this is probably forgetting a lot of ppl.
if ppl respond to this post w/recs, i’ll turn this into a masterpost w/updates ‘n such. thanks!
Anonymous asked: Top 5 Altman?
the long goodbye
mccabe & mrs miller
Anonymous asked: i like how you tagged those jeff goldblum gq pics 'daddy'. i feel ya.
goldblum is the hot dad ideal honestly
Anonymous asked: top 5 favourite non-american films?
too broad a category to narrow down
henridecorinth asked: Top 5 Favorite Directorial Debuts from the Previous List of Directorial Debuts.
personal faves would be BADLANDS, BOUND, IN BRUGES, THE SEVENTH CONTINENT and BLOOD SIMPLE.
more objectively, i would say the best are IVAN’S CHILDHOOD, ERASERHEAD, CITIZEN KANE, RESERVOIR DOGS & KNIFE IN THE WATER.
Anonymous asked: Bunuel's debut was Un Chien Andalou.
true, but i was looking at feature-length debuts. un chien andalou is a short film.
henridecorinth asked: Top 5 Directorial Debuts.
eh, i’m just gonna list a bunch of ‘em.
luis bunuel — l’age d’or
orson welles — citizen kane (duh)
sidney lumet — 12 angry men
francois truffaut — the 400 blows
charles laughton — night of the hunter (although idk if ‘debut’ is appropriate since it’s his only film as director)
mike nichols — who’s afraid of virginia woolf?
roman polanski — knife in the water
andrei tarkovsy — ivan’s childhood
dennis hopper — easy rider (same as laughton due to limited output)
david lynch — eraserhead
terrence malick — badlands
tobe hooper — the texas chain saw massacre
coen brothers — blood simple
michael haneke — the seventh continent
rob reiner — this is spinal tap
steven soderbergh — sex, lies, & videotape
robert rodriguez — el mariachi
quentin tarantino — reservoir dogs
the wachowskis — bound
kevin smith — clerks
brad bird — the iron giant
shane black — kiss kiss bang bang
miranda july — me you and everyone we know
martin mcdonagh — in bruges
edgar wright — shaun of the dead
tom ford — a single man (quite possibly a one-off)
steve mcqueen — hunger
there’s a lot i haven’t seen tho.
Anonymous asked: do you only like movies with white people in them?
oh, for sure. i’m a total white supremacist which is why the last post on this blog was from in the mood for love. ONLY WHITE PEOPLE 2KFOREVER.
Anonymous asked: Are you a virgin?
virginity is a social construct
Anonymous asked: are you gay...?
unless this is carrie brownstein. then,
Anonymous asked: Happy birthday! (to Robert Mitchum of course)
yes! let’s enjoy mitchum’s calypso album to celebrate
Anonymous asked: what do you think of whitewashing in hollywood? especially with ridley scotts exodus. white people playing Egyptians like it's still the 1950s.
it’s disgraceful. a shame bc i like ridley scott & the white lead actors in that movie, too. when you look at imdb, there are some actors of color in the cast (most notably ben kingsley), but they are playing supporting roles.
i think this about sums it up:
obvs there are so many factors at play here like the limited bankability of movie stars & studios not greenlighting movies without certain people in certain roles; so on the one hand, you can’t blame everything on scott or the actors, but on the other hand, you’ve got to hold the decision makers accountable & say, like, you know what, why not cast somebody like rami malek or tahar rahim instead of aaron paul (not the lead role, but a significant role that could go a long way in representation). why not shohreh aghdashloo instead of sigourney? or, how about, you know, like actual JEWS (hell, at least the ten commandments had edgar g. robinson).
i think you could probably have still funded this movie with bale as moses (in a compromise), but cast poc in those other three or four key roles, without much of an impact on box office. unfortunately, dollars are all that matter in hollywood & studios are inherently conservative. representation doesn’t even cross their minds, usually.
Anonymous asked: 15 favorite movies?
Lawrence of Arabia
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
A Woman Under the Influence
Singin’ in the Rain
The Quiet Man
EDIT: how could i forget Le Samourai?!
Anonymous asked: do you have a top 10 of '13? If you have a pre-existing one can you link me up? I enjoy your thoughts on film!
hi there. thanks for the compliment. here’s the list from last year:
leaversdance asked: Hi, do you have any views in New Zealand cinema? Have you seen any films from New Zealand?
unfortunately, i am pretty ignorant of the cinema of new zealand. i’ve only seen some of the most internationally famous films from that country, like THE PIANO, WHALE RIDER, HEAVENLY CREATURES, & DEAN SPANLEY.
obviously i’ve seen the LORD OF THE RINGS films, and since then a lot of hollywood productions have been shot in new zealand.
for being such a small country, new zealand has produced a lot of quality actors, too: cliff curtis, sam neill, anna paquin, melanie lynskey, lucy lawless & my fave, zoe bell.
my biggest association with new zealand & film is the new zealand film archive, where a huge treasure trove of “lost” movies were recently recovered. so, my biggest view on new zealand cinema is basically that i want to raid their national film archive. call me, NZFA!