February 19, 2004
We've been watching a lot of movies lately. Since Saturday, we've watched eight films, an astounding number for a couple that usually sees that many a year. The cold, rainy weather and a new Netflix account have been contributing factors to our newfound love of the cinema.
Our films so far this week: Lost In Translation, Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, Return Of The King, American Splendor, Finding Nemo, Ice Age and The Triplets of Belleville. Of course, Lost In Translation and The Triplets of Belleville were our favorites, but we were surprised how good Finding Nemo was. American Splendor was entertaining, as well; Harvey Pekar is no longer a Letterman curiosity to me.
I'm not anti-movie, it's just that the action adventure flicks and teen comedies that flood the local cineplexes do absolutely nothing for me. I'll take clever and witty over violent and crude. My wife prefers romantic comedies. Anyone seen a good film lately on the small or big screen? All recommendations are welcome and appreciated.
Posted by david on February 19, 2004
my architect - see it!!! (www.myarchitectfilm.com)
try anything directed by Pedro Almodovar, John Sayles or Robert Altman...you can't go wrong....
Just saw The Dreamers. Good movie. Includes a debate between two of the characters over who is better: Clapton or Hendrix. If you haven't seen it, City of God is definitely worth your time.
I was surprised that 'Love Actually' was a great little film.
i recommend "the sweet hereafter" to anyone who is looking for a good movie. 6 years on and i still can't get that movie out of my head.
One film I always reccomend on the off chance that someone who enjoys witty films hasn't seen yet is: How To Get Ahead in Advertising. It's an incredibly well-done bit of movie-making.
I love any film where you think you know what's up and then it flips you on your ass. Yup. If you haven't seen it, I highly reccomend it.
Also, thanks for the Butter 08 eBay suggestion -- I ended up getting my friend a copy for $3 -- can you beleive it?! She's going to be thrilled.
I have to second "City of God". It is definitely my favorite movie from last year. I also recommend "In America", "Dirty Pretty Things", "The Station Agent" & "Spellbound" (all from last year- at least for where I live). As for old movies- you can't go wrong with one of my favorites of all time "City of Lost Children".
Try - All the Real Girls. GREAT movie. It's out on DVD now.
I was just gonn'a say All the Real Girls. Watched it for the second time this year (5th time overall) last Saturday and it still gets to me.
How To Get Ahead in Advertising is great, i fell in love with the movie. Also if your even a mild fan of kevin smith i recomend vulgar, which is a more serious departure from the dick and fart jokes he normally does.
here's hoping you've already seen it, but if you haven't, "the apartment" (1960) satisfies every single one of your requirements. plus it's my favorite movie ever right now.
I second the Sweet Hereafter, it's very good indeed. also, check out CQ, it's directed by Roman Coppola, Sofia's brother, and has pretty much been completely ignored. it's really a fun little picture, very well-shot.
I second "Love Actually". It's a British "Short Cuts" with a comedic flavor.
I really liked "The Station Agent" as well. A down-to-earth, human story.
Great Blog, I can always count on this site for music downloads. Movies I recommend: Swingers & Made.
I strongly recommend "Trouble In Paradise", a b/w film from 1936 that's probably the best romantic comedy of all time. For some other films you and your wife can enjoy, I give high marks to Full Frontal, Harold & Maude, and the much more dramatic and incredibly weird but nonetheless fascinating Last Year at Marienbad.
i'm terrible at making movie recommendations because i'm usually in love with the last few movies i saw. in this case, it was "winged migration", "whalerider", "ghandi", and "rope". all great flicks. "rope" is one of my favorites of all time.
"The Cooler" and "Owning Mahoney" are both recent, spectacular, low-key films I've seen lately.
Yes, I like gambling films.