Quarantine Watchlist

Pickpocket
The Outsider
David Crosby – Remember My Name
Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Wanderers
The Atlanta Child Murders
The Secrets of Nimh
Let the Right One In
La Jetee
Angel Heart
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
Peterloo
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Cloud Atlas
Jack Reacher
808
Mulholland Drive
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
Withnail & I
Touch of Evil
Tender Mercies
Popcorn
Cromwell
Idiocracy
The Day of the Jackal
A Place at the Table
Dig!
Uprising
Hired Gun
Jew Suss : Rise And Fall
Children of Paradise

Movies and Tv shows watched from March 13 through August 4

Cannes 1983

The Ballad of Narayama
In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

The Meaning of Life
The comedy team takes a look at life in all of its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

L’Argent
A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Nostalgia
A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

The Case Is Closed
The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen.

Carmen
A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee’s drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer).

The Story of Piera
This erotic drama about the incestuous relationship of a mother and daughter is based on the autobiography of Italian theater actress Piera Degli Esposti.

The Death of Mario Ricci
The tragic accident of an Italian laborer ,working on the Mont Blanc tunnel.

Cross Creek
In 1930’s Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida’s backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

The Wall
Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at …

Eréndira
While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother’s house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in …

Forbidden Relations
Based on a true story, a love affair develops between a half brother and half-sister. When pregnancy results and word gets out the public is outraged.

Heat and Dust
Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life.

The King of Comedy
Rupert Pupkin is a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight and to achieve this, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

The Moon in the Gutter
He is a revenge-obssessed stevedore whose sister was brutally raped and murdered. She is a wealthy, elusive woman. They try hard to get together… or do they?

One Deadly Summer
Oozing sensuality, a young woman arrives in a small town and gets married to the local mechanic. Was it love at first sight? What links her enigmatic presence to the family’s piano? Is it curiosity or is it something far more sinister?

El Sur
A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

A Railway Station for Two
A waitress from the provincial railway station falls in love with an accidental passenger. Before this passenger lies the menace of distant prison for the crime he didn’t commit.

Tender Mercies
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

The Wounded Man
A young man discovers his homosexuality and begins a relationship with a manipulative huster/petty criminal that he meets at a train station.

The Year of Living Dangerously
A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

IMDB

If I Want Boring I Can do that on My Own

“Myself, I found A Woman is a Woman resistable and My Life to Live tedious and yes I know that’s the point and life is like that but I prefer to live mine outside the movie theatre and it’s not as boring as M. Godard’s film.”

Dwight McDonald, On Movies
Commenting on the criticism of, and disagreeing with, critic John Russell Taylor, regarding Godard.

Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero – What’s In My Bag?

Filmmakers Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero (“The Room”) go shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles.

Check out their picks:
Elia Kazan – A Streetcar Named Desire (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2C3CRHy
Billy Wilder – Sunset Boulevard (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2RBl3Ji
Orson Welles – Citizen Kane (DVD) http://bit.ly/2pIC47v
Elia Kazan – On the Waterfront [Criterion] (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2OdIaf2
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2PnUrdp
Nicholas Ray – Rebel Without a Cause (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2QEc2Ot
Tim Burton – Batman [1989] (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2pJvqOg
George Stevens – Giant (DVD) http://bit.ly/2CvF4N7
Joseph L. Mankiewicz – Cleopatra [1963] (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2CwRVi1
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler (DVD) http://bit.ly/2CvFzXv
Tim Burton – Ed Wood (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/2CxJmDJ

 

Wings – Tracking Shot

Wings is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in a small role which helped launch his career in Hollywood.

Acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film became the yardstick against which future aviation films were measured, mainly because of its realistic air-combat sequences. It went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Picture at the first annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony in 1929, the only silent film to do so.

Wikipedia

Best movies of 2010s – IndieWire

Ten years ago, it seemed like we all had a pretty solid idea of movies — what they can do, who they’re for, and where they’re watched. That idea was inflexible, and supported by a century of precedent. It came with the added benefit of making the people in charge comfortable with the idea that cinema’s future wouldn’t look all that different from its past. DVD sales were strong, Netflix was still just a sad little envelope at the bottom of your mailbox, and China was starting to give studios the biggest safety net it ever had. Perhaps the arrival of James Cameron’s “Avatar” in the waning moments of 2009 could have been seen as a harbinger of strange things to come, but no one in Hollywood has ever lost sleep over a movie that grossed nearly $3 billion.

Things have changed. Cinema is in a constant state of flux, but it’s never mutated faster or more restlessly than it has over the last 10 years. And while the decade will no doubt be remembered for the paradigm shifts precipitated by streaming and monolithic superhero movies, hindsight makes it clear that the definition of film itself is exponentially wider now than it was a decade ago.

https://www.indiewire.com/gallery/best-movies-of-2010s-decade/

Movies retold from a different character’s point of view

If, instead of rebooting movies, it became a trend to retell them from a different characters perspective, what film would you want to see retold and from who’s point of view? from r/AskReddit

GRZMNKY
The Matrix from Agent Smith’s view. Constantly trying to quell the stupid human insurrection…

inckalt
Matrix but from the perspective of a regular police detective trying to stop the murder spree of these crazy people who kill everybody without reason. At one point he would interrogate Neo:

“So you believe that nothing is real? That’s why you can kill random people? Because they don’t exist?”

“No. The world is fake but the people are real.”

“And you kill them anyway?”

kim-sheckell
Mean girls, as told by Regina George

robotlasagna
Star Wars from the empires POV: basically telling the story about this terrorist group that was planning the biggest act of terrorism in the galaxies history: the destruction of a military peacekeeping starbase.

We follow the empires anti terrorism unit as they try to find the spies transporting the stolen plans and head off the attack.

CaptainMighty1
Top Gun from Iceman’s perspective. Maverick’s the asshole in that movie.

Bomber_Haskell
Maverick is the asshole in the original movie too.

Zolo49
The plot of just about every 80s Tom Cruise movie is that he’s a cocky asshole who meets a hot chick and somehow becomes a better person by the end of the movie.

The Wanderers Soundtrack

The Wanderers

1. Walk Like A Man – Four Seasons
2. Ya Ya – Lee Dorsey
3. Big Girls Don’t Cry – Four Seasons
4. My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels
5. Sherry – Four Seasons
6. Baby It’s You – Shirelles
7. Soldier Boy – Shirelles
8. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
9. Shout – Isley Brothers
10. Do You Love Me – Contours
11. Runaround Sue – Dion
12. The Wanderer – Dion

Truffaut, François. The Films in My Life – quote from and epigraph

When I was a critic, I thought that a successful film had simultaneously to express an idea of the world and an idea of cinema; La Règle du Jeu and Citizen Kane corresponded to this definition perfectly. Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between; I am not interested in all those films that do not pulse.

Epigraph:
I believe a work is good to the degree that it expresses the man who created it.
ORSON WELLES

These books were alive and they spoke to me.
HENRY MILLER, The Books in My Life

Truffaut, François. The Films in My Life
Amazon

High Concept Movies – Defined, Examples of

The “high concept” movie (a much-abused term) is one whose premise can be summed up in a sentence, if not within the title itself — for instance, what happens when a bored married couple’s “Date Night” goes wrong? Wacky fun!

The ideas is that the easy hook goes over well with your stereotypical movie executive — it becomes the selling point rather than the actors or characters. If it sounds irresistible (and/or ridiculous), people will show up hoping to see exactly what they were promised (a premise “Snakes On A Plane” took to its logical conclusion)…

Se7en (1995)
High concept premise: A serial killer takes down his victims based on their violations of the seven deadly sins.

Bio-Dome (1996)
High concept premise: Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin get trapped in, yes, a biodome.

IFC

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon or “Bacon’s Law” is a parlour game based on the “six degrees of separation” concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. Movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific actor Kevin Bacon. It rests on the assumption that anyone involved in the Hollywood film industry can be linked through their film roles to Bacon within six steps. In 2007, Bacon started a charitable organization called SixDegrees.org.

wikipedia

Here’s an example –
Bill Pullman has a Bacon number of 2.

Bill Pullman
was in
A League of Their Own
with
Tracy Reiner
who was in
Apollo 13
with
Kevin Bacon

OracleOfBacon

Try it out at: The Oracle of Bacon

The 20 best documentaries of the 2010s

In a decade where reality and fiction blurred, these movies showed us who we really are.

20. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017)

To make Dawson City: Frozen Time, director Bill Morrison — who often works with old footage — reused hundreds of reels of nitrate film shot in the 1910s and 1920s and unearthed in 1978 in Dawson, a town on the Yukon River in northwestern Canada. The reels had been presumed lost, and Morrison stitches them together to reconstruct the history of the town, which is loaded with wild stories of fortunes made and lost, with twists and turns as exciting as any fictional film. It plays like a silent film, at times, but one with an eye toward the present, and toward the way old stories shape the future.

Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

The 10 Most Influential Films of the Decade (and 20 Other Favorites) – The New York Times

‘The Avengers’ (2012)

Sequels weren’t new and neither were long, crowded, noisy superhero spectacles when this juggernaut landed. But “The Avengers,” released after Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Studios, was nonetheless a big industry bang: It heralded the dominance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where we all now live whether we like it or not.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/movies/best-movies-2010s-decade.html

Smoke trailer

The movie is a delicate creation, with no big punch line or payoff. Watching it, I was in the moment: It was about these people wandering lost through their lives. Afterward, I felt good about them – good because they were likable people, but good, too, because the writer and director took care to give them dialogue that suited their needs. Of all the handicaps in life, the worst must be the inability to express how you feel.

Roger Ebert’s review -> https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/smoke-1995

Boys on the Side trailer

The very last shot in “Boys on the Side” is of an empty room. As the camera pans around it, we remember who was in it, and how much we grew to care about them. We may be a little surprised by how that happened, because the movie starts out seeming contrived and routine, and only gradually gathers power until, by the end, it is completely involving.

Ebert’s review of Boys on the Side -> https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/boys-on-the-side-1995