Viewing Log, 5/23-29, 2011

Autumnal (dir. Scott Nyerges)
Autumnal (dir. Scott Nyerges)

* denotes highlight

Films by Paul Sharits (at Doc Films Chicago):
* N.O.T.H.I.N.G. (1968)
Piece Mandala/End War (1966)
* Ray Gun Virus (1966)
T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968)

Films by Owen Land (at Doc Films Chicago):
Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1965-66)
Remedial Reading Comprehension (1970)
Diploteratology: Bardo Follies (1978)

Second Half of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals
Steven Tyler’s Cutest/Funniest Moments on “American Idol” – on YouTube – related article on Fandor
Footage of Chinese “Super Girl” Champion Li Yuchun – on YouTube – related article on Fandor
* The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick)
Last Quarter and Overtime of Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals – on TV at Seven Ten Lanes, Chicago IL
* Tung (1966, Bruce Baillie) on Fandor
* Quick Billy (1967-1970, Bruce Baillie) on Fandor
* Second Half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals – on myp2p
Final Quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals – on myp2p
Tribute video to NBA Star Jason Williams on YouTube
Josephine Baker dancing – on YouTube – related article on Fandor
Videos by Scott Nyerges (avant-garde filmmaker who contributed to The Tree of Life)
Autumnal (2008)
Floating in the Ether (2002)
Flow (2005)
Polar (2007)

The Show with zefrank
* UEFA Champions League Finals – on myp2p
New Castle (2011, Guo Hengqi)
* David Holzman’s Diary (1967, Jim McBride) on Fandor
The Grand Rapids LipDub – on YouTube
Final minutes of 2011 Indy 500 – on YouTube

YouTube Vloggomania (I had to do some research for an upcoming video essay):

Videos by Daxflame
Videos by ShaneDawson
Videos by juicystar7
Videos by Fred
Videos by Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker
Videos by Lonelygirl15
Videos by Bowiechick
Videos by ijustine
Videos by magibon
Videos by nigahiga
* Videos by Zya

Other highlights:

Drinks with Ignatiy after Tree of Life screening
Talking with filmmaker Scott Nyerges about his involvement with The Tree of Life
Late night drinks with directors Zhang Lu and Yang Yonghi
Sending the final version of a video segment to be aired on one of my favorite shows on TV

Viewing Log: 5/16-22, 2011

Disorder (dir. Huang Weikai)

* denotes highlight

Various videos of NBA highlights on YouTube – favorite is Reggie Miller scoring 35 points to shut up Spike Lee and the New York Knicks in the 1994 Playoffs
Agrarian Utopia (2009, Uruphong Raksasad) at Doc Films, Chicago
* Second half of Game 1 of NBA Western Conference Finals, on p2p
Sonic Outlaws (1995, Craig Baldwin) – watched on Fandor
“New Rules” segment of Real Time with Bill Maher originally aired May 13 2011
Second half of Game 2 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals, on p2p
Second half of Game 3 of NBA Western Conference Finals, on p2p
Mock Up on Mu (2008, Craig Baldwin) on Fandor
Spectres of the Spectrum (1999, Craig Baldwin) on Fandor
* Disorder (2009, Huang Weikai), at Nightingale Theater, Chicago
Second half of Game 3 of NBA Western Conference Finals, on p2p
Highlights of Lionel Messi’s two goals for FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid in 4/27/2011 match, on YouTube
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, Apichatpong Weerasethakul), at DocFilms, Chicago
Game 3 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals, on TV at Seven Ten Lanes, Chicago

Viewing Log: 5/9-15, 2011


* denotes highlight

Woman Is the Future of Man (2004, Hong Sang-soo)
The First Grader (2010, dir. Justin Chadwick) on DVD, reviewed for Time Out Chicago
The first hour of OldBoy (2004, dir. Park Chan-wook) on Tartan DVD
Trailers for various 2011 Cannes Film Festival films on Fandor
Various videos of NBA highlights on YouTube
excerpts from The Host (2006, dir. Bong Joon-ho) on DVD
Two in the Wave (2009, dir. Emmanuel Laurent) on Fandor
Second half of Game 6 of NBA Western Conference playoffs, Oklahoma City vs. Memphis
The Red and the White (1968, dir. Miklos Jancso) on Fandor
Videos of Pina Bausch performances on YouTube
* Poetry (2010, dir. Lee Chang-dong) on Korean import DVD
Second half of Game 7 of NBA Western Conference playoffs, Oklahoma City vs. Memphis
Second half of Game 1 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Viewing Log, 5/2-8, 2011

"Slave Ship" (dir. T. Marie)
"Slave Ship" (dir. T. Marie)

* denotes highlight

At the Jeonju International Film Festival:

An Heir (2011, Jean-Marie Straub)
To the Devil (2011, Claire Denis)
* Memories of a Morning (2011, Jose-Luis Guerin)
An Escalator in World Order (2011, Kim Kyung-Man)
Excerpts from Kino-Glaz (1924, Dziga Vertov)
* Hotel des Invalides (1951, Georges Franju)
Rotterdam Europoort (1966, Joris Ivens)
Excerpt from Mix-Up aka Meli-Melo (1985, Francoise Romand)
Jean Gentil (2010, Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán)
Caracremada (2010, Lluis Galter)

BBC World News coverage of death of Osama Bin Laden

The Forgotten Space (2010, Allan Sekula and Noel Burch)
Familiar Grounds (2010, Stephane Lafleur)
* Slow Drive (2010, Ben Rivers)
* El Sicario, Room 164 (2010, Gianfranco Rosi)
Self-Referential Traverse: Zeitgeist and Engagement (2010, Kim Sun)
* Guest (2010, Jose-Luis Guerin)
The Turin Horse (2011, Bela Tarr)
Anyang, Paradise City (2011, Park Chan-kyung)
Curling (2010, Denis Cote)
Animating Earth (2010, Ju Manamong)
* Slave Ship (2010, T. Marie)
* Water Lilies (2010, T. Marie)
21G (2010, Sun Xun)
Beyond-ism (2010, Sun Xun)
* Coming Attractions (2010, Peter Tscherkassky)
Oki’s Movie (2010, Hong Sang-soo)
* Nader and Simin: A Separation (2011, Asghar Faradhi)


On flight from Incheon to Chicago:

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu (2010, Andrei Ujica)
* Hahaha (2010, Hong Sang-soo)
* World on a Wire (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)


YouTube videos of Glenn Gould (in preparation for Dan Callahan’s piece on Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould for Fandor Keyframe)
Last five minutes of Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks,

Other film-related highlights:

Two hours with Claire Denis, including watching Jean-Marie Straub’s new film together
Lunch with Jeonju Film Festival director Min Byung-lock, programmers Yoo Um-seong, Jo Ji-hoon, and Chinese directors Li Luo, Li Ning, Sun Xun, and Zhang Miaoyan
Li Ning’s Tape finally playing to a full house with lively Q&A
Late-night drinks with director Lee Myung-se and British film critics James Bell and Davey Jenkins
Later night drinks with Chris Fujiwara, Gabe Klinger, Robert Koehler, J.P. Sniadecki and others
Panel discussion on architecture and film at the Chicago Architecture and Design Film Festival, featuring Jonathan Rosenbaum, Red Mike and Lee Bey

Viewing Log, 4/25-5/1, 2011

Richard Linklater backstage at Ebertfest
Richard Linklater backstage at Ebertfest

* denotes highlight

She Monkeys (2011, Lisa Aschan) SFIFF video room
Better This World (2011, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway) SFIFF video room
The Place in Between (2010, Sarah Bouyain) SFIFF video room
The Sun-Beaten Path (2011, Sonthar Gyal) DVD, University of Chicago
* Mildred Pierce (2011, Todd Haynes) episodes 3 and 4, download
My Joy (2010, Sergei Loznitsa) DVD
* The Battle of Kruger (2007, David Budzinski and Jason SchlosbergYouTube [watched it after learning the coach of the New Orleans Hornets showed it to his team prior to defeating the Los Angeles Lakers)
Detroit Wild City (2010, Francois Villon) DVD
Tilva Ros (2010, Nikola Lezaic) DVD
The Position of the Stars (2010, Leonard Retel Helmrich) DVD
* Tiny Furniture (2009, Lena Dunham) at Ebertfest, Virginia Theatre
* Me & Orson Welles (2008, Richard Linklater) at Ebertfest, Virginia Theatre
Various segments from Ebert Presents – most highly recommend segments with Matt Singer and Kartina Richardson
* President Obama roasting Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, on YouTube
20 minutes of Blazing Saddles (1975, Mel Brooks) on Asiana flight from Chicago to Jeonju

Viewing Log 4/18-24/2011

meeks cutoff

No sooner did I announce that I would be listing my weekly viewings that I fell off the horse. But let’s try this again. Unfortunately I largely forgot what I watched the week of 4/11-17, other than Huang Jianzhong’s A Good Woman (1985) and episodes 1 and 2 of Mildred Pierce (2011, Todd Haynes). Moving on…

* – highlight of the week

Beginners (2011, Mike Mills) pre-San Francisco Film Festival press screening, Loews Metreon
Picture This (1991, George Hickenlooper) on Fandor
Clips from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report online
The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard) SFIFF media room
The Children of the Princess of Cleves (2010, Régis Sauder) SFIFF media room
* Meek’s Cutoff (2010, Kelly Reichardt) SFIFF screening, Landmark Kabuki
* Let the Wind Carry Me (2010, Hsiu-Chiung Chiang, Pung-Leung Kwan) DVD
The Mill and the Cross (2011, Lech Majewski) SFIFF media room and SF MOMA
The Future (2011, Miranda July)  SFIFF screening, Landmark Kabuki
* Ulysses (2011, Oscar Godoy) SFIFF media room