I didn’t write about the films I saw last year, and since it is still January, and therefore a socially acceptable time for it, just about, I will proceed to do so.
I watched fewer films than I normally do and quite a lot of Westerns. I’ve discovered it as a new genre that lets my nervous system rest (in addition to detective stories and comedies), so I predict I will watch more of them this year (have made a start by having seen two Clint Eastwood ones already).
Westerns in the order of favouritism
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
I liked all of them reasonably well. Marlon ended up last, but that’s no reflection on the quality of the film, but on the very tough competition.
Planet of the Apes (1968) – Charlton is so beautiful and his woman too.
War and Peace (1956) – With the various War and Peace film and television versions out there, I feel that all of them do some character really well, and fail with some of the others. This particular version had the best Natasha in Audrey Hepburn. When she first appeared on screen, I was totally bewitched. But Pierre was off. The best Pierre, to me, is that played by Anthony Hopkins in the 1972 TV series. And Bolkonsky is always heroed up, that is to say I’ve been enamoured with them all.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Unga Astrid (2018)
Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)
No or poor memory
Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926) – I remember it poorly
The Red House (1947) – this I don’t remember at all
A Passage to India (1984) – Very vague memories as well
I have this problem that if I don’t write about my impressions or they are not very personally meaningful, I can completely forget what I watched or read. I do remember generally liking them, so last year, I didn’t see any bad, dull or annoying movies at all.
And since I have a memory problem, for next year I better put down my recent likes too.
Ludwig – I won’t forget this one, so need for commentary at this point.
Design for Living – I liked this one on so many levels, it’s in my top three favourite comedies. The only small problem I have is that I wish the two artists had not got so rich so fast. Their bohemia was so charming. Mildly better off would have felt more organic. It was sad to see some of that charm go.