I'm a huge fan of 80s movies and filmmakers. John Hughes, Savage Steve Holland, Joe Dante and Cameron Crowe to name a few.
So keeping with that theme, Joe Dante did a movie in 2009 called The Hole. It's totally what you would expect from the guy who gave us Gremlins and The Burbs. Instant classic. It's loaded with 80s kid adventure/horror nostalgia stuff. If you're into that sorta thing I think you'll enjoy it!
As for Oscarworthy stuff --- I just watched Winter's Bone two nights ago. Very very well done. I highly recommend it.
Post by ComesWithASword on Dec 13, 2010 20:09:55 GMT -5
PTA is my favourite filmmaker of all time. Anyone who can't see his greatness can suck a dick (i guess that works out for you though, wolfy). There Will Be Blood and Punch Drunk Love are pretty much perfect films. I can understand why people hate on Magnolia, but I love it. Boogie Nights is my favourite film of all time. He's made 5 film's and at least 3 of them are masterpieces.
The Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, and David Lynch are my favorite directors.
I'd have to say those 3 are at the top if not THE top for me too.
Raising Arizona has pretty much everything I want in a comedy. Fuckin' love that movie. Fargo for some reason makes me really want to visit the upper midwest and wins the award for my favorite Steve Buscemi character, speaking of which, Big Lebowski wins my role for second favorite Steve Buscemi character.
I think every single Wes Anderson movie would be in my top 10 if I were to make a list. Life Aquatic has remained my favorite movie of all time since I first saw it in '06. I fucking love Bill Murray in it, and all the scenery is so damn beautiful, and I love the blue and yellow color themes in it (as colors seemed to be themed in all his movies. Side note also that Wes is the reason Futura Bold is my font of choice). It also gave me a whole new perspective on David Bowie and is probably why I'll put "Queen Bitch" as my favorite song ever in that other thread (not to mention Darjeeling being my means of falling in love with the Kinks and Royal Tennenbaums being my means of falling in love with "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and Elliott Smith). Fantastic Mr. Fox remains to this day to be the only PG move I've ever been entertained by. ...And I relate to Max Fischer in all the worst ways.
And I had a real connection with Eraserhead first time I saw it since I was feeling very alone at the time and getting kinda delusional. Not to mention the Pixies cover of "In Heaven" is one of my favorite songs of all time as well.
Wow, rambled on way more than I thought I would on that. Sorry guys.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Dec 14, 2010 11:42:02 GMT -5
I love Wes Anderson so much, but I never loved Life Aquatic honestly. That movie fell apart in the third act worse than any movie I can think of right now.
I've seen The Big Lebowksi probably 250 times; there was a period of about four months one time where I watched it every single night (I did the same thing with Barton Fink at another time in my life). Certainly my favorite Coen Brothers film is Miller's Crossing, though.
Recently loved Jeunet's Micmacs a Tire Larigot; very close in tone to Amelie without being as precious. Coming in January, I'm very VERY excited about the new Sylvain Chomet (Triplets of Belleville) film 'The Illusionist'.
Oh and Crispin Glover is coming back to Portland to screen the first two films of his trilogy, 'What is It?' and 'IT IS FINE! Everything is Fine.' in late January as well. I've seen 'What Is It?' twice now, but I want to see it again and I NEED to see 'IT IS FINE!' again.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Dec 14, 2010 12:48:27 GMT -5
For Wes it's Fantastic Mr. Fox (love the other's, but this is the best!) For Lynch, Inland Empire and Elephant Man The Coens I really like, but more as a body of work. I seem to always watch two or three(four) at a time.
The last DVD I bought was Enchanted cuz it's the greatest.
Also to the guy who is "anticipating" the new Gasper Noe film, I commend your stomach. "I Stand a Alone" nearly wrecked me in glued to the floor fetal position kinda way. "Irreversible" actually has some merit and falls on the sword of "if your gonna make a very two dimensional film that only poses two very dimensional questions", make it fucking visceral. A really great french movie that also involves much walking around the streets of Paris is La Haine (plus I'd marry Vincent Cassel in a second even if his movies tend to suck and he comes off as a supreme asshole)
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Dec 14, 2010 13:07:03 GMT -5
I loved Napoleon Dynamite when it came out; for one thing, it is filmed and set in the town of Preston, Idaho which is where my great grandfather lived and where I would spend summers as a kid. It was written and directed by a pair of Mormon siblings, and my take on the film is that, like 'Rubin and Ed', it is a metaphor for being a non-Mormon in a town whose population is mostly Mormon. That's a notion that is close to my heart.
Without that insight, though, and really anymore even with it, that movie is pretty terrible.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Dec 14, 2010 13:53:43 GMT -5
I was actually going to make the comment that I thought is was just a good movie related one-liner. I too grew up in very small town (in Canada though) and thought that the details (and some mannerisms) were absolutely bang on. The problem I have with the film is that it has a character, who I am sure if you came from a small town, we all grew up with, but instead of giving any insight they just have him turn into a ball of gimmicks by the second half. The other problem is the way the general audience received the film. I really think there are few people who actually got the movie. The message wasn't that "nerds are cool", or "gosh" is fun to say, or that "ligers" are bad ass. Fuck people sometimes.