Films I Want To See At MIFF
In no particular order save that dictated by my subconscious:
Because as much as I think Wes Anderson is an overrated filmmaker (with the exception of The Royal Tenenbaums which is so beautiful and has Gene Hackman, and anything with Gene Hackman is a winner, except for that last film he did with Ray Romano, ergh), I’m a sucker for the event movie experience and going to the Greater Union on Russell Street with thousands of hipsters to watch Bruce Willis’ restrained delivery of ironic non sequiturs set to whimsical music would be a pleasant way to pass 93 minutes (plus a good twenty minutes lining up in the cold and ten minutes after navigating the crowds on the way out, so that’s over two hours of event movie experience right there, of which the actual movie constitutes a mere 66%).
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Because I am an absolute sucker for those American indies that are ideologically suspect but emotionally affirming, intelligent but not overly so, easy to watch but also to engage further with and not-at-all independent: that is to say that they are “American” in every sense of the word. Plus magical realism is an under-utilised IMHO way of using film expressionistically to demonstrate something of the emotional experience of young people. Because it’s buzzy and film festivals are not only about watching movies, but about being part of the international cultural conversation, even if one must do so three to eight months later than everybody else.
Because Michael Haneke and death.
Harold & Maude
Because despite watching Hal Ashby’s movie precisely once, on my laptop, it is one of my favourite films. Because it’s good to remind oneself that occasionally Hollywood does produce films that have integrity and creativity and say interesting things about the American experience. Because it has a rather good soundtrack by Cat Stevens.
Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg/Souvenirs of Serge
Because I know almost nothing about Mr Gainsbourg or his creative work, and this is a shameful situation that should be rectified.
God Bless America
Because I think the audience for a completely unsubtle movie in which a dying Man and a teenage girl go on a killing spree murdering all those annoying people you experience in (pop) culture (high school bitch, the God Hates Fags people, the audience at a TV talent show) would be fun. Because it would make nice counter-programming to Harold and Maude. Because the director, Bobcat Goldthwait, has an outstanding name.
Because William Friedkin is still making movies and this one stars Matthew McConaughey in a morally dubious role, and there is just something magnetic about the guy when he’s playing interesting characters. Because it’s set in Texas and I will not pass on an opportunity to watch Hot Texans doing Corrupt Texan Things.
In Another Country
Because Hong Sang-soo makes always original though not unproblematic films and this one has Isabelle Huppert and a rather great, classic Hong Sang-soo trailer that you can view here.
Because it’s been described as “bonkers” and Kylie Minogue appears and I just love these crazy festival movies that seem to be designed to push all the festival controversy buttons. Because I’ve just started getting into Denis Lavant. Because I love Lavant and Carax’s effort in Tokyo! and which you can view in the next post.
Once Upon A Time In America
Because nothing would reaffirm my sometimes waning passion for cinema than spending 4 hours with Sergio Leone’s gangster epic.