Wednesday, May 6, 2009

3 WOMEN (1977)
directed by Robert Altman

Shy, reclusive girl Pinky starts work at a sanitarium and becomes emotionally attached to her fellow worker, Millie. After an accident, the women seem to inexplicably swap personalities, and then return back to normal. A third woman, a local artist, prowls around on the periphery of the story.

directed by John Hilcoat
screenplay by Nick Cave

Like Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" or Eastwood's "Unforgiven", this film takes a very gritty approach to the western genre. Dark, bloody, and covered in sweat, the film tells the story of a family of outlaws on the run in rural Australia in the late 19th century. When two of the brothers are captured, the middle child (played by Guy Pearce) is given 9 days to kill his older brother or his youngest sibling will be executed. Psychedelic soundtrack dudes!

directed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen
based on the book by Robert Evans

A documentary about legendary film producer Robert Evans. Responsible for producing classics like The Godfather, Chinatown, and Rosemary's Baby, the film chronicles his ascension to chief of production at Paramount Studios, providing candid back story
about the production of some of Hollywood's greatest movies.

directed by Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier

Oooh, Lars von Trier and his BIG ideas. To his benefit, the founder of the Dogma '95 movement does know quite a bit about film, but he doesn't have to rub it in our fuckin faces. Based on each director's personal manifestos and conversations about the nature of documentary film, Lars von Trier challenges fellow filmmaker Jorgen Leth to remake his short film "The Perfect Human" five different times, each time with varying rules and obstructions. Very interesting.

directed by Peter Weir

While some war epics use the carnage of battle as fodder to promote anti-war sentiment, Gallipoli approaches the subject with a bit more tact, focusing on the bureaucracy of the armed forces and naivete of the soldiers fighting. The story follows two, young sprinters (played by Mel Gibson and Mark Lee) as they are thrust into the Turkish battlefront of World War I. Similar in tone to "Paths of Glory" or "All Quiet On The Western Front", the film shows how war unites soldiers and spawns brotherly friendships, only to tear them apart at the whim of a glory hungry military machine.

Also highly recommended:
Blood Simple (Forever Young commentary!)
Errol Morris' First Person
We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen
Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn

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