So I’ve been letting my parents use my netflix account since forever. But I still get a kick out of what their viewing behavior does to my recommendations.
Easily my favorite film of the year so far. Granted there’s a lot I haven’t seen yet, but it’s still my favorite nonetheless. Describing the movie itself can be a bit tricky. It’s some kind of wonderfully weird mash up of The Tree of Life and Martha Marcy May Marlene, with some Cronenberg level body horror dashed in. I hope Caruth maintains this level of creative control on all his films, even if it comes at the expense of budget. It’s not like he’s ever had a problem working with limited funds. It’s rumored that this film came in at around $100k. That’s ridiculous to think about, even more so, when you remember that Primer cost 14 times less than that. One more thing I hope, is that maybe he’ll stop casting himself in leading roles. He’s fine enough here, but I can see it being problematic down the line.
You might also like: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) - Because I mentioned it earlier. If I’m focusing on the culty aspects of Upstream Color I could have also picked something like Sound of My Voice. But I like Martha Marcy May Marlene a lot, so I picked it instead.
I should be talking more about Kill List, which is one of those films that surprised me, and I thoroughly recommend it to those who grow tired of modern horror conventions. But, I just discovered that the Oogieloves movie is on Netflix. So my mind is a little busy going back and forth on whether I should watch it or not. I don’t know who I’m kidding. My morbid curiosity will probably win out, as the movie’s very existence has wrinkled my brain since last “oogust”. I remember driving around town and seeing billboards and bus ads and actually asking myself out loud, “What the hell is that?” I would even exchange looks of confusion with people next to me in traffic. But to be fair, other drivers were probably less concerned with the Oogieloves and more confused by why this strange person looking at them was listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket so loudly and without shame.
You might also like: The Wicker Man (1973) - It’s important that you seek out the ‘73 version and not the Neil Labute one with Nicholas Cage. The ‘73 version is a cult horror classic, while the Labute film is a comedy.
It’s post Cinema Novo, but it was made by a Novo director. So with that you get some similar themes in there. You also get a really porno-rific soundtrack when people start getting down.
Yep, this song plays in the film. Not this version though. I just like this one for obvious reasons.
You might also like: Black God, White Devil (1964) - It’s not really similar to Bye Bye Brasil. But since I mentioned Cinema Novo, I figured I’ll just suggest one of the quintessential films of the movement.
The History of Aspect Ratio
If you still don’t know why there are black bars on your tv, watch this. Also if you could do me a favor and then explain it to every member of my extended family, that would be great. I’ve tried. I’m pretty sure they think I’m just making shit up.
It’s legendary title designer Saul Bass’ birthday, and Google had really great tribute. So here’s the only film with Saul Bass credits on Netflix. At least the only one that I know he worked on and have seen. Giving myself some wiggle room in case there’s another one on there. As for the movie itself, it’s a decent noir that’s not really talked about too much. It certainly doesn’t help that Robert Aldrich’s other film from that year was Kiss Me Deadly, which is leagues better and a flippin’ classic.
You might also like: Anatomy of a Murder (1959) - So many Saul Bass films to choose from, I just kind of picked one.
I have been really shitty about posting recently. But I got around to it today, so here’s something to warm your heart cockles. Yeah it’s like the Disney of foreign film, but being pure sentiment isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it’s done well. And I will admit that I’m a total sucker for that last scene.I believe the Netflix version is the theatrical cut, not the director’s cut. Which is good because I think it’s the better version anyway.
You might also like: Life is Beautiful (1997) - Similar kind of film, in that it walks that thin schmaltzy line. This is also on instant watch.
If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Bela Tarr, just think of any parody of an art film. It’s black and white, in some eastern European language, and it takes place on some farm where everyone is starving. That pretty much sums it up. For his reported swan song, Tarr has made a two and a half hour instructional film on how to eat potatoes.
You might also like: Werkmeister Harmonies (2000) - Whale…
Claire Denis’ gorgeous film about ugly things. Things like civil war, imperialism, alienation, and the what the autumn years of a Highlander are like.
You might also like: Chocolat (1988) - Claire Denis first film, which also takes place in French colonial Africa.