Sunday, 18 January 2009

What film would you recommend and why?

Your choice can be because the film is significant, visually, culturally, politically, technologically or just because you love it. Be generous - let us know. (Sorry we can't do requests on film programme as the films are already booked).


    (Rushmore 1998)

    Why? Because its directed by Wes Anderson and stars Bill Murray + it has this recurring theme of hand jobs : 0


  2. greenaway greenaway greenaway.
    please say its on the list for one of the weeks, it would be fantastic to see on the big screen. 'The Cook...' or 'Zed and 2 Noughts'.

  3. “together” - luckas moodysson
    “belleville rendez-vous” – slyvain chomet
    "la haine" - mathieu kassovitz
    “uzak” – nuri bilge ceylan
    "withnail and i" - bruce robinson
    “talk to her” – pablo almodovar
    "all about lily chou-chou" - shunji iwai
    “koktebel” – boris khlebnikov & alexi popgrebsky
    "the sword in the stone" - disney

    the reason for all being that they warm the cockles of my heart

  4. Shotgun Stories-it's a beautifully shot film, and I would really love to see it on the big screen.
    Also, a Cremaster film? Please?!

  5. By the way.

    If anyone is interested in the history of film I can recommend:

    The Story of Film
    Written by Mark Cousins
    Published by Pavillon 2004

    It explains the development of film around the globe and has a particular focus on 'innovation' which binds the story together.

    I think it is a great introduction and I particularly liked his attempt to explain some of mainstream Hollywood through what he calls 'Closed Romantic Realism'.

  6. Three films I'd recommend in particular... they're all of a sci-fi/horror feel, but even if you're not a fan of the genre, I'd say they're worth a look on visual merit alone :)

    "Solaris" (1972) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Don't watch the Hollywood remake, it's dreadful. No surprise since the Russian original is a gentley-paced, thoughtful film of great metaphor and subtlety. I don't want to give too much away on this one, I recommend you see for yourselves.

    "Nightwatch: Nochnoi Dozor" (2004) Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. You may have seen "Wanted", also directed by Bekmametov. I felt it was something of a victory of style over content and it's not a patch on "Nightwatch", which strikes a perfect balance between the two. The humour is darker and sharper, the SFX are less ostentatious and far more effective (attention to detail even extends to the subtitles), and the acting is gritty and nothing short of brilliant. Throw in a few kick-ass fight scenes and an intelligent plot that refreshingly doesn't detract from the cinematic artistry by wallowing in its own epic-ness, and you have yourself one hell of a movie.

    "Dante 01" (2008) Directed by Marc Caro. This French film resonates like a horrible nightmare from start to finish. It's set in a prison for the criminally insane, on a space-station orbiting the hell-planet "Dante". And for some reason, everyone is bald. It's very violent, comes to an incomprehensible conclusion, is visually stunning thoughout, and is absolutely fantastic.

    Let me know what you think if you watch / have watched any of these!

  7. Sin city

    finally i got to see a film that came from a graphic novel and was actually executed in the same but effective way. I always thought it was impossibly hard to display the whole comic feel of a graphic novel and keep a hold of the seriousness of it for the big screen. but its one of those films that make you actually want to buy the novel, read it, and have the same gut feeling you had when watching it.