Posted by: ckckred | November 2, 2017

October 2017 Round-Up


Another month over, another round-up written. This past October I managed to catch up on several new releases (most notably the Palm d’Or winner The Square), multiple documentaries, and a few classics I shamefully haven’t seen before.

Night and Fog (Resnais, 1956)

Happy Death Day (Landon, 2017)

Phantom of the Opera (Julian, 1925)

Gods of the Plague (Fassbinder, 1969)

Portrait of Jason (Clarke, 1967)

The Square (Östlund, 2017)

Tokyo Vampire Hotel (Sono, 2017)

Blade of the Immortal (Mike, 2017)

Farrebique (Rouquier, 1946)

Memories of the Eichmann Trial (Perlov, 1979)

Gimme Shelter (Maysies, Maysies, Zerwin, 1970)*

Pan’s Labyrinth (del Toro, 2006)

* Denotes a rewatch

I liked a majority of the films I saw over the past month, in particular The Square. Östlund’s previous film Force Majeure was a favorite of mine a few years ago, and The Square is even better. Gimme Shelter is one of my favorite documentaries, so watching it again is always a pleasure.  I also found much to appreciate in Night and Fog, Memories of the Eichmann Trial, and Portrait of Jason.


  1. Best name: Vampire Tokyo Hotel! 😁

    Really anxious to see The Square. I too love FM so I can’t wait for his next project. Just reviewed Happy Death Day. Far better than the name would imply.

    • Vampire Tokyo Hotel is dumb but a lot of fun. It really is just several episodes stitched together from a Japanese action series though it has its moments.

      You definitely got to see The Square, Östlund is really quite becoming one of today’s best directors. I haven’t seen a film this funny since Toni Erdmann.

  2. Force Majeure was my #1 of 2014, I was surprised didn’t receive a nom for best foreign language film at the oscars.
    Glad you loved The Square, it’s out in Nov over here in Denmark, so you can read my reaction at the end of the month.

  3. Since I last commented I hadn’t heard of The Square. Now I realise who is directing!! I –LOVED– Force Majuere, it was like a combination of Scandi comedy and Bergman. I’m so jealous you have seen The Square! I doubt it will screen here, though Force Majuere did. It’ll just be delayed as all hell. You are lucky to live where you do!

    Oddly though, and I’m sure you have heard of this, if not you’ll be very happy, there is a new movie (new down here anyway) called Lucky:

    Director: John Carroll Lynch
    Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
    Duration: 88 mins
    Language: English
    Rating: MA15+
    Release Date: 16 November, 2017

    LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky”, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.


    Could this be an alter-ego of Carl?? David Lynch as an actor? Count me in, I can’t wait for this. The perfect send off for Stanton.

    • Definitely watch The Square when you can. I actually saw it at a film festival with Terry Notary in attendance. Really a contender for the best picture of the year. I loved Force Majeure too (I described it as the collaboration between Michael Haneke and Larry David that never happened) and The Square was even better.

      I was so disappointed that I missed Lucky in theaters. Right as it came out several months ago I caught a bad cold that prevented me from seeing it. It hurts because I’m a huge HDS fan and I missed the chance to see Lynch in front of the camera.

      • Ahhhh bummer mate! I figured you’d be aware of it. It is playing now, gonna see it on the weekend :D!

        Can’t wait for The Square, hopefully it plays here like Force Majuere did

      • Tell me when you see it, I’ll be sure to check out your thoughts…

        Out of curiosity, are you a Ne Obliviscaris fan? I saw them with Allegaeon on their tour for Urn a while back and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

  4. Never heard of Obliviscaris mate, I’ll youtube some stuff.

    And mate, I just bought the last limited pressing of the Dead Cross album on vinyl, its glow in the dark =D I don’t know whether to open it or leave it untouched as a sort of investment. It was literally the last record in Australia of the limited run. ;D

    • Buy that Dead Cross vinyl if you can. The other day I actually saw a signed copy of Leviathan on eBay, but I wasn’t sure if I should pick it up or not. In retrospect, I would have bought it.

      • wow, that’d be a score. I already have the Dead Cross glow in the dark splatter vinyl, last copy in Aus. Can’t bring myself to open it, it’ll be worth more than what I paid if I don’t open in and keep in in mint condition. I kinda bought it as an investment,. I don’t even have a record player!

      • Yeah, I don’t have a record player too. Even though people have been freaking out about vinyls over the last few years, the cost is just too expensive for me to buy one.

      • yeah same, this is an investment really. it was a pretty limited edition

  5. I really want to watch Pan’s Labyrinth again now.

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