Thursday, January 31, 2008

January Stats

January Total = 5
2008 Total = 5

Rent - 1
Own - 3
Theater - 1
TV - 0
Other - 0
First Viewing - 3

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Vengeance Is Mine (FukushĂ» suruwa wareniari) (1979)

Dir. Shohei Imamura
Legendary Japanese director Shohei Imamura (The Eel) helms this chilling tale of horror and revenge based on actual events about a seemingly harmless young man who blossomed into a cold-blooded, remorseless murderer. On the run from the police over the course of a 78-day killing spree, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) reflects on his life via flashback and reveals how he came to have such disdain for human life.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tideland (2005)

Dir. Terry Gilliam
As seen through the eyes the fiery Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland), director Terry Gilliam creates a world that evokes Alice in Wonderland. With her junkie father (Jeff Bridges) spending most of his time in a stupor mourning the recent death of his wife (Jennifer Tilly), Jeliza-Rose is free to roam the surrounding prairie, where she meets a mentally challenged boy (Brendan Fletcher) and his oddly macabre sister (Janet McTeer).

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Clerks. (1994)

Dir. Kevin Smith

Made on a shoestring budget by director Kevin Smith, this classic indie comedy won awards at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Convenience and video store clerks Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed … and bored out of their minds. Between serving nonstop shoppers, the overworked counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their offbeat love lives.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Blue Velvet (1986)

Dir. David Lynch

An innocent (Kyle MacLachlan) gets mixed up in a small-town murder mystery involving a kinky nightclub chanteuse (Isabella Rossellini) and a kidnapper (Dennis Hopper) with a penchant for snorting helium. One of the most bizarre (and critically acclaimed) movies of the 1980s, Blue Velvet inspired a generation of independent filmmakers with its dark look behind the all-American veneer of small-town life.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Dir. Craig Gillespie

Ryan Gosling plays the title character in this oddball comedy about a delusional young man who buys a life-size sex doll over the Internet -- and then falls in love with her. When the besotted young man starts telling people that the doll is his girlfriend, his brother and sister-in-law decide it's time to intervene in this film co-starring Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Kelli Garner and Paul Schneider.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007 Stats

Total Movies - 131

Rent - 59
Own - 38
Theater - 15
TV - 15
Other - 2
First Viewing - 101

Favorite First Time Viewings:
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Grindhouse (2007)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Tenebre (1982)
Cemetery Man (1994)
Waitress (2007)
All About My Mother (1999)
What Have You Done to Solange (1972)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Salem's Lot (1979)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)

December Stats

December Total = 7
2007 Total = 131

Rent - 1
Own - 2
Theater - 2
TV - 2
Other - 0
First Viewing - 6