Seen 2012

Films I have seen in 2012
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1.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Seen at Secret Cinema - quite an amazing experience. Very interesting portrait of post-war Vienna; classic and classy thriller with lots of twists and details, and great minor characters. ” - Laert
 
2.
The Girls (1961)
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Tonya has just graduated from the trade school and found a job as a cook in a Siberian village. She is naive but open hearted and kind... (98 mins.)
Director: Yuriy Chulyukin
“ Streamed at home. Comic portrayal of live in a Soviet logger camp in Northern Russia. ” - Laert
 
3.
Oh How It Hurts 66 (1967)
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(99 mins.)
Director: Rolan Bykov
“ Streamed at home. Funny, weird theatrical musical with talking monkeys and an amazingly comic evil Barmoley. ” - Laert
 
4.
Full Metal Village (2006 Documentary)
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Full Metal Village (90 mins.)
Director: Sung Hyung Cho
“ Watched at home. Nice documentary, but nothing special. ” - Laert
 
5.
L'Atalante (1934)
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
“ Watched at BFI. Compelling movie, stunning performance by Michel Simon (first time I've seen him - absolutely amazing actor). ” - Laert
 
6.
Brief Encounter (1945)
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Watched at a Future Cinema event at Troxy in London. Classic and classy "illegitimate love" romance and a hymn to a horned husband's tolerance. :) ” - Laert
 
7.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Watched restored version at BFI. Monumental. ” - Laert
 
8.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
“ Watched at home. Nice. ” - Laert
 
9.
Hold That Ghost (1941)
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Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their... (86 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
10.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Watched at home. Very intense thriller with a "couldn't get any worse" type of ending. ” - Laert
 
11.
Port of Shadows (1938)
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
12.
Gattaca (1997)
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A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Watched at home (thinking it would be the movie to be shown at the next Secret Cinema event). A great dystopian Sci-Fi thriller, which is quite rare. ” - Laert
 
13.
Sex and Lucia (2001)
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Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life. (128 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
“ Watched at home. Intimate portrayal, some beautiful images. ” - Laert
 
14.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Watched at Secret Cinema event in summer. Pointless *beep* which could be seen as a type of Aliens-remake. Astonishingly boring characters, all of them. ” - Laert
 
15.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Watched at home. Classy political thriller, very enjoyable. ” - Laert
 
16.
La Chienne (1931)
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Watched at Sands Films Film Club. ” - Laert
 
17.
Sound of Noise (2010)
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A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. (102 mins.)
“ Streamed at home. Crazy postmodernist experimental movie. Very disturbing and very enjoyable at the same time. ” - Laert
 
18.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Watched at home. It's obvious why this is a cult film. :) ” - Laert
 
19.
Marius (1931)
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César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M... (130 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Korda
“ Watched at BFI. ” - Laert
 
20.
Comradeship (1931)
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Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion. (93 mins.)
“ Watched at Sand Films Film Club. A hymn to comradeship, piece and tolerance, filmed at a time when relationships between French and Germans were more than tense. Absolutely astonishing imagery and special effects (explosions in the shafts etc), hard to imagine how this could be done without digital post-processing. ” - Laert
 
21.
Anna Christie (1930)
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A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past. (85 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
22.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
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A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
23.
Tatarak (2009)
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In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer. (85 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ Watched at home (wanted to see it during the Munich Film Fest in 2010, but didn't make it). Very intense and intimate portrait of a traumatised woman and her tragic attempt to regain a purpose in life. ” - Laert
 
24.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
“ Wathced at Sands Films Film Club. Nouvelle Vague classic. ” - Laert
 
25.
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
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A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama... (193 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
“ Watched at home. Highly enjoyable lunatic film about lunatic characters, operating at many levels. ” - Laert
 
26.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
27.
Clockwise (1986)
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An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference. (96 mins.)
“ Watched at home. Designated as "one of the best Brittish comedies". Quite nice, but not overwhelming. John Cleese in the lead role. ” - Laert
 
28.
Hugo (2011)
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Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
29.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
30.
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie... (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
31.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
 
32.
Yoyo (1965)
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A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private... (92 mins.)
Director: Pierre Étaix
 
33.
Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
 
34.
The Bothersome Man (2006)
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In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. (95 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
 
35.
Le Million (1931)
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. (81 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
36.
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
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In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves. (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
37.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. (113 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
38.
Mechta (1943)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Mikhail Romm
 
39.
White Sun of the Desert (1970)
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At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader. (84 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Motyl
 
40.
Jewish Luck (1925)
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Jewish Luck revolves around Menakhem Mendl (one of Sholem Aleichem's characters), a daydreaming entrepreneur... (100 mins.)
 
41.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
42.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra