FILMS SEEN, 2020 (JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR)

All films from U.S.A. unless otherwise specified.

(- seen on video; / repeat viewing; [p] paracinema (installation, etc.); [s] short, under 30 minutes; [m] medium length, 30-69 min; * grade changed upon repeat viewing; \ repeat viewing of something I walked out of or fell asleep during)

 

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JANUARY

-Diane (Kent Jones) [5]

-Little Women (Greta Gerwig) [7]

-The Golden Glove (Fatih Akin, Germany / France) [7]

-A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, U.S. / Germany) [6]

-Saturday Fiction (Lou Ye, China / France) [W/O] (1:05) [link expired]

-Hole in the Hat (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 1991) [s]

/-Signer's Suitcase (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 1995)

-Lucky Jack: Three Attempts to Stop Smoking (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 2003)

-Martha's Garden (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 1997)

-Namibia Crossings (Peter Liechti, Switzerland / Namibia, 2004)

Black (Aldo Tambellini, 1970) [s]

Hello (Allan Kaprow, 1970) [s]

/Electronic Opera #1 (Nam June Paik, U.S. / South Korea, 1969) [s]

-In Fabric (Peter Strickland, U.K.) [5]

/-The Man With the Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, U.S.S.R., 1929)

-Hardcore Chambermusic (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 2006)

-The Sound of Insects (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 2009)

-Father's Garden (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 2013)

-Dedications (Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 2016) [m]

/-Amateur (Hal Hartley, U.S. / U.K. / France, 1994)

/-Survivng Desire (Hal Hartley, 1992) [m]

/-No Such Thing (Hal Hartley, U.S. / Iceland, 2001)

/-L'Age d'Or (Luis Buñuel, France / Spain, 1930)

/-The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley, 1989)

-Facing Failure (Nicolas Winding Refn) [s] [it was a fucking commercial]

-What Did Jack Do? (David Lynch, U.S. / France, 2017) [s]

/-The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, France, 1930)

-Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach, U.K. / France / Belgium) [6]

-Frankie (Ira Sachs, France / Portugal) [6]

-The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins (Geoff Bowie, Canada, 2001)

-The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers) [W/O] (1:03)

-Poemfield No. 1 (Blue Version) (Stan VanDerBeek and Ken Knowlton, 1967) [s]

/-Gloria! (Hollis Frampton, 1979) [s]

/-OffOn (Scott Bartlett, 1968) [s]

-Prisoner's Dilemma (Richard Serra, 1974) [m]

-Deep Weather (Ursula Biemann, Switzerland / Bangladesh, 2013) [s]

-Midsommar (Ari Aster, U.S. / Sweden) [7]

/Pixillation (Lillian Schwartz / Ken Knowlton, 1970) [s]

/Performer / Audience / Mirror (Dan Graham, 1975) [s]

/Switch! Monitor! Drift! (Steina Vasulka, 1976) [s]

The Sordid Affair (Dimitri Devyatkin, U.S. / U.S.S.R., 1973) [s]

/-Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)

-Hotel Diaries: Frozen War (John Smith, U.K., 2001) [s]

-Hotel Diaries: Museum Piece (John Smith, U.K., 2004) [s]

-Hotel Diaries: Throwing Stones (John Smith, U.K., 2004) [s]

-Hotel Diaries: B&B (John Smith, U.K., 2005) [s]

-Hotel Diaries: Pyramids / Skunk (John Smith, U.K., 2007) [s]

-Hotel Diaries: Six Years Later (John Smith, U.K., 2007) [s]

/-Treatise on Slobber and Eternity (Isidore Isou, France, 1951)

-State Funeral [rough cut] (Sergei Loznitsa, Netherlands / Lithuania) [5]

-A Valparaíso (Joris Ivens, France / Chile, 1962) [s]

 

FEBRUARY

-Miss Americana (Lana Wilson) [5]

-Fruit of Paradise (Věra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1970)

-Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov, Russia) [6]

-A Voluntary Year (Ulrich Köhler and Henner Winckler, Germany) [7]

-Redoubt (Matthew Barney) [W/O] (0:36)

/Boomerang (Richard Serra and Nancy Holt, 1974) [s]

/Baldessari Sings Lewitt (John Baldessari, 1972) [s]

/Jollies (Sadie Benning, 1990) [s]

/Painter (Paul McCarthy, 1995) [m]

/-Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage, 1963)

-Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman) [6]

-Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, U.S. / New Zealand / Czech Republic) [4]

-Shakti (Martín Rejtman, Argentina) [s] [7]

-The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio, Italy / France / U.S. / Brazil) [7]

-Laurel Sabino y Jaguilla (Beatriz Santiago Muñoz) [s] [6]

/-Beauty No. 2 (Andy Warhol, 1965) [m]

-Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux, France) [7]

/-Atlantiques (Mati Diop, France / Senegal, 2009) [s]

-Liberian Boy (Mati Diop, France, 2015) [s]

-Big in Vietnam (Mati Diop, France, 2012) [s]

-Snow Canon (Mati Diop, France, 2011) [s]

/-Mille Soleils (Mati Diop, France / Senegal, 2013) [m]

-Class Trip (Henner Winckler, Germany / Poland, 2002)

-Still Procesing (Sophy Romvari, Canada) [s] [7]

/-Site Recite (a prologue) (Gary Hill, 1989) [s]

/-Incidence of Catastrophe (Gary Hill, U.S. / U.K., 1988) [m]

/-Granny's Is (David Larcher, U.K., 1989) [m]

/-Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (William Greaves, 1968)

-Uppercase Print (Radu Jude, Romania) [7]

-Gangster Scribbles (Manuel DeLanda) [s] [5]

-Colors at War (Manuel DeLanda) [s] [7]

Island Song (Charlemagne Palestine, 1976) [s]

/Open Book (Vito Acconci, 1974) [s]

/Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained (Martha Rosler, 1977) [m]

/-Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

-The Hart of London (Jack Chambers, Canada, 1970)

-An Algorithm (Bette Gordon, 1977) [s]

-The Wolf House (Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cosiña, Chile / Germany) [7]

-My Nudity Means Nothing (Marina de Van, France) [7]

 

MARCH

-Z = |Z/Z·Z-1 mod 2| -1: Lavender Town Syndrome (Andrew Norman Wilson) [s] [6]

Measures of Distance (Mona Hatoum, Palestine / Canada, 1988) [s]

/Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (Dara Birnbaum, 1978) [s]

Whispering Pines 10 (Shana Moulton) [s] [7]

Whispering Pines 3 (Shana Moulton, 2004) [s]

/NOEMA (Scott Stark, 1998) [s]

-Something Good - Negro Kiss (William Nicolas Selig, 1898) [s]

/-Zorns Lemma (Hollis Frampton, 1970) [m]

-System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt, Germany) [7]

/-Kindering (Stan Brakhage, 1987) [s]

-Star Garden (Stan Brakhage, 1974) [s]

-Two: Creeley/McClure (Stan Brakhage, 1965) [s]

-The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (Stan Brakhage, 1997) [s]

/-Still Processing (Sophy Romvari, Canada) [s] [7]

-Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press (Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany, 1984)

-Freak Orlando (Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany, 1981)

-The Korean Wedding Chest (Ulrike Ottinger, Germany / South Korea, 2009)

-Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (Ulrike Ottinger and Tabea Blumenschein, West Germany, 1978)

-The Metamorphosis of Birds (Catarina Vasconcelos, Portugal) [5]

-The Forgotten Faces (Peter Watkins, U.K., 1961) [s]

-The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (Peter Watkins, U.K., 1959) [s]

-maƚni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (Sky Hopinka, U.S. / Chinook Nation) [7]

-Red Moon Tide (Lois Patiño, Spain) [6]

-Sibyl (Justine Triet, France / Belgium) [6]

-The Cordillera of Dreams (Patricio Guzmán, Chile / France) [6]

-Blue Curtain (Noah Rosenberg) [s] [5]

-This Castle Keep (Gina Telaroli, 2016) [s]

-The Water Circle (James Broughton, 1975) [s]

-18 Videos: #15 (Kyle Canterbury, 2006) [s]

-Distance Film (Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria) [s] [x2] [8]

-Complex (Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Japan, 1964) [s]

-Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face (Zach Blas, 2012) [s]

-Unison (Zackary Drucker, 2017) [s]

-The Queen of Material (Rajee Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka / U.S., 2014) [s]

-The Invisible Man (Leigh Whannell) [5]

-Revolution (Peter Greenaway, U.K., 1967) [s]

-Village, silenced (Deborah Stratman, 2012) [s]

-Apt. 309 (Rosario Sotelo, Mexico, 2014) [s] [x3]

-It Is Here Where We Are... (Andrew Busti) [s] [x2] [6]

-Strange Space (Leslie Thornton, 1993) [s]

/-Lachrymae (Bryan L. Frye, 2000) [s]

-Guided By Voices [noise version] (Stom Sogo, U.S. / Japan, 2000) [s]

-Signal 8 (Simon Liu, U.K. / U.S. / Hong Kong) [s] [7]

-Tape 39 (Amit Dutta, India) [s] [7]

-Mountain Trip (Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 1999) [s]

-Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine (Alex Piperno, Uruguay / Argentina / Brazil / Netherlands / Philippines) [7]

 

APRIL

-My Last Film (Zia Anger, 2015) [s]

-My First Film (Zia Anger) [p] [6]

-Wilcox (Denis Côté, Canada) [m] [7]

-The Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters (Colleen Kelly Poplin, 2014) [s]

-". . ." Reel Five (Stan Brakhage, 1998) [s]

-Utah Sequences (Nancy Holt, 1970) [s]

-The inviolability of the domicile is based on the appearance of the man with the axe at the front door (Alex Piperno, Argentina / Uruguay, 2011) [s]

/-Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (Johan Grimonprez, France / Belgium, 1997) [m]

-Days (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan / France) [6]

-Krabi, 2562 (Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong, U.K. / Thailand) [7]

/-Journeys from Berlin/1971 (Yvonne Rainer, U.S. / U.K. / West Germany, 1980)

-Provocation (Lasse Braun, France, 1972) [s]

-The Empirical Effect (Rosa Barba, Italy / Germany, 2010) [s]

-Les Coquillettes (Sophie Letourneau, France, 2013)

-Matthias & Maxime (Xavier Dolan, Canada) [3]

-The Pettifogger (Lewis Klahr, 2011)

-I Want to Go Home (Alain Resnais, France, 1989)

-The Composition Kids (Julia Feyrer and Pietro Sammarco, Canada / Italy, 2008) [s]

-Irregular Time Signatures (Julia Feyrer, Canada, 2011) [s]

-Dailies (Julia Feyrer, Canada, 2014) [s]

-Sculpture Garden (Julia Feyrer and Derya Akay, Canada, 2014) [s]

-Escape Scenes (Julia Feyrer, Canada, 2014) [s]

-Lines: Vertical (Normal McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, Canada, 1960) [s]

-Makeshift (for Mekas) (Jem Cohen) [s] [6]

-Maman Maman Maman (Lucia Margarita Bauer, Germany) [m] [7]

-Sloth (Chantal Akerman, Belgium, 1986) [s]

/-Je vous salue, Sarajevo (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland, 1993) [s]

-Universal Hotel (Peter Thompson, 1986) [s]

-Universal Citizen (Peter Thompson, 1987) [s]

-Salut les Cubains (Agnès Varda, France, 1963) [m]

/-2 Into 1 (Gillian Wearing, U.K., 1997) [s]

-What's the Love Making Babies For (Ryan Trecartin, 2003) [s]

-Pink Film (Mary Beth Reed, 2000) [s]

-Nardjes A. (Karim Aïnouz, Algeria / France / Germany / Brazil / Qatar) [7]

-Il mio corpo (Michele Pennetta, Switzerland / Italy) [4]

-Purple Sea (Amel Alzakout / Khaled Abdulwahed, Germany) [m] [5]

-Correspondence (Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor, Spain / Chile) [s] [7]

-Sanfield (Kevin Jerome Everson) [s] [6]

-They Are Lost to Vision Altogether (Tom Kalin, 1989) [s]

-German Song (Sadie Benning, 1995) [s]

-Technoboss (João Nicolau, Portugal / France) [6]

-Intimate Distances (Phillip Warnell, U.K. / U.S.) [m] [6]

-Amor Fati (Cláudia Varejão, Portugal / France / Switzerland) [6]

-First Cousins: Prevost / Provost (Michael Robinson, 2004) [s]

-On a Clear Day You Can See the Revolution From Here (Emma Charles & Ben Evans James, U.K. / Kazakhstan) [m] [4]

-Pyrale (Roxanne Gaucherand, France) [m] [7]

 

MAY

-The Pageant (Eytan Ipeker, France / Turkey / Israel / Germany) [7]

-Swamp (Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, 1971) [s]

-Non Western (Laura Plancarte, U.K. / Mexico / U.S.) [6]

-The Marriage Project (Atieh Attarzadeh and Hesam Eslami, Iran / France / Qatar) [7]

-Prayer For a Lost Mitten (Jean-François Lesage, Canada) [4]

/-Highview [version two] (Simon Liu, U.K. / U.S. / Hong Kong, 2017/2020) [s]

-Sneyd Green (Simon Liu, U.K. / U.S. / Hong Kong, 2017) [s]

-When you're lost in the rain (Sky Hopinka, U.S. / Ho-Chunk Nation) [s] [7]

/-Jáaji Approx. (Sky Hopinka, U.S. / Ho-Chunk Nation, 2015) [s]

/-I'll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You'll Become (Sky Hopinka, U.S. / Ho-Chunk Nation, 2016) [s]

-Circumstantial Pleasures (Lewis Klahr) [m] [9]

-Canon: Taking to the Street (Dara Birnbaum, 1990) [s]

-A Spy (Hester Reeve Does The Doors) (Suzie Silver, 1992) [s]

-Thank, You (Karissa Hahn) [s] [6]

/-Silica (Pia Borg, Australia / U.K., 2017) [s]

-The Half of It (Alice Wu) [6]

-Swimming Out till the Sea Turns Blue (Jia Zhangke, China) [7]

-L. COHEN (James Benning) [m] [7]

-Méditerranée (Jean-Daniel Pollet, France, 1963) [m]

/-Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943) [s]

/-At Land (Maya Deren, 1944) [s]

/-A Study in Choreography For Camera (Maya Deren, 1945) [s]

/-The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren, 1946) [s]

/-Ritual in Transfigured Time (Maya Deren, 1946) [s]

/-The Very Eye of Night (Maya Deren, 1955) [s]

/-Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (Maya Deren, Teiji Ito, and Cherel Ito, U.S. / Haiti, 1947-51/1985) [m]

/-Meditation on Violence (Maya Deren, 1949) [s]

-Witch's Cradle (Maya Deren, 1944) [s]

-Ensemble for Somnambulists (Maya Deren, U.S. / Canada, 1951) [s]

-The Fall (Jonathan Glazer, U.K.) [s] [4]

/-Highview [version two] (Simon Liu, U.K. / U.S. / Hong Kong, 2017/2020) [s]

/-Lore (Sky Hopinka, Ho-Chunk Nation / U.S.) [s] [7]

/-I'll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You'll Become (Sky Hopinka, U.S. /Ho-Chunk Nation, 2016) [s]

-Monangambeee (Sarah Maldoror, Angola, 1968) [s]

-And the Dogs Were Silent (Sarah Maldoror, France, 1974) [s]

-The Assistant (Kitty Green) [W/O] (0:44)

-The Initiation Well (Chris Kennedy, Canada / Portugal) [s] [6]

-A Month of Single Frames (Lynn Sachs) [s] [7]

-Atomic Bomb Loading Pit (Lukas Marxt, Germany) [s] [7]

-Berzah (Deren Ercenk, Germany / Turkey) [s] [7]

-Semiotics of the City (Daniel Burkhardt, Germany) [s] [5]

-Labor of Love (Sylvia Schedelbauer, Germany) [s] [tentative 8]

-Further Radical (Stefano Canapa, France) [s] [5]

-Untitled (Janet Lilo, New Zealand) [s] [4]

-Pencicle of Praise (Martha Rosler) [s] [3]

-B4 & After the Studio Pt. 1 (Tony Cokes) [s] [4]

-Porvenir (Renata Poljak, Croatia / Chile) [s] [5]

-Patent Nr. 314805 (Mika Taanila, Finland) [s] [5]

-Amaryllis: a Study (Jayne Parker, U.K.) [s] [3]

-Tell Me (Azar Saiyar, Finland) [s] [6]

-Happy Valley (Simon Liu, Hong Kong / U.S.) [s] [7]

-Untitled Sequence of Gaps (Vika Kirchenbauer, Germany) [s] [6]

-The Seismic Form (Antoinette Zwirchmayr, Austria) [s] [4]

-Pomp (Katrina Daschner, Austria) [s] [7]

-Less Lethal Fetishes (Thirza Cuthand, Canada) [s] [7]

-Camera Trap (Chris Chong Chan Fui, Malaysia / Germany) [s] [4]

-Hard, Cracked the Wind (Mark Jenkin, U.K.) [s] [7]

-Shepherds (Teboho Edkins, Lesotho / South Africa / Germany) [s] [6]

-The Lovebirds (Michael Showalter) [5]

-DAU. Natasha (Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel, Germany / Ukraine / U.K. / Russia) [7]

-Medium (Edgardo Cozarinsky, Argentina) [7]

-Saint Frances (Alex Thompson) [7]

-Ema (Pablo Larraín, Chile) [4]

-The Infiltrators (Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra) [6]

-Cotton Ikebana (Cauleen Smith) [s] [6]

-Eeb Allay Ooo! (Prateek Vats, India) [6]

 

JUNE

-Alfred (Esther Urlus, Netherlands) [s] [7]

-Inventing the Future (Isiah Medina, Canada) [7]

-Patrick (Luke Fowler, U.K. / U.S.) [s] [6]

-Air Conditioner (Fradique, Angola) [5]

-Movie That Invites Pausing (Ken Jacobs) [s] [7]

-Images (Robert Altman, U.S. / U.K. / Ireland, 1972)

-horizon (Stephanie Barber, 2014) [s]

-oh my homeland (Stephanie Barber) [s] [7]

-Around Low Tide (Nick Collins, U.K.) [s] [4]

-Room Film With Reflections (Nick Collins, U.K.) [s] [5]

-The King of Staten Island (Judd Apatow) [6]

-A Loft Again (Maximilien Luc Proctor, Germany) [s] [6]

-Momentary Stretch (Maximilien Luc Proctor, Germany) [s] [5]

-DeKooning Passed (Ken Jacobs) [s] [5]

-Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello, Italy / France) [8]

-Days of Cannibalism (Teboho Edkins, Lesotho / South Africa / France / Netherlands) [5]

-Miss Juneteenth (Channing Godfrey Peoples) [5]

-Color Out of Space (Richard Stanley, Malaysia / Portugal / U.S.) [6]

-Crime Wave (John Paizs, Canada, 1985)

-One Way Boogie Woogie (James Benning, 1977) [m]

-One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later (James Benning, 2005) [m]

-Matrix [First Dream] (Hollis Frampton, 1979) [s]

/-Noctiluca (Magellan's Toys #1) (Hollis Frampton, 1974) [s]

-One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada) [7]

 

JULY

-Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hittman) [5]

-Hamilton (Thomas Kail) [5]

-Maggie's Farm (James Benning) [7]

-Oh Mercy [Roubaix, un lumière] (Arnaud Desplechin, France) [5]

-Family Romance, LLC (Werner Herzog, U.S. / Japan) [7]

-Now! (Santiago Alvarez, Cuba, 1965) [s]

-Glen or Glenda (Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1953) [m]

-I Am Somebody (Madeline Anderson, 1970) [m]

-Integration Report 1 (Madeline Anderson, 1960) [s]

-A Tribute to Malcolm X (Madeline Anderson, 1967) [s]

-Martha (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1974)

-The Viewing Booth (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Israel / U.S.) [W/O] (0:37)

-Shirley (Josephine Decker) [7]

-Una película en color (Bruno Delgado Ramo, Spain) [m] [8]

/-Klute (Alan J. Pakula, 1971)

-Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2006)

-Kubasa in a Glass: The Strange World of the Winnipeg Television Commercial (1975-1994) (Walter Forsberg & Matthew Rankin, Canada, 2006) [m]

-Negativipeg (Matthew Rankin, Canada, 2010) [s]

 

AUGUST

-Black Is King (Beyoncé Knowles Carter, et al.) [6]

-The Last Angel of History (John Akomfrah, U.K. / Germany, 1996) [m]

/-Artificial Light (Hollis Frampton, 1969) [s]

-Clementine (Lara Gallagher) [4]

-First Cow (Kelly Reichardt) [7]

-The Fever (Maya Da-Rin, Brazil / France / Germany) [6]

 

 

 

 

 

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