Gil Desmarais

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Watching movies alphabetically, round III

The question What do we watch? is a tough one to answer. We decided to break out of our self-established, comfortable, filter bubble and started watching movies alphabetically.

Here are the previous rounds:

For just this third round, we’ve expanded the series to watch movies that start with the numbers 0 through 9. Overall, it was a better round than the previous one and some films left a lasting impression.

Frenzy 1972
4.0 / 5 stars

Can’t go wrong with Hitchcock. This one plays in England.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992
2.5 / 5 stars

Watched it during christmas time. There’s no better time to watch it. Tiny giggling when an ex president gave directions in the lobby. Who could have known.

Chris Columbus
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Family
IMDb entry
Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2011
3.5 / 5 stars

Fascinating and unsettling at the same time. Seeing this sushi restaurant owner striving for perfection and not accepting less. The viewer gets to know him a bit.

I’ve seen Anthony Bourdain visiting him once and this is probably a reason why we decided to watch it with English subtitles.

Eventually this movie lead to a new item on my bucket list.

Krabi, 2562 2019
2.5 / 5 stars

A low budget movie with quite some interesting takes on the cinematography.

I’ve been to Krabi, Thailand, myself and found it pleasant to see some places again.

Ben Rivers, Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Documentary
IMDb entry
Lux Æterna 2019 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

Gaspar Noe is my favorite director.

This is a short movie (51 minutes) about the process of making movies.

You will be exhausted like you’d have watched an intense 3 hour thriller without any break.

If you’re planning to watch this, I recommend darken your room. Do not watch it if you had epileptic episodes. I warned you.

Need for Speed 2014
0.5 / 5 stars

Had high hopes because of the cast. I can’t understand how one can still produce such movies.

Seul contre tous 1998 Recommendation
3.0 / 5 stars

Another movie by Gaspar Noe. English title is “I Stand Alone”. It’s Noe’s first full length movie, taking some characters from his previous short movies.

This is an inner dialogue of a person: you hear the person you’re following thinking. There is a warning in the movie that gives you 30 seconds to leave the cinema. Take it serious.

The movie breaks many social rules. It is hard to withstand. If you like such rule-breaking movies:

Titanic 1997
4.0 / 5 stars

I was surprised about this one. I watched it in the theatre back in the days.

The movie creates an amazing atmosphere and features good cinematography. Pay attention to how characters are entering the picture for the first time. And some leave the picture before the end of the movie, we all know that.

WarGames 1983
3.5 / 5 stars

A classic hacker movie.

John Badham
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller
IMDb entry
xXx 2002
3.0 / 5 stars

Fun to watch over the top action-hero, where everything just works out. Almost.

You've Got Mail 1998
2.0 / 5 stars

Quite funny to see brick and mortar book stores struggle with new competition. I felt a bias was transported here.

It’s a lulling movie. Seeing early operating system GUIs again made me giggle some times.

Z 1969 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

This film paved the way for geopolitical thrillers. It’s about the Greek junta from 1967 to 1974. However, that information could not be revealed clearly in the movie - for political reasons.

Creating this is brave. The result is a well watchable movie.

Costa-Gavras
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • History
  • Thriller
IMDb entry
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

If you like dark and violent movies, this one is for you. Gave me goosebumps a few times. Topic is the US haunting for a popular terrorist.

Kathryn Bigelow
  • Drama
  • History
  • Thriller
  • War
IMDb entry
1 2013
3.5 / 5 stars

I love motorsports and I imbibe everything related to it. This is a nice documentary of the early Formula 1 days with lots of original footage.

Paul Crowder
  • Documentary
  • History
  • Sport
IMDb entry
24 Hour Party People 2002
3.5 / 5 stars

This was a fun people, music and drug movie. The sound track is great (Punk and House music).

Plenty of cameos.

Michael Winterbottom
  • Biography
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Music
IMDb entry
Bin-jip 2004 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

Oh yes, the 3-Iron can not solely be used to play Golf. Barely any speaking by the protagonists.

Exceptional movie.

4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile 2007
3.5 / 5 stars

Gaspar Noe said this film inspired him. Consequently, it’s already been on my to watch list.

Plays in 1980’s Romania.

This is not for the squeamish.

The Fifth Element 1997
0.5 / 5 stars

Haven’t seen this one in the 90s and had positive associations to it. Had.

The Sixth Sense 1999
3.5 / 5 stars

Finally I know the origin of a quote I heard quite often. Can’t remember where tho.

M. Night Shyamalan
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
IMDb entry
Entebbe 2018
2.0 / 5 stars

It’s really sad to see such a promising topic rehashed into a boring and linear movie.

José Padilha
  • Action
  • Drama
  • History
  • Thriller
IMDb entry
Eighth Grade 2018
3.0 / 5 stars

No, the title does not contain a typo. The movie did a good job on the emotional roller coaster one goes through in the eighth grad.

The Ninth Gate 1999
2.5 / 5 stars

Somehow I felt the movie tried to be too much and lost its plot. Quite disappointing for a Polanski.