Viewing Log, May 30-July 10 2011

letthebulletsfly Fell down hard with these updates, due to a combination of intensive editorial work for David Holzman's Diary's digital premiere on Fandor, followed by two weeks' vacation in China. I'm going by memory so there may be some films I saw that I forgot:

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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011, Mark Waters) reviewed for Time Out Horse Thief (1987, Tian Zhaungzhuang) Seven Years in Tibet (1997, Jean-Jacques Annaud) Kundun (1997, Martin Scorsese) * Pathway (2011, Xu Xin) China Gate (2010, Wang Yang) One Day in May (2011, Ma Zhandong) 798 Station (2011, Zheng Kuo) Beautiful Darling (2010, James Rasin) reviewed for Time Out * Let the Bullets Fly (2010, Jiang Wen) Sleep Furiously (2008, Gideon Koppel)

Viewing Log, 5/23-29, 2011

Autumnal (dir. Scott Nyerges) * denotes highlight

Films by Paul Sharits (at Doc Films Chicago): * N.O.T.H.I.N.G. (1968) Piece Mandala/End War (1966) * Ray Gun Virus (1966) T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968)

Films by Owen Land (at Doc Films Chicago): Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1965-66) Remedial Reading Comprehension (1970) Diploteratology: Bardo Follies (1978) Second Half of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals Steven Tyler's Cutest/Funniest Moments on "American Idol" - on YouTube - related article on Fandor Footage of Chinese "Super Girl" Champion Li Yuchun - on YouTube - related article on Fandor * The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick) Last Quarter and Overtime of Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals - on TV at Seven Ten Lanes, Chicago IL * Tung (1966, Bruce Baillie) on Fandor * Quick Billy (1967-1970, Bruce Baillie) on Fandor * Second Half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals - on myp2p Final Quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals - on myp2p Tribute video to NBA Star Jason Williams on YouTube Josephine Baker dancing - on YouTube - related article on Fandor Videos by Scott Nyerges (avant-garde filmmaker who contributed to The Tree of Life) Autumnal (2008) Floating in the Ether (2002) Flow (2005) Polar (2007)

The Show with zefrank * UEFA Champions League Finals - on myp2p New Castle (2011, Guo Hengqi) * David Holzman's Diary (1967, Jim McBride) on Fandor * The Grand Rapids LipDub - on YouTube * Final minutes of 2011 Indy 500 - on YouTube

YouTube Vloggomania (I had to do some research for an upcoming video essay):

Videos by Daxflame Videos by ShaneDawson Videos by juicystar7 Videos by Fred Videos by Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker Videos by Lonelygirl15 Videos by Bowiechick Videos by ijustine Videos by magibon Videos by nigahiga * Videos by Zya

Other highlights:

Drinks with Ignatiy after Tree of Life screening Talking with filmmaker Scott Nyerges about his involvement with The Tree of Life Late night drinks with directors Zhang Lu and Yang Yonghi Sending the final version of a video segment to be aired on one of my favorite shows on TV

Viewing Log: 5/16-22, 2011


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Various videos of NBA highlights on YouTube - favorite is Reggie Miller scoring 35 points to shut up Spike Lee and the New York Knicks in the 1994 Playoffs Agrarian Utopia (2009, Uruphong Raksasad) at Doc Films, Chicago * Second half of Game 1 of NBA Western Conference Finals, on p2p Sonic Outlaws (1995, Craig Baldwin) - watched on Fandor "New Rules" segment of Real Time with Bill Maher originally aired May 13 2011 Second half of Game 2 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals, on p2p Second half of Game 3 of NBA Western Conference Finals, on p2p Mock Up on Mu (2008, Craig Baldwin) on Fandor Spectres of the Spectrum (1999, Craig Baldwin) on Fandor * Disorder (2009, Huang Weikai), at Nightingale Theater, Chicago Second half of Game 3 of NBA Western Conference Finals, on p2p Highlights of Lionel Messi's two goals for FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid in 4/27/2011 match, on YouTube Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, Apichatpong Weerasethakul), at DocFilms, Chicago Game 3 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals, on TV at Seven Ten Lanes, Chicago

Viewing Log: 5/9-15, 2011

Poetry_3-web * denotes highlight

Woman Is the Future of Man (2004, Hong Sang-soo) The First Grader (2010, dir. Justin Chadwick) on DVD, reviewed for Time Out Chicago The first hour of OldBoy (2004, dir. Park Chan-wook) on Tartan DVD Trailers for various 2011 Cannes Film Festival films on Fandor Various videos of NBA highlights on YouTube excerpts from The Host (2006, dir. Bong Joon-ho) on DVD Two in the Wave (2009, dir. Emmanuel Laurent) on Fandor Second half of Game 6 of NBA Western Conference playoffs, Oklahoma City vs. Memphis * The Red and the White (1968, dir. Miklos Jancso) on Fandor Videos of Pina Bausch performances on YouTube * Poetry (2010, dir. Lee Chang-dong) on Korean import DVD Second half of Game 7 of NBA Western Conference playoffs, Oklahoma City vs. Memphis Second half of Game 1 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Viewing Log, 5/2-8, 2011

"Slave Ship" (dir. T. Marie) * denotes highlight

At the Jeonju International Film Festival:

An Heir (2011, Jean-Marie Straub) To the Devil (2011, Claire Denis) * Memories of a Morning (2011, Jose-Luis Guerin) An Escalator in World Order (2011, Kim Kyung-Man) Excerpts from Kino-Glaz (1924, Dziga Vertov) * Hotel des Invalides (1951, Georges Franju) Rotterdam Europoort (1966, Joris Ivens) Excerpt from Mix-Up aka Meli-Melo (1985, Francoise Romand) Jean Gentil (2010, Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán) Caracremada (2010, Lluis Galter)

BBC World News coverage of death of Osama Bin Laden

The Forgotten Space (2010, Allan Sekula and Noel Burch) Familiar Grounds (2010, Stephane Lafleur) * Slow Drive (2010, Ben Rivers) * El Sicario, Room 164 (2010, Gianfranco Rosi) Self-Referential Traverse: Zeitgeist and Engagement (2010, Kim Sun) * Guest (2010, Jose-Luis Guerin) The Turin Horse (2011, Bela Tarr) Anyang, Paradise City (2011, Park Chan-kyung) Curling (2010, Denis Cote) Animating Earth (2010, Ju Manamong) * Slave Ship (2010, T. Marie) * Water Lilies (2010, T. Marie) 21G (2010, Sun Xun) Beyond-ism (2010, Sun Xun) * Coming Attractions (2010, Peter Tscherkassky) Oki's Movie (2010, Hong Sang-soo) * Nader and Simin: A Separation (2011, Asghar Faradhi)


On flight from Incheon to Chicago:

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu (2010, Andrei Ujica) * Hahaha (2010, Hong Sang-soo) * World on a Wire (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)


YouTube videos of Glenn Gould (in preparation for Dan Callahan's piece on Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould for Fandor Keyframe) Last five minutes of Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks,

Other film-related highlights:

Two hours with Claire Denis, including watching Jean-Marie Straub's new film together Lunch with Jeonju Film Festival director Min Byung-lock, programmers Yoo Um-seong, Jo Ji-hoon, and Chinese directors Li Luo, Li Ning, Sun Xun, and Zhang Miaoyan Li Ning's Tape finally playing to a full house with lively Q&A Late-night drinks with director Lee Myung-se and British film critics James Bell and Davey Jenkins Later night drinks with Chris Fujiwara, Gabe Klinger, Robert Koehler, J.P. Sniadecki and others Panel discussion on architecture and film at the Chicago Architecture and Design Film Festival, featuring Jonathan Rosenbaum, Red Mike and Lee Bey

Viewing Log, 4/25-5/1, 2011

Richard Linklater backstage at Ebertfest * denotes highlight

She Monkeys (2011, Lisa Aschan) SFIFF video room Better This World (2011, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway) SFIFF video room The Place in Between (2010, Sarah Bouyain) SFIFF video room The Sun-Beaten Path (2011, Sonthar Gyal) DVD, University of Chicago * Mildred Pierce (2011, Todd Haynes) episodes 3 and 4, download My Joy (2010, Sergei Loznitsa) DVD * The Battle of Kruger (2007, David Budzinski and Jason SchlosbergYouTube [watched it after learning the coach of the New Orleans Hornets showed it to his team prior to defeating the Los Angeles Lakers) Detroit Wild City (2010, Francois Villon) DVD Tilva Ros (2010, Nikola Lezaic) DVD The Position of the Stars (2010, Leonard Retel Helmrich) DVD * Tiny Furniture (2009, Lena Dunham) at Ebertfest, Virginia Theatre * Me & Orson Welles (2008, Richard Linklater) at Ebertfest, Virginia Theatre Various segments from Ebert Presents - most highly recommend segments with Matt Singer and Kartina Richardson * President Obama roasting Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, on YouTube 20 minutes of Blazing Saddles (1975, Mel Brooks) on Asiana flight from Chicago to Jeonju

Viewing Log 4/18-24/2011

meeks cutoff No sooner did I announce that I would be listing my weekly viewings that I fell off the horse. But let's try this again. Unfortunately I largely forgot what I watched the week of 4/11-17, other than Huang Jianzhong's A Good Woman (1985) and episodes 1 and 2 of Mildred Pierce (2011, Todd Haynes). Moving on...

* - highlight of the week

Beginners (2011, Mike Mills) pre-San Francisco Film Festival press screening, Loews Metreon Picture This (1991, George Hickenlooper) on Fandor Clips from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report online The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard) SFIFF media room The Children of the Princess of Cleves (2010, Régis Sauder) SFIFF media room * Meek's Cutoff (2010, Kelly Reichardt) SFIFF screening, Landmark Kabuki * Let the Wind Carry Me (2010, Hsiu-Chiung Chiang, Pung-Leung Kwan) DVD The Mill and the Cross (2011, Lech Majewski) SFIFF media room and SF MOMA The Future (2011, Miranda July)  SFIFF screening, Landmark Kabuki * Ulysses (2011, Oscar Godoy) SFIFF media room

Introducing the Weekly Viewing Log

magic-lantern This old abandoned site's got life in it yet. This past week I received an email inquiring about advertising on this site, and also noticed that a spammy botsite sucked up the entirety of my last entry. Also Chris Chang, in his Film Comment review of Disorder, a film distributed by my company dGenerate Films, referred to me as a blogger, even though I've been working professionally as a print film critic for two years and now write and edit film articles for Fandor's Keyframe. Once a blogger, always a blogger.

So I'm thinking of coming back to Shooting Down Pictures (a name which, by the way, I'm not fond of - what was I thinking when I came up with that?) and reviving it by going back to how the site started before it was even called Shooting - a weekly digest of what I've been watching. One caveat is that I'm including not just movies but pretty much any media experience involving a screen, including web videos, TV broadcasts, etc. I'm taking a cue from Karina Longworth's tumblr and embracing the post-cinematic world we are now living in.

Dedicated to all my old friends from the good old days at IMDb Classic Film Boards.

Week of April 4-10, 2011

- Michael Jackson's 1983 performance of "Billie Jean" at the Motown 25 special, on YouTube

- "Sensualizing the Visual" - five film series of 1960s films by Bruce Baillie and Gunnar Nelson. Standouts: "To Parsifal" and "Quixote. " At DocFilms, Chicago.

- 5 minutes of second half of NCAA Men's Basketball finals, on

- Old Joy (dir. Kelly Reichardt) on Fandor

- In a Better World (dir. Susanne Bier) - reviewed for this week's Time Out Chicago

- 20 clips of The Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick) at

- "Multi-Media Victorian: The Magic Lantern, The Metropolis and the Extraordinary Ballads of George R. Sims" - turn of the 20th century pre-cinema magic lantern show of vintage English slides, presented by David Francis and Joss Marsh. At University of Chicago Film Studies Center.

- Last five holes of Saturday coverage of The Masters on

- First 20 minutes of Life and Nothing But (dir. Bertrand Tavernier) on Fandor

- Last five holes of Sunday coverage of The Masters on

- Opening credits sequences of six Chinese films in preparation for video essay for the Moving Image Source: City of Life and Death; Disorder; Oxhide 2; Single Man; Thomas Mao and Winter Vacation, on DVD and Quicktime