ALIEN 3 - first time I'd seen since since it's theatrical release in '92. Watched the extended version, and it was miles better than I remember it being. Still far from perfect, but it does sit pretty well with the other two.
PRIMER - Hadn't seen this before - I loved the weird, paranoid atmosphere, although like most (all?) watching it for the fist time, it was pretty difficult to follow. Looking forward to a second view to unpick more of the mystery...
I've always been somewhat of an ALIEN 3 apologist, although it is weaker than ALIEN and ALIENS, it's a very different beast, a quality I find much more fitting within the franchise than any of the subsquent nonsense. I do find it a very doomy, sombre and satisfying end to the trilogy.
I suprised you hadn't seen PRIMER, its an incredibly engaging movie and proof positive that a great concept and script alone can carry a genuinely no-budget feature. It is also one of the most convincing depictions of time travel I can think of - quite an achievement as it features no SFX shots whatsoever.
So recently I've had quite a high hit rate with my movies - mainly due to catching up with a sparse viewing period whilst I was busy toward the end of the year. There's a few I really liked that I'd be interested to hear some thoughts on:
IN BRUGES - I really would recommend this movie as it's been marketed in such a deceptive way. On the surface it appears to be a big dumb ganster britcom - and whilst it is very funny (in parts) and it is gangster-centric, to me it feels much more akin to 90s US Indie cinema of Hartley and Jarmusch with its leisurely rambling structure and engagingly quirky characters. At it's core it's something of a meditation on guilt and it's suprisingly dark and touching by turns.
KILLER OF SHEEP - I've been waiting a long time to see Charles Burnett's slice of 1970s life in the Watts ghetto of Los Angeles. It plays like a real-life counterpoint to the then contemporary Blaxploitation cycle. It feels like docu-drama and eschews sensationalism in favour of a narrative that is compelling and authentic, as slaughterhouse worker Stan struggles to cope with his life and his place in the world through one long LA summer.
SEARCHING FOR THE WRONG EYED JESUS - an old Arena Documentary in which alt-country singer Jim White travels around the deep south, visiting Pentecostal Churches, Prisons and Bars in a search to explain American backwoods identity. It's a great slice of Southern Gothic with some awesome music along the way.