Friday, June 1, 2012

movie recommends, s'il vous plait


H is out of town, and I've already watched waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much HGTV for my own good. Like, way too much. Also this really embarrassing Bravo show I found on demand, Interior Therapy? Embarrassing.

So I've concocted a radical plan to go to the video store this afternoon. (If it's even still in business. I haven't RENTED a movie in at least two years.)

Here's the short list of stuff I know I want to see:


What am I missing? What's your most favorite movie you've seen in the last little while??

I know you guys have good taste.

Photo by Jen Gotch

71 comments:

  1. Ooh, I liked Beginners. I have no other suggestions. I never go to the movies...you know, except to see shit like Hunger Games. I saw Martha Marcy May Marlene but only thought it was OK. I really can't think what else I've seen.

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    1. Martha Marcy May Marlene was GREAT! Rent it ASAP

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  2. Melancholia is sooo good. And awkward.

    Withnail and I
    Howl

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  3. I always think of the Czech new wave film Daisies when I think about ESB:
    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0060959/

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    1. "A mad-cap feminist farce"

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    2. Also Czech: "One Hand Can't Clap"

      ... if you can source it. :-P

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  4. First Position (it's on OnDemand right now).

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  5. Those are pretty intense movie picks. To lighten your load, I love "Wild Target" with Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy. And Ron Weasley from Harry Potter....

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  6. i am love is epic; if it's in stock, grab it.

    if it isn't, when was the last time you saw the cook, the thief, his wife & her lover? i never tire of it.

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  7. I don't know if you're into french movies, but here goes:
    - les émotifs anonymes
    - intouchable

    I don't know any good recent movies, except for maybe bullhead, haven't seen it myself, but people keep telling me to watch it so I guess maybe you should too?

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  8. I still love Jeff Lewis, even when he is embarrassing.

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  9. ooh, marjolijn reminded me: if you haven't seen la fille sur le pont, waste no time. vanessa paradis, marianne faithfull on the soundtrack, erotic knife-throwing - it's a crowd-pleaser.

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  10. I thought Take Shelter with Michael Shannon was great. Don't know how much apocalypse you're up for this weekend, but it's a nice companion piece to Melancholia.

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  11. Goodbye Lenin, if you don't mind reading subtitles. Micmacs, but only if you really like Jeunet. It is his most, well, Jeunet-ish.FYI, Melancholia is on Netflix instant streaming right now.

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  12. Interior Therapy is awesome. The guy is so ANGRY.

    Movies:
    Ip Man (awesome martial arts movie about the guy who trained Bruce Lee)
    The Valet (French romantic comedy. Very cute!)
    Bill Cunningham New York

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  13. 'Another Earth' was my favorite movie of 2011....

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  14. Stardust. It has no business being as enjoyable as it was.

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  15. Ahhh, HGTV...it's so addicting. Last summer, it was all about House Hunters for me.

    As for movies, Shag is the BEST summer ever!

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  16. 1. Midnight in Paris (which I'm sure you've already seen)
    2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (which I hear is sick)
    3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (amazing)

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    1. I just finally saw Midnight in Paris and loooooved it

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    2. Yes to Midnight in Paris, again and again and again.

      Also, Vicky Christina Barcelona

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  17. did you see DRIVE? holy shitballs, you should if you haven't.

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    1. Drive is definitely the best movie I've seen recently, and the way it uses music is amazing. Speaking of, I think I need to go listen to A Real Hero.

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  18. I agree with Celia, Drive is immense.

    I do this for a living (watch films and report on them I mean, not comment on blogs). Anyway.

    My favourites of last year:

    - Beginners
    - Jane Eyre (Michael Fassbender as Mr Rochester? Genius)
    - Basically anything else with Fass - eg Shame, or even X-Men: First Class at a push
    - Restless - it has Dennis Hopper's son in, and he's actually great
    - Not sure if it's 2010 or 2011, but a Welsh film called Submarine
    - And the Muppets. I kid you not. Most film reviewers I know secretly think it was the best film of 2011.

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    1. Yes! The Muppets! Certainly better than that Descedants pile of crap.

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    2. Yes to Muppets as best film 2011!!!

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  19. Loved all 3 of the movies on your list. If you haven't seen it already, you must see Hunger.

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  20. Tiny Furniture! (provided you don't hate Lena Dunham)

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    1. no, i need to see that! I'm loving Girls.

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  21. The Fall. the most amazing visuals in any movie ever, the cutest kid ever, and a good story.

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  22. Martha Marcy May Marlene is incredible. Just watched it yesterday. Also Bill Cunningham New York.

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  23. My Week With Marilyn was shockingly good.

    Tiny Furniture was just meh imo, but still worth seeing. Especially if you're a fan of Girls.

    I was also surprised by Young Adult. Same vein as Tiny Furniture, but it's an examination of extended adolescence into one's 30's.

    I will echo Anon with Goodbye Lenin. Anything with Daniel Bruehl is worth tracking down (John Rabe, for instance).

    Martha Marcy May Marlene...I think I liked it. But it left me so disconcerted I can't be sure of my feelings.

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  24. Oh I recently watched young adult and it was fantastic and quirky. Highly recommend

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  25. I loved Beginners, Melancholia was alright, havent seen I Am Love. I recommend - Win Win with Paul Giamatti, very entertaining and so was The Descendants. Submarine is great too.

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  26. For a laugh - we watched Youth in Revolt this week and it was pretty great. And Drive - so good!

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  27. I discovered Interior Therapy during this week's bought of insomnia. So very good & so very bad.

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  28. 50/50 funny-- but sad in a good way
    beginners
    extremely loud and incredibly close
    another earth-- weird but really good

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  29. I Killed My Mother

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    1. Oh, and Beginners is great :)

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  30. The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

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    1. I just watched this, I thought it was great! Mostly because of the one million movie impersonations and all the ridiculous friend jokes. I was sleepy but laughed a lot, for sure.

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    2. YES TO THE TRIP!! steve coogan forevs.

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  31. an absolute YES to everything on your list so far
    +
    THE SKIN I LIVE IN (Spain)
    IN BROGUES (UK)
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    ATTACK THE BLOCK (UK)
    BILL CUNNINGHAM NY
    MOTHER (Korea)
    WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
    WHITE RIBBON (Austria)
    RANGO
    LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Original/Scandinavian)

    3 of my favorite films off the top of my head are WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF? PAPER MOON and TRUE ROMANCE but I tried to give you more recent films (last 3 years or so) I run an indie movie house in downtown Santa Cruz so I could potentially go on and on...but that may be overwhelming...smile.

    Post script: I am getting married in a month and your blog rocks my socks so thanks.

    Post Post Script: Don't see the Descendants, waste of brain cells and time. The directors best film is ELECTION, so see that instead if you feel so inclined.

    Cheers,

    35mm Bride

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    1. Omgosh, YES to True Romance - love that film so much.

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  32. Weekend
    Trouble in Paradise (funny, sexy pre-code)
    It's Kind of A Funny Story

    Seconded:
    50/50 -- great. Angelica Houston makes every movie.
    Beginners -- who knew Captain von Trapp could be so FUNNY?
    Let the Right One In -- (obv only the original)
    Bill Cunningham New York -- he's heartbreaking when asked about his sexuality
    Jane Eyre -- Michael Fassbender breaks MY heart with his sexuality

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    1. omg yes - Bill Cunningham documentary was excellent... and heartbreaking. I had tears.

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  33. Truly Madly Deeply just for the lead actress and her facial expressions. Alan Rickman is the bonux prize.

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  34. The Kids are Alright was pretty good, but maybe that's just because I &heart; Mark Ruffalo. And The Descendents lived up to the hype, in my opinion. I haven't "rented" a movie in years either! And I don't go to the theater except for the Harry Potter movies. :P

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  35. Frankly, Midnight In Paris made me want to stick a fork in my eye. I really wanted to like Woody Allen this time around, but that didn't happen.

    Seconding:
    Bill Cunningham New York - heartwarming but not in a schmarmy way.

    The new Jane Eyre is tense and sexy and Michael Fassbender rocks the hell out of mutton chops.

    If you're interested in some vintage gorgeousness, check out The Criterion Collection's La Collectioneuse (cute 1960's French bikinis, good hair, more tense eroticism).

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    1. Yeah I really hated Midnight In Paris.

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  36. Obvs I need to add Jane Eyre to the list.

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  37. Highly recommend The Romantics - Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, Malin Akerman and a whole bunch of other great small roles. Really cool, well-written and acted movie.

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  38. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
    Adaptation.
    Employee of the Month (the one with Matt Dillon NOT Dane Cook)

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  39. We just watched Blue Hawaii recently... which features Elvis being kind of a jerk, but it's Elvis, and Hawaii! I just tried to start watching the Romantics and I have to admit, it's kind of bumming me out and making me think it's Dawson's Creek. A good question to ask yourself is also, "when was the last time I watched Robin Hood Men In Tights?"

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  40. just recently re-watched Four Rooms. had forgotten how good it is.
    also, others mentioned In Bruges (!!!) and Weekend. <3
    Theres a really good doc on design power-couple Charles & Ray Eames.. called Eames. & <3

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    1. Is that from the PBS American Masters series? If so, I had my 11th grade English class watch it during out Modernism unit. I enjoyed it much more than they did.

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  41. Oh my - I'm book marking this page for my next film binge.

    Not a film: Ru Paul's Drag Race - three seasons available for streaming on logotv. Weeeerk.

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  42. agree, agree, agree. oh, also a lot of my pals somehow missed ms. coppola's somewhere. it was one of my faves from 2010.

    p.s. jeff lewis is nothing to be ashamed about.

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  43. You should all watch Walking and Talking. Or rewatch it, if you haven't seen it in a while. I haven't seen Nicole Holofcener's other movies but I've heard they're great, too.

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  44. I loved Melancholia.
    I also love: the lives of others (by henckel von donnersmark) / Il deserto rosso (by Antonioni)- crazy story, marvellous picturs
    i didn't like midnight in paris but I loved vicky christina barcelona (mostly because i like barcelona and penelope cruz is so f***ed up &crazy in that movie)

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