Thursday, January 02, 2020

The Books I Read in 2019

The books I finished in 2019, not counting stuff that's been in-progress, dip-in-and-outs, essays, stories, poems, etc. etc... If it weren't for movies and the Internet this list would probably be three times as long, but you do what you can do.

In order from Jan to Dec '19 —


Counter-Clock World
by Philip K. Dick

The Torrents of Spring
by Ernest Hemingway

Un an après
[One Year Later]
by Anne Wiazemsky

Nouvelles en trois lignes
[News in Three Lines / Novellas in Three Lines]
by Félix Fénéon
(translated by Luc Sante)

by Ottessa Moshfegh

La Place de l’Étoile
by Patrick Modiano
(translated by Frank Wynne)

La ronde de nuit
[The Night Watch]
by Patrick Modiano
(translated by Patricia Wolf, revised by Frank Wynne)

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood
by Karina Longworth

Roderick Hudson {First Edition Version}
by Henry James

Der Tod in Venedig
[Death in Venice]
by Thomas Mann
(translated by H. T. Lowe-Porter)

The Power of the Dog
by Don Winslow

Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile
by Herman Melville

by Denis Johnson

Le mythe de Sisyphe
[The Myth of Sisyphus]
by Albert Camus
(translated by Justin O’Brien)

1: Études de mœurs: Scènes de la vie privée: 4: La bourse
[1: Studies of Manners: Scenes from Private Life: 4: The Coinpurse]
by Honoré de Balzac
(translated by Clara Bell)
1832 / heavily revised in 1842

1: Études de mœurs: Scènes de la vie privée: 5: Modeste Mignon
[1: Studies of Manners: Scenes from Private Life: 5: Modeste Mignon]
by Honoré de Balzac
(translated by Clara Bell)

Small Fry
by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Galactic Pot-Healer
by Philip K. Dick

There Will Be No Quiet
by Stanley Donwood

The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead

My Year of Rest and Relaxation
by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Poorhouse Fair
by John Updike
1959/1977 (slight revision + intro added)

Where the Sirens Live
by Francesca Coppola

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
by William Shakespeare

Sled or Die
by Bob Walles

by Bob Walles and Tad Kimball

Zuckerman: Vol. 8: The Human Stain (The American Trilogy: Vol. 3)
by Philip Roth

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The Films I Saw in 2019

First Seen of the Year: Chi-yari Fuji by Tomu Uchida

Last Seen of the Year: Giù la testa by Sergio Leone


8-1/2 [Federico Fellini, 1963]
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy [Abel Ferrara, 1976]
À bout de souffle [Breathless] [Jean-Luc Godard, 1960]
The Addiction [Abel Ferrara, 1995]
The Adventures of Schoolly D: Snowboarder [Mark Rance, 2004]
The African Queen [John Huston, 1951]
Alice in den Städten [Alice in the Cities] [Wim Wenders, 1974]
Alive in France [Abel Ferrara, 2017]
Alla ricerca di Tadzio [In Search of Tadzio] [Luchino Visconti, 1970]
Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution [Alphaville: One of Lemmy Caution’s Strange Adventures] [Jean-Luc Godard, 1965]
Andrei Rublev [Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966]
ANIMA [Paul Thomas Anderson, 2019]
Arabian Nights [Miguel Gomes, 2015]
Aquaculture [Artemis Shaw, 2018]
Bad Lieutenant [Abel Ferrara, 1992]
Ballet aquatique [Aquatic Ballet] [Raúl Ruiz, 2012]
Battle Cry [Raoul Walsh, 1955]
The Beach Bum [Harmony Korine, 2019]
Bend of the River [Anthony Mann, 1952]
Best Picture [Jay Giampietro, 2019]
Between Two Ferns: The Movie [Scott Aukerman and Zach Galifianakis, 2019]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [Fritz Lang, 1956]
The Big Combo [Joseph H. Lewis, 1955]
The Big Heat [Fritz Lang, 1953]
Blackmail {Silent Version} [Alfred Hitchcock, 1929]
Blackmail {Sound / 1.20:1 Version} [Alfred Hitchcock, 1929]
Blood Feast [Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1963]
Blue Velvet [David Lynch, 1986]
‘Blue Velvet’ Revisited [Peter Braatz, 1985/2017]
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice [Paul Mazursky, 1969]
Bob le flambeur [Bob the High-Roller] [Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956]
Body Snatchers [Abel Ferrara, 1993]
Booksmart [Olivia Wilde, 2019]
Born Yesterday [George Cukor, 1950]
Der Bräutigam, die Komödiantin und der Zuhälter [The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp] [Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, 1968]
Brewster McCloud [Robert Altman, 1970]
Bukchon banghyang [Bukchon-Bound] [Hong Sang-soo, 2011]
The Burglar [Paul Wendkos, 1957]
By Sidney Lumet [Nancy Buirski, 2015]
La cabine de plage [The Beach Shack] [Agnès Varda and JR, 2017]
Carving Magic [Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1959]
The Champagne Murders [Claude Chabrol, 1967]
Changer d’image [Image-Changing] [Jean-Luc Godard, 1982]
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [Fred Schepisi, 1978]
La chasse au lion à l’arc [Lion Hunting with Bow and Arrow] {English-Language Narration} [Jean Rouch, 1965]
Chi-yari Fuji [Bloody Spear at Fuji] [Tomu Uchida, 1955]
Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach [Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach] {English-Language Version} [Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, 1968]
Cinefile: Dark and Deadly: Fifty Years of Film Noir [Paul Joyce, 2008]
The Circus [Charles Chaplin, 1928/1969]
Cluny Brown [Ernst Lubitsch, 1946]
Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean [Robert Altman, 1982]
Coming Home [Hal Ashby, 1978]
Corkscrew Alley / Raw Deal [Anthony Mann, 1948]
Cowboy Joe [Jingjing Tian, 2019]
Daguerre-Plage [Agnès Varda, 2008]
Daigaku wa deta keredo [I Graduated University, But…] {Most Complete Extant Version} [Yasujirō Ozu, 1929]
Daisy Kenyon [Otto Preminger, 1947]
Damsels in Distress [Whit Stillman, 2011]
Dance in the Sun [Shirley Clarke, 1953]
Dan Deacon: “Sat by a Tree” [Daren Rabinovitch, 2019]
The Dark Mirror [Robert Siodmak, 1946]
Dead Pigeon on Beethovenstraße [Samuel Fuller, 1972]
Death in Venice [Luchino Visconti, 1971]
Département lettres modernes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France [Agnès Varda and JR, 2017]
Détective [Detective] [Jean-Luc Godard, 1985]
Detour [Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945]
Directed by Andrej Tarkovskij [Michał Leszczyłowski, 1988]
Distant Voices, Still Lives [Terence Davies, 1988]
Domino [Brian De Palma, 2019]
Le doulos [The One in the Hat / The Stoolie] [Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962]
Dream Crush: “Sharp Zone” [Douglas Burgdorff, 2019]
The Driller Killer [Abel Ferrara, 1979]
Drive a Crooked Road [Richard Quine, 1954]
Duel in the Sun [King Vidor, 1946]
Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen [Michael Palm, 2004]
El Camino [Vince Gilligan, 2019]
EOB: “Brasil” [Andrew Donoho, 2019]
Experiment in Terror [Blake Edwards, 1962]
The Eyes of Orson Welles [Mark Cousins, 2018]
Eyes Wide Shut [Stanley Kubrick, 1999]
Les fantômes d’Ismaël [Ismaël’s Ghosts] {Desplechin’s Intended Cut} [Arnaud Desplechin, 2017]
La femme du boulanger [The Baker’s Wife] [Marcel Pagnol, 1938]
Les femmes sont de nature créatives: Agnès Varda [Women Are Naturally Creative: Agnès Varda] [Katja Raganelli and Konrad Wickler 1977]
Field Niggas [Khalik Allah, 2015]
Le fils de Joseph [The Son of Joseph, 2016]
Fixed Bayonets! [Samuel Fuller, 1951]
Force of Evil [Abraham Polonsky, 1948]
For Me and My Gal [Busby Berkeley, 1942]
Forty Guns / The Woman with a Whip [Samuel Fuller, 1957]
Fourteen [Dan Sallitt, 2019]
The Frontier Experience [Barbara Loden, 1975]
A Fuller Life [Samantha Fuller, 2013]
Gabbeh [Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996]
The Gardener [Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2012]
“Get DADDDY on the Phone!” [Leah Shore, 2019]
The Ghost Ship [Mark Robson and Val Lewton, 1943]
The Gingerbread Man [Robert Altman, 1998]
Gion no shimai [Sisters of the Gion] [Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936]
Giù la testa [Get Your Head Down] {Proper Italian Full-Length 157-Minute Cut} [Sergio Leone, 1971]
Golden Exits [Alex Ross Perry, 2017]
Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam. {German Domestic Version} [The Golem: How He Came into the World.] [Paul Wegener and Carl Boese, 1920]
The Good Liar [Bill Condon, 2019]
Gosford Park [Robert Altman, 2001]
The Great Buster: A Celebration [Peter Bogdanovich, 2018]
Greetings [Brian De Palma, 1968]
Gregg [Matías Piñeiro, 2017]
Green Room [Jeremy Saulnier, 2015]
Guerrilla [Douglas Burgdorff, 2019]
Gypsy [Mervyn LeRoy, 1962]
Häxan [The Witch] [Benjamin Christensen, 1922]
Der heilige Berg, eine dramatische Dichtung in Bildern aus der Natur [The Holy Mountain: A Dramatic Poem in Images from Nature] [Arnold Fanck, 1926]
HAIM: “Hallelujah” [Paul Thomas Anderson, 2019]
HAIM: “Now I’m in It” [Paul Thomas Anderson, 2019]
HAIM: “Summer Girl” [Paul Thomas Anderson, 2019]
Hélas pour moi [Alas for Me / Woe Is Me] [Jean-Luc Godard, 1992]
Hell and High Water [Samuel Fuller, 1954]
Hermia & Helena [Matías Piñeiro, 2017]
High Noon [Fred Zinnemann, 1952]
Hi, Mom! [Brian De Palma, 1969]
Home from the Hill [Vincente Minnelli, 1960]
House of Bamboo [Samuel Fuller, 1955]
How Have You Been? [Andy DeYoung, 2019]
Human Desire [Fritz Lang, 1954]
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte [Robert Aldrich, 1964]
I Am Wanda [Katja Raganelli and Konrad Wickler, 1980/1991]
Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneering Cinematographers [Daniel Raim, 2019]
Lo incomparable de lo no comparable / The Incomparable of the Non-Comparable [Paul Grivas, 2019]
Irma la Douce [Billy Wilder, 1963]
Is It Raining? [Matías Piñeiro, 2016]
The Irishman / I Heard You Paint Houses [Martin Scorsese, 2019]
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson: Season 1 [Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin, et al, 2019]
Ivanovo detstvo [Ivan’s Childhood] [Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962]
Jaguar [Jean Rouch, 1967]
Jane B. par Agnès V. [Jane B. by Agnès V.] [Agnès Varda, 1988]
Jazzy for Joe [Owen Kline and Andrew Lampert, 2014]
Jean Rouch, cinéaste aventurier [Jean Rouch: Filmmaker Adventurer] [Laurent Védrine, 2017]
Katok i skripka [The Steamroller and the Violin] [Andrei Tarkovsky, 1960]
King of New York [Abel Ferrara, 1990]
Knives Out [Rian Johnson, 2019]
Krotkaya [A Gentle Creature / A Meek One] [Sergei Loznitsa, 2017]
Kung-Fu Master! [Agnès Varda, 1988]
The Lady Said No [Frank Tashlin, 1946]
The Last Movie [Dennis Hopper, 1971]
The Last Waltz [Martin Scorsese, 1978]
Laura {Full-Version} [Otto Preminger, 1944]
Léon Morin, prêtre [Léon Morin, Priest] {Melville’s 128-Minute Uncut Version} [Jean-Pierre Melville, 1961]
The Leopard Man [Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton, 1943]
The Lineup [Don Siegel, 1958]
Lloydie, the Boy from St. Thomas [Keifer Nyron Taylor, 2018]
Le lion volatil [The Vanishing Lion] [Agnès Varda, 2003]
Locate S,1: “Owe It 2 the Girls” [Clayton Rychlik, 2018]
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog [Alfred Hitchcock, 1927]
The Long Goodbye [Robert Altman, 1973]
The Lost Footage [David Lynch, 2011]
Lost Highway [David Lynch, 1997]
Luchino Visconti [Carlo Lizzani, 1999]
Luchino Visconti: Man of Three Worlds [Francis Coleman, 1966]
Ludwig {Integral Television Version} [Luchino Visconti, 1973]
La madre (Troisième version) / The Mother (Third Version) / Jean-Marie Straub / 2012
Les maîtres fous [The Mad Masters] {Short Version?} [Jean Rouch, 1954]
Mammy Water [Jean Rouch, 1954]
La Marseillaise, chronique de quelques faits ayant contribué à la chute de la Monarchie [The Marseillaise: A Chronicle of a Few Events Having Contributed to the Fall of the Monarchy] [Jean Renoir, 1938]
La maschera del demonio [The Mask of the Devil] [Mario Bava, 1960]
Mean Streets [Martin Scorsese, 1973]
Mélo [Alain Resnais, 1986]
Merrie Melodies: The Cat Came Back [Friz Freleng, 1936]
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) [Noah Baumbach, 2017]
Mikey and Nicky [Elaine May, 1976]
Mission: Impossible [Brian De Palma, 1996]
Mister America [Eric Notarnicola, Tim Heidecker, and Gregg Turkington, 2019]
Moi, un noir (Treichville) [I, a Black (Treichville)] [Jean Rouch, 1958]
Moonrise [Frank Borzage, 1948]
Ms .45 [Abel Ferrara, 1981]
Mulberry St. [Abel Ferrara, 2010]
Murder by Contract [Irving Lerner, 1958]
La musique [Music] [Agnès Varda and JR, 2017]
My Name Is Julia Ross [Joseph H. Lewis, 1945]
Napoli Napoli Napoli [Abel Ferrara, 2009]
Network [Sidney Lumet, 1976]
The New On Cinema Oscar Special [Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker, et al, 2019]
Ningen no jōken [The Human Condition] [Masaki Kobayashi, 1959-1961]
La noche de enfrente [Night Across the Way] [Raúl Ruiz, 2012]
Nostalghia [Nostalgia] [Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983]
Notorious [Alfred Hitchcock, 1946]
Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble [We Won’t Grow Old Together] [Maurice Pialat, 1972]
Ocha’dzuke no aji [The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice] [Yasujirō Ozu, 1952]
Offret [The Sacrifice] [Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986]
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood [Quentin Tarantino, 2019]
One Plus One [Jean-Luc Godard, 1968]
One, Two, Three [Billy Wilder, 1961]
Panique [Panic] [Julien Duvivier, 1946]
Les parents terribles [The Frightful Parents] [Jean Cocteau, 1948]
Pasolini [Abel Ferrara, 2014]
Petit à Petit [Jean Rouch, 1971]
Petit cadeau pour JLG [Little Gift for JLG] [Marta Mateus, 2019]
Phantom Lady [Robert Siodmak, 1944]
Pickup on South Street [Samuel Fuller, 1953]
Picnic [Joshua Logan, 1955]
Plaisir d’amour en Iran [Giddiness of Love in Iran] [Agnès Varda, 1976]
Porojen parissa [With the Reindeer] [Erik Blomberg and Eino Mäkinen, 1947]
Prénom Carmen [First Name Carmen] [Jean-Luc Godard, 1983]
La prisonnière [The Prisoner] [Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1968]
Pulp Fiction [Quentin Tarantino, 1994]
La punition, ou les Mauvaises rencontres [Punishment, or: Bad Encounters] [Jean Rouch, 1964]
The Purchase Price [William A. Wellman, 1932]
Pushover [Richard Quine, 1954]
La pyramide humaine [The Human Pyramid] [Jean Rouch, 1961]
The Quiet Man [John Ford, 1952]
La ragazza che sapeva troppo [The Girl Who Knew Too Much] [Mario Bava, 1963]
Rain Phoenix: “Time Is the Killer” [Bobby Bukowski and Bradley Gregg, 2019]
Redemption [Miguel Gomes, 2013]
Redes [Nets / Networks] [Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann, 1936]
Réponse de femmes à une question produite par Antenne 2 pour le magazine 'F. comme Femme' [Womens' Response to a Question Produced by Antenne 2 for the Magazine-Show 'F. comme Femme'] [Agnès Varda, 1975]
Ruby Gentry [King Vidor, 1952]
Sabrina [Billy Wilder, 1954]
Sandome no satsujin [The Third Murder] [Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2017]
Le scandale Clouzot [The Clouzot Scandal] [Pierre-Henri Gibert, 2017]
Scene Missing: The Story of Dennis Hopper’s ‘Last Movie’ [Alex Cox, 2018]
Scarlet Street [Fritz Lang, 1945]
Schoolly D: “King of New York” [Abel Ferrara, 1990]
Secret Beyond the Door… [Fritz Lang, 1947]
Senso [Feeling] [Luchino Visconti, 1954]
The Seventh Victim [Mark Robson and Val Lewton, 1943]
Shark {Reworked Only Extant Version - Producers’ Cut} [Samuel Fuller, 1969]
A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara [Mark Rance, 2004]
Shukujo wa nani (w)o wasureta ka [What Did the Lady Forget?] [Yasujirō Ozu, 1937]
Les signes [The Signs] [Eugène Green, 2006]
So Dark the Night [Joseph H. Lewis, 1946]
Soft Focus with Jena Friedman: Episode 1 [Jena Friedman, 2018]
Soft Focus with Jena Friedman: Episode 2 [Jena Friedman, 2019]
Sokout [The Silence] [Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1998]
Some Kind of Genius [Paul Joyce, 1986]
Son of Paleface [Frank Tashlin, 1952]
The Spiral Staircase [Robert Siodmak, 1945]
Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Season 1 [Jon Favreau, et al, 2019]
Steamboat Willie [Walt Disney and U. B. Iwerks, 1928]
Talking with the Vampires [Abel Ferrara, 2018]
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [Jonathan Mostow, 2003]
The Thing from Another World [Howard Hawks, 1951]
Thom Yorke: “Last I Heard (…He Was Circling the Drain)” [Art Camp and Saad Moosajee, 2019]
Three on a Match [Mervyn LeRoy, 1932]
Thunder Bay [Anthony Mann, 1953]
Tōkyō no onna [A Woman of Tokyo] [Yasujirō Ozu, 1933]
Touchez pas au grisbi [Hands Off the Loot] [Jacques Becker, 1954]
Trapézistes et voltigeurs [Trapeze-Artists and Acrobats] [Agnès Varda, 2008]
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [Elia Kazan, 1945]
T-Men [Anthony Mann, 1947]
Tri Andreya [The Three Andreis] [Dina Musatova, 1966]
Two Against Nature [work-in-progress] [Owen Kline, 2019-]
Uncut Gems [Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, 2019]
L’une chante l’autre pas [The One Sings the Other Doesn’t] [Agnès Varda, 1977]
Us [Jordan Peele, 2019]
Valkoinen peura / Den vita renen [The White Deer / The White Reindeer] [Erik Blomberg, 1952]
Veep: Season 7 [Dave Mandel, et al, 2019]
La vérité [The Truth] [Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1960]
Visages Villages [Agnès Varda and JR, 2017]
La Voie Lactée [The Milky Way] [Luis Buñuel, 1969]
Wanda [Barbara Loden, 1970]
The Wedding Party [Cynthia Munroe, Brian De Palma, and Wilford Leach, 1963/1969]
Western Union [Fritz Lang, 1941]
While the City Sleeps [Fritz Lang, 1956]
Wiener-Dog [Todd Solondz, 2016]
The Woman in the Window [Fritz Lang, 1944]
X [Roger Corman, 1963]
Ying Chun ge zhi fengbo [Storms at Ying Chun Pavilion / The Incident at Spring Inn] [King Hu, 1973]
Zoë Rising [Paul Rachman, 2011]
Zoe X O [Paul Rachman, 2004]