February 19, 2004
Moviola Madness

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)

Posted by: janelle on February 19, 2004 08:18 AM

try anything directed by Pedro Almodovar, John Sayles or Robert Altman...you can't go wrong....

Posted by: paul bridgewater on February 19, 2004 08:19 AM

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.

Posted by: Jeff on February 19, 2004 09:27 AM

I was surprised that 'Love Actually' was a great little film.

Posted by: Paul Conrad on February 19, 2004 09:39 AM

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.

Posted by: george on February 19, 2004 09:42 AM

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.

Posted by: Wendy on February 19, 2004 10:22 AM

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".

Posted by: Valerie on February 19, 2004 11:34 AM

Try - All the Real Girls. GREAT movie. It's out on DVD now.

Posted by: RichT on February 19, 2004 12:02 PM

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.

Posted by: caley on February 19, 2004 12:34 PM

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.

Posted by: charlie baker on February 19, 2004 01:24 PM

Just finished Santo y Blue Demon vs. Dracula and The Wolf Man ...


Somebody let me borrow his DVD copy. I'm not sure I'd actually pay to see it.

Posted by: highronimus on February 19, 2004 01:41 PM

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.

Posted by: nathan on February 19, 2004 02:07 PM

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.

Posted by: troy steele on February 19, 2004 11:12 PM

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.

Posted by: Cory on February 20, 2004 02:56 AM

I thought this post was going to be about the alt.country band Moviola from Columbus, Ohio (http://www.moviolamusic.com)

Posted by: chip on February 20, 2004 11:21 AM

Great Blog, I can always count on this site for music downloads. Movies I recommend: Swingers & Made.

Posted by: Scott on February 20, 2004 12:38 PM

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.

Posted by: Daniel Kleinfeld on February 20, 2004 04:49 PM

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.

Posted by: rob on February 20, 2004 05:30 PM

"The Cooler" and "Owning Mahoney" are both recent, spectacular, low-key films I've seen lately.

Yes, I like gambling films.

Posted by: phil on February 20, 2004 07:47 PM
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