Fanny and Alexander (1982) - Saw the theatrical cut. Like all Bergman films, it was both exquisite and disturbing, austere on the surface yet volcanic in substance. At several points of the film it was borderline freakish (the notorious Ismael sequence, for example), but Bergman strikes a very good balance with the warmth and endearment of the family (whose apartment is stunning btw). Definitely as good as any Bergman I’ve seen, and I will finish the tv cut at some point.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - So after the very heavy and arty Fanny and Alexander, I wanted a more lighthearted and joyful experience, and this one did exactly that. The Rabbit annoyed me but Bob Hoskins was great and Jessica Rabbit/Kathleen Turner was iconic. I was amazed that the cartoon blended in so well with the live-action characters considering how long ago it was, and I was surprised by how overt it was with the sex jokes and the brutality of the dip considering the target audience were children.
Gilda (1946) - Carried entirely by Rita Hayworth’s porcelain shoulders and lushes red hair. The first half is gripping noir, second half unfortunately is embarrassing Casablanca wannabe. The plot got so dumb toward the end that it was like two different films taped together. Rita Hayworth was monumental in it, though.
Compliance (2012) - If you want proof of American stupidity, look no further than this film, or rather, the true events documented almost to the detail by this film. Based on the infamous strip phone scam of the 90s-00s, this was one of the most UNCOMFORTABLE viewing experiences I have ever had, and that is saying something as I have watched a ton of uncomfortable materials. So what happened is a piece of shit pretended to be a police officer on the phone, called the fast food restaurant, accused a staff member for stealing customer’s cash, and demanded the manager to conduct a strip search, which everyone COMPLIED as American police is just that powerful and authoritative. It got so bad that the victim was forced to perform nude jumping jacks, had her vagina examined by her colleague, and gave him a blowjob. The craziest thing is that ALL THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND WAS CAUGHT ON TAPE, and happened on like 80 different occassions all over America. Oh and the best part is the perpetrator was trialed and later ACQUITTED. He didn’t go to jail or even pay any fine.
Anyway I watched it for Ann Dowd who was remarkable in it.
Belle de jour (1967) - This I just finished watching. Might need a bit more time to process it. Loved how scandalous it was, loved Catherine Deneuve’s restrained and tormented performance in it, and really loved the fashion.