some films i have liked
(i generally tend to like things that... are visually beautiful, are
wacky, absurd, surreal, bizarre, tell a moving story, have things to say
that i feel are important, have brilliant acting, have fabulous funny
dialogue, have exciting plots, push the envelope, make you think, make
you reexamine your assumptions, create an absorbing atmosphere, make you
care about the characters, have nifty technology and lots of explosions,
show people kicking ass and taking names, expose me to ways of living
with which i am unfamiliar, are in french, make me feel better about the
world, make me cry, amaze me, delight me, disgust me, confound me...
you could say i have an eclectic taste in film.)
i love most of his stuff, though most especially brazil, and also
time bandits and the adventures of baron munchausen. but
i think brazil is just timelessly brilliant.
arizona dream, emir kusturica.
this movie is a dream. and it has johnny depp and lili taylor.
until the end of the world, wim wenders.
this is a gorgeous, haunting film (as wim wenders' films generally are).
wings of desire and faraway, so close! are quite lovely.
there are several other wim wenders films i would like to see.
city of lost children and delicatessen, jean-pierre
jeunet & marc caro.
these films are hauntingly beautiful with fantastic soundtracks and
a wonderfully twisted sense of humour.
le fabuleux destin d'amélie poulain, jean-pierre jeunet.
made without marc caro, this film actually has daylight in it. it
maintains the visual beauty and the sense of fantasy and wonder of the
other films, but is bright and sweetly uplifting. audrey tautou, who
plays amélie, is perfect in the role and a serious hottie.
three colors: (blue | white | red), krzysztof kieslowski.
drowning by numbers, peter greenaway.
you have to be able to leave your cynicism at the door and just appreciate
the aesthetic and thematic beauty of greenaway's films in order to like
them. most of my friends think he's just an arty pretentious prick...
other greenaway -- the cook, the thief, his wife and her lover
is very good. prospero's books is a very abstract and visually
impressive interpretation of shakespeare's "the tempest". the only other
greenaway i've so far seen was the pillow book, which i wasn't so
impressed by. i have not seen some of the other earlier stuff that's
supposed to be good, like a zed & two noughts or the draughtsman's
also, michael nyman, who kicks ass, usually does the music for greenaway.
(his most wellknown work was probably the soundtrack for the piano,
also a very good film.)
the kingdom, lars von trier.
originally a televised miniseries, this movie has contributed to the
conclusion by some that danes are all just freaks. eerie, atmospheric,
absurd, hilarious, an engrossing 4 hours. unfortunately the follow up
episodes in the kingdom II are not nearly as satisfying.
toto le héros, jaco van dormael.
this is just a great happy life-affirming movie. sure it's kinda cheesy,
but damn, when a movie ends with me grinning though tears, what can i do.
jésus de montréal, denys arcand.
this is a moving film about theatre and religion and the establishment.
harold and maude, hal ashby.
gas food lodging, allison anders.
this movie really spoke to me with hope when i was in high school.
and i think it planted the seeds in me of a very strong bilingual
reservoir dogs and pulp fiction, quentin tarantino.
great filmmaking. great casts. great action. great soundtracks...
cannibal!: the musical, trey parker.
"all singing! all dancing! all flesh eating!" before southpark, there
was this. a musical based on the true story of alfred packer, a man tried
for eating his companions on a mining expedition gone astray. it's even
better if you're a musical fan and are familiar with all the classic
material trey is working from. simply brilliant.
dead alive (aka braindead), peter jackson.
the best of comedyhorror. how can you wrong with a movie that has quotes
like "your mother ate my dog" and "i kick ass for the lord"...
also by peter jackson, meet the feebles, a film about deranged
muppets. gruesome and hysterical, with an MPAA classification that reads
"No MPAA Rating (Puppet sex, puppet profanity, puppet drug use, puppet
violence, puppet nudity)." it also has a fabulous soundtrack that includes
the smash hit "sodomy".
repo man, alex cox.
this movie is just fantastic. try to spot all the generic products.
schizopolis, steven soderbergh.
surreal. wacky. nose army.
i've really liked most of what i've seen of soderbergh's, which includes
traffic and the limey. (and gray's anatomy, but
that's a bit different.) i'd like to see kafka, and sex, lies,
the star wars trilogy, george lucas.
i actually sort of remember going to see the empire strikes back,
where my father tells me we stood in line next to jerry garcia.
raiders of the lost ark, steven spielberg.
i have a vague memory of somebody my mother worked with getting me to
help test some kind of software for laserdiscs when i was in probably
3rd grade. this was the movie i got to play with... random.
john woo, the killer, hard boiled, other hong kong cinema.
chow yun fat with a matchstick and two guns. what more could you ask for
in a movie.
classic 80s movies:
war games, john badham.
gremlins, joe dante.
the lost boys, joel schumacher.
ladyhawke, the goonies, richard donner.
better off dead, savage steve holland.
lucas, david seltzer.
the princess bride, stand by me, rob reiner.
say anything, cameron crowe.
heathers, michael lehmann.
and of course the john hughes movies:
sixteen candles, the breakfast club, weird science,
ferris bueller's day off, pretty in pink,
some kind of wonderful
(i may not really be part of the mtv generation, having never had cable, but i
am definitely a child of 80s movies.)
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