What I’ve been watching: September films

OK I know it’s a bit late but the 33rd Cambridge Film Festival provided a real movie-going treat and I’ve only just caught up with it all. Here’s my round up of September films, all except three watched at CFF:

The Apartment (Billy Wilder, USA, 1960). I know it’s a classic but I found it very sleazy. And I’m never going to like Jack Lemmon. Sorry.

Gold (Thomas Arslan, Germany, 2013). Searching for gold on the Klondike in a German language Western set in late 1800s Canada, starring Nina Hoss; sounds curious, was interesting, looked beautiful, but didn’t quite live up to its potential.

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What I’ve been watching: July films

Talk about travel broadening the mind! During my trip to NZ this month I’ve feel as though I’ve had my own mini film festival, with only one real duffer:

Blancanieves (2012, directed by Pablo Berger);

Monsieur Lazhar (2011, directed by Philippe Falardeau);

Zwei Leben (2012, directed by Georg Maas);

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What I’ve been watching: June films

June was a bit short on film watching quantity but pretty good on quality:

35 Shots of Rum (2009, directed by Claire Denis);

One Week (1920, directed by Buster Keaton and Edward F Cline);

Our Hospitality (1923, directed by Buster Keaton);

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What I’ve been watching: May films

There were some really powerful films this month, plus the British Silent Film Festival in lovely (chilly) Aldeburgh:

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, directed by Benh Zeitlin)

British Silent Film Festival, Aldeburgh, Suffolk:

  •              Napoleon and the English Sailor (1909, directed by Alf Collins)
  •              Terje Vigen (1917, directed by Victor Sjöström)
  •              The Boatswain’s Mate (1924, directed by H Manning Haynes)
  •             The Skipper’s Wooing (1922, directed by H Manning Haynes)

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What I’ve been watching: April films

This month I caught up with a few oldies and watched a couple of old favourites, along with a couple of new titles.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012, directed by Wes Anderson)

Robot and Frank (2012, directed by Jake Schreier)

Project Nim (2011, directed by James Marsh)

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What I’ve been watching: March movies

I was awestruck by a couple of films this month (thanks Kore-Eda and the Taviani Brothers):

Double Indemnity (USA, 1944, directed by Billy Wilder);

I Wish (Jaoan, 2011, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda);

Spirit of ’45 (UK, 2013, directed by Ken Loach);

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