Films I Watched, July 2020

sweet sweetback

The Melvin Van Peebles classic of Blaxploitation, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song,” confounded me with its surrealistic editing and dizzying jump cuts. (Photo: Cinemation Ind.)

JULY 2020
Year to date: 71 films in 213 days, or 1 film every 3 days

71. Shirley (2020) / Josephine Decker
Fandango

70. Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014) / Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo
Netflix

69. Tusk (2014) / Kevin Smith
Netflix

68. An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) / Jim Hosking
Netflix

67. American Honey (2016) / Andrea Arnold
Netflix

66. Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song (1971) / Melvin Van Peebles
Kanopy

65. Deerskin (2019) / Quentin Dupieux
Virtual Cinema (State Theatre, Modesto)

64. John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) / Dawn Porter
Virtual Cinema (Fresno Filmworks)

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Films I Watched, June 2020

Tabea Blumenschein

My favorite movie from the We are One Film Fest was the German classic Ticket of No Return, starring the incomparable Tabea Blumenschein. (Photo: Berlinale)

JUNE 2020
Year to date: 63 films in 182 days, or 1 film every 2.88 days

63. Short films: Several Friends (1969) + The Horse (1973) + When it Rains (1995) + The Final Insult (1997) + Quiet as Kept (2007) / Charles Burnett
Criterion Channel

62. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2 1/2 (2005) / William Greaves
Criterion Channel

61. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take One (1968) / William Greaves
Criterion Channel

60. Short films: Black Panthers (1970) + Uncle Yanco (1967) / Agnès Varda
Criterion Channel

59. Short films: A Well Spent Life (1971) + Dry Wood (1973) / Les Blank
Criterion Channel

58. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003) / Charles Burnett
Amazon Prime

57. Born in Flames (1983) / Elizabeth Borden
Kanopy

56. My Brother’s Wedding (1983) / Charles Burnett
Criterion Channel

55. Short films: Janine (1990) + She Don’t Fade (1991) + Vanilla Sex (1992) + An Untitled Portrait (1993) + The Potluck and the Passion (1993) + Greetings from Africa (1996) / Cheryl Dunye
Kanopy

54. Ophelia (2018) / Claire McCarthy
Showtime Anytime

53. Beyond the Mountain (2018) / Davíd Romay
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

52. Adela Has Not Had Supper Yet (1978) / Oldrich Lipsky
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

51. Bridges of Sarajevo (2014) / various
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

50. Air Conditioner (2020) / Fradique
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

49. Los pasos dobles (2011) / Isaki Lacuesta
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

48. Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops (2017) / Daigo Matsui
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

47. Dantza (2018) / Telmo Esnal
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

46. Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy (2013) / Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

45. Kmêdeus (2020) / Nuno Miranda
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

44. 45 Days in Havar (2019) / César Aréchiga
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

43. Cannes 2019 Shorts Program 1 / various directors
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

42. Ticket of No Return (1979) / Ulrike Ottinger
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

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Films I Watched, May 2020

adele haenel

French actress Adèle Haenel is mesmerizing in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the latest from master filmmaker Céline Sciamma. (Photo: Neon)

MAY 2020
Year to date: 41 films in 152 days, or 1 film every 3.70 days

41. Annecy 2019 Animated Shorts Program / various directors
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

40. Ricky Powell: The Individualist (2020) / Josh Swade
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

39. Eeb Allay Ooo (2019) / Prateek Vats
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

38. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Céline Sciamma
Fandango Now

37. Crazy World (2014) / Nabwana I.G.G.
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

36. Electric Swan (2019) / Konstantina Kotzamani
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

35. Cannes 2019 Shorts Program 2 / various directors
YouTube, We Are One Film Fest

34. Laggies (2014) / Lynn Shelton
Netflix

33. The Rover (2014) / David Michôd
Netflix

32. Story of a Love Affair (1950) / Michelangelo Antonioni
Kanopy

31. The Whistlers (2019) / Corneliu Porumboiu
Virtual Cinema, State Theatre (Modesto)

30. Locke (2013) / Steven Knight
Netflix

29. Sólo con tu pareja (1991) / Alfonso Cuarón
Netflix

28. Dogtooth (2009) / Yorgos Lanthimos
Kanopy

27. Oldboy (2003) / Chan-wook Park
Kanopy

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Films I Watched, April 2020

In the Ethiopian sci-fi fantasy “Crumbs,” Daniel Tadesse is a revelation as Candy, the film’s big-hearted, figurine-like Superman. (Photo: IndiePix)

APRIL 2020
Year to date: 26 films in 121 days, or 1 film every 4.65 days

26. The Spectacular Now (2013) / James Ponsoldt
Netflix

25. Crumbs (2015) / Miguel Llansó
Indiepix Unlimited

24. The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (2016) / Errol Morris
Netflix

23. The Watermelon Woman (1996) / Cheryl Dunye
Kanopy

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Films I Watched, March 2020

In “I Lost My Body,” Naoufel and Gabrielle could be a study in fate or a study in stalking. (Photo: Netflix)


MARCH 2020
Year to date: 22 films in 91 days, or 1 film every 4.13 days

22. I Lost My Body (2019) / Jérémy Clapin
Netflix

21. Share (2019) / Pippa Bianco
HBO Go

20. Vitalina Varela (2019) / Pedro Costa
Virtual Cinema (Film at Lincoln Center, NYC)

19. Agnès Varda: From Here to There, 5-part TV mini-series (2011) / Agnès Varda
Kanopy

18. And Then We Danced (2019) / Levan Akin
Screener copy

17. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) / Felix Herngren
Kanopy

16. Man with a Movie Camera (1929) / Dziga Vertov
Kanopy

15. CMAC Youth Voices, short film program (2019) / various directors
Maya Cinemas, Fresno

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