson Gold (2003) [seen: 05/04]
The Mirror (1997) [seen: 12/12]
Offside (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
The White Balloon (1995) [seen: 12/12]
This is Not a Film (2011) Mojtaba Mirtahmasb co-director [seen: 12/12]

The Pang Brothers (3)
The Eye (2002) [seen: 10/03] In a recent interview, Quentin Tarantino stated that the only cinema that really interests him these days are the terrifying Horror and gruesome Yakuza films coming out of Asia. He's on to something there… The works of Takashi Miilke and Kiyoshi Kurosawa are pretty fucking awesome to say the least. You could also add Hideo Nakata to that list, the man who directed the original and far superior Ring and wowed me with the highly effective Dark Water earlier this year. I suppose that right now, you either (a) Have no idea who any of these people I just mentioned are but you've seen the American version of Ring or (b) You've heard of the aforementioned and would like to point out that I didn't mention Fukasaku, Suzuki, or any of the Ishii's. Either way, there is no denying the popularity of these directors -- even Blockbuster Video has jumped on the band wagon and has started carrying some Miike titles (in horrendous R-rated cuts) and there are currently FOUR! American remakes of successful Asian films in the making by filmmakers like Wes Craven. One of these is from a pair of Thai brothers, Danny and Oxide Pang, who have constructed a fairly effective thriller with The Eye. Despite some Sixth Sense trappings, the story is about a young girl who after a cornea transplant finds that she can see dead people, the Pang's create a genuinely terrifying atmosphere with some brilliant camerawork. This is not as good as anything by the likes of Miike or Kurosawa, but it’s a hundred times better than anything creepy that Hollywood has to offer.
The Messengers (2007) [seen: 07/07] The script is horrendous, but these guys have a talent that’s hard to ignore. I’m eventually expecting a breakthrough film from the Pang Brothers, but there is little chance of that happening as long as they are making films in the US. File this one under “interesting failures.”
Re-cycle (2006) [seen: 05/09]

Park Chan-wook (6)
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2007)
Old Boy (2003) [seen: 06/04, 07/04]
Stoker (2013) [seen: 07/13]
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) [seen: TIFF 2005] Given how crazy I went for Park’s previous entry into stylized manga violence, this rating should speak for itself. The film is drawn out with superfluous characters and events, and though the climax is something to behold for exploitation fans, it’s just a tasty morsel in an otherwise bland plate of leftovers.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) [seen: 01/04]
(2009) [seen: 11/2009]
Three... Extremes -- segment "Cut" (2004) [seen: 11/2004]

Nick Park (1)
Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' (2008) [short] [seen: 02/10]
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Stev Box co-director [seen: 10/05] This was a rather hard film for me to assign a rating to. Park obviously has a formal control of over the medium that is beyond criticism, and in this sense the film is some kind of a masterpiece. Does this technical achievement trump the fact that W&G lose some of their magic when adopting feature length running time and I couldn’t help but feel like I was sitting through a protracted short? Laurel and Hardy for example, who clearly are a considerable influence on W&G, made some of their best work when sticking to the short film. Perhaps Park should do the same? In spite of these criticisms, you probably shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to soak up some of the most extraordinary art-house aesthetic and imaginative comedy to grace shopping-mall screens this year. Just don't be shocked if you are checking your watch by the end.
Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave (1995) [short]
Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (1993) [short]
Trey Parker (3)
Orgazmo (1997) [seen: 01/06]
South Park TV Series (187 episodes, 1997-2010)
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
Team America: World Police (2004) [seen: 10/04, 06/05]
Zach Parker (2)
Proxy (2013) [seen: 08/14]
Scalene (2011) [seen: 08/14]

Pier Paolo Pasolini (7)
Accattone (1961) [seen: 02/08]
Arabian Nights (1974) [seen: 07/05]
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) [seen: 10/04]
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966) [seen: 04/05]
Mamma Roma (1962) [seen: 07/08]
La Ricotta (1963) [short]
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) [2nd viewing: 03/04]
Teorema (1968)
Alexander Payne (5)
About Schmidt (2002)
Carmen (1985) [short] [seen: 05/07]
The Descendants (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Election (1999)
Nebraska (2013) [seen: 03/13]
Paris, je t'aime segment "14e arrondissement" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
Sideways (2004) [seen: TIFF '04, 07/05]

Sam Peckinpah (7)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) [seen: 04/10]
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) [seen: 03/04]
The Getaway (1972) [seen: 01/10] The ending is truly flawed, but given the cold control Peckinpah displays on the rest of the picture, one can forgive such a thing...
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) [director's cut] [seen: 04/06]
Ride the High Country (1962) [seen: 01/04]
Straw Dogs (1971)
The Wild Bunch (1969)

Mark Pellington (2)
Arlington Road (1999)
The Mothman Prophecies (2002) [seen: 11/05]

Arthur Penn (2)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Night Moves (1975) [seen: 08/05]
Sean Penn (2)
11'09"01 -- segment "USA" (2002) [short]
Into the Wild (2007) [seen: 04/08]
The Pledge (2001)

Zak Penn (2)
The Grand (2007) [seen: 05/08]
Christopher Guest style mockumentary that is directed like an MTV reality show, there are a few laughs to be had (who doesn’t love Werner Herzog as a sadistic poker player who kills animals as a substitute for drinking coffee?), however Penn has dumbed everything down to the point of ignorance, and when only about a quarter of your rapid-fire gags are actually working, it doesn’t take a poker player to calculate that the film as a whole is dead money.
Incident at Loch Ness (2004)[seen: 03/05] I have to admit that I’m a little pissed off that Herzog decided not to go through with the “real” Loch Ness documentary (if there ever was one), but that’s not why this comedic sham fails to work. The idea is great—Werner Herzog sets out to make a documentary about the Loch Ness Monster while his Hollywood minded producer (Zak Penn) stages all kinds of elaborate hoaxes in order to spice up Herzog’s film. Before long Herzog catches onto Penn’s little tricks and the two clash, but not before possibly clashing with the real Loch Ness Monster. Given Herzog’s megalomaniacal reputation for pushing himself and his production crew to the very limit in his quest to capture the “ecstatic truth,” this had terrific comedic potential. In the end however, many of the great stories from Herzog productions past (the most famous of which has Herzog directing Klaus Kinski at gunpoint on Aguirre) wind up being too esoteric to stage lengthy jokes around, and to avoid having this lost on the viewer, the filmmakers reach out and try to walk the audience by the hand through the material, butchering the joke in the process. Another downfall is the presence of Zak Penn himself. Unlike Herzog who remains cool and totally convincing, Penn comes across as unfunny, thoroughly unbelievable, and even a tad obnoxious. Loch Ness on the other hand is completely gorgeous and the film remains compulsively watchable despite having failed as a comedy. Whether or not Penn and Herzog manage to succeed in their less obvious goal—to make a comment on the nature of truth in documentary filmmaking--remains debatable. [03/05], [rating raised to *** on second viewing, 06/06]

Wolfgang Petersen (6)
Das Boot (1981)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Outbreak (1995)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Troy (2004) [seen: 05/04]

J.T. Petty (4)
The Burrowers (2008)
Hellbenders (2012) [seen: 10/14]
S&man (2006) [seen: 06/09]
Soft for Digging (2001)

Christian Petzold (2)
Jerichow (2008) [seen: 11/09]
Yella (2007) [seen: 02/08]
Nicolas Philibert (2)
In the Land of the Deaf (1992) [seen: 12/05]
To Be and To Have (2002) [seen: 10/04]

Todd Phillips (7)
Due Date (2010) [seen: 11/10]
The Hangover (2009) [seen: 07/09, 04/10]
The Hangover Part II (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Old School (2003)
Road Trip (2000)
Starsky & Hutch (2004) [seen: 03/04]
Maurice Pialat (2)
L'Enfance Nue (1968) [seen: 05/12]
A nos Amours (1983) [seen: 08/07]
Sidney W. Pink (2)
Journey Seventh Planet (1962) Sidney W. Pink [seen: 07/13]
Reptilicus (1961) [seen: 10/15]

Sydney Pollack (3)
The Firm (1993)
The Interpreter (2005)
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) [seen: 08/06]

Paco Plaza (5)
Abuelitos (1999) [short] [seen: 10/06] Weird things are happening in an old folks home -- something involving small children being used to sustain life -- not sure really, to be honest I couldn’t care less. This is one of those shorts you thank God, wasn’t a feature. All sorts of atmospheric movie making curbed from Lynch is on display here and it amounts to nothing more than a big yawn.
Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale (2005) [seen: 08/08] Following the success of .Rec -- the single most effective horror film I’ve seen since The Descent -- and based upon the general ease with which he pulls this little gem off, I’m keen to declare Paco Plaza a master of the genre. A cross between The Goonies and Stand By Me, this is a period film about a group of children who may have seen one too many scary movies, and when they stumble into a scenario straight out of one of those movies, their impressionable young minds proceed to make all the wrong decisions… Eliciting tremendous performances from his young players (Ivana Baquero from Pan’s Labyrinth), and with a keen eye for period detail (Spain cirque 1985), Plaza weaves a tightly knit little tale that is effective for both children and adults alike. For a horror film, that is no easy feat, but to pull that off while remaining intelligent as well as being mindful of the audience's intelligence, makes this little picture all the more remarkable.
[.REC] (2007) Jaume Balagueró co-director [seen: 06/08, 07/08]
[.REC] 2 (2009) Jaume Balagueró co-director [seen: 05/10] Very strong sequel, picks up where the first left off, but abandons the long-take approach for a more choppy, special effects driven thrill ride. The scripting and pacing are spot-on and the resulting frenetic film is one of incredible control. Great stuff.
[.REC] 3: Genesis (2012) [seen: 11/12]
Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt
(2004) [seen: 09/08]

Roman Polanski (15)
Bitter Moon (1992) [seen: 10/03]
Carnage (2011) [seen: 03/12]
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Cinéma Erotique" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Chinatown (1974)
Death and the Maiden (1994) [seen: 06/10] Masterfully crafted thriller that occupies a world where everything is a little “off,” from the strange choice of actors, to the fake exotic local, it plays out like a fever dream of pent up fears and anxieties, that explodes in a burst realist drama. Even a minor film in the Polanski cannon is something major.
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) [seen: 10/04]
The Ghost Writer (2010) [seen: 03/10]
Knife in the Water (1962)
Macbeth (1971)
The Ninth Gate (1999) [last seen: 10/10] Polanski essentially re-made this The Ghost Writer, but I think this little devil of a picture might be superior. To quote the wife "why aren't all the directors you make me watch this good?"
Oliver Twist (2005) [seen: 10/05] In his last two films, Roman Polanski has been cruising along on auto-pilot, allowing the material of his films to speak for themselves, and inserting very little of the nightmarish paranoia that we have come to associate with his work. This is not so much of a bad thing—both this film and The Pianist are worthy enough films in their own right—but I have to express a yearning for the darker, more twisted Polanski of old. That having been said, you have to commend the painterly composition and carefully handled of the material that is on display here. Like The Pianist, this is a story which holds a rather personal connection to the filmmaker, whom at the age of 10 was orphaned when the Nazis hauled off his parents, and who like Oliver Twist, was left to lead a life drifting in and out of various residences and avoiding being exploited by corrupt guardians . What could have easily been yet another tired adaptation of classic Dickens, is instead a rather personal piece of filmmaking, utilizing a familiar text, intent on revealing a warmer side of the filmmaker’s heart. In this sense, the film is an overwhelming success.
The Pianist (2002)
Repulsion (1965)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
The Tenant (1976)
Venus in Fur (2013) [seen: 12/14]
Sarah Polley (3)
Away from Her (2006) [seen: 02/08]
Stories We Tell (2012) [seen: 01/14]
Take this Waltz (2011) [seen: 10/12]

Corneliu Porumboiu (2)
12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) [seen: 11/07]
Police, Adjective (2009) [seen: 04/11]

Ted Post (3)
The Baby (1973) [seen: 07/11]
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) [seen: 03/12]
Magnum Force (1973) [seen: 06/08]
Joel Potrykus (2)
Ape (2012) [seen: 10/15]
Buzzard (2014) [seen: 10/15, 10/15]

Michael Powell (8)
Age of Consent (1969) [seen: 01/10]
Black Narcissus (1947) Emeric Pressburger co-director
A Canterbury Tale (1944) Emeric Pressburger co-director [seen: 03/07]
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Emeric Pressburger co-director [seen: 10/05]
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Emeric Pressburger co-director
Peeping Tom (1960)
The Red Shoes (1948) Emeric Pressburger co-director [last seen: 01/14]
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Ludwig Berger & Tim Whelan co-director [seen: 07/07]

Otto Preminger (11)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [seen: 07/05]
Angel Face (1953) [seen: 05/04]
Bonjour Tristesse (1958) [seen: 05/04]
Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) [seen: 06/04]
Daisy Kenyon (1947) [seen: 06/08]
Fallen Angel (1945) [seen: 05/04]
Laura (1944)
River of No Return (1954) [seen: 05/04]
Skidoo (1968)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) [seen: 05/04]
Whirlpool (1949) [seen: 05/04]
David A. Prior (2)
Deadly Prey (1987) [seen: 01/16]
Killer Workout (1987)

Franco Prosperi & Gualtiero Jacopetti (2)
Mondo Cane (1963)
Mondo Cane 2 (1963) [seen: 04/06]
Alex Proyas (4)
The Crow (1994)
Dark City (1998)
I, Robot (2004) [seen: 07/04]
Knowing (2009) [seen: 04/09]
Cristi Puiu (2)
Aurora (2010) [seen: 01/12]
Cigarettes and Coffee (2004) [short] [seen: 01/12]
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) [seen: 09/06]
Timothy and Stephen Quay aka The Brothers Quay (5)
De Artificiali Perspectiva (1991) [short]
In Absentia (2000) [short] [seen: 10/04]
The Phantom Museum: Random Forays Into the Vaults of Sir Henry Wellcome's Medical Collection (2003) [short] [seen: 10/04]
The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (2005)  [seen: TIFF '05] I am now fairly convinced that the Brothers quay are not capable of making a feature length film, and even more so, a film with live actors. What starts out as a promising story—a piano tuner is hired by a mysterious inventor of automatons to help clean up his precious inventions—quickly morphs into a drawn out series of half-baked ideas. The performances are wooden, and the Quay brothers seem to acknowledge the shortcomings of their actors by editing the live-action stuff to shambles. Some life occasionally pops into the film when the Quay’s adopt the stop-motion stuff that the are accustomed to, but for the most part it seems at odds with the rest of the film, which dully plays out to be as lifeless as the animated automatons it depicts.
Street of Crocodiles (1986) [short]

Sam Raimi (11)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Darkman (1990) [seen: 03/06]
Drag Me to Hell (2009) [seen: 05/09, 02/10]
Evil Dead II (1987)
The Evil Dead (1981) [last seen: 06/09]
The Gift (2000)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) [seen: 06/13]
A Simple Plan (1998)
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) [seen: 07/04] The difference between Sam Raimi’s latest comic book adaptation and something like Stephen Sommer’s Van Helsing is phenomenal. It’s like comparing Tiger Wood’s golf game to my own rather meager 15 handicap. This is because even though he displays exquisite control over the CGI effects, Raimi is not afraid to abandon them for a guerrilla style of filmmaking; one that fans of his earlier Evil Dead films should recognize in the form of the “battering ram -- aka Raimi” camera. This is hardly the great film that the first was, but it is every bit as entertaining and as far as big budget action films are concerned, it's a knockout. Where the first movie was a parable for becoming a man, this one tackles the issue of economics. And once again Kirstin Dunst manages find her way into a soaking wet outfit. Oh darn.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) [seen: 11/07]
Harold Ramis (7)
Analyze That (2002)
Analyze This (1999)
Caddyshack (1980) [last seen: 07/10]
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Ice Harvest (2005) [seen: 11/05]
Vacation (1983) [last seen: 12/12]
Year One (2009) [seen: 07/10]
Lynne Ramsay (3)
Gasman (1997) [short]
Morvern Callar
(2002) [seen: 01/04]
Ratcatcher (1999)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) [seen: 03/12]
Tony Randel (2)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Ticks (1993) [seen: 05/14]
Steve Rash (2)
Can't Buy Me Love (1987) [last seen: 06/14]
Son in Law (1993)

Man Ray (4)
Emak-Bakia (1926) [short] [seen: 10/05]
L'Étoile de mer (1928) [short] [seen: 10/05]
Les Mystères du château de Dé (1929) [short] [seen: 10/05]
Le Retour à la raison (1923) [short] - [umpteenth viewing; 10/03]

Nicholas Ray (11)
Bigger Than Life (1956) [seen: 01/07]
Bitter Victory (1957)
Hot Blood (1956) [seen: 01/08]
In a Lonely Place (1950) [seen: 07/03]
Johnny Guitar (1954)
The Lusty Men (1952) [seen: 10/04]
On Dangerous Ground (1952) [seen: 10/04]
Party Girl (1958) [seen: 08/04]
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The Savage Innocents (1960) [seen: 03/05]
They Live by Night (1949) [seen: 05/04]
Satyajit Ray (3)
Aparajito (1956) [seen: 08/05]
The Music Room (1958) [seen: 07/11]
Pather Panchali (1955)
Eric Red (2)
100 Feet (2008) [seen: 03/09]
Body Parts (1991) [seen: 10/05]

Peyton Reed (5)
Ant-Man (2015) [seen: 12/15]
The Break-Up (2006) [seen: 06/06]
Bring It On (2000)
Down with Love (2003) [seen: 10/03]
Yes Man (2008) [seen: 07/10]
Michael Reeves (2)
The Sorcerers (1967) [seen: 10/10] Reeves was only 23 years old when he made this film before tragically dying of an overdose only two years later, but his impact on the genre lives on, most notably for his masterful Witchfinder General. Seeing this little gem makes losing this filmmaker at such a young age even more heartbreaking. Boris Karloff stars as a hypnotist who develops a form of hypnotism that allows he and his wife to take complete sensorial and psychological control over another individual. Enter a “swinging London” bachelor, whom Karloff and his wife convince to go along with their experiment, and after using him to re-experience their youth, they begin to pursue darker, more violent avenues. A great Post-Eisenhower/Cold War feel, similar to a vintage Twilght Zone episode, Reeves' film is both economical and daring, a standard genre picture, and a convoluted hodgepodge of the director’s fascinations. Solid stuff from a true talent.
Witchfinder General (1968) [seen: 11/05]
Matt Reeves (2)
Cloverfield (2008) [seen: 01/08]
Let Me In (2010) [seen: 05/11]

Nicolas Winding Refn (5)
Drive (2011) [seen: 09/11, 02/12]
Bronson (2008) [seen: 11/09]
Fear X (2003) [seen: 09/11]
Only God Forgives (2013) [seen: 08/13]
Valhalla Rising (2009) [seen: 05/10] Brutal and deftly executed, Refn has produced a purely primal film, a thinking man’s version of 300 blended with Malick’s The New World. If you think that sounds like a batshit crazy Herzog-riff you may be right, but wait until you have your breath taken away by the ever-gorgeous visuals that contrast lush lowlands with the shattering of human skulls. A case for further study for sure…
Kelly Reichardt (4)
Meek's Cutoff (2010) [seen: 09/11]
Night Moves (2013) [seen: 09/14]
Old Joy (2006) [seen: 05/07] Formally, this wasn’t at the level of a Joe W. or a Gus Van Sant (as I was expecting), it is actually closer in just about everyway to the vitriolic early work of Jon Jost. A prime example of critical buzz (and buzzwords) steering one in the wrong direction and causing you to approach art in the wrong way. I plead guilty as charged and hope to connect with the film at a deeper level on a later date. For now let me just say that the film is still great, but my great, not their great. Confused?
Wendy and Lucy (2008) [seen: 05/09]

Carl Reiner (4)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
The Jerk (1979) [seen: 07/10]
The Man with Two Brains (1983) [seen: 08/10] Why does my generation and those that followed seem to have no concept of the staggering genius that was early Steve Martin comedy?
Summer School (1985)

Rob Reiner (5)
Flipped (2010) [seen: 03/12]
The Princess Bride (1987) [last seen: 05/15]
Stand by Me (1986) [last seen: 07/10]
The Sure Thing (1985) [seen: 12/11]
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Jason Reitman (4)
Juno (2007) [seen: TIFF '07, 04/08]
Thank You for Smoking (2005) [seen: 12/06]
Up in the Air (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Young Adult (2011) [seen: 01/12]
Chris Renaud (3)
Despicable Me (2010) Pierre Coffin co-director [seen: 01/11] A cut above your standard kids/family CGI flick, but doesn't have a whole lot going for it other than its ability to tug at your heart with the occasional blast of undeniable 'cuteness'. In a given year there are literally dozens of mediocre films made in this vein, and while Despicable Me might stand above most in 2010, in the larger scheme of things, say five years from now, it will be nothing more than a blip on the radar.
Despicable Me 2 (2013) Pierre Coffin co-director [seen: 07/13]
Dr. Suess' The Lorax
(2012) Kyla Balda co-director [seen: 03/12]

Jean Renoir (9)
La bête humaine (1938)
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) [seen: 07/04]
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936) [seen: 06/06]
French Cancan (1954) [seen: 06/05]
The Golden Coach (1952) [seen: 04/05]
The Grand Illusion (1937)
Partie de campagne (1936) [seen: 10/04]
The River (1951) [seen: 04/05]
The Rules of the Game (1939)
Alain Resnais (5)
Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Night and Fog (1955)
Not on the Lips (2003) [seen: 11/04]
Private Fears in Public Places aka Cœurs (2006) [seen: TIFF '06]
Carlos Reygadas (3)
Battle in Heaven (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] In just his second film, Carlos Reygadas has proven to be a filmmaker of assured visual style. As with his previous film Japon, Reygadas displays a unique fascination with the unattractive naked bodies of his non-professional actors and a poetic distancing from the narrative of the film itself. This is ostensibly speaking, classic film noir – a man (Marcos) has remorse about a kidnapping gone wrong and is torn between his love for the prostitute daughter of his boss and seeking atonement for the crime he has committed. Practically all of the film’s major events (ie. the kidnapping) are left off-screen and the film focuses instead on a mix of Marcos engaging in hard sex with Ana (the film has two very graphic depictions oral sex), and some heavy-duty symbolism of religion and the Mexican state. It’s stunning to look at, and Reygadas’ effective use of Bach on the soundtrack goes a long way, but beneath it all I’m not too sure there is a great deal of substance here
Japón (2002)
Silent Light (2007) [seen: TIFF '07] I prefer Reygadas the bad boy, but there should have been nothing stopping me from falling head-over-heels for this slowed paced, poetic departure from the Mexican auteur that focuses on the timeless story of love and death peculiarly set in a small Mennonite community, yet here I am trying to figure out what went wrong. The cinematography is amongst the best of the year (a Malick-esque view of nature and a mundane but unforgettable bathing scene that should place Reygadas right up there with contemporary Bressonians like Lucrecia Martel), it is a shame that this all adds up to nothing more than a collection of special moments. Is Reygadas responding to his critics by toning down his contemporary hard-edged (and deeply political) brand of storytelling in favor of something more classical? Rather than catching a glimpse of something truer and deeper in the faces of his non-professional actors, Reygadas' Mennonite community only seems to distance this viewer from the universal story which it tells, and when things suddenly depart, morphing into an exploration of the spiritual as curbed from Dreyer, pretension was the first thing on my mind, rapture being the lastPhoto found here.
Hans Richter
Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928) [short - 9 min.] [seen: 11/06]
Rhythmus 21 (1921) Hans Richter [short - 3 min.] [seen: 11/06]

Philip Ridley (2)
Heartless (2009) [seen: 08/10] Ridley has some serious chops, but the last thing this world needs is another horror film dealing with Faustian pacts. Here's hoping another project is less than 10 years down the road.
The Reflecting Skin (1990) [seen: 04/06]

Guy Ritchie (4)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
RocknRolla (2008) [seen: 02/09]
Sherlock Holmes (2009) [seen: 12/09]
Snatch. (2000)
Jacques Rivette (3)
La belle noiseuse (1991)
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) [seen: 11/03]
Gang of Four  (1988)
Jay Roach (5)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
The Campaign (2012) [seen: 11/12]
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Meet the Parents (2000)

Bruce Robinson (2)
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) [seen: 06/04]
Withnail and I (1987)
Mark Robson (4)
The Ghost Ship (1943) [seen: 10/05]
Isle of the Dead (1945) [seen: 10/11]
The Seventh Victim (1943)
Valley of the Dolls (1967) [seen: 05/08]
João Pedro Rodrigues (4)
The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012) Joao Rui Guerra da Mata co-director
O Fantasma (2000)
To Die Like a Man (2009) [seen: 01/12]
Two Drifters (2005) [seen: 11/07]

Robert Rodriguez (11)
Bedhead (1991) [short] [seen: 04/09]
Desperado (1995)
The Faculty (1998)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
El mariachi (1992) [seen: 04/09]
Grindhouse trailer "Machete" (2007) [short] [seen: 04/07]
Machete (2010) Ethan Maniquis co-director [seen: 09/10] From the tacky performances right down to the horrific CGI (muzzle flares and ricocheting bullets -- really?) this was about as much grindhouse as the god awful Bitch Slip. A baffling misfire from a genuinely talented filmmaker.
Planet Terror (2007) [seen: 04/07, 12/07]
The Robert Rodriguez Ten Minute Film School (1998)[short] [seen: 04/09]
Shorts (2009)
Sin City (2005) [seen: 04/05] Alas, an R-rated film that fully takes advantage of the violent potential of enormous budget CGI filmmaking. It took someone with balls to make this picture--both literally and figuratively--and Robert Rodriguez is the “pair” that is credited, in this testosterone oozing, violent and sexed up spectacle based on Frank Miller’s misogynistic graphic comics. A hollow film, with frivolous voice-over narration that lacks the vitriolic flair of a Raymond Chandler, Miller’s noir fantasies are best served up as a rapid succession of images, much like the windows of a comic book that move your eye from one candy-coated frame to the next. The epitome of mindless fun, hurry up and bring on the fuckin’ sequel Robert.
Spy Kids (2001)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Nicolas Roeg (6)
Bad Timing (1980) [seen: 05/10] Plays like like the remarkable sex scene in Don't Look Now made into a feature film and exhibits just about every positive and negative inherent with such a concept.
Don't Look Now (1973)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) [seen: 05/10] Rather brilliant, and not just in a cult film sort of way, it’s a deeply realized bit of pulp philosophy. Derails slightly at the end, but I could care less by that point.
Puffball (2007) [seen: 02/09]
Walkabout (1971)
The Witches (1990) [last seen: 04/10]

Eric Rohmer (8)
The Aviator's Wife (1981) [seen: 06/04]
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963) [short] [seen: 02/07]
Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
Claire's Knee (1970)
The Green Ray (1986) [seen: 06/09]
My Night at Maud's (1969)
Nadja in Paris (1964) [short] [seen: 02/08]
Pauline at the Beach (1983) [seen: 06/09] Just about perfect. Rohmer in top form is capable of making you reevaluate just about everything you love about movies.
Perceval (1978)
Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak (1960) [short] [seen: 02/07]
Suzanne's Career (1963) [seen: 02/08]
Veronique and Her Dunce (1958) [short] [seen: 07/13]
Jean Rollin (6)
Demoniacs (1974) [seen: 06/09]
Fascination (1979) [seen: 01/09]
The Living Dead Girl (1982) [seen: 04/05]
Night of the Hunted (1980) [seen: 01/08]
The Rape of the Vampire (1968) [seen: 06/13]
Zombie Lake (1981) [seen: 11/05]

George A. Romero (14)
Bruiser (2000) [seen: 10/04]
The Crazies (1973)
Creepshow (1982)
The Dark Half (1993) [seen: 03/05]
Dawn of the Dead (1978) [8th viewing: 09/05, 06/08]
Day of the Dead (1985) [last seen: 03/04]
Diary of the Dead (2007) [seen: TIFF 07, 05/08] My Pictures and Audio from the World Premiere - Ever since Day of the Dead, Romero’s films have split audiences upon release only to pick up supporters later on as their finer, more subtle world views come into light in all of their scathing and hideous glories. Diary of the Dead should prove none too different in following this paradigm. Structured as a diary/student film the “movie” (voice-over by one female maker explains that music cues were added for dramatic effect) is a mixed media platform of news footage, bloggers/You-Tuber accounts, surveillance video, and amateur DV. It’s obvious that if the shit hit the fan in today’s world (Katrina anyone?), things would go down different from the farmhouse that Romero set his original story in some 40 years ago. We live in a state of media over-saturation, so the question arises-- is this a good thing? Is it reliable and should it be trusted? Is technology actually empowering the people in a way that we are not even aware of and/or is this effecting the way our government’s lord over us? Phrased simply, there is a lot more than just human flesh to be chewed on in this entry, which in addition to its sharp social undertones, also happens to be a model of perfectly paced, gore filled, tongue-in-cheek B-movie making. Keep 'em comin George.
Knightriders (1981)
Land of the Dead (2005) [seen: 06/05, 10/05, 12/05, 01/08]
Martin (1977)
Monkey Shines (1988) [seen: 10/03]
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Season of the Witch (1972) [seen: 07/07]
Survival of the Dead (2009) [seen: TIFF 09]
Two Evil Eyes -- segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar" (1990) [seen: 04/04]
Don Roos (2)
Happy Endings (2005) [seen: 03/06]
I wasn’t one of the people who went crazy for Roos’ 1998 debut The Opposite of Sex, and this is much of the same kind of material. Working with various interweaving plotlines and self-indulgent enough to include on-screen text to voice his omniscient screenwriter perspective, Roos has made a Sundance film through and through. The cast of well knowns handle their lines with considerable aplomb but much of the writing feels like crafty showmanship as opposed to anything approaching real emotion. The material is dark and fairly nihilistic at times -- the Ritter/Arnold/Gyllenhaal plot about a son who helps a girl seduce his father so he can remain ‘in the closet’ is the only one that really shines -- and ultimately Roos’ can’t escape the fact that his film is completely derivative of the type of movies that seem to be getting made in droves since American Beauty. I’ll see his next movie, but don’t call me eager.
The Opposite of Sex (1998) [seen: 05/99]
Gary Ross (3)
The Hunger Games (2012) [seen: 08/12]
Pleasantville (1998)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Roberto Rossellini (3)
Paisan (1946)
Stromboli (1950) [seen: 01/14]
Voyage to Italy (1954) [seen: 12/13]

Eli Roth (5)
Cabin Fever (2002) [seen: 02/04, 01/06]
The Green Inferno (2013) [seen: 12/15]
Grindhouse trailer -- "Thanksgiving" (2007) [short] [seen: 04/07, 08/10]
(2005) [seen: 01/06, 05/07] The most effective and worthwhile horror movie to splatter the screens of mainstream cinema in quite some time, this is a crass and obnoxious film about a group of American backpackers who party their way through Europe on the endless quest for “pussy” and wind up the victims of a nasty business specializing in torture. I can’t speak for the work-print that director Eli Roth screened to several festivals, but based on the strong negative response that many people I know had to that cut, I can only assume he has significantly reworked the film. This “theatrical version” (one imagines that DVD will bring yet another, more extreme cut) shows that Roth has no pretensions about the type of film he is making, his characters are a reprehensible bunch whose favorite words include ‘pussy,’ ‘fag,’ and ‘retard’, the nudity is gratuitous, and the plot screams of contrived. Yet, the fact that the film is so hell-bent on making you hate certain aspects of American culture, and that it then makes you pay for this hatred, raises it out of the gutter where recent shit films like Saw II reside, and gives you something to think about. Horror cinema in this country is in the midst of something special, and Hostel, like Joe Dante’s Homecoming and George A Romero’s Land of the Dead, go to prove where some of America’s most relevant films can be found
Hostel: Part II (2007) [seen: 06/07]
Knock Knock (2015) [seen: 10/15]
Joseph Ruben (4)
The Forgotten (2004) [seen: 10/04]
The Good Son (1993)
The Pom Pom Girls (1976) [seen: 09/09]
The Stepfather (1987) [seen: 11/04]

Raoul Ruiz (3)
Chacun son cinéma segment "Le Don" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Dog's Dialogue (1977) [short][seen: 04/05]
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) [seen: 03/12]
On Top of the Whale (1982) [seen: 06/05]
Three Lives and Only One Death (1996) [seen: 04/05]
Simon Rumley (2)
The ABCs of Death - segment "P is for Pressure" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
Laughter (1993) [short, 11min, Super 8-mm B&W] [seen: 10/10] Pairs nicely with The Living and the Dead as it shows Rumley experimenting with externalizing a character's internal states. On its own it's basically a worthless.
Little Deaths -- segment "Bitch" (2011) [seen: 10/12]
The Living and the Dead
(2006) [seen: 10/10] A schizophrenic young man, when caring for his ailing mother, is unable to properly attend to her and as she drifts into unconsciousness he is convinced he has let her die, sending him off into a grief stricken breakdown. Time passes and his meds begin to kick in, glimpses of reality return, only now he believes the figure of his mother (recovered and healthy) is a ghost returned to haunt him. Things only get worse for him and tragedy is inevitable. Rumley dedicated this to his parents, and apparently wrote the film out of his own anxieties over his perceived helplessness in attending to his terminally ill mother. His catharsis is evident and while the handling of the schizophrenia is a bit gimmicky at times (think sped-up Trainspotting type imagery) in the end he makes it work in his favor with the help of some highly believable performances. The sheer bleakness of this picture is oppressive, but it's a hard one not to appreciate in some capacity.
Red White & Blue
(2010) [seen: 07/11]

Richard Rush (2)
Freebie and the Bean (1974) [seen: 08/14]
The Stunt Man (1980)

Chuck Russell (4)
The Blob (1988) [seen: 11/13]
Eraser (1996)
The Mask (1994)
A Nightmare in Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

David O. Russell (7)
American Hustle (2013) [seen: 01/14]
The Fighter (2010) [seen: 03/11]
Flirting with Disaster (1996) [seen: 11/04]
I Heart Huckabees (2004) [seen: 10/04] David O. Russell really goes over the top in this one, and despite what you might hear elsewhere, he manages to make it all work. This delightful adult comedy follows the exploits of a group of lost souls, whom, frustrated with life and the unending search for its meaning, employ the help of the Existential Detectives—a pair of foppish philosophers (Dustin Hoffman & Lily Tomlin) who follow you around and help you sort out your life with their “Inter-connectedness philosophies.” Jason Schwartzman plays an environmental activist, loosely based on a young O. Russell, and Mark Whalberg plays his 9/11 inspired Other, a petroleum obsessed firefighter who upon arriving on the scene of a fire decides to take to watering a neglected lawn than to putting out the fire. There are quite a few inside jokes with regards to the writings of Kafka, Hegel, Freud, Plato, Sartre, and Lacan that are spouted off with a snobbish brilliance. If none of those names are familiar to you, don’t worry, the rest of the cast, which includes Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppert, Tippi Hedren, and Jude Law (in his 450th film of the year) are dynamite as well. This is the kind of sharp-witted intellectual humor that often reminded me of the great Woody Allen of twenty years ago.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) [seen: 01/13]
Spanking the Monkey (1994) [seen: 12/05]
Three Kings (1999)
Ken Russell (5)
Altered States (1980)
Crimes of Passion (1984) [seen: 07/05]
Gothic (1986) [seen: 02/09]
The Lair of the White Worm (1988) [seen: 10/03]
Tommy (1975) [seen: 06/11]
Trapped Ashes -- segment "The Girl With Golden Breasts" (2006)
Ben & Joshua Safdie (2)
Daddy Longlegs (2009) [seen: 12/11]
Heaven Knows What (2014) [seen: 12/15]
Walter Salles (2)
Central Station (1998)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "A 8944 km de Cannes" [seen: 07/07]
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) [seen: 11/04]
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Loin du 16e" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
Eduardo Sanchez (4)
The Blair Witch Project (1999) Daniel Myrick co-director
Altered (2006) [seen: 12/06]
Exists (2014) Eduardo Sanchez [seen: 01/15]
Lovely Molly (2011) [seen: 10/12]
V/H/S 2 -- segment "A Ride in the Park" (2013) Gregg Hale co-director [seen: 10/14]

Chris Sanders (2)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Dean BeBlois co-director [seen: 04/10]
Lilo & Stitch (2002) Dean BeBlois co-director [02/12]
Richard C. Sarafian (2)
Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) [seen: 09/14]
Vanishing Point (1971) [seen: 07/07]

Joseph Sargent (2)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) [seen: 04/05]
White Lightning (1973) [seen: 04/06]

Joseph W. Sarno (6)
Abigail Leslie Is Back in Town (1975) [seen: 07/07]
Inga (1968) [seen: 01/07]
Laura's Toys (1975) [seen: 05/08]
The Love Merchant (1966) [seen: 02/08]
Moonlighting Wives (1966) [seen: 12/06]
Suburban Secrets (2004) [seen: 04/10]

Marjane Satrapi (2)
Persepolis (2007) [seen: 07/08]
The Voices (2014) [seen: 12/15]

Jeremy Saulnier (2)
Blue Ruin (2013) [seen: 06/14, 07/14]
Murder Party (2007) Jeremy Saulnier [seen: 09/07]

Franklin J. Schaffner (2)
Patton (1970) [seen: 12/06]
Planet of the Apes (1968) [seen: 08/06]

Lone Scherfig (3)
An Education (2009) [seen: 04/10]
Italian for Beginners (2000)
One Day (2011) [seen: 09/11] Romantic films tend to earn their points in the subtle and intimate details. Scherfig elides detail at every moment and opts for a Cliff’s Notes version of a relationship as it sprouts from seed to eventual bloom over the span of 23 years. Working in short 1-year chapters, the story moves briskly– albeit not without a great many changes in fashion trends –leading to the eventual formation of the couple and possibly heartbreak. It’s a serviceable story but a darn forgettable piece of filmmaking.
John Schlesinger (2)
Marathon Man (1976) [seen: 08/10] It's shocking to think that this left a big enough impact on viewers in the mid-70's, that it's reputation still lingers even though the on-screen torture would not even earn a PG-13 rating in a torture-porn ruled 2010. A solid thriller, but heavily dated to the desensitized eyes of this viewer.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Ernest B. Schoedsack (5)
Dr. Cyclops (1940) [seen: 11/07]
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) [seen: 02/09]
King Kong (1933) Merian C. Cooper co-director
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Son of Kong (1933) [seen: 12/05]

Volker Schlöndorff (2)
The Tin Drum (1979) [03/10] Many of the complaints about this film failing to work as allegory are spot on, but its just too damn bizarre and unique to dismiss as a failure.
Young Torless (1966) [seen: 02/07]
David Schmoeller (2)
Puppet Master (1989) [seen: 11/10]
Tourist Trap (1979) [seen: 04/08] I can see Sam Raimi loving this and parts of it do pop-up in his Evil Dead films, but as a whole this film wears on you fast and by the time we have people running for their lives, it's hard to really sustain much interest.
Joel Schumacher (8)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Forever (1995)
The Client (1994)
Falling Down (1993)
The Lost Boys (1987) [last seen: 06/12]
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Phone Booth (2002)
A Time to Kill (1996)

Paul Schrader (8)
Affliction (1997)
Auto Focus (2002)
Blue Collar (1978) [seen: 03/10] Incisive, entertaining, maybe even timeless (it’s sure as hell still relevant today), this documents the woes and mischief of a trio of Detroit line workers as they uncover corruption in their union, and it's probably as good as anything I expect to see this year. Amazing that this was Schrader’s first film as it is arguably his finest. Pryor was never better.
The Canyons (2013) [seen: 08/13]
Cat People
(1982) [seen: 02/08]
Hardcore (1979) [seen: 02/09]
Light Sleeper (1992)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Celine Sciamma (2)
Tomboy (2011) [seen: 04/12]
Water Lillies (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]

Martin Scorsese (18)
After Hours (1985) [seen: 09/04]
The Aviator (2004)
Boardwalk Empire "Pilot Episode" (2010) [seen: 09/10]
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Cape Fear (1991)
Casino (1995)
The Color of Money (1986) [seen: 01/10]
The Departed (2006) [seen: 10/06]
Gangs of New York (2002)
Goodfellas (1990) [5th viewing seen: 03/04]
Hugo (2011) [seen: 01/12]
The King of Comedy (1982)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) [seen: 01/04]
The Last Waltz (1978)
Mean Streets (1973)
Raging Bull (1980)
Shutter Island (2010) [seen: 02/10]
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) [seen: 12/13]

Ridley Scott (8)
Alien (1979) [last seen: 04/13]
Blade Runner (1982)
The Counselor (2013) [seen: 02/14]
Gladiator (2000)
Legend (1985)[last seen: 04/13]
The Martian (2015) [seen: 01/16]
Matchstick Men (2003)
Prometheus (2012) [seen: 12/12]

Tony Scott (8)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Domino (2005) [seen: 10/05]
Enemy of the State (1998)
The Hunger (1983) [seen: 08/09]
Top Gun (1986)
True Romance (1993)
Unstoppable (2010) [seen: 03/11]

Fred F. Sears (3)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) [seen: 04/08]
The Giant Claw (1957) [seen: 04/10]
The Werewolf (1956) [seen: 02/08]

Peter Segal (4)
Anger Management (2003) [seen: 10/2003]
50 First Dates (2004) [seen: 02/2004]
Get Smart (2008) [seen: 12/2008]
Tommy Boy (1995)

Ulrich Seidl (4)
Animal Love (1995) [seen: 12/05]
Dog Days (2001) [seen: 10/03]
Import/Export (2007) [seen: TIFF 07]
Paradise: Love (2012) [seen: 04/14]
Ousmane Sembene (2)
Black Girl (1966) [seen: 07/06]
Borom sarret (1966) [short] [seen: 07/06]
Xala (1975) [seen: 10/05]
John Patrick Shanley (2)
Doubt (2008) [seen: 05/09]
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) [seen: 02/13]

Ben Sharpsteen (2)
Dumbo (1941) [last seen: 09/11]
Pinocchio (1940)
Lynn Shelton (4)
Humpday (2009) [seen: 11/09]
Laggies (2014) [seen: 04/15]
My Sister's Sister (2011) [seen: 09/12]
Touchy Feely (2013) [seen: 09/14]

Jim Sheridan (3)
Brothers (2009) [seen: 03/10]
In America (2002) [seen: 01/04]
My Left Foot (1989)
Gary Sherman (2)
Dead & Buried (1981) [seen: 12/05]
Raw Meat (1972)

Takashi Shimizu (3)
Ju-on (2000) [seen: 03/04]
Marebito (2004) [seen: 04/06]
Reincarnation (2005) [seen: 11/06]
Kaneto Shindô (2)
Kuroneko (1968) [seen: 10/05]
Onibaba (1964) [seen: 08/04]

Akihiko Shiota (2)
Harmful Insect (2001) [seen: 03/05]
Moonlight Whispers (1999) [seen: 09/04]
Jack Sholder (2)
Alone in the Dark (1982) [seen: 10/05]
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Tales from the Crypt 2.12 – "Fitting Punishment" (1990) [seen: 01/06]
M. Night Shyamalan (6)
The Happening (2008) [seen: 06/08]
Lady in the Water (2006) [seen: 07/06] Refusing the lure of Hollywood, Shyamalan is a family man whose craft is deeply informed by his rejection of the big studio draw. All of his films are set in his hometown of Philadelphia and indeed, the filmmaker refuses to shoot more than a twenty-minute drive from his family. If anything, Lady in the Water can be read as the manifestation of Shyamalan’s fears of losing his family to his career. For those who like to sit in the theater and be mindlessly entertained, or those who feel like they are above that and try to guess what will happen next, you will be sorely disappointed in this film. This is a contemplative film, one that asks you to look deeper and consider the implications of what is on-screen. It’s screening at Shopping Malls nationwide, but this is an art-house work through and through.
Signs (2002)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Unbreakable (2000) [seen: 09/04]
The Village (2004) [seen: 08/04] A lot of the same stuff from twist ending provocateur M. Night Shyamalan, however some astute political undertones rises this one above the rest. As usual the script is shoddy and the characters are plagued with afflictions that serve as plot devices. Also customary to a Shymalan film is his flair for cockeyed framing, offscreen space and impacting sound to enforce impending dread. Everything grandly spirals towards the big twist ending, which in the case of this film, is quite a bit different from his usual works. In this case the horror is a reality that is our own, the effect of which is like waking from a dream only to find that it wasn’t a dream—a prospect ten times scarier than seeing dead people.

Brad Silberling (3)
Casper (1995)
Land of the Lost (2009) [seen: 07/10, 03/11]
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Andy Sidaris (4)
Picasso Trigger (1988) [seen: 01/10]
Guns (1990) [seen: 09/11]
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) [seen: 06/09]
Malibu Express (1985) [seen: 02/08] camp rating
Don Siegel (10)
The Beguiled (1971) [seen: 05/06]
The Big Steal (1949)
Charley Varrick (1973) [seen: 01/07]
Coogan's Bluff (1968) [seen: 12/10]
Dirty Harry (1971) [last seen: 01/06]
Escape from Alcatraz (1979) [seen: 09/05]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Killers (1964) [seen: 09/04]
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) [seen: 07/05]
The Shootist (1976) [seen: 01/06]
Sebastian Silva (3)
Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus (2013) [seen: 05/14]
Magic Magic (2013) [seen: 10/13]
The Maid (2009) [seen: 06/10] Very well acted little film about a bat-shit-crazy housemaid and her struggle to define a life of her own in a profession that requires her to live through others. Silva’s film is socially and politically relevant, but the picture is marred by some horrendous cinematography that does a disservice to scene after scene of brilliant material.

Elliot Silverstein (2)
The Car (1977) [seen: 05/10]
Cat Ballou (1965)
Tarsem Singh (3)
The Cell (2000)
The Fall (2006) [seen: TIFF '06 ***, 2nd viewing 09/08 rating lowered to **] It’s strange because I feel about Pan’s Labyrinth everything that people who hate this film feel...
Immortals (2011) [seen: 06/12]

Bryan Singer (4)
Superman Returns (2006) [seen: 07/06]
The Usual Suspects (1995) [last seen: 11/03]
X2 (2003)
X-Men (2000)
Craig Singer (2)
Dark Ride (2006) Craig Singer [seen: 11/06]
Perkins' 14 (2009) seen: 04/09]

Robert Siodmak (5)
Cobra Woman (1944) [seen: 01/08]
Criss Cross (1949) [seen: 06/05]
The Killers (1946) [seen: 07/04]
Phantom Lady (1944) [seen: 06/04]
The Spiral Staircase (1945) [seen: 10/09] Very ahead of its time, Siodmak’s film is a story of a serial killer at heart, but is also a Gothic romance, dealing with a young nurse who cares for an elderly woman and the dark secrets her family is housing. Gorgeously lit interiors, “anything can happen in the dark,” intones one of the characters, and indeed anything does, as Siodmak channels both Rebecca and The Magnificent Ambersons with his painterly mise-en-scene. This deserves a deeper reputation, as I would be shocked if names like Mario Bava and Dario Argento weren’t deeply influenced by this.

Chris Siverston (3)
All Cheerleaders Die (2013) Lucky McKee co-director [seen: 07/14]
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) [seen: 08/07] I’ve heard comparisons to Verhoeven, De Palma, Lynch and even Kieslowski from those who are supporting this film. It’s quite possible that director Chris Siverston -- whose adapation of Jack Ketchum’s The Lost I’m very eager to see -- approached this project with the same intellectual bravado as the aforementioned directors, there is no denying the guy has a sharp expressionist eye for cinema, but I have a sneaking suspicion that these things were abandoned in post-production in favor of something far more Camp. This is the only way I have of explaining things like Lohan’s mechanical Robo-Hand and its garish sound effects, or some of the choices made in editing and line delivery. The script by Jeffrey Hammond is full of subconscious allusions to reality (Lost Highway being the obvious model -- that film was about a killer who created an alternate reality to confront his guilt, this about a victim who creates an answer and a salvation to her unknown murder), and while this elevates the story miles above just about every other mind numbing film being shown at the local cinemaplex, I’m itching to know just who is responsible for derailing this project in order to cash in on Lohan’s dwindling stardom.
The Lost (2006) [seen: 03/08]

Douglas Sirk (5)
Imitation of Life (1959)
The Tarnished Angels (1958) [seen: 01/08]
Written on the Wind (1956)
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) [seen: 12/09]
Magnificent Obsession (1954) [seen: 07/08]
David Slade (3)
30 Days of Night (2007) [last seen: 10/07, 04/08]
Eclipse (2010) [seen: 12/10]
Hard Candy (2005) [seen: 09/06]
George Sluizer (2)
The Vanishing (1988) [seen: 02/06]
The Vanishing (1993)

Chris Smith (2)
American Movie (1999)
Home Movie (2001) [seen: 11/03]

Christopher Smith (4)
Black Death (2010) [seen: 10/10]
Creep (2004) [seen: TIFF 04]
Severance (2006) [seen: 01/07]
Triangle (2009) [seen: 01/10]

Jack Smith (2)
Flaming Creatures (1963) [3rd viewing; last seen: 02/04]
Scotch Tape (1963)
Kevin Smith (10)
Chasing Amy (1997)
Clerks. (1994)
Clerks II (2006) [seen: 11/06]
Cop Out (2010) [seen: 09/10] Smith is a writer first and foremost, and to separate him from that writing in the service a lesser written script, is a complete and utter waste. He does his best with this formulaic cop picture, but it's nothing less than awkward, even if a few clever ad-libs get you to crack an occasional smile.
Dogma (1999)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Mallrats (1995)
Red State (2011) [seen: 11/11]
Tusk (2014) [seen: 01/15]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) [seen: 02/09]
Michael Snow (2)
Presents (1981) [seen: 11/05]
Wavelength (1967)

Zack Snyder (4)
300 (2006) [seen: 08/07]
Dawn of the Dead (2004) [seen: 03/04] " I guess it is only fair that a movie about mindless cannibals should be made by mindless cannibals as well…" This was my vehement reaction several months ago when I heard that Hollywood planned to “attempt” a remake of George A. Romero’s 1979 masterpiece and one of the greatest films ever made, Dawn of the Dead. I’ll start by saying that the film is not all bad, and aside from some questionable camera work and a few glaring holes in the plot, it’s pretty damn entertaining. Screenwriter James Gunn, whose roots lie in the schlock distributor Troma Films, seems at home in the genre, even if he has stripped the story of the brilliance that was Romero’s political undertones and scathing comments on consumerism. As for the films watchability, I think it is the simple premise of being trapped in a shopping mall while the world crumbles around you that almost guarantees you will be glued to your seat. The characters this time around are cardboard cutouts so you won’t be growing even the slightest emotional attachment to them. A blonde female character for example, is so hastily introduced that the audience I saw the film with could be heard uttering the phrase “who’s she?” and before we had time to think up an answer she was promptly fucked only reappear some 20-minutes later only to be cut in half by a chainsaw. All in all this is a far cry from Romero, mostly a lot of loud things that jump out of the dark and say Boo, however I suspect this might be one of the better mainstream horror films we’ll see this year. Tom Savini, Scott H. Reiniger, and Ken Foree from the original film all have cameos.
Sucker Punch (2011) [seen: 06/11]
(2009) [seen: 07/09]

Michele Soavi (4)
The Church (1989) [seen: 04/05]
Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
The Sect (1991)
Stage Fright (1987) [seen: 01/06]
Steven Soderbergh (18)
Behind the Candelabra (2013) [seen: 06/13]
Bubble (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] Welcome back Steven Soderbergh! Aiming for the opposite side of the spectrum of his George Clooney collaborations, Soderbergh has (in one of the biggest surprises if the festival) made a very small, concise, and yet effective film. Working entirely with non-professional actors and shooting on HD video, the lives of these working class protagonists is palpable amidst the sharply realized class observations. There are also some underpinnings of film noir, as the story deal with the effects on a couple of co-workers when a beautiful but manipulative girl gets a job at their factory. This is easily Soderbergh’s best film since The Limey.
Contagion (2011) [seen: 01/12]
Erin Brockovich
Eros -- segment "Equilibrium" (2004) [seen: 10/05]
Full Frontal (2002)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009) [seen: 09/09]
Haywire (2012) [seen: 05/12]
The Informant! (2009) [seen: 09/09]
King of the Hill (1993) [seen: 10/03]
The Limey (1999)
Magic Mike (2012) [seen: 10/12]
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Out of Sight (1998)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Side Effects (2013) [seen: 06/13]
Solaris (2002)
Traffic (2000)
Todd Solondz (5)
Dark Horse (2011) [seen: 10/12]
Feelings (1989) [short] [seen: 05/07]
Happiness (1998)
Life During Wartime (2009) [seen: 07/10]
Palindromes (2004) [seen: TIFF '04, 09/05]
Storytelling (2001)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

Stephen Sommers (4)
Deep Rising (1998) [seen: 12/05]
G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) [11/2009]
The Mummy (1999)
Van Helsing (2004) [seen: 05/2004] The absolute pits. The first 20 or so minutes were decent, but the remaining 120 had me so bored that I sat contemplating which fast food drive-thru to hit on the way home. Hugh Jackman embodies one of the most lifeless and boring characters in recent memory. Even if the film did teach me some interesting tidbits such as that the Frankenstein monster can spout biblical witticisms and Count Dracula desperately needs a good fertility doctor, when I consider that gas prices rose three cents a gallon while I sat through this garbage, I can’t help but feel cheated.
Sion Sono (10)
Cold Fish (2010) [seen: 07/11]
Exte: Hair Extensions (2007) [seen: 04/08]
Guilty of Romance (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Himizu (2011) [seen: 08/12]
Love Exposure (2009) [seen: 02/10]
Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) [seen: 06/08]
Strange Circus (2005) [seen: 04/07]
Suicide Club (2001) [seen: 11/07]
Tokyo Tribe 2014) [seen: 07/15]
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013) [seen: 01/15]

Paolo Sorrentino (4)
The Consequences of Love (2004) [seen: 06/06]
The Family Friend (2006) [seen: 08/07] Not at the same level as his previous film The Consequences of Love, Sorrentino is nonetheless proof that Italian cinema still has a pulse. This is one of those ridiculously plotted “style-over-substance” extravaganzas that strike some viewers as merely obnoxious, but are capable of intoxication if you can give yourself over (Geremia’s fixation on young gals hitting volleyballs in slow motion which he tries to re-enact in his apartment using strings and an old lady is one of the most hilarious bits of fetishism this side of Monteiro). Sorrentino seems destined to be one of those love/hate directors on the festival circuit (Kim Ki-Duk and Carlos Reygadas also spring to mind). Whether or not these works will withstand the test of time is anyone's guess, but take it or leave it, they are the epitome of Contemporary World Cinema. And for you trendy music lovers, Sorrentino's soundtracks are equally indulgent and I love every bit of them.
The Great Beauty (2013) [seen: 02/14]
Youth (2015) [seen: 12/15]

Steven Spielberg (23)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) [seen: 04/12]
Amistad (1997)
Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Duel (1971) [seen: 01/06]
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) [last seen: 07/14]
Hook (1991) [last seen: 07/15]
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) [seen: 05/08]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Jaws (1975)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Lincoln (2012) [seen: 01/13]
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Minority Report (2002)
Munich (2005) [seen: 01/06] There is no doubt that Steven Spielberg is a filmmaker of incredible talent, in particular, one with an innate gift for visual storytelling. Munich displays the range of this talent as Spielberg seems to know exactly the right kind a shot – when the camera should be handheld, or when to use a dolly, etc. – added to which his ability to wield this talent to elicit a desired psychological effect in the viewer is equally frightening. The problem lies in the fact that this ‘gift’ of Spielberg’s only works when he is making a nail-biting adventure film (Jaws, Duel) and to apply these techniques to a project that is intent on conveying a deeper importance (ie. political message) results in nothing but a string of half truths; a filmmaker whose heart is in two places at the same time. Munich wants to be an artful reflection of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict mirroring the post-9/11 American “War on Terror,” but has trouble pulling this off, since a well-executed episode of Mission Impossible is what the film genuinely is.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Schindler's List (1993) [seen: 06/14]
The Terminal (2004) [seen: 06/04]
Twilight Zone: The Movie -- segment "Kick the Can" (1983) [last seen: 10/07]
War Horse (2011) [seen: 06/12]
War of the Worlds (2005) [seen: 06/05]

Michael & Peter Spierig (3)
Daybreakers (2009) [05/10]
Predestination (2014) [seen: 10/15]
Undead (2003) [seen: 10/04]
Richard Stanley (2)
Dust Devil (1992) [seen: 11/10]
Hardware (1990) [seen: 10/10] Stanley is something of a cult figure, with controversy surrounding every production he has been involved with; the most notable being his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau after which he proceeded to live in the jungle and spy on the production. This one got tied up in legal suits after it was revealed that Stanley based his script on a short comic he was a fan of, causing the wolves to come running looking for a cut of the profits ( it only recently became available in the States some 20 years after it's release). The craze in the 90's, like vampires today, was cyborgs and robots. This is a standard riff on Cameron's terminator, but it is made interesting by Stanley's deeply stylized mise-en-scene which channels Bava and Argento at every opportunity. The story is a bit creaky, making it hard to call this a movie great, but there is no denying the visionary talent behind the project.
The Sea of Perdition (2006) [short] A single episode from an online serial, features some ugly lo-fi digital landscapes, but the live actor stuff is impressive.
The Theatre Bizarre -- segment "The Mother of Toads" [seen: 05/12]

Burr Steers (2)
17 Again (2009) [seen: 12/10]
Igby Goes Down (2002)

Danny Steinmann (3)
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) [seen: 04/04, 09/13]
Savage Streets (1984) [seen: 01/09] Overlooked 80’s rape-revenge film that screams camp but actually has social and feminist value worth contemplating. It’s also entertaining as all hell.
The Unseen (1980) [seen: 01/09]
George Stevens (2)
Shane (1953)
Swing Time (1936) [seen: 09/04]
Robert Stevenson (6)
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) [seen: 08/12]
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) [seen: 03/09]
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) [last seen: 07/12]
Mary Poppins (1964)
The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
Old Yeller (1957) [seen: 06/15]
That Darn Cat! (1965) [seen: 06/15]

Whit Stillman (3)
Damsels in Distress (2011) [seen: 10/12]
The Last Days of Disco (1998) [seen: 12/05]
Metropolitan (1990)
Ben Stiller (3)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) [seen: 04/14]
Tropic Thunder (2008) [seen: 11/08] I’m not above this overblown and inane comedy, but I could really give a shit about movie-biz parodies or any Hollywood self-loathing for that matter. This is no different from what the host of SNL does every Saturday and I believe those guys already made this movie 22 years ago and it was called The Three Amigos…
Zoolander (2001)

Nicolas Stoller (4)
The Five-Year Engagement (2012) [seen: 09/12]
Get Him to the Greek (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) [seen: 11/08]
Neighbors (2014) Nicholas Stoller [seen: 11/14]

Oliver Stone (6)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Platoon (1986)
Savages (2012) [seen: 12/12]
Wall Street (1987) [seen: 01/11]
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) [seen: 01/11]
Peter Strickland (2)
Berberian Sound Studio (2012) [seen: 01/13]
The Duke of Bergundy (2014) [seen: 06/15]

Preston Sturges (8)
Christmas in July (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940) [seen: 07/05]
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) [seen: 01/06]
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) [seen: 01/04]
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) [seen: 01/04]
Charles Sturridge (3)
Lassie (2005) [seen: 11/06]
FairyTale: A True Story (1997) [seen: 02/09]
Gulliver's Travels (1996)

Frank Sudol (2)
City of Rott (2006) [seen: 04/09] ick, talk about one-note.
Dead Fury (2008) [seen: 10/08] Highly enjoyable computer animated gore-fest, an homage to Raimi’s Evil Dead films, it loses much of its appeal after the first few acts. Obviously a labor of love for its creator, Sudol is no hack filmmaker and I’ll definitely be checking out City of Rott now, but in this instance this is yet another excellent short film that was mistakenly drawn out to feature length

Brett Sullivan (3)
The Chair (2007) [seen: 10/09] What could have easily been just another forgettable ghost story turns out to be a rather impressive little gem, as editor turned filmmaker Brett Sullivan handles the material like a genre master. A young woman moves into a new apartment which she suspects of being haunted. She sleeps with a camcorder running and discovers her house is home to a secret that just might drive her out of her mind. It is no surprise that Sullivan is an editor, as much of the film’s suspense and scares are the work of a cinematic craftsmen rather than a special effect. More impressive however is how Sullivan manages to overcome the downfalls of the digital format, even though the story screams for the detail of 35mm, he places his camera and his characters in all the right places, and uses the harsh feel of daylight to tremendous effect.
A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Brett Sullivan, Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban [seen: 12/15]
Ginger Snaps: Unleashed
(2004) [seen: 01/10]

Tim Sullivan (2)
2001 Maniacs (2005) [seen: 03/06]
Driftwood (2006) [seen: 04/08]
I was a Teenage Werebear -- Chillerama segment (2011) [seen: 12/11]

Norifumi Suzuki (3)
Girl Boss Guerilla (1972) [seen: 02/06]
Sex & Fury (1973) [seen: 12/09]
Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (1973) [seen:03/06]
Seijun Suzuki (9)
Branded to Kill (1967)
Fighting Elegy (1966) [seen: 01/05] Off-site review here
Kanto Wanderer (1963) [seen: 01/04]
Princess Raccoon (2005) [seen: 04/06] Off-site review here
Pistol Opera (2001)
Story of a Prostitute (1965) [seen: 07/06]
Tattooed Life (1965)
Tokyo Drifter (1966) [seen: 12/03]
Youth of the Beast (1963) [seen: 01/05] Off-site review here
Antonin Svoboda (2)
Forever Never Anywhere (2007) [seen: TIFF '07]
You Bet Your Life (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] I have to believe that this story about a man addicted to gambling who extends his addiction into every facet of his life by resting each decision he makes on the outcome of a roll of the dice, is more of a guilty pleasure for the gambler in me, than a successful film. Svoboda elicits some lifelike performances from his two leads by the fact that he shoots the movie on video; with the abundance of footage he accumulated producing some magical unscripted moments. Think of this as “Run, Lola, Run” for the “Rounders” fans out there

Joe Swanberg (10)
24 Exposures (2013) [seen: 06/14]
Alexander the Last (2009) [seen: 03/10]
Digging for Fire (2015) [seen: 10/15]
Drinking Buddies (2013) [seen: 12/13]
Happy Christmas (2014) [seen: 06/14]
Nights and Weekends (2008) Greta Gerwig co-director [seen: 12/09]
Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007) [seen: 05/08]
LOL (2006) [seen: 01/08]
Silver Bullets (2011) [seen: 10/14]
Uncle Kent (2012) [seen: 07/13]
V/H/S -- segment "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" (2012) [seen: 12/12]

Isao Takahata (4)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) [seen: 05/08]
Panda! Go Panda! (1972) [short] [seen: 08/12]
Pom Poko (1994) [seen: 02/09]
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) [seen: 01/16]

Tokuzo Tanaka (2)
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963) [seen: 12/13]
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963) [seen: 12/13]

Quentin Tarantino (8)
Death Proof (2007) [seen: 04/07, 11/07]
Django Unchained (2012) [seen: 04/13]
Inglourious Basterds (2009) [seen: 08/09]
Jackie Brown (1997) [last seen: 03/04]
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) [seen: 04/04]
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) [seen: 10/03, 04/04, 03/06]
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Andrei Tarkovsky (6)
Andrei Rublev (1966) [seen: 05/07] Even though some passages in this are sheer cinematic bliss, there are times in Tarkovsky where narrative gets in his way. Rublev is a perfect example of a filmmaker falling in love with “the sequence,” and ignoring the material at hand. It is at once perfect, and deeply frustrating.
My Name Is Ivan (1962) [seen: 09/08] I had seen this film many years ago, long before I ever knew anything of Tarkovsky or his work, and it’s amazing how many of the images were still fresh in my mind. Clearly the work of a master filmmaker, this is probably the one film in his oeuvre that best lends itself to home viewing. There is also a warmth -- a love if you will -- that seems to pulse throughout this near masterpiece, giving it a unique place in the Tarkovsky canon.
Nostalgia (1983) [seen: 07/14]
The Sacrifice
Solaris (1972) [seen: 10/05]
Stalker (1979)

Béla Tarr (7) photo taken @ TIFF '07
Damnation (1987) [seen: 03/08]
Family Nest (1978) [seen: 06/05] DVD reviewed here
The Man from London (2007) [TIFF '07] Tarr’s most minimalist film to date is beyond gorgeous, but unfortunately a step beneath any of his previous films. Intact are the master’s patented long takes, the hauntingly monotonous Mihály Vig score, and László Krasznahorkai intelligent script collaboration… Missing? The poetry that seemed to be the raison d’etre for his brand of cinema. Tarr has managed to make a film about boredom, like Hou he is examining the rhythms of life (mainly exposing the monotony and tedium of it all), but all of this seems to be in the service of something entirely different from anything he has done in the past. Call it the bleakest film Kaurismaki never made. This forlorn feeling could be blamed on the fact that production was bogged down in legal bullshit for 7 years after the producer committed suicide, or we could have entered a new, more modern phase in Tarr’s work (let’s hope another film is not far off -- until then we will say the jury is still out). Bluntly phrased, this is cinema served straight-up -- very dry, very simple, certainly intoxicating but lacking that something special that makes you want to savor it.
The Prefab People (1982) [seen: 06/05] DVD reviewed here
Sátántangó (1994) [seen: 03/05]
The Turin Horse (2011) [seen: 07/12]
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) [seen: 03/04] Every shot is a masterpiece. I was fairly certain of this after the first two reels… 145 min. later I was speechless. This ranks amongst the greatest I have ever seen. Tarr is a filmmaker of assured brilliance and a master craftsman. More comments coming as I watch it again and again

Frank Tashlin (4)
Artists and Models (1955)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956) [seen: 06/05]
Hollywood or Bust (1956) [seen: 07/07]
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) [seen: 06/04]

Jacques Tati (6)
L'école des facteurs (1947) [short] [seen: 04/05]
Jour de fête (1949) [seen: 04/05]
Mon oncle (1958)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)
Parade (1974) [seen: 07/09]
Playtime (1967)
Trafic (1971) [seen: 08/05]
Sam Taylor (2)
Safety Last! (1923) Fred C. Newmeyer co-director [seen: 04/06]
Girl Shy (1924) Fred C. Newmeyer co-director [seen: 04/06]
Sam Taylor-Wood (1)
Destricted -- segment "Death Valley" (2006) [short] [seen: 10/06]
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) [seen: 02/15]

Lewis Teague (3)
Alligator (1980) [seen: 10/07] Highly entertaining, with a sharp script by John Sayles, it’s a shame that with the ease of CGI these days, low-budget efforts like this are all but extinct. The impending terror of the beast in these ‘animal attack’ pictures is drawn from keeping the monster off-screen. When you had very little money, your picture was limited in its monster effects, forcing filmmakers to focus on a purer form of terror inducing filmmaking via editing and sound as well as developing the characters. This one deserves so much more than a reputation as a “camp film.”
Cat's Eye (1985) [seen: 07/10] It's funny that all I hear about it the Troll segment, but in fact the first two are small marvels, harkening back to vintage EC comic horror, and the Troll bit borders on camp these days. Over the top morality parables are so underrated...
(1983) [seen: 01/10]
Kevin Tenney (3)
Brain Dead (2007) [seen: 10/11]
Night of the Demons (1988) [seen: 07/08]
Witchboard (1986) [seen: 11/12]

Hiroshi Teshigahara (2)
Pitfall (1962) [seen: 11/2009]
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Betty Thomas (4)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
Dr. Dolittle (1998)
John Tucker Must Die (2006) [seen: 11/06]
Private Parts (1997)

Ondi Timoner (2)
DiG! (2004) [seen: 01/06, 02/06, 04/06] Adopting the ebb and flow of your basic MTV special, but without the commercial conceits, cliff hanger commercial pauses, forced storylines, and a far more rigid dedication to the material, DiG! is something of a minor miracle. A film that captures not only the harsh truths of the music industry, but one that in a haze of cigarette smoke and booze, displays a perfectly guileless study into the egocentric world of musicians. It’s a ‘cool’ movie with a built-in cult following, but like all great documentaries, it functions as a mirror to the culture that embraces it. My gut tells me that ten years from now this won’t be some Dylan or Stones time capsule piece, but a righteous send-up of my generation by way of two all but forgotten bands.
We Live in Public (2009) [seen: 03/10]
Johnnie To (8)
Drug War (2013) [seen: 08/13, 8/13]
Exiled (2006) [seen: 01/08]
Fulltime Killer (2001) Ka-Fai Wai co-director [seen: 07/04]
The Mission (1999) [seen: 09/05]
PTU (2003) [seen: 06/05]
Running on Karma (2003)
Throw Down (2004) [seen: 07/05]
Vengeance (2009) [seen: 11/13]
Norman Tokar (3)
Candleshoe (1977)
The Cat From Outer Space (1975) [last seen: 05/14]
Sammy the Way-Out Seal (1962) [last seen: 05/15]

Jacques Tourneur (6)
Cat People (1942) [3rd viewing: 10/04, 4th viewing 10/05]
The Comedy of Terrors (1963) [seen: 04/09]
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) [last seen: 05/04]
The Leopard Man (1943) [seen: 11/04, 10/05]
Night of the Demon (1957)
Out of the Past (1947)
Tran Anh Hung (3)
Cyclo (1995) [seen: 09/05]
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000) [seen: 10/04]
Andrew Traucki (2)
Black Water (2007) David Nerlich co-director [seen: 08/11]
The Reef (2010, Australia) [seen: 09/11] Your typical “acts of a vengeful God” story, this time around the wrath comes when a group of boaters get stranded on a reef, and something big shows up in the water that wants to eat them. Traucki’s previous film was about a killer croc, so clearly he is drawn to this type of material. He manages to better himself in this outing by amping up the realism, adding a healthy mix of real sharks and CGI sharks, and using a lot of point-of-view camera to keep the viewers in the tension. Despite the strive for a harder survivalist edge, for better and for worse, this is still a flick better enjoyed with a popcorn.

Jeff Tremaine (4)
Jackass 3D (2010) [seen: 03/11]
Jackass Number Two (2006) [seen: 12/06]
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) [seen: 01/14]
Jackass: The Movie (2002)

Brian Trenchard-Smith (5)
BMX Bandits (1983) [seen: 05/10] Nicole Kidman's feature debut and Trenchard-Smith's most tame film, plays out like your typical "kids get mixed up with gang of goons, goons try to eliminate pesky kids, kids save the day." 80's camp factor of dudes popping serious BMX wheelies abounds though, which is always a plus.
Dead-End Drive In (1986) [seen: 01/10]
Leprechaun 3 (1995) [last seen: 01/15]
Night of the Demons 2 (1994) [seen: 01/10]
Turkey Shoot (1982) [seen: 11/09]
Colin Trevorrow (2)
Jurassic World (2015) [seen: 08/15]
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) [seen: 11/12]

Joachim Trier (2)
Oslo, August 31st (2011) [seen: 12/12]
Reprise (2006) [seen: 12/08]

Gary Trousdale (2)
Beauty and the Beast (1991) Kirk Wise co-director [last seen: 04/12]
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Kirk Wise co-director [last seen: 04/12]

François Truffaut (5)
The 400 Blows (1959)
Antoine and Colette (1962) [short, 30 min.] [seen: 05/11]
Day for Night (1973)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) [seen: 08/04]
Jules and Jim (1962)
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
Tsai Ming-liang (11)
Face (2009) [seen: TIFF 09] The first and the final 20-minutes of this were quite something, but I found the 2 hours in the middle to be borderline unwatchable. Tsai’s sensibility is completely at odds with any and everything French in this film and plain awkward. The fact that some are championing this is quite frankly ridiculous to this viewer.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) [seen: 06/04]
The Hole (1998)
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006) [seen: TIFF 06]
Journey to the West (2014) [seen: 03/14]
Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
The River (1997)
The Skywalk Is Gone (2002) [short]
Stray Dogs (2013) [seen: 05/15]
To Each His Own Cinema -- segment "It's a Dream" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
The Wayward Cloud (2005) [seen: 07/05, 07/05]
What Time Is It There? (2001)
Vive L'Amour (1994)
Walker (2012) [short] [seen: 03/13]
Peter Tscherkassky (7)
L'Arrivée (1998) [seen: 06/05]
Dream Work (2001) [seen: 06/05]
Get Ready (1999) [seen: 06/05]
Manufraktur (1985) [seen: 06/05]
Miniatures - Man Berlin Artists in Hoisdorf (1983) [seen: 06/05]
Motion Picture (1984) [seen: 06/05]
Outer Space (1999) [seen: 05/04]

Shinya Tsukamoto (5)
Gemini (1999) [seen: 10/04]
Haze (2005) [seen: 11/06]
Nightmare Detective (2006) [seen: 10/10]
A Snake of June (2002)
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
Onur Tukel (2)
Applesauce (2015) [seen: 11/15]
Summer of Blood (2014) [seen: 12/15]

David Twohy (2)
Perfect Getaway (2009) [seen: 01/10]
Pitch Black (2000)
Edgar G. Ulmer (4)
Detour (1945)
The Naked Venus (1959)
Strange Illusion (1945) [seen: 09/05]
The Black Cat (1934) [seen: 09/04]
Lee Unkrich (3)
Finding Nemo (2003) (co-director)
Toy Story 2 (1999) (co-director)
Toy Story 3 (2010) [seen: 06/10] These Pixar projects are beginning to feel like a brainstorming session wherein a dozen different people’s great ideas are pieced together to form one big crowd-pleasing picture. It’s hard not to enjoy, but movies are not an assembly line, and mass-produced media has never really been my cup.
Roger Vadim (3)
...And God Created Woman (1956)
Barbarella (1968) [last seen: 12/08] Hard to believe this was as influential as it was. How many band names came out of this film? I counted three…
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) [seen: 05/11]
Spirits of the Dead -- segment "Metzengerstein" (1968) [seen: 05/13]

W.S. Van Dyke (2)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) [seen: 06/07]
The Thin Man (1934) [seen: 07/04]

Buddy Van Horn (2)
The Dead Pool (1988) [seen: 05/10]
Pink Cadillac (1989) [last seen: 06/10] This movie is pure Eastwood and at the same time the anti-Eastwood film, anti-climatic with the ending, it's essentially a course on pathos, ethos, and logos in the Eastwood canon. All in all great stuff and vastly overlooked.

Gus Van Sant
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "First Kiss" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
The Discipline of D.E. (1982) [short] [seen: 12/07]
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Elephant (2003) [seen: TIFF 03]
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) [seen: 11/04]
Gerry (2002) [3rd viewing: 11/03]
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Last Days (2005) [seen: 08/05]
Mala Noche (1985) [seen: 05/08]
Milk (2008) [seen: 12/08] I love how there is such a direct lineage between Mala Noche, My Own Private Idaho and Milk. Today, Van Sant has so matured as an artist, he has a vast array of filmic styles that he has acquired (early beatnick/queer cinema, mainstream Hollywood, and art house meditations) and he juggles these to astounding effect in Milk, illiciting just the right vibe in practically every scene and never once overdoing it. This is how you make a bio pic folks.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Paranoid Park (2007) [seen: TIFF 07]
Paris, je t'aime -- segment "Le Marais" (2006) [seen: 12/07]
To Die For (1995)
Agnès Varda (3)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
The Gleaners and I (2000) [seen: 02/06]
Vagabond (1985)
Matthew Vaughn (3)
Kick-Ass (2010) [seen: 05/10; upgraded 2nd viewing 03/11]
Layer Cake (2004) [seen: 07/11]
X-Men: First Class (2011)

Gore Verbinski (6)
The Mexican (2001)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) [seen: 07/06]
Rango (2011) Gore Verbinski [seen: 08/11]
The Ring (2002)
The Weather Man (2005) [seen: 11/05]

Paul Verhoeven (11)
The 4th Man (1983)
Basic Instinct (1992) [seen: 03/06]
Black Book (2006) [seen: 05/07]
Business Is Business (1971) [seen: 01/07] It’s no Belle de Jour, but it’s a respectable debut feature from a major filmmaker, and this alone makes it essential.
Hollow Man (2000) [seen: 02/06]
RoboCop (1987) [last seen: 02/06, 09/12]
Showgirls (1995)
Spetters (1980) [seen: 03/10]
Starship Troopers (1997)
Total Recall (1990) [seen: 02/06]
Turkish Delight (1973) [seen: 03/06]
King Vidor (3)
The Crowd (1928)
Duel in the Sun (1946) [seen: 01/06]
The Fountainhead (1949) [seen: 12/06]
Nacho Vigalondo (2)
The ABCs of Death - segment "A is for Apocalypse" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
7:35 in the Morning (2003) [short]
Extraterrestrial (2011) [seen: 07/12]
Open Windows (2014) [seen: 11/14]
Timecrimes (2007) [seen: 04/09]

Jean Vigo (4)
L'Atalante (1934)
À propos de Nice (1930) [short] [seen: 11/04]
Taris (1931) [short] [seen: 03/05]
Zéro de conduite (1933) [seen: 03/05]
Denis Villeneuve (3)
Enemy (2013) [seen: 07/14]
Prisoners (2013) [seen: 12/13]
Sicario (2015) [seen: 12/15]

Thomas Vinterberg (3)
The Celebration (1998)
The Hunt (2012) [seen: 03/14]
It's All About Love (2003) [seen: 01/06]

Luchino Visconti (2)
The Leopard (1963) [seen: 04/05] It’s not very fashionable to call Luchino Visconti’s widely praised epic anything less than a masterpiece, but in this case I feel like that’s exactly what it is. While the final hour is simply superb--shot, edited, and acted to sheer perfection, the film’s preceding two hours tends to overstay their welcome, perhaps a little too bent on achieving ‘masterpiece’ status. Visconti’s strict dedication to the literary source—the story of a dying Italian aristocracy in the face of a rising middle class—remains interesting, but it’s not until Visconti happens to confine his characters to the stifling ballroom in the finale that the real dramatic tension begins to take shape. It’s for this stunning 60 minutes of film alone, which confirms The Leopard as a major achievement.
Ossessione (1943) [seen: 08/09] I have yet to be completely bowled over by a Visconti film and while this has so many merits to consider – for me, the Noir underpinnings are at odds with the humanist qualities so typically associated with the Neorealist style. I’d like to celebrate this as a strong noir, but I can’t back calling it the height of Neorealism.
Virgil W. Vogel (2)
The Land Unknown (1957) [seen: 06/08]
The Mole People (1956) [seen: 09/06]

Josef von Sternberg (6)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Dishonored (1931) [seen: 06/08]
Duel in the Sun (1946) (uncredited)
Morocco (1930) [seen: 05/06]
The Scarlet Empress (1934) [seen: 01/07]
Underworld (1927)

Eric von Stroheim (2)
Foolish Wives (1922) [seen: 11/04]
Greed (1924) [4 hour Schmidlin version] [seen: 10/04]
Lars von Trier (11)
Antichrist (2009) [seen: 11/2009]
The Boss of it All (2006) [seen: 01/2008]
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Occupations" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/2007]
Dancer in the Dark (2000) [Last seen: 3rd viewing 04/2004]
Dogville (2003) [seen: 09/2003]
The Five Obstructions (2003) Jørgen Leth co-director [last seen 2nd viewing: 10/2004] I can't remember the last time I was so ambivalent towards a film only to be knocked flat by an ending that made me reconsider and deeply appreciate everything that came before. No, this is not a Sixth Sense twist, but a brilliant meditation on the artistic process. In fact I find it impossible to even engage this film in so few words, even if I could reveal vital plot points, what with the layers upon layers of reality that exist in this, I use the term loosely, "documentary." Sharp, brilliant filmmaking in every way, this is the kind of thing Kiarostami was once capable of pulling off before the film festival circuit got to his head. Do yourself a favor and just see it.
The Idiots (1998)
Manderlay (2005) [seen: TIFF 2005] Much better than I had anticipated (those Cannes backlashes can be brutal), but not quite up to the level that Dogville was. The political implications of Manderlay are certainly far more applicable to the world of today (eg. US occupation of Iraq), with the prior film's meaningful commentary on America’s history of slavery as well as Christian charity metaphors, having been tossed out the window. Bryce Dallas Howard is a worthy predecessor for Nicole Kidman, her performance plays like an alluring interpretation of a similar, yet alternate psyche of the same character. She should win considerable acclaim for this role, but the impressive supporting cast is largely wasted, and in the end character is one of this film’s biggest downfalls. Where Dogville was able to function on many different levels, simultaneously a straightforward drama, an experiment in Brechtian detachment, and an allegory for the immigrant experience, Manderlay is merely allegory, and fails to exist as anything else.
Medea (1988) [seen: 01/2004]
Melancholia (2011) [seen: 10/11]
Nymphomaniac (2014) [seen: 05/14]

The Wachowski Bros. (5)
Bound (1996)
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) [seen: 11/03]
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) [seen: 11/03]
Speed Racer (2008) Lana Wachowski co-director [seen: 09/10] Reviled upon it's initial release (this and my dislike of all things Matrix related caused me to pass back then), I know a few people who consider this visionary work to be the finest film produced in 2008. I have to admit they are not far off in that assessment, as Wachowski and sister have laid the groundwork for dozens of films produced since. The "film-as-living-comic" style is in high demand these days, and it seems like only this film and Scott Pilgrim manage to get right to the essence of the cartoon/comic sensibilities at hand. Add to the laundry list of other positives Sarandon and Goodman's terrific job as Speed's parents -- lending the film a much needed emotional anchor -- and you have a work that is in great need for a critical reassessment.
Jeff Wadlow (2)
Cry_Wolf (2005) [seen: 10/05] A group of teens at an upscale prep school take a Halloween prank too far when they invent a masked killer that may actually turn out to be for real. It’s a pretty silly movie, not a horror film, but a disappointing mystery, that sacrifices every bit of bloodshed in order to exploit the dollar of the PG-13 market. The filmmaker Jeff Wadlow won a contest to “direct his own feature film,” and this is the million-dollar result. From a business perspective, it seems like a decent time to refresh the I Know What You Did Last Summer plot structure and I admit the film is successful at giving the audience a lot of play at guessing who the killer may be, but there is far too much build up at work here. By the time the payoff rolls around, it should be fully apparent that the guise of a horror film was a ploy used to get audiences into the theater, and even the dramatic plot twist at the end couldn’t distract me from feeling had. Aptly titled Cry_Wolf, I suppose I shouldn’t fault the film when I find myself asking, “Where the fuck is the wolf?”
Kick Ass 2 (2013) [seen: 02/14]

David Wain (4)
Role Models (2008) [seen: 03/09]
They Came Together (2014) [seen: 07/14]
Wanderlust (2012) [seen: 06/12]
Wet Hot American Summer (2001) [seen: 08/05]
Tommy Lee Wallace (2)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) [seen: 07/06, 10/09]
It (1990)

Raoul Walsh (8)
Colorado Territory (1949) [seen: 09/05]
Objective, Burma! (1945) [seen: 09/09]
High Sierra (1941) [seen: 07/04]
Pursued (1947) [seen: 07/07]
The Roaring Twenties (1939) [seen: 07/05]
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
White Heat (1949) [seen: 07/03]
James Wan (5)
The Conjuring (2013) [seen: 02/14]
Death Sentence (2007) [seen: 01/08]
Dead Silence (2007) [seen: 07/07] Cluttered back-story and all, this feels like a poor attempt at creating a franchise. Thankfully the box office fish didn’t bite, so we won’t be hearing from Mary Shaw and her stupid dolls again anytime soon.
Insidious (2010) [seen: 07/11]
(2004) Average across the board for this one—from the hammed up performances and flashy direction, to the serviceable script and toned down violence. The premise of a single setting works well for horror films (as Cube masterfully demonstrated), but screenwriters Wan and Whannell are never confidant enough in their scenario to confine the events to such a small setting and frequently resort to cross-cutting and a flashback structure that I quickly grew tiresome of. The television series “24” and the ticking countdown recipe for suspense is, for better and for worse, the real inspiration here. [seen: 11/04]

Wayne Wang (3)
Blue in the Face (1995) [seen: 08/04]
The Center of the World (2001)
Smoke (1995) [seen: 08/04]
Andy Warhol (2)
Blow Job (1963)
Vinyl (1965) [seen: 04/05]

John Waters (11)
Cecil B. DeMented (2000) [seen: 03/04, 10/05]
Cry-Baby (1990)
Desperate Living (1977) [seen: 03/04, 01/06]
A Dirty Shame (2004) [seen: TIFF 04]
Female Trouble (1974)
Hairspray (1988) [seen: 03/04] Very close to a masterpiece. This film represents John Waters at his most tame, but it also represents the filmmaker at his most mature, most political, and at his most cinematically adept. The story deals with racial integration on a TV dance show during the early 1960’s. Ricki Lake stars as Waters plump little starlet and does a wonderful job with the character. Waters axiom Divine plays a dual role in what would be his last screen appearance. Perhaps everything is a little “too” candy coated for my tastes, which explains why I only give this a three star rating, and would also explain the success of the Broadway adaptation. I have to admit I deeply respect what Waters is doing in this picture, even if I prefer the anarchistic approach to filmmaking that defined his earlier work. Waters has yet to make another film of this caliber
Multiple Maniacs (1970) [seen: 07/05]
Pecker (1998) [seen: 03/04]
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Polyester (1981) [seen: 03/04]
Serial Mom (1994) [seen: 03/04]
Mark Waters (3)
Freaky Friday (2003)
Mean Girls (2004) [seen: 05/04] Despite having a trailer aimed at herding in droves of 14 year old girls, this film is infused with enough sharp wit to perfectly counterbalance its less appealing mainstream side—call it, mindless cheesy entertainment. Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live’s first female head writer, is responsible for the hilarious script based on a New York Times story. Fey seems right at home in the teen genre and even her role as a young teacher who wants to appear hip to her students seems dead on. The film never manages to bite off more than it can chew; its handling of teen homosexuality for instance is wisely glossed over rather than reflected upon. Mark Waters, the director of one of last year’s most entertaining teen comedies Freaky Friday, once again manages to work wonders with the popular Lindsay Lohan.The tongue in cheek cinematography seems to have noticed that the 17 year old has had some breast augmentation since her last role and is hardly shy in pointing this fact out--and possibly make a case for other members of the plastic cast. Over time this film may earn a place next to other great teen pictures such as Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, even if like a similarly themed The Breakfast Club, the ending is a total copout.
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) [seen: 04/12]

Peter Watkins (2)
Culloden (1964) [seen: 11/06]
The War Game (1965) [seen: 11/08]
Marc Webb (2)
(500) Days of Summer (2009) [seen: 08/09] The indie romance is becoming something of a trend. Prominently featuring a soundtrack of current coffee shop musical artists and young actors verging on breakout star status, there is almost a desperation to these movie’s desire to achieve “hip” status that I find disconcerting yet can’t help but enjoy. (500) Days of Summer is everything you’d expect and even if it tries a little too hard to get there, movies this charming are nothing to scoff about.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) [seen: 11/12]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (6)
The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003) [seen: 04/2005]
Blissfully Yours (2002) [seen: 01/2004]
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009) [short] [seen: 04/11]
Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
Phantoms of Nabua (2009) Apichatpong Weerasethakul [short. 12 min.] [seen: 03/2009]
Prosperity for 2008 (2008) [short, 1 min.] [seen: 01/2008]
Syndromes and a Century (2006) [seen: TIFF 2006]

Tropical Malady (2004) [seen: TIFF 2004]

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) [seen: 04/11]
Lo Wei (2)
Dragon Swamp (1969) [seen: 04/05]
Fists of Fury (1971) [seen: 04/04]

Peter Weir (8)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) [seen: 10/03]
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Fearless (1993) [seen: 11/13]
Gallipoli (1981)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) [seen: 11/03]
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
The Truman Show (1998)
Witness (1985)

Chris Weitz (2)
American Pie (1999)
New Moon (2009)
Paul Weitz (3)
Admission (2013) [seen: 08/13]
American Dreamz (2006) [seen: 04/06]
American Pie (1999)
In Good Company (2004)

Orson Welles (7)
Citizen Kane (1941)
F for Fake (1973) [seen: 10/03]
The Hearts of Age (1934) [short, 8 min.] William Vance co-director
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Mr. Arkadin (1955) [Corinth version] [seen: 01/07] I believe the muddy VHS version I saw in college was the Confidential Report cut, as I seem to have no recollection of a flashback structure, which may explain why this cut feels vastly superior. Speaking of college, I had a professor at one point who claimed that, “you didn’t deserve to graduate with a film degree until you have seen Kane at least 20 times.” Now at the time that did (and actually it still does now that I hear said again) come off a bit pompous. Welles is not easy. Like my recent von Sternberg screening, here I am almost a decade into my hardcore cinephilia with literally thousands of screenings under my belt, and I am only now feeling like I have the necessary tools to grapple with these great directors. How these professors think they can sit a 20 year old college kid down at 9am in cramped classroom and show him something like Kane at and have that kid cry out “NOW THIS IS CINEMA!” is beyond me. The cinema of Orson Welles is beyond great, but he is something we need to discover and come to appreciate on our own terms, not something that should be force-fed. The same might be said for Joyce, or Warhol, or Mozart, but I simply cannot fathom what this work will look like to me 10 years from now.
The Trial (1962) [seen: 10/03]
Touch of Evil (1958)
William Wellman (4)
The High and the Mighty (1954) [seen: 09/05]
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Track of the Cat (1954) [seen: 06/06]
Simon Wells (2)
Mars Needs Moms (2011) [seen: 11/11]
The Prince of Egypt (1998) [12/98]

Wim Wenders (4)
The American Friend (1977)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Pina (2011) [seen: 01/12]
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet -- segment "Twelve Miles to Trona" (2002) [short] [seen: 11/05]
To Each His Own Cinema -- segment "War in Peace" (2007) [short] [seen: 07/07]
Tokyo Ga (1985) [seen: 10/03] By definition, German director Wim Wenders' earlier films can be described as stories about characters that seem to have wandered into a Sam Fuller or Nicholas Ray film. This 1985 essay film has the director placing himself in Tokyo and documents his failed attempts to find himself in a Yasujiro Ozu film. The results are distinctly German, with Wenders' imagery sharing in the existential malaise of his droll narration, but that’s not the point. This is less a film about Tokyo than it is an endearing tribute to one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Wenders displays a passion that only a true cineaste can identify with and when Ozu's longtime cameraman begins to shed tears as he recounts his times spent with Ozu, we know we are bearing witness to something special.

Jake West (3)
The ABCs of Death - segment "S is for Speed" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
Doghouse (2009) [seen: 07/10]
Evil Aliens (2005) [seen: TIFF '05] Ha ha, I get it. I too have seen Bad Taste and Evil Dead II. Remember when that eyeball shot out of a creatures head in Evil Dead II and sailed across the room into that girl’s mouth? Wasn’t that hilarious? Or how about the end of Dead Alive when he grabs a lawnmower and the film turns into a pool of fake blood and guts, wasn’t that just grand? This movie is crap. Also, did you know they hire shills to sit in the theater and pretend to actually enjoy this shit, hoping some studio exec will take the bait and buy the film?
Razor Blade Smile (1998) [seen: 08/09]

Ti West (6)
The ABCs of Death - segment "M is for Miscarriage" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009) [seen: 02/10]
West is one of the few in the new young generation of Horror filmmakers out there who genuinely excites me. It’s a goddamn shame that the DGA denied his claim to be discredited from this pathetic pile of shit, as I would hate for it tarnish the career of such a promising talent. Anchor Bay dvd does not win any fans with their DVD release either – West shot in a 2.40:1 scope, while the studio re-shoots are in a mismatching 2.35:1 – the DVD itself is anamorphically formatted for 2.35:1 so everything West shot is a squished disaster of pencil faced people. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me, post-screening this DVD went straight into the trash can.
Dead & Lonely (2009) [short, 25 min.] [seen: 05/10] Serial made for IFC and available for free online. Keeps you watching, but the builds up to very little. West's understated horror works better at feature length.
The House of the Devil
(2009) [seen: 01/10]
The Innkeepers (2011) [seen: 04/12]
Prey (2005) [short] [seen: 10/06] A weak student film that has an interesting premise of two backpackers being pursued by some kind of “creature.” It would have worked, but West constantly resorts to lame POV shots through the creatures eyes that recall Predator and numerous other unimaginative sci-fi films. A “DVD Extras” filler if I ever saw one.
The Roost (2005) [seen: 10/06] If the name Larry Fessenden means nothing to you, then you are missing out on some of the most personal and original horror works being made today. This is a Fessenden produced B-film, usually a sign of quality, and it never fails to impress. A minimal story, with a subtle use of scares and atmosphere, director Ti West never overreaches even though his story of undead-infecting bats is a tiresome retread of the mass-produced zombie films of today. I’m hoping this “less is more” approach to horror is West’s idea of good movie making and not a result of budget constraints, we’ll have to watch his next feature to find out.
The Sacrament (2013) [seen: 09/14]
Trigger Man
(2007) [seen: 03/08]
V/H/S -- segment "Second Honeymoon" (2012) [seen: 12/12]

James Whale (4)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Invisible Man (1933) [seen: 10/11]
The Old Dark House (1932) [seen: 11/06]
Ben Wheatley (3)
The ABCs of Death - segment "U is for Unearthed" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
A Field in England (2013) [seen: 02/14]
Kill List (2011) [seen: 10/12]
Sightseers (2012) [seen: 04/13]

Joss Whedon (2)
The Avengers (2012) [seen: 10/12]
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) [short] [seen: 01/09]
Serenity (2005) [seen: 10/05] The term “fanboy” seems applicable when trying to rationalize some of the overwhelming praise this has been receiving. I’ve not seen the original series “Firefly,” but I suspect it’s better than this big-screen adaptation, which never feels like anything other than a filmed television show. Although Whedon brings several refreshing elements into the mix – witty dialogue, well drawn out characters, ACTUAL locales over CGI reconstructions – it never manages to create that dense and original world that typically characterizes great fantasy serials. Instead, it feels like a glam soap opera, utilizing leftover Star Wars props and costumes with nothing more than cheesy entertainment on the agenda. In this sense the film is a success, but to call it visionary is a joke.
Ken Wiederhorn (3)
Eyes of a Stranger (1981) [seen: 02/08]
Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) [seen: 07/06]
Shock Waves (1977) [seen: 05/07]

Billy Wilder (15)
Ace in the Hole (1951) [seen: 03/2005]
The Apartment (1960) [seen: 08/10]
Avanti! (1972) [seen: 01/2007]
These later films in the careers of master filmmakers are such a joy to watch. Wilder takes risk after risk (even the running time seems bold) and executes it all with a nonchalance and sheer perfection that is simply put, a joy.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Five Graves to Cairo (1943) [seen: 07/2005]
The Fortune Cookie (1966) [seen:05/2006]
Kiss Me Stupid (1964) [seen: 03/2005]
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Major and the Minor (1942) [seen: 06/2008]
One, Two, Three (1961)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) [seen: 01/2006]
The Seven Year Itch (1955) [seen: 11/03, 09/12]
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) [seen: 04/2004]

Chris Williams (2)
Big Hero 6 (2014) Don Hall co-director [seen: 11/14]
Bolt (2008) Byron Howard co-director [seen: 09/12]

Tod Williams (2)
The Door in the Floor (2004) [seen: 08/04] I have not read the John Irving story that this film is based on, but I have a hard time imagining that it could be as uneven as this movie is. The script is all over the place, beginning as a serious family drama and then inexplicably morphing into 30 minutes of comedy before quickly returning to drama for the final act. Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges play Marion and Ted Cole, a couple grieving the loss of their children some years earlier. A young teenager shows up as Ted’s summer writing assistant (newcomer Jon Foster doing an admirable Timothy Hutton impersonation), but the poor lad spends most of his time fucking Kim Basinger and driving around Bridges’ who is fucking Mimi Rodgers. There is a very quick passage where Ted reads his “Door in the Floor” story that--no big surprise here--serves as the key to unlocking the big ending.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) [seen: 10/10]
Adam Wingard (5)
The ABCs of Death - segment "Q is for Quack" (2012) [seen: 10/14]
The Guest (2014) [seen: 01/15]
Home Sick (2007) [seen: 10/08] Lynchian humor, off the wall gore, and Tiffany Shepis bathing half nude in her dead mother’s blood, these are the types of things that can make me overlook the shortcomings of your no budget, poorly dubbed movie. Herschell Gordon Lewis became a household name peddling this brand of schlock, and while Wingard was obviously aiming higher than Lewis-style exploitation, the results are certainly similar, if not equally enjoyable. That is of course is up until the big finale, wherein Wingard’s lofty aspirations get the better of him and his cinematic abilities. Still, call me curious to see what he puts out next…
A Horrible Way to Die (2010) [seen: 10/11] A fairly basic premise, girl loves guy, guy is a killer, girl turns guy in, guy escapes from prison, girl fears for her life, enter tension and impending doom, etc.. Wingard seems to be literalizing the emotional violence of a Mumblecore picture, even going so far as to cast that movement’s figurehead Joe Swanberg in one of the leading roles. We follow the stages of a break up in the form of a serial killer, moving through betrayal, remorese, anger, and revenge, swapping blood for tears– and it’s a concept that could have worked. Wingard unfortunately feels the need to toy around with things like depth-of-field, focus, and editing like someone who just discovered Godard, and he manages to direct both the horror and the emotion out of the film. What remains is an empty shell of a picture, technically impressive, but hollow as all hell.
Pop Skull (2007) [seen: 10/09]
Ick! I remember saying that I would watch whatever Adam Wingard put out next after his uneven debut Home Sick, showed some promise in last year’s Horror Challenge. This is a total miscalculation and the type of movie that really tends to get under my skin. Wingard is dealing with a psychotropic protagonist whose drug-fueled existence is a ticking time bomb after his girlfriend dumps him. Misappropriating all manner of avant-garde techniques – flicker effects, loops, double exposures, jump cuts, filters, etc -- for no reason other than they look cool, this is the type of post-Requiem for a Dream bullshit that has been earning slots in small festivals for last 10 years. No substance to speak of, it plays out like a bunch of film school tricks slapped together by an anxious over-achiever.
V/H/S -- segment "Tape 56" (2012) [seen: 12/12]
V/H/S 2 -- segment "Phases I Clinical Trials" (2013) [seen: 10/14]
You're Next (2011) [seen: 01/14]

Michael Winner (3)
Death Wish (1974) [seen: 04/08]
Death Wish II (1982) [seen: 08/12]
The Sentinel (1977)
[seen: 10/11]

Michael Winterbottom (5)
9 Songs (2004) [seen: 11/05]
24 Hour Party People (2002)
The Claim (2000)
The Trip (2010) [seen: 11/11]
The Trip to Italy (2014) [seen: 05/15]

Kirk Wise (2)
Beauty and the Beast (1991) Gary Trousdale co-director [last seen: 04/12]
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Gary Trousdale co-director [last seen: 04/12]

Robert Wise (6)
The Body Snatcher (1945) [seen: 10/05]
Born to Kill (1947) [seen: 12/06]
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) Gunther von Fritsch co-director [seen: 10/05]
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) [2nd viewing; 01/07] This is just as pertinent today as it was over 50 years ago... Somebody should send Kim Jong-il a copy.
The Haunting (1963) [seen: 10/04]
The Set-Up (1949)
Frederick Wiseman (2)
High School (1968)
Titicut Follies (1967) [seen: 11/05]

Doris Wishman (13)
The Amazing Transplant (1971) [seen: 12/07]
Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965) [seen: 06/06]
Blaze Starr Goes Nudist (1962) [seen: 03/04] One of the first films Doris Wishman ever made, is what many commonly refer to as a “nudie cutie,” a term used to describe low budget skin flicks of the 1960’s, where the films were too 'innocent' to be labelled lewd. Wishman would go on to earn a reputation as a cult filmmaker of tremendous prestige, her body of work is most often compared to that of the woefully underrated Ed Wood Jr. This heavily dated work is part of a DVD box set of Wishman’s films that is newly available from Something Weird Video. To say the title means giving away the entire plot, which mostly consists of topless women playing volleyball, jumping in pools, and shooting suction cup tipped arrows on the “archery range.” It was all I could do not to fall asleep during this. As an artifact of vintage erotica though, I suppose this might interest somebody.
Deadly Weapons
(1974) [seen: 03/04]
Diary of a Nudist (1961) [seen: 03/04]
Double Agent 73
(1974) [seen: 04/04] I have now seen five films by Doris Wishman and have yet to muster anything more than mild amusement from her work. This may be her greatest achievement, worthy of a place in my heart right next to my favorite item on the McDonalds dollar menu. Chesty Morgan, a woman endowed with 73 inches of natural breasts, stars as a secret agent who has a camera implanted in her nipple. She goes around killing off bad guys and is constantly taking off her top to snap pictures of the dead bodies. Repeated shots of people’s feet and random ashtrays hide errors in continuity in what can be defined as “classic Wishman.” Viewed with friends this could make a hell of a drinking game, taken alone it may induce a nap. Taken as a relic of exploitation cinema, it's priceless.
Hideout in the Sun (1960) [seen: 06/08] Nowhere near the camp value that Wishman's other nudie-colony films contain.
Indecent Desires
(1967) [seen: 01/07] Wishman is never easy to assign a rating to. Her cinema is singular to say the least. This seems to be part of a larger work -- one that consists of Bad Girls Go to Hell and a few other “woman in trouble” pictures -- that mixes Cassavetes homemade apartment realism with shoddy peep show interludes. A fantastic plot involving a voodoo Barbie doll combined with Wishman’s typical flair for bizarre coverage shots of shoes, handbags, and ashtrays and you can’t help but think that the surrealists would have eaten this one up.
Let Me Die a Woman
(1977)  [seen: 04/06]
My Brothers Wife (1966) [seen: 02/07]
A Night to Dismember (1983) [seen: 02/04]
Nude on the Moon (1961) [seen: 07/04] Her finest achievement!
Satan Was a Lady (2001)
Wong Kar-Wai (9)
2046 (2004)
Ashes of Time (1994)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "I Travelled 9000 km To Give It To You" (2007) [short]
Chungking Express (1994)
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Eros -- segment "The Hand" (2004)
Fallen Angels (1995)
The Grandmaster (2013) [seen: 07/13]
Happy Together (1997) [seen: 05/04]
In the Mood for Love (2000)
My Blueberry Nights (2007) [seen: 04/08]
John Woo (9)
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Face/Off (1997)
Bullet in the Head (1990) [seen: 07/05]
Hard Boiled (1992)
Hard Target (1993)
The Killer (1989)
Paycheck (2003) [seen: 06/04]

Edward D. Wood Jr. (5)
Bride of the Monster (1955) [seen: 03/04]
Glen or Glenda (1953) [seen: 01/04]
Jail Bait (1954)
Night of the Ghouls (1959) [seen: 04/04] I’m a sucker for Ed Wood films. This feature, although a far cry from his greatest (Glen or Glenda), is certainly not without its moments. The plot resembles an episode of Scooby Doo—a mysterious fortuneteller takes over a spooky house and has actors pose as ghosts in order to keep away “meddlers” while he dupes innocent widows out of their money. This is actually a sequel to Wood’s earlier Bride of the Monster, with Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson reprising his role as Lobo, the brute with a fetish for angora. Appearances by other Wood players like Criswell liven things up a bit, however by this time Wood’s suffering career and drinking had taken its toll on him and everything lacks that strange energetic appeal that made his earlier works such a joy.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) [seen: 11/03]
David Worth (2)
Kickboxer (1989) [last seen: 02/13]
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002) zero stars worthless or Camp rating: **** [seen: 07/08] check this dialogue exchange...
Cataline Stone: [sigh] I'm exhausted.
Ben Carpenter: Yeah, me too. But you know I'm really wired. What do you say I take you home and eat your pussy?
nuff said.

Edgar Wright (4)
Grindehouse trailer -- Don't (2007) [short] [seen: 04/07, 08/10]
Hot Fuzz (2007) [seen: 05/07, 01/08]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) [seen: 08/10]
Shaun of the Dead (2004) [seen: 09/04]
Spaced (1999-2001) [seen: 08/08]
The World's End (2013) [seen: 08/13, 09/14]
Joe Wright (3)
Atonement (2007) [seen: 01/08]
Hanna (2011) [seen: 12/11]
Pride & Prejudice (2005) [seen: 12/05]
The Soloist (2009)
Jon Wright (2)
Grabbers (2012) [seen: 01/13]
Tormented (2009) [seen: 10/09] I’m not familiar with the British TV series “Skins” which this is apparently catering to fans of, so perhaps this is why this British teen slasher left me cold. Bullying other kids is bad, and several attractive brats at a private school discover this the hard way when the object of their ridicule kills himself and comes back from the grave for revenge. Insert facile social commentary, sex scenes preaching condom use, less than creative kills, and more than a few hokey moments (angry spirits aren’t a threat without their Asthmea inhalers). I could certainly think of worse things being produced these days, but movies like these were being produced over a decade ago for fans of a US show… Party of Five, and they weren't so great then either.

William Wyler (3)
Ben-Hur (1959) [seen: 11/11]
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (seen: 05/12]
Roman Holiday (1953)
Jim Wynorski (2)
The Lost Empire (1984) [seen: 10/15]
The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) [last seen: 04/13]

Edward Yang (2)
A Brighter Summer Day (1991) [seen: 06/05]
Yi yi (2000)
Yorgos Lanthimos (2)
Dogtooth (2009) [seen: TIFF '09] Anarchic cinema like this walks a fine line between pretentious and brilliant, and this manages to fall squarely in the latter with Lanthimos seemingly natural and unforced wielding of his story. I’m dying to see Kinetta now…
The Lobster (2015) [seen: 01/16]

Peter Yates (5)
Bullitt (1968) [seen: 09/11]
Krull (1983) [seen: 01/06]
Breaking Away (1979)
The Deep (1977) [seen: 07/09]
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) [seen: 01/10]
Herman Yau (2)
Ebola Syndrome (1996) [seen: 06/08]
The Untold Story (1992) [seen: 09/04]
Terence Young (4)
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963) [seen: 11/06]
Thunderball (1965) [seen: 03/07]
Wait Until Dark (1967( [seen: 10/06]
Ronny Yu (3)
Bride of Chucky (1998) [seen: 02/11]
Fearless (2006) [seen: 01/07] The fight sequences are over directed, the plot is metaphor heavy and message soggy, and burdened with near impossible task of pleasing both Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong audiences while also appealing to an American market, this comes off feeling more like well-shaped product than an accomplished work.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003) [seen: 08/03, 12/13]

Yuen Woo-ping (3)
Drunken Master (1978) [seen: 12/09]
Iron Monkey (1993) [seen: 06/04]
The Magnificent Butcher (1979) Sammo Hung co-director [seen: 06/04]
Brian Yuzna (7)
Beneath Still Waters (2005) [seen: 04/07]
Beyond Re-Animator (2003) [seen: 05/09] Yuzna has been a bit unpredictable ever since he took up residence in Spain and started churning out Euro-productions reminiscent of late 1970’s Italian psychotronica. This is one of his stronger outputs of late – featuring Screaming Mad George in full out prosthetic glory and servicing a competent re-hash of the Stuart Gordon classic – it’s hard not to have fun with this one.
Bride of Re-Animator (1990) [seen: 08/07] Like much of Yuzna’s work from the early 90’s, this abandons serious attention to storyline and character (rather silly is the fact that they credit this as a Lovecraft film) in favor of an all out make-up and special effects extravaganza. There are something like five different make-up specialists credited here, and while much of what is on display is a delight to the gorehound in me (especially in the CGI ridden world of today), I’d like to have seen something more substantial underlying all the blood and guts. I mean if you have an actor as talented as Jeffrey Combs in your film, give him a script goddamnit! As to the allusions to Whale's film in the title, they are not even worth discussing.
The Dentist (1996) [seen: 09/07]
Progeny (1998)
Return of the Living Dead III (1993) [seen: 07/06] Apparently the R1 DVD is cut, eliminating a half dozen or so shots of gore, and amounting to just under 1 minute of screen time. Even though I find this censorship atrocious, it did not take away from my viewing in the least. The more I see of his work, the more I feel that Yuzna is a major talent in B-film making. Let’s give this guy a Masters of Horror episode already…
Society (1989) [seen: 03/06, 04/07, 06/15]
Caveh Zahedi (2)
I Am a Sex Addict (2005) [seen: 09/06]
I Was Possessed by God (2000) [short] [seen: 01/06]
In the Bathtub of the World (2001) [seen: 01/06]
David Zellner (2)
Kid-Thing (2012) [seen: 01/14]
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) [seen: 07/15]
Robert Zemeckis (
The Walk (Robert Zemeckis)

Robert Zemeckis (15)
Back to the Future (1985) [last seen: 07/09]
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Beowulf (2007) [seen: 03/08]
Cast Away (2000)
A Christmas Carol (2009) [seen: 12/10]
Contact (1997)
Flight (2012) [seen: 02/13]
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Polar Express (2004) [seen: 11/04]
Romancing the Stone (1984) [last seen: 07/10]
Tales From the Crypt Season 1 --episode "And All Through the House" [seen: 10/05]
Used Cars (1980) [seen: 01/11] Zemeckis surprises, displaying quite the comic prowess early in his career, something that fails to surface much in his later stuff. Russell is pitch perfect as a used car salesman and the movie features one of the most dangerous stunts I've ever seen with Gerrit Graham narrowly escaping stumbling into the path of a speeding car.
The Walk (2015) [seen: 01/16]
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) [seen: 04/04, 03/12]

Zhang Yimou (6)
Chacun son cinéma -- segment "Movie Night" (2007) [seen: 07/07]
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) [seen: 07/07]
Happy Times (2000) [seen: 09/04]
Hero (2002) [seen: 05/04]
House of Flying Daggers (2004) [seen: TIFF '04]
Ju Dou (1990) [seen: 11/04]
A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2010) [seen: 04/11]

Rafal Zielinski (2)
Screwballs (1983) [seen: 11/09]
Screwballs II: Loose Screws (1985) [seen: 12/10]

Joseph Zito (2)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) [seen: 04/04, 09/13]
The Prowler (1981) [seen: 04/05]
Craig Zobel (2)
Compliance (2012) [seen: 12/12]
The Great World of Sound (2007) [seen: 04/08]

Rob Zombie (6)
The Devil's Rejects (2005) [seen: 07/05, 12/05, 05/10]
Halloween (2007) [seen: 08/07]
Halloween II - Director's Cut (2009) [seen: 04/10]
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) [seen: 05/10]
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
The Lords of Salem (2012) [seen: 04/13]
"Werewolf Women of the S.S." -- Grindhouse trailer (2007) [short] [seen: 04/07]
Andrzej Zulawski (3)
La femme publique (1984) [seen: 01/09]
Possession (1981) Starts off as a promising thriller about a husband driven mad by his wife’s infidelity, I was consistently reminded of Polanski during the first half of the film. What follows is a muddled mess of screaming fits, doppelgangers, detectives in pink socks, and a sexually active mutant creature. The inventive cinematography and the good looks of Isabelle Adjani kept my interests peaked throughout, but in the end this amounts to nothing more than a collection of interesting ideas that fail to coalesce into anything larger. Two years later, I proved myself dead wrong and the film is indeed a brilliant look at one man's projected anxieties. [seen: 02/04, upgraded 05/06]
The Third Part of the Night (1971) [seen: 11/07]
Harald Zwart (2)
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
The Karate Kid (2010) [seen: 11/10]
Edward Zwick (2)
Blood Diamond (2006) [seen: 03/07]
Love and Other Drugs (2010) [seen: 11/10] Everything from the portrayal of a supposed "business world" to the coping with a "sick loved one" to the "raw sexuality" reeks of fallacies aimed at serving a story that is really nothing more than the same old feel good bullshit that's been peddled across the big screen on a monthly basis for the last 30 years.

Terry Zwigoff (4)
Art School Confidential (2006) [seen: 05/06] A major letdown from both director Terry Zwigoff and writer Daniel Clowes, this smug comedy shows both of these unique talents at their most undistinguished. The film chronicles the journey of Jerome (Clowes stand-in Max Minghella) from high school into a NYC art school where he aspires to become the 21st Century’s greatest artist and to lose his virginity in the process. Much of the film’s critique on art school stereotypes is spot-on and is the source of most of the laughs, but that is short-lived and the rest consists of a pointless murder mystery, some dick jokes, and some gay jokes. The deepest question the film manages to probe is whether Max can actually achieve his goal of sex without first becoming a successful artist. It’s lame to the Nth degree, and for the most part this resembles nothing more than a disposable Kevin Smith comedy. Fortunately, Zwigoff is a great deal more talented as a director than Smith, and things remain watchable despite remaining pedestrian. Where the Hell is that wonderful soundtrack that Ghost World had!?
Bad Santa (2003) [seen: 11/03, 12/03] In 1983 Bob Clark released what remains to be the greatest holiday film of all time, A Christmas Story. The film worked so well because it had the holidays figured out. It showed that Christmas was not a season of joy and giving, and instead depicted it for the overblown spectacle that it truly is -- a depressing month overflowing with stress, frustration, and ultimately letdown. Fast-forward twenty years to Terry Zwigoff’s new film Bad Santa, about a contemptible SOB with a taste for booze and penchant for cracking safes. Following in line with the previous Zwigoff protagonists, Billy Bob Thornton brings just the right touch of misanthropic flair to his character. This is a man who never got a Red Ryder BB gun as child, but he doesn’t complain, he knows he'd just end up shooting his goddamn eye out. A lot of people have attacked this film calling it rude, vulgar, and misogynistic. They might be right, but I’d like to add that this is quite possibly the funniest movie I’ve ever had the good fortune of seeing.
Crumb (1994) [last seen: 11/04]
Ghost World (2001)

4 (2005) Ilya Khrjanovsky [seen: 05/06]
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Cristian Mungiu [seen: 06/08]
(2009, USA) Shane Acker
10 Years
(2011) Jamie Linden [seen: 01/13]
11'9"01- September 11th
(Various Directors, 2003) [seen: 10/03]
2LDK (2002) Yukihiko Tsutsumi [08/04, 01/06]
42nd Street Foreve, Vol. 3: Exploitation Explosion (2008, USA) [Various, Trailer compilation] [seen: 06/11]
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) Roy Rowland [seen: 03/04]
(A)torsion (2002) Stefan Arsenijevic [short] [seen: 01/04]
The ABCs of Death (2012) [seen: 10/14]
Abominable (2006) Ryan Schifrin [seen: 10/06]
About Alex (2014) Jesse Zwick [seen: 08/14]
Las Acacias (2011) Pablo Giorgelli [seen: 04/12]
Acne (2000) Rusty Nails [seen: 11/05]

Acolytes (2008) Jon Hewitt [seen: 01/10]
The Act of Killing (2012) Joshua Oppenheimer [seen: 07/13]
An Actor's Revenge (1963) Kon Ichikawa [seen: 04/05]
Adam (2009) Max Mayer [seen: 11/10]
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) George Nolfi [seen: 06/11]
Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector (2013) Dan M. Kinem & Levi Peretic [seen: 12/14]
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984) W.D. Richter [seen: 12/03]
Afflicted (2013) Derek Lee & Cliff Prowse [seen: 09/14]
After.Life (2009) Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo [seen: 08/10] Highly stylized nonsense executed with a poker faced seriousness that only a Euro-import director would dare attempt. Ricci nudity seems to be attracting many viewers, but her performance resembles nothing more than that of a walking corpse (literally), while the rest of the cast seems lost amidst the lofty arthouse aspirations.
Afternoon Delight (2013) Jill Soloway [seen: 03/14]
(2008) Antonio Campos [seen: 03/10]
The Agony of Love (1966) William Rotsler [seen: 09/06]
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) David Lowery [seen: 12/13]
Air Guitar Nation (2006) Alexandra Lipsitz [seen: 02/10]
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Alfred Sole [seen: 04/05]
All Around Us (2008) Ryosuke Hashiguchi [seen: 05/11]
Altitude (2010) Kaare Andrews [seen: 02/11]
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007, USA) Tim Hill [seen: 12/09, 02/12]
American Horror Story SSN 1 (2011) Ryan Murphy Creator [seen: 12/11]
American Mary (2012) Soska Sisters [seen: 02/13]
American Splendor (2003) Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini [seen: 02/04]
Amy (2015, UK) Asif Kapadia
[seen: 01/16]
Anémic Cinéma (1926) Marcel Duchamp [short - 6 min.] [seen: 11/06]
The Angry Red Planet (1959) Ib Melchior [seen: 10/03]
Anguish (1987) Bigas Luna [seen: 03/06]
Animal Crackers (1930) Victor Heerman [seen: 11/03]
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (2015) Chris Rock [seen: 10/15]
L’Annulaire (2005) Diane Bertrand [seen: TIFF '05] It’s hard to imagine how Bertrand ever expected audiences would go for this naïve excuse for “dreamlike imagery,” and possibly mistake it for cinema. Not a single image in this sorry excuse for a movie carries to it a purpose or desire to be anything more than window dressings to an undeveloped and boring story. It’s not even worth recounting a “plot summary” because the film has no idea what it wants to be about. Instead I should be figuring out how this ever got into this festival.
Another Earth (2011) Mike Cahill [seen: 01/12]
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
(2008) Sacha Gervasi [seen: 01/10]
Aquamarine (2006) Elizabeth Allen [seen: 03/06] A perfectly harmless teen comedy about a pair of young girls who befriend a Mermaid and help her to woo the local hunk, this actually ends up being as air-headed as it sounds. Elizabeth Allen’s shoddy direction manages to distract from what is a genuinely warm-hearted story, her style of cutting upon every break in sentence is well suited for cable television, but deserves no place on the big screen. I suppose some credit should be given to the film for not so much as hinting of sex, which considering the recent trend in Lindsey Lohan teen comedies is a feat unto itself (sorry Dads). The only part worth remembering is the righteously camp ending that features some of the most glaring and unmatched cross-cuts between actual ocean locales and a soundstage water tank since TV’s Baywatch.
Arbitrage (2012) Nicholas Jarecki [seen: 01/13]
The Arbor
(2010) Clio Barnard [seen: 05/11]
The Aristocrats
(2005) Paul Provenza [seen: 09/05]
Arizona Dream (1993) Emir Kustirica [seen: 06/05]
Arrested Development SSN 1 (2003) Mitchell Herwitz creator [seen: 02/12]
Arrietty (2010) Hiromasa Tonebayashi [seen: 01/12]
Arthur Christmas (2011, UK) Sarah Smith & Barry Cook [seen: 11/12]
The Artist (2011) Michel Hazanavicius [seen: 02/12]
Asylum Blackout (2011) Alexandre Courtes [seen: 11/15]
Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985) Michael Stanley [seen: 06/14]
Attack the Block (2011) Joe Cornish [seen: 10/11]
Attack the Gas Station (1999) Kim Sang-Jin [seen: 07/05]
Attenberg (2010) Athina Rachel Tsangari [seen: 06/11]
Away With Words (1999) Christopher Doyle [seen: 08/04]
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious (2012) Jason Woliner [seen: 05/12]
Baba Yaga (1973) Corrado Farina [seen: 02/04] Rather unexciting erotic giallo about witchcraft and lesbian seduction. Based on a popular S&M comic book series, this apparently created quite the stir when it was released in the 70's, but seems rather tame by today's standards. Genre fans might find something to enjoy here.
The Babadook (2014) Jennifer Kent [seen: 12/14]
(1995) Chris Noonan [seen: 05/12]
Bad Words (2013) Jason Bateman [seen: 07/14]
(2010) Thomas Balmes [seen: 05/10] A doc on babies. Works best when it isn't hammering home jokes with cross cutting, and simply let's the viewer find their way through the material.
Baby Blood (1990) Alain Bobak [seen: 10/06]
Bad Milo! (2013) Jacob Vaughn [seen: 02/14]
Bad Ronald
(1974) Buzz Kulik [seen: 07/12]
(2008) Lance Hammer [seen: 11/09]
Band of the Hand (1986) Paul Michael Glaser [seen: 11/14]
Bangkok Loco (2005) Pornchai Hongrattanaporn [seen: TIFF '05] Started out amazing, with comparisons to Hellzapoppin’ and Seijun Suzuki running through my mind, but quickly fizzled out, before eventually turning into a bit of a bore. There is an abundance of references to all things Thai (the films of Ratanaruang were one of the few things I was able to pick up on), so many of the jokes came across as nonsensical absurdity to this American. Hongrattanaporn has an inventive sensibility, so I will keep an eye out for his future work, but this is one you can skip over.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003) Denys Arcand [seen: 02/04]
Barney's Version (2010) Richard J. Lewis [seen: 07/11]
Baseball Bugs (1946) Friz Freleng [seen: 08/15]
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1986) Bahram Beizai [seen: 02/04] Saves face a little in the final reel, but can't make up for some obvious Spielberg trappings. This film was apparently a tremendous success when first released--which for this viewer is just another sign of its mediocrity.
The Battery (2012) Jeremy Gardner [seen: 09/14]
Battlestar Galactica (1978) Richard A. Colla [seen: 07/11]
The Baxter
(2005) Michael Showalter [seen: 12/10]
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Benh Zeitlin [seen: 12/12]
Beautiful Creatures (2013) Richard LaGravenese [seen: 07/13]
The Beaver (2011) Jodie Foster [seen: 09/11] Foster is clearly gunning for the profound, but her script is so watered down and cliché ridden, the entire film backs up on itself like a single lane highway. No amount of navigating from Gibson (who was clearly ready to take this role to the darkside) could keep this one moving. Things grind to a halt long before the big climax, and it’s hard not to be embarrassed for all parties involved by the time that the big resolution comes around. This is the type of film where the cast and crew skip out on the post film Q&A to avoid having to answer for their work.
Bedevilled (2010) Yang Chul-soo [seen: 04/11]
Behind the Green Door (1972) Artie & Jim Mitchell [seen: 06/06]
Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006) Scott Glosserman [seen: 07/07] “Comes off as too clever for its own good.” would be an understatement. Sort of a mix of Man Bites Dog and the pop culture self-reflexivity of Scream, this mostly free form slasher film is more annoying than anything else. Fans of the genre tend to back films like this as a case for a deeper more intellectual aspect of horror cinema, but trust me, there is a lot more to chew on in direct-to-video films like Skin Crawl than this over-hyped attempt at something different.
Bellflower (2011) Evan Glodell [seen: 12/11]
Beneath Loch Ness (2001) Chuck Comisky [seen: 12/03]
Best of the Best (1989) Robert Radler [seen: 05/14]
Best Worst Movie (2009) Michael Stephenson [seen: 11/10]
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) Justin Lin) [seen: 12/03]
Beyond Dreams Door (1989) Jay Woelfel [seen: 01/10]
Beyond the Lights (2014) Gina Prince-Bythewood [seen: 02/15]
Big Bad Wolves (2013) Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado [seen: 05/13]
Big Fan (2009) Robert D. Siegel [seen: 01/10]
Bigfoot (1967) Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson
Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012) Corey Grant [seen: 12/12]
The Bigger Picture (2014) Daisy Jacobs [short]
[seen: 02/15]
Bill Cunningham New York (2010) Richard Press [seen: 11/11]
Bio Zombie (1998) Wilson Yip [seen: 10/04]
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008) James Nguyen [seen: 03/11]
Bitch Slap (2009) Rick Jacobson [seen: 04/10]
The Black Cauldron (1985) Ted Berman & Richard Rich [seen: 06/12]
Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) Yi'nan Diao [seen: 12/15]
Black Dynamite (2009) Scott Sanders [seen: 02/10]
Black Rock (2012) Kate Aselton [seen: 10/13]
Black Sheep (2006) Jonathan King [seen: TIFF '06]
Blackfish (2013) Gabriela Cowperthwaite [seen: 12/13]
The Blob (1958) Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. [seen: 03/06]
Blonde Cobra (1963) Ken Jacobs [seen: 11/03] - An indelible masterpiece, Ken Jacobs' 1963 avant-garde work is constructed around the mad genius of filmmaker Jack Smith. Jacobs works with footage shot by Bob Fleischner, which was given to him to do with as he pleased after Smith and Fleischner had a fallout due to a fire that was started when Smith's cat knocked over a candle. Most of the black and white 16mm footage has Smith dressed in drag playing an array of characters (or are they personas?). The film frequently cuts to screens of black leader where Jacob's inserts audio clips from tapes of Smith saying bizarre and hilarious things. The beauty of this work rests in the bravery of Jack Smith, who bares his creative soul for all to see, a Beat poet sensibility combined with that of a frightened little boy. Deeply personal, highly creative, equal parts hilarious and sad, this is one of the true marvels of cinema.
Blood Freak (1972) Brad F. Grinter & Steve Hawkes [seen: 10/05]
Bloodsucking Freaks
(1976) Joel M. Reed [seen: 03/04] Cool title. Fucking terrible movie. Lots of full frontal nudity. Still a fucking terrible movie. A guy slurps brains through a straw. Still a fucking terrible movie. A black midget sporting an afro and armed with a blowgun. That's pretty cool.

Bloody Birthday (1981) Ed Hunt [seen: 07/11]
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) Massimo Pupillo [seen: 05/06]
Blue Gate Crossing (2002) Chin-yen Yee [seen: 03/04]
Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche [seen: 03/14]
The Blue Umbrella (2013) Saschka Unseld [short] [seen: 07/13]
The Blue Veil (1994) Rakhshan Bani Etemad [seen: 02/04]
Boardwalk Empire Season 1 (2010) Terence Winter creator
Body (Dan Berk & Robert Olsen) [seen: 01/16]
Body Melt (1993) Philip Brophy [seen: 01/04]
Bone Tomahawk (2015) S. Craig Zahler {seen: 11/15]
Bonnie's Kids (1973) Arthur Marks
The Boogens (1981) James L. Conway [seen: 08/12]
Bored to Death Season 1 (2009) Jonathan Ames creator [seen: 12/09]
Bored to Death Season 2 (2010) Jonathan Ames creator
Borgman (2013) Alex van Warmerdam [seen: 12/14]
Born into Brothels (2004) Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman [seen: 04/05]
The Boxtrolls (2014) Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi [seen: 01/15]
A Boy and His Dog (1975) L.Q. Jones [seen: 01/04]
Boy Eats Girl (2005) Stephen Bradley [seen: 01/08] A better film when there are not zombies on the screen and instead it’s a high school slanted horror story. See Night of the Living Dorks instead...
Brainiac (1962) Chano Urueta [seen: 11/06]
The Brass Teapot
(2012) Ramaa Mosley [seen: 06/13]
Breakdown (1997) Jonathan Mostow [seen: 06/14]
Breakin' (1984) Joel Silberg [seen: 06/11] (or camp rating: ***]
Breaking Bad SSN 1 (2008) Vince Gilligan creator [seen: 07/11]
Breaking Bad SSN 2 (2009) Vince Gilligan creator [seen: 08/11]
Breaking Bad SSN 3 (2010) Vince Gilligan creator [seen: 08/11]
Breaking Bad SSN 4 (2011) Vince Gilligan creator [seen: 10/11]
Breaking Bad SSN 5 (2012-13) Vince Gilligan creator [seen: 10/12]
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) Curt Siodmak [seen: 10/04]
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) John Krasinski [seen: 01/10]
Brother Bear (2003) Aaron Blaise & Robert Walker [seen: 03/12]
Brutal Relax (2010) Adrián Cardona & Rafa Dengrá & David Muñoz [short; 17min.] [seen: 05/11]
Bug (1975) Jeannot Szwarc [seen: 12/10]
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011) Gereon Wetzel [seen: 05/12]
Bully (2011) Lee Hirsch [seen: 03/13]
The Burning (1981, USA) Tony Maylam [seen: 11/04, 10/07]
I’ve always been a sucker for this summer camp stuff, but wouldn't it be great if more people recognized this as one of Harvey Weinstein's greatest contributions to cinema? Perhaps they do and that is why he chose to hate on Mandy Lane?
Bus 174 (2003) Felipe Lacerda & José Padilha [seen: 08/04]
Bus Stop (1956) Joshua Logan [seen: 11/04]
Cabin in the Woods (2012) Drew Goddard [seen: 09/12]
Café Flesh (1982) Stephen Sayadian [seen: 09/06]
Caged (1950) John Cromwell [seen: 06/10]
Camp (2003) Todd Graff [seen: 04/04]
Candy Stripe Nurses (1974) Alan Holleb [seen: 12/05]
Candyman (1992) Bernard Rose [seen: 11/04] I remember nothing about seeing this film when it first came out, but I recall finding it genuinely frightening. Oh, how things change. The premise is decent and I even found the first 30 minutes or so rather gripping, but unfortunately after the first two reels things go sour. Like the cannibal exploitation films of the seventies, this relies on white anxieties of the other race to produce a mood of fear. The crazy scientists in the cannibal films would stop at nothing for the sake of science, including marching into the perilous jungles. This is the same story only we supplant the ghetto for the jungle and an attractive white female for the anthropologists. The formula is simple--places inhabited by white people are safe and peaceful—places home to black people are scary and hellish. The special effects are quite good but the film’s politics are fucked. [seen: 04/04]
Cane Toads
(1988) Mark Lewis

Cannibal Man (1972) Eloy de la Iglesia [sen: 01/08]
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) Brian Clemens [seen: 10/10] You are either taken with Hammer productions or you aren't. The commonality of the set and costume design, as well as the talent both, in front of and behind the camera, ensure that no picture will be without some value. This comes near the end of the great studio's reign, and while you can see them trying to branch out a bit (a samurai sword wielding vampire slayer is a far cry from the reserved Van Helsing embodied by Peter Cushing), it's the classic production values from their earlier efforts which shine through and makes you realize that they didn't need to change a thing.
The Captured Bird (2012) Jovanka Vuckovic [short, 10 min] [seen: 09/13]
Cargo 200 (2007) Aleksey Balabanov [seen: 05/10] It's an eye opener to be sure, but I'd be lying if I said I could explain the politics behind it all -- and since almost everything Balabanov includes is a political jab of some form -- I must confess to not fully "getting it."
Carriers (2009) Àlex Pastor & David Pastor [seen: 03/10]
The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) Giuliano Carnimeo [seen: 09/06]
The Cat Returns (2002) Hiroyuki Morita
[seen: 09/12]
The Centerfold Girls (1974) John Peyser [seen: 02/10]
Chained Heat (1983) Paul Nicholas [seen: 07/11]
Chalk (2006) Mike Akel [seen: 01/08] Script and performances have talent, but the direction and cruddy DV cinematography bring everything down. It’s not hard to see why a hack like Morgan Spurlock would back this.
Un Chant D'amour (1950) Jean Genet [seen: 03/04]
Chantal (2007) Tony Marsiglia [seen: 12/08]
Chaos (2005) David DeFalco [seen: 12/06]
Pimped as “the most disturbing movie of all time,” the only thing even remotely disturbing about this moronic film is the fact that the people behind it honestly believe that it works (cf. Roger Ebert debate). If I plagiarized Ed Gonzalez’s spot-on review (taking care to dumb down my language, eliminate all intellectual observations and focus entirely on the juicy one-liners) do you think the filmmakers of Chaos would mind? After all, I would only be following the model they set forth in ignorantly ripping off The Last House on the Left. I mean... uh, does this mother fucking crap serve any purpose?
The Chase (1946) Arthur Ripley [seen: 11/05]
The Chaser (2008) Na Hong-jin [seen: 01/10]
Cheap Thrills (2013) E.L. Katz [seen: 05/14]
The Cheerleaders (1973) Paul Glickler [seen: 03/10]
Children of the Corn (1984) Fritz Kiersch [seen: 10/06]
Chillerama (2011) Various [seen: 12/11]
C.H.U.D. (1984) Douglas Cheek [seen: 04/04]
Christmas Evil (1980) Lewis Jackson [seen: 11/06]
Chronicle (2012) Josh Trank [seen: 05/12]
Chunhyang (2000) Im Kwon Taek [seen: 03/05]
Cinema Paradiso [director's-cut] (1988) Giuseppe Tornatore [seen: 09/07]
Citizenfour (2014) Laura Poitras [seen: 03/15]
The Clearing (2004) Pieter Jan Brugge [seen: 07/04]

The Cloud-capped Star (1960) Ritwik Ghatak [seen: 04/06]
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn [seen: 09/13]
Coherence (2013) James Ward Byrkit [seen: 09/14]
Cold Showers (2005) Antony Cordier [seen: 07/06]
Cold Souls (2009) Sophie Barthes [seen: 02/10]
The Cooler (2003) Wayne Kramer [seen: 08/06]
Combat Shock (1986) Buddy Giovinazzo [seen: 10/05]
Commando (1985) Mark L. Lester [last seen: 06/12]
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) Sara Sugarman [seen: 02/04] I suppose I could argue for a level of unintentional surrealism on the part of the filmmaker behind this, but I'm not sure it deserves it. Things just seem to 'happen' in order to further the plot, characters come and go without explanation, and the extras seem to be having more fun than the leads. During at least three different points of this cheese-fest I could be heard uttering the phrase "What. The. Fuck." I can't say I had a bad time with this, but I can't say I quite 'got' it either. Mark Mothersbaugh, the man responsible for the genius scores behind Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums picked up an easy paycheck for the soundtrack.
The Conspiracy (2012) Christopher MacBride [seen: 10/15]
Cooties (2014) Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion [seen: 10/15]
Cop Car (2015) Jon Watts [seen: 01/16]
Countess Dracula
(1971) Peter Sasdy [seen: 10/06]
Couples Retreat
(2009) Peter Billingsley [seen: 02/10]
The Cove (2009) Louie Psihoyos [seen: 02/10]
CQ (2001) Roman Coppola [seen: 10/03]
Crac (1981) Frédéric Back [short] [seen: 04/05]
The Crater Lake Monster (1977) William R. Stromberg [seen: 11/10]
The Crawling Eye (1958) Quentin Lawrence [seen: 02/06]
The Crazies (2010) Breck Eisner [seen: 07/10]
Crazy Heart (2009) Scott Cooper [seen: 04/10]
Crazy Love (1987) Dominique Deruddere [seen: 11/04]
The Cremator (1968) Juraj Herz [seen: 07/06]
Crime of Passion (1957) Gerd Oswald [seen: 04/06]
Curb Your Enthusiasm SSN 8 (2011, USA) Various [seen: 09/12]
(1991) Reb Braddock [short] [seen: 01/06]
Curdled (1996) Reb Braddock
[seen: 01/06]
Curtains (1983) Richard Ciupuka [seen: 08/14]
Cut-Throats Nine (1972) Joaquin Luis Romero Merchant [seen: 07/12]
Cutter's Way (1981) Ivan Passer [seen: 07/11]
Da Ali G Show SSN 1 (2003) James Bobin & Scott Preston [seen: 12/06]
Da Ali G Show SSN 2 (2004) James Bobin & Scott Preston [seen: 12/06]
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Jean-Marc Vallee [seen: 02/14]
The Dam Keeper
(2014) Robert Kondo & Daisuke Tsutsumi [short] [seen: 02/15]
Damnation Alley (1977) Jack Smight [seen: 08/11]
Day & Night
(2010) Teddy Newton [short] [seen: 06/10] Cute little love story showcases some clever animation. Oscar short film fodder.
De-Lovely (2004) Irwin Winkler [seen: 08/04]
Dead & Breakfast (2004) Matthew Leutwyler [seen: 11/05]
Dead Birds (2004) Alex Turner - [seen: TIFF 04]
Dead End (2003) Jean-Baptiste Andrea & Fabrice Canepa [seen: 11/04]
The Dead Next Door (1988) J.R. Bookwalter [seen: 11/05]
Dead of Night (1945) Cavalcanti, Crichton, Dearden, & Hamer [seen: 07/04]
Deadbeat at Dawn (1988) Jim Van Bebber [seen: 11/13]
The Deadly Spawn (1983) Douglas McKeown [seen: 04/06]
Death Spa (1989) Michael Fischa [seen:12/14]
Death to the Tinman (2007) Ray Tintori [short] [seen: 04/08 x 4, 05/08]
Deathgasm (2015) Jason Lei Howden [seen: 11/15]
Deep End (1970) Jerzy Skolimowski [seen: 08/11]
Defendor (2009) Peter Stebbings [seen: 06/10]
The Descent: Part 2 (2009) Jon Harris [seen: 05/10] Lame sequel which rehashes the first film's action but leaves out every bit of tension and character which raised the first film to greatness.
Destino (2003) Dominique Monfrey [short, 7 min.] [seen: 06/15]
(2006) Various [seen: 10/06]
Detention (2012) Joseph Kahn [seen: 08/12]
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005) Jeff Feuerzeig [seen: 11/06]
Dexter SSN 1
(2006) James Manos Jr. creator [seen: 08/10]
Dexter SSN 2 (2007) Various [seen: 08/10] Addicting as all hell, this is cliff hanger serialization of the highest order. There are so many moral dilemmas worth considering, but I never took the time to think, as the show for better or worse, compelled me to simply watch watch watch.
Dexter SSN 3 (2008) Various
Dexter SSN 4 (2009) Various [seen: 09/10] Returns to the tricks of the first season, effective, but one feels the well going dry soon.
Dexter SSN 5 (2010) Various [seen: 09/11]
Dexter SSN 6 (2011) Various [seen: 08/12]
Dexter SSN 7 (2012) Various [seen: 05/13]
Dexter SSN 8 (2013) Various [seen: 09/13]

Die, Monster, Die!
(1965) Daniel Haller [seen: 12/09]
The Dinosaur Project (2012) Sid Bennett [seen: 10/12]
The Dirties (2013) Matt Johnson [seen: 10/14]
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009, UK) J Blakeson [seen: 12/10]
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) Rawson Marshall Thurber [seen: 06/04]
Dolly Dearest (1991) Maria Lease [seen: 07/10]
Don Jon (2013) Joseph Gordon-Levitt [seen: 09/13]
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) Troy Nixey [seen: 01/12]
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) John Newland [seen: 10/06, 06/12]
Dorm of the Dead (2006) Donald Farmer [seen: 11/06]
Double Switch (1987) David Greenwalt [seen: 04/13]
Down in the Valley (2005) David Jacobson [seen: 09/06]
Dread (2009) Anthony DiBlasi [seen: 03/10]
Dream Home (2010) Pang Ho-Cheung [seen: 10/11]
The Dream is Alive (1985) Graeme Ferguson [short] [seen: 09/05]
Dreamer (2005) John Gatins [seen: 10/05]
Dredd (2012) Pete Travis [seen: 01/13]
Duck (2005) Nicole Bettauer [seen: 03/10]
Duck Season (2004) Fernando Eimbcke [seen: 02/06]
Duel to the Death (1982) Ching Siu-Tung [seen: 10/03] The first in a long line of martial arts flicks that I intend to watch in the wake of Kill Bill, Ching Siu Tung's Duel to the Death is a lot of fun. This Hong Kong film falls into the category of Wu Xia Pan or flying swordsman film, the basis for the style of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The story revolves around a Chinese school of martial arts and a rival Japanese school who arrange a duel to prove whose technique is the best. I often had a hard time figuring out who was doing what to whom and why as I watched this film, but I didn't much care. The marvelous Scope cinematography and ass kicking choreography kept things thoroughly entertaining.
Easier With Practice (2009) Kyle Patrick Alvarez [seen: 05/10] Potent indie stuff, along with The Vicious Kind, there seems to be a stream of hard edged Labute influenced indies out there, the perfect antidote to the Post-Juno nonsense.
Eel Girl (2008) Paul Campion [short, 6 min.] [seen: 04/11]
Eija-Lisa Ahtila: The Cinematic Works (1993-2002) [shorts] [seen: 05/04]

Ejecta (2014) Chad Archibald & Matt Wiele [seen: 02/15]
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (19
88) James Signorelli [seen: 10/10]
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Mark Dindal [seen: 04/12]
Encounter in the Third Dimension (1999, USA) Ben Stassen [IMAX short] [seen: 10/05]
End of the Line (2006) Maurice Devereaux [seen: TIFF '06]
The Enforcer (1976) James Fargo [seen: 09/08] An enjoyable cop film, however this time around the Harry Callahan character is merely delivering the goods -- clever one-liners whilst blasting away bad guys -- no surprise that there are moments were this borders on self-parody. Director James Fargo has no style to speak of, so the entire thing is held together by Eastwood’s screen presence (don’t get me started on the secondary players). It is not hard to see why Clint took the series into his own hands with the next film.
Entrance (2012) Dallas Richard Hallam & Patrick Horvath [seen: 11/12]
(1970) Jack Woods & Dennis Muren [seen: 06/06]
Escape from Tomorrow (2013) Randy Moore [seen: 10/13]
(2000) Shinji Aoyama [seen: 02/04] I'm still brooding over this 221 minute beauty and suspect that I will continue to do so for some time. The sepia photography is a wonder to behold and makes life in Technicolor seem drab by comparison. Why the critical world didn't fall head over heels in love with this is beyond me. Download the Jim O'Rourke song of the same name.
Everlasting Regret (2005) Stanley Kwan [seen: TIFF '05] Not a major film from Kwan, but a worthy entry into the filmmaker’s already accomplished body of work. The story follows the rise and fall of a beautiful model (played to stunning perfection by Sammi Cheng) in Shanghai from 1947-1981. The early sections set in the pre-revolution decadence of Shanghai – a world of glamorous gowns and fancy smoke filled dining rooms -- may remind many of Wong’s In the Mood For Love. The film then begins to progress at break-neck pace into the Cultural Revolution wherein the visuals appropriately take on a cramped feeling of order and plainness, and eventually we come into the modernization of China in the early 80’s. Kwan does his best to construct a heartfelt pageant to a city he loves, and his characters are deftly realized, however, the film is paced in such a way that things feel glossed over. This is one film that would truly benefit from a 3-hour running time.
Everything is Illuminated (2005) Liev Schreiber [seen: 11/05] The writing and directorial debut from actor Liev Schreiber (see the underrated Daytrippers), turns out to be a pleasant surprise. A young Jewish man (Elijah Wood) travels to the Ukraine to learn about his family’s past involving WWII and the Nazis. His guides are a disgruntled old man who pretends to be blind, his slacker/translator son, and a “seeing eye bitch.” Together they embark on a spiritual journey of sorts, and even though this is shot on digital video, the lush foreign landscapes add a beautiful and dreamlike feel to the film. It’s nothing major, but a whimsical and ultimately touching bit of filmmaking nonetheless; to me it was like a breath of fresh air.
Everything Must Go (2010) Dan Rush [seen: 09/11]
Evil Angel (2009) Richard Dutcher [seen: 08/10] A real bitch of a demon jumps from body to body, and has done so for centuries, leaving a wake of dead men behind her. Passable marks all around for acting, execution, and liberal amounts of tasteful nudity and gore keep this one above late-night cable fodder, but Dutcher's story comes off like a meth-fueled bombardment of twists and turns, and could certainly have benefited from a few trims.
Evil Dead (2013) Fede Alvarez [seen: 09/13]
Evilspeak (1981) Eric Weston [seen: 05/14]
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) Jim & Ken Wheat [last seen: 01/16]
Ex Machina (2015) Alex Garland [seen: 08/15]
Excision (2012) Richard Bates Jr. [seen: 10/12]
Exit Through the Gift Shop
(2010) Banksy [seen: 09/10] Brilliant hoax/con/art project, Banksy has constructed a modern day F is for Fake that puts the entire art world, the audience, and himself on the chopping block. Love or hate it, there is no denying this film's ability to get into your head and spark a brushfire of ideas. Personally I'm still reeling...
The Exploding Girl (2009) Bradley Rust Gray [seen: 09/10] Compared to the works of Hou Hsiao-hsien by Tony Rayns, this low budget indie in the mumblecore vein charts a few days in the life of a fragile young girl in need of affection while on break from college. Beautifully lensed by Eric Lin and with a magnetic performance by the adorable Zoe Kazan (Elia's granddaughter), this is fragile but rewarding filmmaking, and a fine example of some of the great things happening in American Indie filmmaking
Das Experiment
(2001) Oliver Hirschbiegel [seen: 11/03]
(1971) Gustav Wiklund [seen: 11/09]
The Exterminator (1980) James Glickenhaus [seen: 10/11]
Eyes of Crystal (2004) Eros Puglielli [seen: 03/10] Modern day giallo has some moments, but remains a bit too predictable, especially in a genre known for its twists, to be anything major.
The Eyes of Edward James (2006) Rodrigo Gudiño [short] [seen: TIFF '06, 10/09]
Failure to Launch (2006) Tom Dey [seen: 06/06]

The Family Stone
(2005) Thomas Bezucha [seen: 12/05]
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012) Crispian Mills & Chris Hopewell [seen: 10/12]
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Josh Boone [seen: 09/14]
Feast (2014, USA) Patrick Osborne [short: 6 min. [seen: 11/14]
Flat-n-Fluffy (2001) Benoît Boucher [short: 7 min.] [seen: 08/06]
Father of My Children
(2009) Mia Hansen-Løve [seen: 06/10] I'm more or less ambivalent to this on first viewing. Hansen-Løve has something to show us and I'd love to explore more, but this is a little too novelistic for my tastes. Killer soundtrack.
Felicity (1979) John D. Lammond [seen: 10/06]
Female Convict Scorpion (1972)
Shunya Ito [seen: 01/04]
I Fidanzati (1963) Ermanno Olmi [seen: 09/04]
Film Geek (2005) James Westby [seen: 09/06, 02/08]
The Final (2010) Joey Stewart [seen: 04/10]
The Final Countdown (1980) Don Taylor [seen: 12/08]
Final Flesh (2009) Vernon Chatman [seen: 03/11]
The Final Girls (2015) Todd Strauss-Schulson [seen: 10/15]
Finding Vivian Maier (2013) John Maloof & Charlie Siskel [seen: 04/14]
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Charles Crichton [seen: 11/11]
Fist of Legend (1994) Gordon Chan [seen: 05/04]
Five (1951) Arch Oboler [seen: 04/12]
The Flesh Eaters (1964) Jack Curtis [seen: 02/06]
Flesh Gordon (1974) Michael Benveniste [seen: 12/06]
Flightplan (2005) Robert Schwentke [seen: 09/05]
Food, Inc
. (2008) Robert Kenner [seen: 03/10]
For a Good Time, Call... (2012) Jamie Travis [seen: 01/13]
Forbidden Planet (1956) Fred M. Wilcox [last seen: 10/03, 04/06]
Forbidden World (1982) Allan Holzman [seen: 07/10]
Forbidden Zone (1980) Richard Elfman [seen: 09/04]
Foreignland (1984) Götz Spielmann [short] 16mm, 45 min. [seen: 02/10]
The Forsaken Land (2005) Vimukthi Jayasundara – no rating assigned due to fire alarm [seen: TIFF '05] It’s not hard to see why a jury headed by Abbas Kiarostami would go for this at Cannes where it shared the Camera D’or. Featuring one of the most memorable shots I’ve seen this year – a frozen hand protrudes from a still lake under the dawn of a new day – Jayasundara has constructed a powerful, and dreamlike statement on the condition of Sri Lanka that is ravaged by civil war. The long takes are pure Kiarostami, but the characters of this film move about and interact with their environment in a way that reminded heavily of the work of Satyajit Ray. *please note* that due to a combination of festival fatigue and an untimely fire alarm during the screening, that I won’t be assigning this a rating. Needless to say however, this is pretty strong stuff.
Four Lions (2010) Christopher Morris [seen: 03/11]
The Fourth Kind (2009) Olatunde Osunsanmi [seen: 03/10]
Freaked (1993) Tom Stern & Alex Winter [seen: 07/06]
The Freakmaker (1974) Jack Cardiff [seen: 10/06]
Freeze Me (2000) Takashi Ishii [seen: 07/04]
French Roast (2008) Fabrice Joubert [short]
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) Tom McLoughlin [seen: 10/04, seen 10/13]
Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood (1988) John Carl Buechler [last seen: 10/13]
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Rob Hedden [seen: 03/05, 10/13]
From a Whisper to a Scream (1987) Jeff Burr [seen: 10/11]
From Hell It Came (1957) Dan Milner [seen: 09/14]
From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) Mark Rappaport [seen: 11/04]
From Up on Poppy (2011) Goro Miyazaki [seen: 09/13]
Frownland (2007) Ronald Bronstein [seen: 07/10]
Frozen (2013) Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee [seen: 12/13]
Fun & Fancy Free (1946) Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, & William Morgan [seen: 04/12]
Funeral Procession of Roses (1969) Toshio Matsumoto [seen: 04/05]
Fuses (1967) Carolee Schneemann [2nd viewing: 02/04]
Galaxy of Terror (1981) Bruce D. Clark [seen: 07/10]
Game of Thrones SSN 1 (2011) David Benioff & D.B. Weiss creators [seen: 04/12]
Game of Thrones SSN 2 (2012) David Benioff & D.B. Weiss creators [seen: 06/12]
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) Shusuke Kaneko [seen: 09/05]
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) Anurag Kashyap [seen: 12/15]
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) Rodney Amateau [last seen: 10/05]
Garden State (2004) Zach Braff [seen: 08/04]
Garfield (2004) Peter Hewitt [seen: 06/04]
Gary's Touch (2006) Ken Takahashi [seen: 11/09]
Notorious short film that inspired an audience member to call the police following a festival screening, this is a gigantic WTF of a film, but a hard one to just discard given the indisputable talent that went into making it. I’ll give you the plot but be warned it's not pretty – a gay man who lives in a crawlspace hoards his semen in Petri dishes and then goes to grade schools and proceeds to infuse the toilet paper with his seed in hopes of reproducing. He meets an old bag lady, brings her back to his crawlspace, and nausea inducing sex follows involving the aforementioned Petri dishes and a turkey baster. – Alerting the authorities yet? One man act (writer/director/cinematographer/editor/composer/etc) Ken Takahashi films this seedy (no pun intended) Ottawa tale in impressive 16mm, with a haunting score, and the story, while bat-shit crazy, has real psychological merit confronting all manner of gay male fears (the main character’s residence is the epitome of closet repression) as well as legitimate propagation anxieties. It’s a hard movie to support, and I can’t say I’m crazy about it personally, but this website would be pointless if I followed through with the easy knee-jerk reaction, declared this film filth, and moved along with my day. When you actively engage and try to interpret what was being presented with a film like Gary’s Touch, it becomes all the more disturbing, because in all actuality it is not filth at all, but like it or not, a valid film worthy of a festival slot.
The Gate
(1987) Tibor Takács [seen: 12/05]
Get a Horse! (2013) Lauren MacMullan [short] [seen: 12/13]
The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (1966) Alan Rafkin
Ghostwatch (1992) Lesley Manning [seen: 06/13]
The Ghouls (2003) Chad Ferrin [seen: 03/05]
(1959) Paul Wendkos [seen: 08/10]
The Gift (2015) Joel Edgerton [seen: 11/15]
Ginger Snaps (2000) John Fawcett [seen: 09/05]
Girl Model (2011) David Redmon & Ashley Sabin [seen: 02/13]
The Girl Next Door (2004) Luke Greenfield [seen: 04/04]
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Ana Lily Amirpour [seen: 06/15]
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) Daniel Alfredson [seen: 08/11]
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Niels Arden Oplev [seen: 11/10]
Girls (2012) Lena Dunham [seen: 06/12]
Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969) Koji Wakamatsu [seen: 03/06]
Go West (1940) Edward Buzzell [seen: 07/04]
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003) Im Sang-soo [seen: 06/05]
Good Neighbours (2010) Jacob Tierney [seen: 10/11]
Goodnight Mommy (2014, Austria) Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz [seen: 12/15]
Goosebumps (2015) Rob Letterman [seen: 11/15]
Gorgonas (2004) Salvador Sanz [short] [seen: 10/06] On the flipside, this is one of those shorts you wish was a feature. Sanz tries to cram every idea, including a Pulp Fiction like set-up utilizing a lengthy flashback, into a 15 min. short. I kept finding myself wishing he’d slow down, as the guy is obviously talented. The meaty premise involves a pop singing trio that turns out to be a pack of Medusas (aka Gorgonas) turning millions of hapless souls into stone during a widely televised performance. It’s animated in some gorgeous hues of purple and orange that occasionally erupt into some wicked set pieces of violence. It just falls victim to its runtime…
Granny O'Grimm' Sleeping Beauty (2008) Nicky Phelan [short] [seen: 02/10]
Graduation Day (1981) Herb Freed [seen: 10/14]
Grand Piano (2013) Eugenio Mira [seen: 11/14]
Graphic Sexual Horror (2009) Barbara Bell & Anna Lorentzon [seen: 08/10] Picture is structured much like its title, in that it aims to catch your attention and shock in its detailing of a notorious S&M website that pushed the limits until the department of homeland security stepped in, but beyond the initial horror, it is evident that the filmmakers are afraid or unable to dig deeper into the images they obtained.
Grave Encounters (2011) The Vicious Brothers [seen: 09/12]
The Great Outdoors (1988) Howard Deutch [last seen: 01/13]
Green Chair
(2005) Park Cheol-su [seen: 07/06]
Green Porno - Bon Appetit
(2009) [short] Isabella Rossellini & Jody Shapiro [seen: 01/10]
The Grey (2012) Joe Carnahan [seen: 05/12]
Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) Robert Stone [seen: 11/05]
The Guilt Trip (2012) Anne Fletcher [seen: 05/13]
The Gunfighter (1950) Henry King [seen: 05/06]
Gunner Palace (2005) Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker [seen: 04/05]
H6: Diary of a Serial Killer (2005) Martín Garrido Barón [seen: 11/06]
The Hallow (2015) Corin Hardy
Halloween II (1981) Nick Rosenthal [seen: 07/06]
Hamaca Paraguaya (2006) Paz Encina [seen: TIFF '06]
Hansel and Gretal (1987) Len Talan [last seen: 03/15]

The Happiest Man in the Triple Cities: The Legend of Masty Huba (2010) Kyle McKeveny [seen: 07/10]
Hard to Be a God (2013) Aleksei German [seen: 02/15]
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) Danny Leiner [seen: 07/04]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Mike Newell [seen: 11/05]
Harvey (1950) Harry Koster [seen: 04/14]
Hateship Loveship (2013) Liza Johnson [seen: 04/14]
The Haunted Mouth (1974) American Dental Association, dir. uncredited [short] [seen: 11/05] It took the Top 10 lists over at The Academic Hack for me to even realize I owned this (see Other Cinema’s Experiments in Terror DVD) and damn am I thankful for it. A 10-minute short commissioned by the American Dental Association featuring the voice of Cesar Romero as B. Plaque, who warns children about the evil he will unleash on their teeth should they fail to properly brush. It plays like both a time capsule to the days when teachers used to thread up 16mm films in the classroom, and as something of a cinematic treasure; a supernatural piece of surrealist found film. The haunting, ambient soundscape exaggerates the film’s straightforward structure of establishing shots and slow pans, rooting the viewer in not so much a cinematic space, but a personal space, where everything (including the hokey demonstrations on flossing) becomes decontextualized, playing out like a Lynchian nightmare.
Hawk the Slayer (1980) Terry Marcel [seen: 07/14]
He Knows You're Alone (1980) Armand Mastroianni [seen: 03/10]
Hell Baby (2013) Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon [seen: 06/14]
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) Donald G Jackson [seen: 08/15]
Hello I Must Be Going (2012) Todd Louiso [seen: 06/13]
The Help (2011) Tate Taylor [seen: 02/12]
Henri Georges Clouzot's Inferno (2009) Serge Bromberg [seen: 01/12]
Hesher (2010) Spencer Susser [seen: 09/11]
Hickey & Boggs (1972) [seen: 12/14]
High Lane (2009) Abel Ferry [seen: 03/11]
The Hitcher (1986) Robert Harmon [seen: 10/03]
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) Jason Eisner [seen: 07/11]
Home (2008) Ursula Meier [seen: 01/10]
Homeland SSN 1 (2011) Michael Cuesta, et al. [seen: 01/13]
Homeland SSN 2 (2012) Michael Cuesta, et al. [seen: 01/13]
The Horde (2009) Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher [seen: 10/10] Believe it or not there are actually people out there who think this is good moviemaking. Essentially 90-minutes of dead serious zombie violence, this is about as mindless a movie as you can get. There is no real plot or character development, for the most part it's like watching 28 Days Later and Land of the Dead but fast forwarding through the talking so that only the carnage remains. I suppose there is a time and a place for that kind of entertainment, but when the main characters pause to degrade an incapacitated female zombie, misogyny and rape fantasies boil to the surface, and the film reveals itself as the superficial pile of shit that it actually is.
The Honeymoon Killers (1970) Leonard Kastle [seen: 06/06]
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Sean Anders [seen: 09/15]
Horror Express
(1972) Eugenio Martin [seen: 07/04]
Horror Hospital (1973) Antony Balch [seen: 04/12]
The Horror of Party Beach (1964) Del Tenney [seen: 05/06]
Hostage (2005) Florent Siri [seen: 03/05]
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Steve Pink [seen: 07/10] Ok, so we could only come up with a half-dozen 1980's jokes??? The set-up is great, but is wasted on a bunch of "dick and fuck Apatow-humor" and throws the 80's setting to the wayside.
House (1977) Nobuhiko Obayashi [seen: 10/10] I'm actually very surprised that this mediocre exercise in style over substance earned a wide cinematheque re-release as well as a DVD distribution slot from prestigious labels Masters of Cinema and Criterion. It's a story about a group of young girls who are taken prisoner by a haunted house, but the horror takes backseat to Obayashi's off-the-wall direction. It reminded me of some of the wild works you saw coming out of central Europe in the late Sixties by names such as Chytilová and Makavejev, but without any of the political subtext. Obayashi uses filters, double exposures, slow-mo, repeated jump cuts, and a borderline musical soundtrack to provide a highly stimulating, but ultimately empty experience. Mondo Macabro has been releasing works along this line for over a decade now, why aren't some of those releases getting the same recognition?
The House is Black (1963) Forugh Farrokhzad [1st viewing; 01/04], [2nd viewing; 02/04], [3rd viewing; 02/04]
The House on Skull Mountain (1974) Ron Honthaner [seen: 06/12]
The House on Sorority Row
(1983) Mark Rosman [seen: 09/07]
The House That Dripped Blood (1971) Peter Duffell [seen: 01/10]
How it Feels to Be Run Over (1900) Cecil Hepworth [short] [seen: 08/11]
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) Robert Weide [seen: 01/12]
The Human Centipede (2009) Tim Six [seen: 05/10]

Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937) Sadao Yamanaka [seen: 03/06]
Humanoids from the Deep (1980) Barbara Peeters [seen: 08/10]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Francis Lawrence [seen: 04/14]
The Hustler (1961) Robert Rossen [seen: 04/05]

I Am (2005) Dorota Kedzierzawska [seen: TIFF '05] Nothing wrong with this one per se, it’s just that I’ve seen this story many times before and told with greater fluidity in works like Mouchette, Kes, and even the underrated Ratcatcher. Performances are top notch by the non-professional children actors and there is some stunning cinematography of the autumn drenched Poland town. Michal Nyman’s heavy-handed musical score goes a long way towards hammering home the emotion, which would explain the many sniffling patrons as the end credits rolled.
I Don't Just Want You to Love Me (1993) Hans Günther Pflaum [seen: 04/04]
I Like Killing Flies (2004) Matt Mahurin [seen: 01/10]
I Love Melvin (1953) Don Weis [seen: 07/05]
I Married a Strange Person! (1997) Bill Plympton [seen: 07/09] Plympton’s best known for his instantly recognizable political cartoons for the NYT, Voice, Rolling Stone, et al., but it’s his animated films (mostly shorts) that have developed something of a cult following. While I am typically a fan of surrealist/absurdist humor, the animated medium is not really my favorite place for it. People like Matt Groening have championed this feature length film, but for me it overstayed it’s welcome rather fast, and Plympton’s filmic sensibility lacking to say the least.
I Sell the Dead (2008) Glenn McQuaid [seen: 12/09]
I Spit on Your Grave (2010) Stephen Monroe [seen: 03/11]
I'll See You in My Dreams (2004) Miguel Ángel Vivas [short: 21 min.] [seen: 08/06] Note to filmmaker: Just because you feature zombies in your film, doesn’t mean you can skate by with a lazy story and incompetent direction. People will notice that your film sucks. Note to self: Consider the fact that the only reason you saw the above film was because it was a festival favorite and made its way onto a DVD. People will not notice that your film sucks as long as it has zombies in it.
I'm Still Here (2010) Casey Affleck [seen: 01/11] It's amazing that Affleck and Phoenix could immerse themselves so completely in a project but produce a work that has so little to actually say. I expected 1001 ideas working in all different directions, as the meta-film/hoax developed and the layers of reality pealed away to reveal something deeper about celebrity, acting, and the nature of the documentary film subject. What I came away with was an uncomfortable trainwreck of a picture patched together in the editing room and book-ended by some bullshit soul searching nonsense that means absolutely nothing. The gesture is appreciated, but Vincent Gallo has been "performing" for the media like this for years, and to much greater effect, and he didn't need to put it on film in order to sell it.
Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975) Don Edmonds [seen: 04/05]
The Imitation Game (2014) Morten Tyldum [seen: 04/15]
The Imposter (2012) Bart Layton [seen: 02/13]
In a Glass Cage (1986) Agustin Villaronga [seen: 06/04]
In a World... (2013) Lake Bell [seen: 02/14]
In Fear (2013) Jeremy Lovering [seen: 06/14]
In the Electric Mist (2009) Bertrand Tavernier [seen: 03/10]
In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) Jessica Yu [seen: 08/05]
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964) Ray Dennis Steckler [seen: 10/04] It’s hard for me to articulate just how bad this movie is. In fact, I found myself watching this all the way through just to see if there was anything even remotely entertaining to be found in this unending piece of nonsense (the answer turned out to be no). For an 80 minute film there is a phenomenal amount of time spent on the dreadful musical acts and dancehall routines of the carnival in which the film is set. I can only suspect that these served as “make-out interludes” for the drive-in audiences of thirty years ago, as they serve no purpose other than to put this reviewer to sleep. Take my advice and avoid this at all costs.
Infini (2002) Guillaume Fortin [short] [seen: 10/06]
Inside Deep Throat
(2005) Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato [seen: 03/05]
Inside Job (2010) Charles Ferguson [seen: 03/11]
The Invisible Ray (1936) Lambert Hillyer [seen: 07/06]
Isolation (2005) Billy O’Brian [seen: TIFF '05] Very effective thriller about a small cattle farm that consents to allow a bio-tech corporation perform genetic tests on the cows and the horrible side effects that ensue. This is heavily indebted to David Cronenberg’s “Shivers,” but O’Brian ups the overall ickiness of the plot by adding a great deal gruesome dissection footage. Killer horror film score and some able Scope photography makes this one of the better genre films of the past several years.
It (1927) Clarence G. Badger [seen: 04/06]
It Came From Beneath the Sea
(1955) Robert Gordon [seen: 07/04]
It's a Disaster (2012) Todd Berger [seen: 10/13]
The Item (1999) Dan Clark [seen: 11/03]
Jacob's Ladder (1990) Adrian Lyne [seen: 12/05]
Japanese Story (2003) Sue Brooks [seen: 01/06]
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) Adam Marcus [seen: 10/13]
Jingle All the Way (1996) Brian Levant [seen: 12/10]
Jekyll + Hyde (2005) Nick Stillwell [seen: 11/06]
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) David Gelb [seen: 10/13]
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg [seen: 02/11]
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) Frank Pavich [seen: 07/14]
John Wick (2014) Chad Stahelski [seen: 02/15]
Journey Into Amazing Caves (2001) Stephen Judson [seen: 04/05] Not much of a film, but there is a sense of a return to the idea of cinema as 'spectacle' and 'community experience' in the IMAX format that I find pleasantly invigorating.
(2008) Erick Zonca [seen: 05/09] Gritty, raw, powerful stuff. Declares Zonca as someone to explore deeper, reconfirms Swinton’s goddess status, and makes me wonder why foreigners always make the best American films?
Jump (2009) Stephen Fung [seen: 03/11]
Junebug (2005) Phil Morrison [seen: 01/06]
Jungle Warriors (1984) Ernst R. von Theumer [seen: 08/11]
Junk (2000) Atsushi Muroga [seen: 08/04]
Kaïrat (1992) Darezhan Omirbayev [seen: 03/06]
The Kids Are All Right (2010) Lisa Cholodenko [seen: 12/10]
Kill Theory (2009) Chris Moore [seen: 04/10]
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) Stephen Chiodo [last seen: 11/10]
Killer Nerd (1991) Mark Steven Bosko & Wayne A. Harold [seen: 07/10]
The Killer Shrews (1959) Ray Kellogg [seen: 12/09]
The Killer Within (2006) Macky Alston [seen: TIFF '06]
Kings of Summer (2013) Jordan Vogt-Robert [seen: 10/13]
Kiss Me Quick! (1964) Peter Perry [seen: 04/06] ??? Let just me say that these Something Weird DVD’s almost defy categorization at times…
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Shane Black [seen: 06/06]
Klown (2011) Mikkel Norgaard [seen: 11/12] This is what we Americans get for exporting things like the Hangover around the world.
(2002) Nathalie Borgers [short] [seen: 12/03]
Kwik Stop (2001) Michael Gilio [seen: 02/06]
Lady and the Reaper (2009) Javier Recio Gracia [short]
Lady and the Tramp (1955) Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske [seen: 02/12]
Lady in a Cage (1964) Walter Grauman [seen: 04/06]
The Lady in White (1988) Frank LaLoggia [seen: 10/10] There is a very strong story at the center of this nostalgic look back at the days of childhood. Too bad it is frequently derailed by LaLoggia's poor choice in the FX department, as the dated blue screen work and the other ghostly touches have a tendency to rob scene after scene of the magic that came before them. The suspense remains, despite the cinematic shortcomings, so it's worth a look and it's easy to see why LaLoggia had quite the reputation back in the day.
Lake Mungo (2009) Joel Anderson [seen: 04/10]
The Last American Virgin (1982) Boaz Davidson [seen: 12/13]
The Last Broadcast (1998) Stefan Avalos & Lance Weiler [seen: 09/06]
Last Chants For a Slow Dance (1977) Jon Jost [seen: 02/06]
The Last Dinosaur (1977) Alexander Grasshoff & Tsugunobu Kotani [seen: 07/13]
The Last Exorcism (2010) Daniel Stamm [seen: 08/10] Sorry Eli. The concept of a preacher out to expose himself and his craft as a fraud is a potent set-up with lots of room to take jabs at the role of religion in the modern world, but when every scare is curbed from some other docu-horror movie, and the philosophical storyline abandoned for a twist that is more than a tad unconvincing in the established reality driven scenario, audiences will chuckle at your movie.
The Last Horror Movie (2003) Julian Richards [seen: 01/08]
The Last House on Dead End Street (1977) Roger Watkins [seen: 03/06]

The Last Man on Earth (1964) Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkowin [seen: 10/05]
Last Night
(1998) Don McKellar [seen: 05/04]
Last Train Home (2009) Fan Lixin [seen: 09/13]
Lava (2015) James Fird Murphy [short; 7 min.] [seen: 06/15]
Laws of Gravity (1992) Nick Gomez [seen: 04/05]
The League SSN 1 (2009) Jeff Schaffer & Jackie Marcus Schaffer [seen: 04/11]
The League SSN 2 (2010) Jeff Schaffer & Jackie Marcus Schaffer [seen: 11/11]
The League SSN 3 (2011) Jeff & Jackie Schaffer [seen: 12/11]
Leap Year (2010) Michael Rowe [seen: 07/11]
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) John M. Stahl [seen: 03/05]
Leaves of Grass (2010) Tim Blake Nelson [seen: 04/11]
Left Bank (2008) Pieter Van Hees [seen: 10/10] A movie that invites name dropping comparisons to Cronenberg and Lynch, I was repeatedly brought back to Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s underrated and under seen debut Innocence with Van Hees’ otherworldly and deeply metaphoric imagery. This is not quite as good as that film, but this story about a woman whose world starts to deteriorate following a sports injury and her obsessions with a black hole in the basement of her boyfriend’s apartment complex will keep you on the edge of your seat. I grew wearisome of the constant vaginal metaphors, and if they weren’t frequent enough, one character actually spells them out in one scene. Van Hees would have done better to allow his viewer’s imaginations an opportunity to find their own meanings in this puzzle rather than hammering home the obvious, but that having been said, he’s got some talent, and I’ll be the first in line to see what he produces next.
The Legend of Beaver Dam (2010) Jerome Sable [short] [seen: 01/13]
The Legend of Boggy Creek
(1972) Charles B. Pierce [seen: 08/06]
Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
(1973) Richard Blackburn [seen: 10/04]
Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009) Phil Claydon [seen: 02/10]
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) Jorge Grau [seen: 08/04]
Let Us Prey (2014) Brian O'Malley [seen: 12/15]
Letters from the Big Man (2011) Christopher Munch [seen: 01/13]
The Libertine (2004) Laurence Dunmore [seen: 07/06] W/O
License to Drive (1988) Greg Beeman [last seen: 07/13]
Life After Beth (2014) Jeff Baena [10/14]
Life and Death of a Porno Gang (2010) Mladen Djordjevic [seen: 04/11]
The Lighthouse (2000) Simon Hunter [seen: 02/06]
Lila Says (2004) Ziad Doueiri [seen: TIFF '04]
Linda Linda Linda (2005) Nobuhiro Yamashita [seen: 06/08]
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004) Ruth Leitman [seen: 07/13]
Liquid Sky (1982) Slava Tsukerman [seen: 04/05]
Little Deaths (2011) Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson, and Simon Rumley [seen: 10/12]
Little Fugitive (1953) Morris Engel [seen: 04/13]
Living Hell (2000) Shugo Fujii [seen: 07/05]
Locke (2013) Steven Knight [seen: 08/14]
Logorama (2009) François Alaux, Herve de Crecy, Ludovic Houplain [short]
London in the Raw (1964) Arnold L. Miller [seen: 05/10] Average Mondo film, strives for playfulness rather than shock value, which is a welcomed change of pace for that genre.
Lone Survivor (2013) Peter Berg [seen: 08/14]
Lonely are the Brave
(1962, USA) David Miller [seen: 01/10]
Lonesome Jim (2005) Steve Buscemi [seen: 08/06]
Looking For Lulu (1998) Hugh Munro Neely [seen: 04/05]
Lord of the G-Strings (2002) Terry West [seen: 11/04]
Lost in La Mancha (2003) Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe [seen: 06/04]
Lost River (2014) Ryan Gosling [seen: 08/15]
The Lost World (1925) Harry O. Hoyt [seen: 10/04]
Lot in Sodom (1933) James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber [short - 27 min.] [seen: 11/06]
Love (1971) Károly Makk [seen: 12/05]
Love From Mother Only (2002) Dennison Ramalho [short] [seen: 07/06]
Love Object (2003) Robert Parigi [seen: 08/04, 03/06]
The Loved Ones (2009) Sean Byrne [seen: 10/10] A bitter young psycho bitch has her Daddy kidnap the beau of her dreams when he turns her down for the High School dance, in what could have been another tired retread in torture porn turns out to be an extremely stylized and original bit of horror cinema. Byrne has a knack for toying with the cliches of the genre, obviously a fan at heart, while at the same time inverting many of our expectations, his movie never once comes across as tiresome or predictable. Utilizing pops of vibrant color in contrast to the barren Australian landscapes and dank cellars, Byrne evokes the cutesy nightmare worlds found in the work of Lucky McKee, but with a more youthful view on things. The teeny pop title track proves wholeheartedly that the line between playful and disturbing might be finer than we think, and the talent involved -- from make-up to performers -- are all extremely polished. Far from another facile horror film, this one actually had me applauding.
Lovelace (2013) Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman [seen: 12/13]
Lovers of Hate (2010) Bryan Poyser [seen: 03/15]
Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N (1966) Byron Paul [seen: 12/14]
Lucky Them (2013, USA) Megan Griffiths [seen: 01/15]
Lunopolis (2011) Matthew Avant [seen: 07/13]
A Lure: Teen Fight Club (2010) Bill McAdams Jr. [seen: 06/11]

Luther the Geek
(1990) Carlton J. Albright [seen: 10/10] Geek (N.) a performer of grotesque or depraved acts in a carnival, etc., such as biting off the head of a live chicken. When Luther sees such a sideshow act at a young age, he is bowled over (literally), and has his front teeth knocked out. Fast forward 20 years and Luther, now a parolee, is sporting metal chompers, balks like a chicken, and bites the face off of any living thing that comes near him (a model rehabilitated prisoner). He heads to a nearby farm where he takes a family prisoner and your standard slasher carnage/climax ensues. Screenplays don't get much lazier than this. Albright seems to have a knack for the slasher stuff, but everything is done in the service of a story that couldn't be more underdeveloped and pointless. Horror is so much more than exploitive killing and this movie should have been too...
Lyle (2014) Stewart Thorndike [seen: 10/15]
Mad Cowgirl
(2006) Gregory Hatanaka [seen: 11/06]
Mad Hot Ballroom
(2005) Marilyn Agrelo [seen: 06/05]
Mad Men Season 1 (2007) Matthew Weiner creator
Mad Men Season 2 (2008) Matthew Weiner creator
Mad Men Season 3 (2009) Matther Weiner creator
Mad Men Season 4 (2010) Matthew Weiner creator
Mad Men Season 5 (2012) Matthew Weiner creator
Mad Men Season 6 (2013) Matthew Weiner creator
The Magdalene Sisters (2002) Peter Mullan [seen: 06/11]
Magic (1978) Richard Attenborough [seen: 09/09]
Magic Mike XXL (2015) Gregory Jacobs [seen: 01/16]
The Magnificent Seven (1960) John Sturges [seen: 11/13]
La maison en petits cubes (2008) Kunio Katô [short, 12min, hand drawn]
The Majorettes (1987) S. William Hinzman [seen: 10/13]
Make-Out with Violence (2008) Deagol Brothers [seen: 01/11] I appreciate some of what these guys are doing, but I have to say they have little to no concept of the horror genre. The fact that this remains watchable despite the horror ineptitude goes a long way towards supporting the presence of some sort of directorial voice. Let's await a sophomore effort before determining if it's a voice worth listening too.
The Man With the Iron Fists (2012, USA) RZA [seen: 02/13]
Manakamana (2013) Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez [seen: 01/15]
Manic (2001) Jordan Melamed [seen: 09/05]
Mannequin (1987) Michael Gottlieb [last seen: 08/15]
Maria Full of Grace
(2004) Joshua Marston [seen: 10/04]
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Sean Durkin [seen: 03/12]
Martyrs (2008) Pascal Laugier [seen: 04/09] It’s not worth talking about this movie unless you reveal, in-depth, the final 40-minutes. That having been said, the buzz on the graphic intensity of this one is certainly warranted, think the psychological intensity of Michael Haneke intensified with the raw brutality of Gaspar Noe and you get a sense for what you are in for. Horror culture has always been a way for mankind to work out his fascination with death and Laugier is most certainly working out some serious shit here. Be prepared to venture to some dark places with yourself… be very prepared.
Marwencol (2010) Jeff Malmberg [seen: 02/11]
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) Charles Brabin [seen: 10/06]
Massacre at Central High
(1976) Rene Daalder [seen: 10/05]
Masters of the Universe (1987) Gary Goddard [last seen: 07/15]

The Matador (2005) Richard Shepard [seen: 02/06]
Me and My Moulten (2014) Torill Kove [short] [seen: 02/15]
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (2015) [seen: 10/15]
Mean Creek (2004) Jacob Aaron Estes [seen: 11/05]
Megaforce (1982) Hal Needham
Memento Mori (1999) Kim Tae-Yong & Min Kyu-Dong [seen: 11/04]
The Mend (2014) John Magary [seen: 09/15]
Miami Connection (1987) Y.K. Kim & Park Woo-sang [seen: 12/12]
Michael (2011) Markus Schleinzer [seen: 06/12]
Mid-August Lunch (2008) Gianni Di Gregorio [seen: 09/11]
The Midnight Hour (1985) Jack Bender [seen: 10/15]
Midnight Madness (1980) Michael Nankin & David Wechter [last seen: 07/10]
The Midnight Swim (2014) Sarah Adina Smith [seen: 12/15]
MirrorMask (2005) Dave McKean [seen: 02/06] A gorgeous film to look at, with Jim Henson Studios fronting the bills and artist Dave McKean providing direction and the ‘visionary’ production design, it’s a shame they couldn’t get a better story, or better yet a more defined ‘artistic vision.’ A young girl wanders through the looking glass and into an alternate reality as she tries to cope with the strain of her desperately ill mother. The beginning is a promising array of Felliniesque flourishes (the family runs a strange circus) and Burton inspired exaggerations in character and set, but once our young heroine wanders into the dream world, things begin to feel less inspired and more than a bit derivative. McKean offers a smorgasbord of styles in what is an otherwise tired story (cf. Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, etc.). There are touches of Cubism, Expressionism, Dali oil-on-canvas Surrealism, Quay Brothers animation, and Miyazaki fantasy. If the ‘name dropping’ feels heavy on my part, just wait until you see the film, as McKean has whipped up an endless supply of imitated art for your viewing pleasure.
Miss Greeny (1997) Tenkwaku Naniwa [short] [seen: 07/06]
Mommie Dearest
(1981) Frank Perry [seen: 09/05]
(2000) Sabu [seen: 06/05]
Monday Morning (2002) Otar Iosseliani [seen: 06/05]
Mondovino (2004) Jonathan Nossiter [TIFF '04]
Monster (2003) Patty Jenkins [seen: 01/04]
Monster (2005) Jennifer Kent [short] [seen: 12/14]
Monster from Bikini Beach (2008) Darin Wood [seen: 03/09] Someone compared this to The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, and if I ever remember who that was I’ll be sure to call them an idiot. This is beyond “student film bad.”
Monster House (2006) Gil Kenan [seen: 08/06]
The Monster of Highgate Ponds (1961) Alberto Cavalcanti [seen: 02/15]
The Monster That Challenged the World
(1957) Arnold Laven [seen: 09/06]
Monsters (2010) Gareth Edwards [seen: 02/11]
Monsters University (2013) Dan Sanlon [seen: 07/13]
The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994) Kaizo Hayashi [seen: 09/04]
Mother's Day (1980) Charles Kaufman [seen: 10/03]
Motorama (1991) Barry Shils [seen: 10/03] A 10 year old boy cracks his piggy bank, steals his father's Mustang, and heads out on an R rated cross-country adventure where he becomes obsessed with collecting promotional Motorama cards given out by participating gas stations. This is easily one of the most refreshing and original films I have seen in a while. Many people will be put off by the bizarre story, which might explain why it's taken me almost 12 years to catch up with this gem of a movie, but others should find it ingenious. This is light-hearted David Lynch in way, dark yet revealing and always original. A hard movie to track down, but if you get the chance to see it, don't pass this up for anything.
Mr. Boogedy (1986) Oz Scott [seen: 08/15]
Mr. Vampire (1985) Ricky Lau [seen: 11/04] A damn fun Hong Kong action/comedy, this set off a wave sequels and spin-offs in what became to be known as the “Hopping Vampire” sub-genre. A group of bumbling martial artists protect a small community from the invasion of a vampire plague by relying on an array of obscure Chinese mysticisms that includes holding your breath and something called “sticky rice.” The brilliant choreography is both a throwback to the classic Wu Xia Pan of the Shaw Brothers Studios and a zany live-action version of a Tex Avery cartoon. If you are new to this, like I was, I suspect you will be hunting down the sequels. Highly recommend.
Murderball (2005) Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro [seen: 12/05]
Murderous Maids (2000) Jean-Pierre Denis [seen: 10/03]
Museum Hours (2012) Jem Cohen [seen: 03/13]
Must Love Death (2009) Andreas Schaap [seen: 08/10] Ok I'm officially done with this torture porn shit.
Mutants (2009) David Morlet [seen: 10/11]
My Joy (2010, Ukraine) Sergei Loznitsa [seen: 06/12]
My Little Eye (2002) Marc Evans [seen: 10/04] Maybe one or two people can recall an unfamiliar face that was on the cover of Sight & Sound about a year and a half ago along with Mike Leigh and Lynne Ramsay for an article promoting a new wave of talented UK directors. The mystery man was director Mark Evans. To think they couldn’t come up with a third person for that photo (perhaps Jonathan Glazer was busy?) is utterly ridiculous. That image will forever be seared in my mind as the photographic representation of the current drought that British cinema is experiencing. My Little Eye is the film Evans made that earned him that magazine cover. The premise is interesting—5 people sign up for a web cam show where they live in a secluded house for 6 months—as long as everyone remains for the full amount of time, they win a million dollars. Outside influences, such as a letter informing that one contestant’s Grandfather has passed away show up, raising the question “Is this real, or just a trick to get us to lose the game?” Eventually a gun comes in the mail… It’s funny that no matter how creative and contemporary these digital age horror films try to feel, in the end they always regress into formulaic horror scenarios that have been around for decades. Evans directs the proceedings in a style not unlike the recent multi-screen experiments of Mike Figgis. This excess of style and an attractive young cast keeps the proceedings watchable, but the lack of substance and original ideas means you won’t be remembering this one a week later.
My Summer of Love (2004) Pawel Pawlikowski [seen: 07/05]
Neighbor (2009) Robert A. Masciantonio [seen: 08/10] Um - what? America Olivio sticks a swizzle stick in a mans penis and then sits on him. Masciantonio has such a crude understanding of continuity that one scene had me rewinding as I thought the DVD skipped. How are people backing this dog?
Neighboring Sounds (2012) Kleber Mendonca Filho [seen: 06/13]
(1987) Jörg Buttgereit [seen: 07/04] No film that features this much depravity can be entirely worthless; however just don’t ask me to enjoy it. Easily one of the sickest films I’ve come across, the loose narrative has a man who transports corpses for a living, bringing home a heavily decayed body so that he and his girlfriend can use it for wild sex. Director Jörg Buttgereit is obviously out to push our buttons. A man kills his cat, bathes in its blood, and masturbates with its entrails for Christ's sake! John Waters is a rumored fan of the film, which doesn’t surprise me since it basically one-ups him in just about every category (save shit eating). Despite being a hard film to watch, I have to say that anyone interested in the psychologies behind horror cinema can afford to miss this. Sure Buttereit flirts with pornography, he ends his film with a cum shot (albeit a bloody one), but is there really much of a difference between the two genres in the first place?
Neon Maniacs (1986) Joseph Mangine [seen: 05/14]
The Nesting
(1981) Armand Weston [seen: 07/11]
Never Let Me Go (2010) Mark Romanek [seen: 02/12]
The New Daughter (2009) Luis Berdejo [seen: 09/10] I love the feeling of popping in a straight-to-dvd horror film with little to no expectations, and discovering something that is better than 90% of what is getting released these days. Berdejo, who travels in the same circles as Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró, executes his fright show like a skilled veteran -- even though this is his first feature -- aiming for simple dread and atmosphere over clever scripting. The less you know, the better, don't even read a synopsis, and for God's sake don't look at that hilariously misleading cover art, just watch it. A new talent in horror awaits you.
Next Door (2005) Pål Sletaune [seen: 10/06] In today’s Jap Horror remake ridden cinemas, a Polanski rip-off such as this is rather refreshing. Sletaune is even adept enough to make the Kafka connections as well (dark humor included) as he tells a highly subjective story about a man dealing with the increasingly bizarre behavior of a pair of young females who live next door. At a mere 70-minutes this is pared down to the essentials (sexual anxiety, repression, and violence) told through a Byzantine narrative structure. It works, and as an alternative to The Grudge this film is invaluable, however a Polanski rip-off is still a Polanski rip-off.
The Night Flier
(1997) Mark Pavia [seen: 06/10] An overlooked gem that builds to a rolling boil, this is written and directed with an intensity sorely missing from the majority of contemporary horror films. The resolution is a bit of a letdown, but the journey is well worth taking. Happy to see this filmmaker has a sophomore project underway.
Night of the Demon (1980) James C. Wasson [seen: 10/11]
Night of the Giving Head (2008) Rodney Moore [04/10]

Night of the Lepus (1972) William F. Claxton
Night of the Living Dead (1990) Tom Savini [seen: 04/04] Prolific make-up artist Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead) made his directorial debut in this remake of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic. Scripted and Produced by Romero, this mostly comes across as a moneymaking project, despite a couple of interesting twists on the original film. I was most surprised that Savini, given his background, decided not to up the on-screen carnage. Rather than indulge in a few scenes of zombies feasting on flesh, Savini instead keeps the proceedings deeply psychological. The results, although rather unsatisfying, manage to rival the original in its dark view of social hostility. Savini speaks frequently about his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam and how he used to practice make-up effects by replicating the violence he witnessed everyday. If practicing gore was his way to deal with the horrors of the physical, the depressing undertones of this work suggest a means of working out the psychological.
Nightcrawler (2014) Dan Gilroy [seen: 02/15]
Nightmare Alley
(1947) Edmund Goulding [seen: 12/05]
Nightmare in a Damaged Brain (1981) Romano Scavolini [seen: 07/11]
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) Isaac Florentine [seen: 05/14]
Ninjas (2012) Dennison Ramalho [short] [seen: 03/13]
North Country
(2005) Niki Caro [seen: 10/05]
North Face
(2008) Philipp Stölzl [seen: 06/10] I expected Touching the Void, and I got an equal amount of suspense, but also a riveting love story and a wonderful pre-WWII setting wherein the doomed mountain climbers are a symbol for the bald-faced arrogance of the German empire. Stölzl displays remarkable control utilizing his landscapes to figure a larger role in the film.
Nosebleed (2008) Jeff Vespa [short, B&W, 9 min.] [seen: 11/10]
Nostalgia for the Light (2010) Patricio Guzman [seen: 11/11]
Not Fade Away (2012) David Chase [seen: 05/13]
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008) Jay Delaney [11/09]
Nothing But Trouble (1991) Dan Aykroyd [last seen: 12/10]
Now, Voyager (1942) Irving Rapper [seen: 08/06]
Nowhere to Hide (1999) Lee Myung-se [seen: 03/06]
Nude for Satan (1974) Luigi Batzella [07/08]
Nurse 3D (2013) Douglas Aarniokoski [seen: 04/14]
The Nut Job (2014) Peter Lepeniotis [seen: 01/14]
Obvious Child (2014) Gillian Robespierre [seen: 10/14]
Of Gods and Men (2010) Xavier Beauvois [seen: 05/11]
The Old Grey Hare (1944) [short; 8 min.] [seen: 08/15]
The Old Quarry and Other Haunted Places of Central New York (2006) Alex Dunbar & Andrew Wolf [seen: 12/06] Local hype on this one proves to be simply um...hypish? also I like this kind of stuff better when that guy from Written on the Wind is narrating.
Oliver & Company (1988) George Scribner [seen: 05/12]
The Omega Man (1971) Boris Sagal [seen: 07/06]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Peter R. Hunt [seen: 04/11]
On Tour (2010) Mathieu Amalric [seen: 05/11]
The One I Love (2014) Charlie McDowell [seen: 08/14]
Only the Young (2012) Elizabeth Mims & Jason Tippet [seen: 09/14]
Open Water (2003) Chris Kentis [seen: 08/04]
Or (My Treasure) (2004) Karen Yedaya [seen: 02/06]
Oral Fixation (2009) Jake Cashill [seen: 06/11]
Oseam (2003) Seong Baek-yeob [seen: 08/04]
The Other Side of the Bed (2002) Emilio Martínez Lázaro [seen: 11/04]
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Jess Peretz [seen: 04/13]
Over the Garden Wall (2014) Patrick McHale [seen: 06/15]
The Overnighters (2014) Jesse Moss [seen: 09/15]
The Pack (2010) Franck Richard [seen: 07/11]
Paddington (2014) Paul King [seen: 01/15]
Pakeezah (1971) Kamal Amrohi [seen: 07/06]
Pale Flower (1964) Masahiro Shinoda [seen: 11/03]
Palo Alto (2013) Gia Coppola [seen: 08/14]
Pandora's Box (1928) G.W. Pabst [seen: 04/05]
Panic in Year Zero! (1962) Ray Milland [seen: 02/06]
Paper Heart (2009) Nicholas Jasenovec [seen: 12/09]
Paradise (2013) Diablo Cody [seen: 12/13]
Parents (1989) Bob Balaban [seen: 11/04]
Peep World (2010) Barry W. Blaustein [seen: 09/11]
Pennies from Heaven (1981) Herbert Ross [seen: 01/15]
People Places Things (2015) James C. Strouse [seen: 11/15]
Peppermint Frappé (1967) Carlos Saura [seen: 04/05]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Stephen Chbosky [seen: 03/13]
Perrier's Bounty (2009) Ian Fitzgibbon [seen: 11/10]
Pieces (1982) Juan Piquer Simón [seen: 01/06]
The Pig Keeper's Daughter (1972) Bethel Buckalew [seen: 11/12]
Pillow Talk (1959) Michael Gordon [seen: 12/03]
Ping Pong Summer (2014) Michael Tully [seen: 09/14]
Pink Sock (2011) Josh Schneider [short] [seen: 06/12]
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt [seen: 04/12]
The Pit (1981) Lew Lehman [seen: 10/10] Little boy discovers a hole in the ground home to a pack of little beasties and proceeds to feed his neighbors to them. There is a great deal of psychology behind this one as the young boy is in woes of puberty, while at the same time the surface stuff is classic monster fun. It's a rare combination, and an awkward enough mix to have some undeservedly label this as camp, but believe me when I say this is one movie where a banana is most certainly never just a banana.
Pitch Perfect (2012) Jason Moore [seen: 12/12]
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Elizabeth Banks [seen: 09/15]
Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone
(2001) Pablo Parés & Hernán Sáez [seen: 01/06]
The Plague Dogs (1982) Martin Rosen [seen: 09/11]
The Plague of Zombies (1966) John Gillin [seen: 02/06]
Platonic Sex
(2001) Masako Matsuura [seen: 09/04]
The Plot Against Harry (1970) Michael Roemer [seen: 08/06]
Portrait of Jennie (1948) William Dieterle [seen: 12/06]
Powder Blue (2009) Timothy Linh Bui [seen: 01/10]
The Poseiden Adventure (1972) Ronald Neame [seen: 11/10]
Pretty Persuasion (2005) Marcos Siega [seen: 12/05]
Pretty Poison (1968) Noel Black [seen: 09/06]
Primal (2010) Josh Reed [seen: 10/11] Young anthropologists choose to study the wrong set of cave paintings, as one by one they are transformed into a bunch of gnarly-toothed flesh hungry savages. Think Lamberto Bava’s Demons set in the outback, and then take away everything that made Bava’s film so enjoyable (sense of character, lighting, film-within-film, etc) and all you’re left with is a bunch of co-eds trying to eat each other. The CGI-laden final act delivers some tentacle rape and over-the-top vaginal metaphors, proving that newcomer Reed is not just regurgitating themes from his favorite horror flicks, he’s constructing a fucking vomitorium.
Project X
(2012) Nima Nourizadeh [seen: 07/12]
Prom Night (1980) Paul Lynch [seen: 10/06]

Prom (2011) Joe Nussbaum [seen: 09/11]
Purana Mandir (1984) Shyam Ramsay & Tulsi Ramsay [seen: 05/10] My first exposure to Bollywood horror and let's just say I'm not rushin' out to see more. At 144 min this feels like a patch quilt of about 3 different films, although the horror elements do have a sort of visual charm that was simultaneously showing up in the States via Sam Raimi.
The Purge (2013) James DeMonaco [seen: 04/14]
Putty Hill
(2010) Matthew Porterfield [seen: 11/11]
The Pyjama Girl Case
(1977) Flavio Mogherini [seen: 05/06]
Le Quattro Volte (2010) Michelangelo Frammartino [seen: 11/11]
The Queen of Versailles (2012) Lauren Greenfield [seen: 11/12]
Quid Pro Quo
(2008) Carlos Brooks [seen: 06/10] The cold and clinical melancholia we typical associate with Atom Egoyan is the method of choice from newcomer Carlos Brooks who employs this unusual approach to a script so absurd, it has to be taken with a dose of dark humor in order to work. The story deals with a subculture of folks who envy the paralyzed, pretending themselves to be crippled; they depend on their wheelchairs for a sense of self. There is a predictable twist, some fine acting (when is Farmiga bad?), and enough bizarre dysfunctional sorrow on display to keep things watchable, but it’s a tough pill to swallow, both as truth or as metaphor. Bunuel would have had a field day with a story like this, but Brooks barely seems to scratch the surface.
The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) Tony McNamara [seen: 08/07]
Ragnarok (2013) Mikkel Braenne Sandemose [seen: 02/15]
The Raid: Redemption (2011) Gareth Evans [seen: 08/12]
The Raven (1935) Lew Landers [seen: 02/06]
(1999) Antonia Bird [seen: 11/05, 10/07] Certainly one of the most overlooked and masterful horror films of the Nineties, and from a female director no less. You owe it to yourself to catch up with this
Raze (2013) Josh C. Waller
Re-Penetrator (2004) Doug Sakmann [short]

The Red Balloon (1956) Albert Lamorisse [seen: 12/12]
Red Heat (1985, USA) Robert Collector [seen: 07/11]
Red Hill (2010) Patrick Hughes [seen: 02/11]
Red Psalm (1972) Miklós Jancsó [seen: 07/06]
Redline (2009) Takeshi Koike [seen: 11/11]
Rejected (2000) Don Hertzfeldt [short] [seen: 11/12]
The Reluctant Dragon (1941) Alfred L. Werker [seen: 07/15]
Rest Stop (2006) John Shiban [seen: 02/13]
Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (2002) Jang Sun-Woo [seen: 08/04]
The Return (2003) Andrei Zvyagintsev ) [seen: 05/04]
Return to Horror High (1987) Bill Froehlich [seen: 07/13]
Return to Oz (1985) Walter Murch [last seen: 05/12]
(2008) Götz Spielmann [seen: 02/10]
The Revenant (2009) D. Kerry Prior [seen: 10/12]
Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Jeff Kanew [seen: 07/12]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Rupert Wyatt [seen: 01/12]
Riso Amaro (1949) Giuseppe De Santis [seen: 03/06]
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001) Thomas Riedelsheimer [seen: 10/04]
River's Edge (Tim Hunter) [seen: 10/03]
Rize (2005) David LaChapelle [seen: 10/05]
Robot Monster (1953) Phil Tucker [seen: 01/04]
Robots (2005) Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha [seen: 03/05]
Rollercoaster (1977) James Goldstone [seeN: 01/14]
Rolling Thunder (1977) John Flynn [seen: 04/11]
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) Marina Zenovich [seen: 02/09]
The Room (2003) Tommy Wiseau [seen: 12/08] CAMP RATING
Is it the camp masterpiece everyone proclaims? I’ll hold off on my evaluation until I’ve had a chance to watch it with a late night crowd, in the meantime however highly recommend you check this sucker out for yourself…
Room 237 (2012) Rodney Ascher [seen: 03/13]
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) Kizo Nagashima & Larry Roemer [seen: 12/10]
(2008) Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy [seen: 12/10]
Running with Scissors (2006) Ryan Murphy [seen: 10/06]
Ruta Destroy (2002) Diego Abad [short] [seen: 11/06]
S&M Hunter (1986, Japan) Shuji Kataoka [seen: 06/11]
Saludos Amigos (1942) Norman Ferguson et al. [seen: 03/12]
Salvage (2009) Lawrence Gough [seen: 10/10] When a mysterious shipping container washes ashore, the missing contents of which have government helicopters circling the area, a nearby town erupts into violence and a single mother must fend for her life. Channeling the methods of [.REC], Gough creates a film that is in a genuine state of frenzied panic with fast pans, loud sounds, and sharp cuts. He also keeps, and to great effect mind you, most of the action off-screen. The results while very low budget, are highly effective and the film turns in genuinely frightening scenes that are hard to deny. A surprising little film that sneaks up on you.
San Andrea (2015) Brad Peyton [01/16]
Santa's Slay (2005) David Steiman [seen: 03/12]
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic (2005) Liam Lynch [seen: 06/06] Silverman’s stand-up bit deserves something like 3+ stars, but this Lynch hack directs like an ass and I counted at least four instances where a joke’s deadpan delivery was ruined by an untimely jump cut. Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with directors these days? All this guy had to do was turn on the camera and let the comedy do its job, yet for some unknown reason he feels compelled to “direct.” This same thing was symptomatic of The Aristocrats. Let’s keep comedians out of the editing room.
Satan in High Heels (1962) Jerald Intrator [seen: 12/06]
Satan's Playground (2005) Dante Tomaselli [seen: 10/06] There is a devil in New Jersey and it kills people who can’t act.
This might have worked if the actors had even a third of the talent that their roles required of them. Tomaselli (who has a surprisingly solid following in some circles, so I won’t write him off just yet) manages to squeeze in a couple of effectively directed set pieces into a film that mostly plays like your average late-night cable-tv tit movie. Call it ‘surreal’ if you want, I call it a waste of time.

Satan's Sadists
(1969) Al Adamson [seen: 10/03]
Savage (2011) Jordan Blum [seen: 10/15]
Save the Green Planet (2003) Jeong Jun-hwan [seen: 01/04]
Saved! (2004) Brian Dannely [seen: 06/04]
Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol:Friendships and Intersections (1990) Jonas Mekas [short]
Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) Michael Schorr [seen: 09/05]
The Seashell and the Clergyman
(1928) Germaine Dulac [03/04, 11/07]
The Secret of Kells
(2009) Tomm Moore [seen: 04/10]
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Lorene Scafaria [seen: 12/12]
The Sentinel (2006) Clark Johnson [seen: 04/06] Jagged surveillance style direction, complete with ticking clock suspense, is put forth with a nauseating intensity in this soggy thriller. Clearly the raison d'etre of this picture is to lure in fans of FOX’s “24” series, and it doesn’t hurt to have that show’s star appearing alongside a screen presence like Michael Douglas to try and pull it off. Unfortunately it fails, and even though there are some genuinely gripping moments in the middle, the television style direction and rushed story transpose to the big screen rather poorly. Eva Langoria enters the film via a shot of her ass, and given the caliber of her performance and the complexity of her character, it’s her ass that should’ve been given the screen credit.
A Separation (2011) Asghar Farhadi [seen: 12/11]
The Separation (2003) Robert Morgan [short] [seen: 08/06]
The September Issue
(2009) R.J. Cutler [seen: 03/10]
Septic Man (2013) Jesse Thomas Cook [seen: 10/14]
Serbis (2008) Brillante Mendoza [seen: 04/10]
The Sessions (2012) Ben Lewin [seen: 06/13]
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007) Tony Stone [seen: 07/09]
Sex: The Annabel Chong Story (1999) Gough Lewis [seen: 02/06]
Sexy Killer (2008) Miguel Martí [seen: 10/09] A little too hip for its own good, this stylish Spanish horror comedy details a wild killing spree by a sexy teenage co-ed at a premier boarding school. Complete with musical set pieces, enough color to rival an Almodovar film, and ironic direct addresses to the camera, there’s creativity to spare, however any audience rapport is immediately destroyed when the Z-grade, cringe worthy CGI effects rear their ugly face.
Shattered Glass (2003) Billy Ray [seen: 11/03]
She's One of Us (2003) Siegrid Alnoy [seen: 06/06]
She's Out of My League (2010) Jim Field Smith [seen: 07/10]
Shock-o-Rama (2006) Brett Piper [seen: 10/06]
Shopgirl (2005) Anand Tucker [seen: 05/06]
Short Term 12 (2013) Destin Cretton [seen: 02/14]
Shriek of the Mutilated (1973) Michael Findlay [seen: 08/14]
Shuzou River (2000) Lou Ye [seen: 04/05]
The Silent House (2010) Gustavo Hernandez [seen: 08/11]
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) Charles E. Sellier Jr. [last seen: 03/06]
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) Lee Harry [seen: 03/06]
Silent Running (1972) Douglas Trumbull [seen: 02/12]
Silver Bullet (1985) Daniel Attias [seen: 10/06]
Singapore Sling (1990) Nikos Nikolaidis [seen: 06/06]

The Singing Ringing Tree (1957) Francesco Stefani [seen: 01/13]
A Single Man
(2009) Tom Ford [seen: 07/10]
Sister Lulu (2001) Philip John [short] [seen: 07/06]
The Skeleton Twins (2014) [seen: 12/14]
Skinned Deep (2004) Gabriel Bartalos [seen: 01/06] The directorial debut from the man responsible for the impressive make-up effects in Matthew Barney’s ‘Cremaster Cycle’ turns out to be a colossal disappointment. An ultra-low-budget Craven/Hooper rip-off involving a family of freaks who slaughter unsuspecting tourists, the film is made even worse by its surreal “anything goes” approach, a gimmick used mainly to conceal that the filmmaker hasn’t the slightest idea what he is doing. Not even Warwick Davis, appearing as a demented plate-wielding midget named (yep, you guessed it) Plates, could get me to muster the slightest bit of interest in this, but for sheer balls-out filmmaking, this earns points.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) Kerry Conran [seen: 09/04]
Slash (2002) Neal Sundstrom [seen: 11/04]
Sleepaway Camp (1983) Robert Hiltzik [seen: 10/03, 04/04, 07/10]
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) Michael A. Simpson [seen 04/04] The absolute worst! I rent these stupid horror films because I have a weak spot for the genre and I find them easy to watch late at night when focusing on a serious film simply isn’t an option. At this point I’m thinking I may have exhausted the selection at my local video store. This “horror film” is never scary, contains hardly any gore, and even lacks that “it’s so bad it’s good” laughable storyline that makes some of these enjoyable. Hell on earth might involve marathon viewings of this piece of shit.

Sleeping Beauty (2011) Julia Leigh [seen: 03/12]
Sleepwalk with Me (2012) Mike Birbiglia & Seth Barrish [seen: 12/15]
Slime City (1988) Greg Lamberson
[seen: 02/10]
Sling Blade (1996) Billy Bob Thornton [4th viewing: 05/04]
Slumber Party Massacre (1982) Amy Holden Jones [seen: 03/04, 10/10] In many ways this formulaic Halloween spin-off is a minor classic of the genre. The title advertises the few gratuitous breast shots that help sell the film while diverting attention away from director Amy Holden Jones’ sharp feminist sensibility. Don’t think it’s a stretch of the imagination when you see the killer chasing these scantily clad girls with an enormous phallic drill muttering, “I just want to love you.” It is possible to psychoanalyze a film with a dead pizza deliveryman! The ending has a very unique Hitchcockian moment involving a blanket and also manages to turn the “final girl” syndrome on its head. Recommended. 10/10 addendum: I love how concise and to the point this film is. Having become more familiar with the Corman recipe, I can see Jones trying to instill as much of herself into project as she could while at the same time meeting Corman's requisite needs for T&A and Gore -- and she excels at the job! In a "Five Obstructions" sort of way she is Jorgen Leth and Corman her von Trier... too bad she never challenged herself to such material again -- but I guess Mystic Pizza and Beethoven's 2nd were not going to write themselves.
“Smack My Bitch Up”
-- video for Prodigy (1997) Jonas Ackerlund [last seen: 05/10]
Smoke (2007) Grzegorz Cisiecki [short, 8 min.]
Snowtown (2011) Justin Kurzel) [seen: 10/15]
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937) David Hand [seen: 11/09]
Snowbeast (1977) Herb Wallerstein [seen: 04/13]
Solitary Man (2009) Brian Koppelman & David Levien [seen: 11/10]
Some Girls(s) (2013) Daisy von Scherler Mayer [seen: 12/13]
Some Guy Who Kills People (2011) Jack Perez [seen: 10/12]
Some Kind of Hate (2015) Adam Egypt Mortimer [seen: 01/15]
Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012) Bob Byington [seen: 11/14]
Somersault (2004) Cate Shortland [seen: 08/06]
Something New (2006) Sanaa Hamri [seen: 02/06] A perfectly harmless date movie that mixes in race issues to appear ‘deeper’ and more meaningful than it actually is. The direction borders on incompetent at times and much of the supporting cast (such as Donald Faison as the womanizing brother) are flat-out annoying. It would seem that Sanaa Lathan is the only recognizable life form, as her leading man (Simon Baker) appears to still think he is in a Romero film. I am awarding this one-star of criticism based solely on the fact that it appears to be well intentioned, and anything that doesn’t star Queen Latifah and/or feature a prominent rap artist in the leading role has to be a positive step in the right direction for Black Cinema in our country.
Sons of the Desert (1933) William A. Seiter [seen: 06/05]
Sonny Boy (1990) Robert Martin Carroll [seen: 10/04]
Sorority Row (2009) Stewart Hendler [seen: 04/11]
Space Raiders (1983) Howard R. Cohen [seen: 08/10] Childhood fav of mine, shows producer Corman in recycle mode utilizing cutting room fodder from Battle Beyond the Stars and the umpteenth incarnation of James Horner's awesome epic sci-fi score. For a young kid who would go batshit for anything resembling Star Wars this gets the job done, but it fails to stand on its own as anything substantial.
Space Station 76 (2014) Jack Plotnick [seen: 11/14]
The Spectacular Now (2013 James Ponsoldt [seen: 01/14]
The Specials (2000) Craig Mazin [seen: 08/14]
Spider Forest
(2004) Song Il-gon [seen: TIFF '04]
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) Jeffrey Schwarz [seen: 10/10] Very thoughtful and compelling biography of one of my favorite directors, it could have benefited from a section where they actually acknowledge Castle as a great filmmaker, that little point seems to have eluded most of the interviewees involved -- including Castle's own daughter.
Spirits of the Dead (1968) Federico Fellini, Luis Malle, Roger Vadim [seen: 05/13]
Spring Break Shark Attack
(2005) Paul Shapiro [seen: 11/04]
St. Vincent (2014) Theodore Melfi [seen: 02/15]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Dave Filoni [seen: 12/08]
Starry Eyes (2014) Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer [seen: 03/15]
The Stepfather (2009) Nelson McCormick [seen: 06/10] The whole demystification of the suburbs thing has long been played out and the fact that the politically sharp edge of the 1980's Reagan era original is no longer pertinent did not stop Hollywood from remaking this one. With not a drop to say it leaves hardly an impression, but there is some suspense to had in between. Hey, where the hell is that Mandy Lane movie?? That shit was pretty good...
The Stepford Wives (1975) Bryan Forbes [seen: 03/10]
Stick It (2006) Jessica Bendinger [seen: 04/06] This is pretty solid as far as teen-comedies are concerned. Writer-director Jessica Bendinger, who penned the script for Peyton Reed’s successful Bring it On, has a ball re-inventing teen lingo and displays a great deal of wit and comedic talent. Many people have mentioned Busby Berkeley when discussing this film’s approach to the elaborate filming of the gymnastics, but Berkeley did it for real and Bendinger uses CGI and trick photography to fill the frame with multiple bodies. In this sense, the film is a true MTV-hybrid, and although it has value outside of its teen pop-culture context, for the most part it falls victim to not fully embracing its genre status, and the film stumbles when it tries to make larger statements about youth, parents, and the nature of the sport.
The Story of a Cheat (1936) Sacha Guitry [seen: 04/11]
Story of the Weeping Camel (2003) Byambasuren Davaa & Luigi Falorni [seen: 11/04]
Stranded (2002) María Lidón [seen: 11/04] Vincent Gallo in space rating
The Strange Little Cat (2013, Germany) Ramon Zurcher [seen: 12/14]
The Strangers
(2008) Bryan Bertino [seen: 06/08]
Street Trash (1987) J. Michael Muro [seen: 10/05]
The Street with No Name (1948) William Keighley [seen: 04/06]
Suburban Nightmare
(2004) Jon Keeyes [seen: 10/04]
Successful Alcoholics (2012) Jordan Vogt-Roberts [short, 20 min.] [seen: 10/13]
Suicide Girls Must Die! (2010) Sawa Suicide [seen: 07/10]
The Suitor (1962) Pierre Etaix [seen: 06/13]
Summer Wars (2009) Mamoru Hosoda [seen: 07/10]
Sun Don't Shine (2012) Amy Seimetz [seen: 12/14]
Super Fly (1972) Gordon Parks Jr. [seen: 06/04]
Super Size Me (2004) Morgan Spurlock [seen: 05/04] This guy can't direct worth a damn. He's obviously very smart and his film delivers more than enough food for thought, however I am no smarter for having watched this and in the end, the only thing Super Sized in Spurlock's life is his wallet.
Supporting Characters (2012) Daniel Schechter [seen: 09/14]
Surf Nazi's Must Die
(1987) Peter George [seen: 03/12]
Sushi Girl (2012) Kern Saxton [seen: 11/14]
Sweet Karma (2009) Andrew Thomas Hunt [seen: 09/10] Basic exploitation picture with a female revenge set-up that succeeds with an engrossing plot and a nice twist finale, but shies away from any political commentary while at the same time toning down the sleaze factor. If you are going to make a picture like this, at least be willing to take risks -- or perhaps that's what they were doing when they gave the central role of a penniless immigrant to plastic surgery enhanced centerfold type? Call me bored.
The Sword in the Stone (1963) Wolfgang Reitherman [last seen: 12/12]
Symphonie Diagonale (1924) Viking Eggeling [short - 7 min.] [seen: 11/06]
Tabu (2012) Miguel Gomes [seen: 02/13]
Tale of Tales
(1979) Yuri Norstein [short] [seen: 10/05]
Take Care of My Cat
(2001) Jeong Jae-eun [seen: 03/05]
Tales From the Crypt SSN 1.6 - Collection Completed (1989) Mary Lambert [seen: 08/05]
Tales From the Crypt - SSN 2.7 - For Cryin' Out Loud (1990) Jeffrey Price [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt - SSN 2.11 - Judy, You're Not Yourself Today (1990) Randa Haines [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt - SSN 2.8 - The Sacrifice (1990) Richard Greenberg [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt SSN 2.2 - The Switch (1990) Arnold Schwarzenegger [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt SSN 2.5 - Three's a Crowd (1990) David Burton Morris [seen: 01/06]
Tales From the Crypt SSN 2.4 - Til Death Do We Part (1990) Peter Iliff [seen: 01/06]

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962) Kazuo Mori [seen: 12/13]
Tangled (2010) Nathan Greno & Byron Howard [seen: 04/11]
Tea Break (2004) Sam Walker [short] [seen: 07/06]
Ted (2012) Seth MacFarlane [seen: 12/12]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Jonathan Liebesman [seen: 08/15]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) Michael Pressman [seen: 07/15]
The Telephone Book (1971) Nelson Lyon [seen: 05/13]
Telephone - Lady Gaga music video
(2009, USA) Jonas Åkerlund [seen: 03/10]
Temple of the Red Lotus (1965) Zu Zenghong [seen: 07/05]
Temptation: Confessions of a Serial Killer (2013) Tyler Parry [seen: 04/14]
Tenement: Game of Survival (1985) Roberta Findlay [seen: 04/05]
TerrorVision (1986) Ted Nicolaou [seen: 10/14]
Terry Tate, Office Linebacker (2002) Rawson Marshall Thurber [short]
Texas Chainsaw (2013) John Luessenhop [seen: 06/13]
The Theatre Bizarre (2011) Various [seen: 05/12]
Them! (1954) Gordon Douglas [seen: 04/04] Released the same year as Godzilla, this is the first in a long line of Nuclear Age Monster movies—this time around it’s giant ants that have been mutated by Atomic testing and are threatening to take over America. What most impressed me about this able thriller was it’s ability to handle the story on a macro level. Instead of the usual insignificant and secluded town that became a cliché for this cycle of films (Tremors is a decent modern version of this), we get a threat of national proportions. Seen today, in a world where every TV show fantasizes about bio-terrorist outbreaks and containing the threat, this little film is able to speak wonders. Both speak to the fears of a country in the wake of a war, and personally I find giant ants more entertaining than Kiefer Sutherland.
These Final Hours (2013) Zak Hilditch [seen: 05/15]
They Came Back (2004) Robin Campillo [seen: 08/05]
The Third Page (1999) Zeki Demirkubuz [seen: 05/06]
This Gun for Hire (1942) Frank Tuttle [seen: 07/08]

This Island Earth (1955) Joseph M. Newman [seen: 09/04]
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) Tommy Lee Jones [seen: TIFF '05] A contemporary western from the macho Eastwood school of filmmaking, which features what will probably be an Academy Award nomination from Jones. It’s not a bad western, but I fond myself more or less ambivalent towards these characters and their journey of honor and redemption. People have been comparing this to Peckinpah, if only because the protagonists have a body in tow, but if you show up expecting Peckinpah you will be sorely disappointed. The script is more than a bit mechanical and there are elements of some warped misogyny that seemed more than a bit unnerving. I plan on seeing this again, but I’m fairly confident that this is one film that many critics are severely overrating. [ed. Don't listen to this jerk, he slept through this film]
The Three Cabelleros (1944) Norman Ferguson [seen: 03/12]
Three O'Clock High (1987) Phil Joanou [seen: 11/12]
Thriller: A Cruel Picture
(1974, Sweden) Bo Arne Vibenius [seen: 10/04] Sometimes referred to as They Call Her One Eye, here is an exploitation picture of the highest order—cheap, offensive, and wholly entertaining. Director Bo Arne Vibenius made this film under a pseudonym--even the cast was sworn to secrecy regarding his identity—and his intent was to make a quick dollar in order to fund something more “artistic.” Vibenius would go on to do nothing else, but his film would survive in various bootleg copies, eventually landing in the hands of a wide-eyed Quentin Tarantino who would base the Elle Driver character from his Kill Bill series entirely on this film. Technically, this is miles above similar rape-revenge films like I Spit on Your Grave, Vibenius has a striking sense for composition and the slow motion he adds to the aestheticized violence is highly evocative of Sam Peckinpah. Viewing the 100-minute extended cut, which includes shots of penetration for when the film screened in porno houses, has a fascinating effect of reminding us of the film’s various derivations while at the same time confronting us with our own social taboos. If you think you can stomach the subject matter, or if you are a fan of the work of Abel Ferrara, prepare to be blown away.
Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made (1994) Mika Kaurismaki [seen: 08/04]
A Time For Drunken Horses (2000) Bahman Ghobadi [seen: 10/05]
Tiny Furniture (2010) Lena Dunham [seen: 12/10]
To Be or Not to Be (1983) Alan Johnson [seen: 01/13]
To Be Twenty (1978) Fernando Di Leo [seen: 05/07] A vile and misogynistic piece of exploitation trash, or a deeply feminist critique of a political climate (Italy cirque ’76) that today’s youths couldn’t be further removed from? I’m sort of undecided. If you listen to Eli Roth, it’s a masterpiece. I personally found it most interesting as proof that films like Baise Moi were being made 30 years ago and will probably still be made 30 years from now.
The To Do List (2013) Maggie Carey [seen: 11/13]

To the Arctic (2012) Greg MacGillivray [seen: 07/15]
(2008) Various [seen: 11/09]
Tony Manero (2008) Pablo Larrain [seen: 12/11]
Tony Takitani (2004) Jun Ichikawa [seen: 02/06]
Too Many Cooks (2014) Chris Kelly [short, 11 min.] [seen: 11/14]
Top Hat (1935) Mark Sandrich [seen: 11/06]
The Torchbearer (2005) Václav Svankmajer [short, 25 min.] [seen: 04/11]
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) [seen: 10/03]
A Town Called Panic (2009) Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar [seen: 07/10]
The Toy Box (1971) Ronald Víctor García [seen: 03/06]
Toy Story of Terror (2013) Angus MacLane [short, 22 min.] [seen: 10/13]
Trailer Park of Terror (2008) Steven Goldmann [seen: 11/08]
Transamerica (2005) Duncan Tucker [seen: 02/06] A marvelous bit of acting from Felicity Huffman as a well-adjusted transsexual woman who must confront the son she never knew she had so that her psychologist will green-light her sex change operation, and that she may finally become a ‘real’ woman. There is a nuanced sense of character to director Duncan Tucker’s script, something that is greatly diminished when he turns the film into a light-hearted road movie. The film trudges along for two-thirds of its running time as textbook film school fodder -- an ugly string of establishing shots, conversation, and music for emphasis -- that left me thoroughly uninspired. But when the inevitable family reunion came around, and the characters were finally being themselves rather than responding to silly road movie scenarios, the film does manage to hammer home some powerful emotion.
Treeless Mountain (2008) Kim So Yong [seen: 04/10]
Tremors (1990) Ron Underwood [3rd viewing 04/06]
Trick 'r Treat (2007) Michael Dougherty [seen: 09/10, 10/10] Having grown to near legendary proportions before it was ever released -- based on a few successful festival screenings – I’m happy to say that this one actually lived up to the hype for me. Several interwoven stories make up this festive picture containing all manner of ghoulish twists and supernatural surprises. Newcomer Michael Dougherty has certainly done his homework as the film reeks of EC comic book charm. Add to this some sharp attention to detail and production design, and you have a film that looks just about as good as it reads. Solid stuff all around that should prove to have some genre longevity, I hope the film studios get their Halloween Trick played on them early when this cleans up on the home video market and they realize how much they lost by not backing this horse with a Theatrical release.
TrollHunter (2010) André Øvredal [seen: 08/11]
TRON: Legacy (2010) Joseph Kosinski
[seen: 06/11]
Trouble with the Curve (2012) Robert Lorenz [seen: 01/13]
True Blood Season 1
(2008) Alan Ball creator [seen: 06/09]
True Blood Season 2 (2009) Alan Ball creator
True Blood Season 3 (2010) Alan Ball creator [seen: 09/10] I can officially move on with my life now.
True Skin (2012) Stephan Zlotescu [short, 6 min.] [seen: 01/15]
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
(2010) Eli Craig [seen: 10/11]
Tuesday After Christmas (2010) Radu Muntean [seen: 02/12]
Turbo (2013) David Soren [seen: 07/13]
Turbo Kid (2015) Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell [seen: 11/15]
The Ugly (1997) Scott Reynolds [seen: 11/04] A very silly horror film from New Zealand about a serial killer recounting his murders in flashback to a criminal psychiatrist who is trying to determine if he is sane or not. Even if like yours truly, you find yourself getting the chills over the sight of a straight razor being run through human flesh, you won’t find yourself very shaken by any of this. All of the blood in the film is rendered to look like black ink—some kind of profound statement into the killer’s psyche that eluded me, and by the time the grand finale rolls around everything is wallowing in enough Dressed to Kill nostalgia to induce groans.
The Ugly Truth (2009) Robert Luketic [seen: 11/09]
UHF (1989, USA) Jay Levey [seen: 11/14]
Uncertain Terms (2014) Nathan Silver [seen: 11/15]
Unfriended (2014) Levan Gabriadze [seen: 10/15]
United States of Tara SSN 1 (2009, USA) Diablo Cody creator [01/10]
United States of Tara SSN 2 (2010, USA) Diablo Cody creator [06/10]
The Unpolished (2007) Pia Marais [seen: 12/10]
Underworld (2003) Len Wiseman [seen: 01/04]
The Uninvited (1944) Lewis Allen [seen: 12/12]
The Uninvited (2003) Lee Su-yeon [seen: 08/06]

The Unknown Chaplin (1983) Kevin Brownlow & David Gill [seen: 06/05, 12/05]
Unrest (2006) Jason Todd Ipson [seen: 11/06]
The Unspeakable Act (2012) Dan Sallitt [seen: 12/13]
The Upside of Anger (2005) Mike Binder [seen: 04/05]

The Valley of Gwangi (1969) Jim O'Connolly [seen: 07/15]
Le Vampire (1945) Jean Painlevé [short - 9 min.] [seen: 11/06]
Vampire Circus
(1972) Robert Young [seen: 04/11]
Vampyres (1974) José Ramón Larraz [seen: 05/06]
V for Vendetta (2005) James McTeigue [seen: 03/06] Yet another big screen comic book adaptation, this time from producers Andy and Larry Wachowski (The Matrix) who have bestowed a directorial opportunity upon their friend James McTeigue. It’s a story where the good guys are terrorists, the politicians are murderers (literally), and blowing up an important government building is a cause worth dying for. Sound a bit irresponsible? The Great Britain based film was originally set to premier on Novermber 5th of last year but was postponed after the tragic London subway bombings. All tastefulness aside however, the true problem with the movie is that it functions as a political film for 14 yr olds. Nothing is subtle; everything is spelled out loudly and stripped of subtext as McTeigue’s mechanical direction does all the thinking for you. I would give anything to see a real talent like Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers) take a crack at this story, but given that the Wachowski’s are not out to make a statement, an overly didactic moneymaking machine is the end result. Children take note, you have not learned a thing from this film, like a great politician buttering you up for a vote, V for Vendetta just wants to make you feel good about giving it your $8.50.
The V Word (2006) Ernest R. Dickerson [seen: 11/06]
(1977) Hubert Frank [seen: 09/07]
Velvet Road (2011, USA) L. Gustavo Cooper [Short, 14 min.] [seen: 01/14]
Venom (1982) Piers Haggard [seen: 04/05]
V/H/S (2012) Various [seen: 12/12]
V/H/S 2 (2013) [seen: 10/14]
Vibrator (2003) Ryuichi Hiroki [seen: 08/05]
The Victim (2011) Michael Biehn [seen: 10/12]
The Violent Kind (2010) The Butcher Brothers [seen: 05/11]
The Virginity Hit (2010) Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland [seen: 07/11]
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) Irwin Allen [seen: 06/06]
Wah Do Dem (2009) Ben Chace & Sam Fleischner [seen: 05/11]
Waiting... (2005) Rob McKittrick [seen: 06/13]
The Walking Dead Season 1 (2010) Frank Darabont creator
Waltz With Bashir
(2008) Ari Folman [seen: 11/09]
Warrendale (1967) Allan King [seen: 07/13]
Warrior (2011) Gavin O'Connor [seen: 12/11]
The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) John C. Broderick [seen: 05/13]
The Watch (2012) Akiva Schaffer [seen: 04/13]
Watch the Skies! (2005) Richard Schickel [seen: 07/05] This is not a documentary. This is a 60-minute trailer for Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

Wax Mask (1997) Sergio Stivaletti [seen: 07/04]
Waxwork (1988, USA) Anthony Hickox [seen: 10/10] A mysterious wax museum opens in town and the local teens get more than they bargained for when the attractions are revealed to be death traps. Hickox has a creaky device here wherein the waxworks transport their victim's into their own gruesome settings, basically allowing for a number of brief but effective set pieces -- the wolfman makes an appearance, as does Dracula and his brides, the Mummy, and even a nifty B&W Romero zombie piece -- but by the time the big climax rolls around, there is nothing left in the arsenal and things grow tiresome rather quickly. Interesting in an 80's-horror kind of way, but nothing more.
The Way Way Back (2013) Nat Faxon & Jim Rash [seen: 10/13]
(1969) Artavazed Peleshyan [short] [seen: 11/05]
We Are Still Here (2015) Ted Geoghegan [seen: 11/2015]
We Are What We Are (2010) Jorge Michel Grau [seen: 04/11]
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) John Curran [seen: 09/04]
We're the Millers (2013) Rawson Marshall Thurber [seen: 11/13]
Welcome to Me (2014) Shira Piven [seen: 08/15]
Werewolves on Wheels (1971) Michel Levesque [seen: 07/06]
Westworld (1973) Michael Crichton [seen: 04/10]
What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) Massimo Dallamano [seen: 03/06]
What Is It? (200) Crispin Glover [seen: 05/06] Even though I suspect Glover of pandering to the Midnight Movie audience with this unclassifiable directorial debut of his -- essentially the more shocking and bizarre the imagery, the more those late-night gore hounds will howl with delight -- there is a genuine brilliance to his madness that is hard to refute. The over-the-top surrealism consists of a cast composed entirely of people with Down’s Syndrome who share a fetish for torturing snails, a fascination with pipes, and whom take part in a great many Three Stooges style gags of physical violence. The film lifts off when we enter the inner-psyche of our main character -- a gorgeous set piece featuring Glover clad in a fur coat and sitting on a throne -- and the film’s imagery begins to take on weight and carry a much richer significance as we explore just about every taboo in the book. There are nude women with monkey masks emerging from volcanoes, Ku Klux Klan music and a man in black face, a naked man with cerebral palsy in a silk-lined seashell being masturbated, and all of this is presided over by a godlike Shirley Temple on a cloud sticking a whip in her vagina. This is about as deeply personal as filmmaking gets, however Glover in the process of exploring his own feelings about these images, manages to bring the audience along rather than leaving them in the dust (a la Jodorowsky) and part of what you will get out of this film is a deeper understanding of your personal response to these brutally frank images.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement [seen: 05/15]
Where the Boy Are '84 (1984) Hy Averback [seen: 01/12]
Whip It
(2009) Drew Barrymore [seen: 01/10]
Whisky (2004) Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll [seen: 04/06]
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Yoshifumi Kondo [seen: 08/12]
The Whisperer in Darkness (2011) Sean Branney [seen: 03/13]
White Lightnin' (2009) Dominic Murphy [seen: 01/10]
White of the Eye (1987) Donald Cammell [seen: 10/06] One of those films I’d always read about but could never see, it’s now available in a wonderful Dutch DVD and lives (mostly) up to its reputation. Equal parts Giallo and domestic thriller, this is a picture of immense cinematography that tries to turn just about every shot into something larger. I found this to be alternately invigorating and at times distracting, because at the core this is not an art-film but an gritty B-picture, one that I could see having been made 60 years ago on Poverty row by the likes of Edgar Ulmer.
Wicked Little Things
(2006) J.S. Cardone [seen: 05/07]
Wild Canaries (2014) Lawrence Michael Levine [seen: 09/15]
The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008) Duane Graves & Justin Meeks [seen: 09/09]
Wild Zero (2000) Tetsuro Takeuchi [01/04]
Willard (2003) Glen Morgan [seen: 04/04]
The Window (1949) Ted Tetzlaff [seen: 06/05]
Winnebago Man (2009) Ben Steinbauer [seen: 01/11] Not the comedy I was expecting, but winds up being a thoughtfully made film as the director clearly cares about his subject, which while problematic, imbues the work with a personal investment and understanding that is a tad refreshing amidst the deeply cynical bug that seems to have infected most Docs these days.
Within Our Gates
(1919) Oscar Micheaux [seen: 01/04]
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (1985) Hector Olivera [last seen: 03/15]
The Wolf Man (1941) George Waggner [seen: 07/04, 10/13]
WolfCop (2014) Lowell Dean [seen: 10/14]
Would You Rather (2012) David Guy Levy [seen: 02/15]
Wreck-It-Ralph (2012) Rich Moore [seen: 03/13]
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Brett Ratner [seen: 02/07]
Yeelen (1987) Souleymane Cissé [seen: 04/05]
You Again (2010) Andy Fickman [seen: 02/11]
You Only Live Twice (1967) Lewis Gilbert [seen: 11/09]
The Young Victoria (2009) Jean-Marc Vallée [seen: 04/10]

ZaAt (1971) Don Barton [seen: 03/12]
Zatoichi on the Road (1963) Kimiyoshi Yasuda [seen: 12/13]
Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966) Tokuzo Tanaka [seen: 05/04]
Zero Charisma (2013) Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews [seen: 09/15]
Zero Day (2003) Ben Coccio [seen: 02/06] On the DVD’s commentary track, director Ben Coccio aptly describes his film as a front-loaded magic trick. He shows you scene after scene of very real, documentary style footage, so that when he finally starts faking things (i.e. the school shooting) you have been lulled into accepting it as real. He is exactly right, and although his magic trick disturbed me to all hell, I can’t bring myself to praise it as much of a film. He has made exactly half the film that Van Sant made -- a poignant and deeply relevant psychological study of a frighteningly real phenomenon in our country -- but one that does not benefit from being scrutinized under a microscope. This is truly one subject that demands a bit of Brechtian distancing.
Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974) Yukio Noda [seen: 07/06]
Zombeavers (2014) Jordan Rubin [seen: 11/14]
Zombie Honeymoon (2004) David Gebroe [seen: 02/06] Larry Fessenden, who is responsible for some of the sharpest, most unique horror films I’ve come across, acted as Executive Producer on this tongue-in-cheek story about a young couple who, while honeymooning at the Jersey Shore, run into a zombie surfer who bites the groom and transforms him into a brain hungry undead. The set-up is a promising one, but unfortunately writer/director David Gebroe completely fails to deliver the goods. What could have been a scathing satire on the woes of a young married couple, turns out to be a half-funny romantic comedy, light on the gore and heavy on the cheap romanticism. The acting is surprisingly good, and even the hi-def DV cinematography shows signs of promise, but there is nothing in the script! I would like to have seen Fessenden try his hand at this, or better yet, someone like Larry Cohen.
Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) Kevin Hamedani [seen: 04/10]

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