1. Kubrick’s insect heart was touched by Dekalog.

     

  2. LESSER KNOWN GEMS I LOVE PT. 3: KILL THE MOONLIGHT

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    In the early ’90s, Steve Hanft made a no-budge American art comedy about a stock car racer manqué trying to break a cycle of failures. It’s a very lo-fi, low key affair. The lackadaisical plot, shooting style (blown out, grainy 16mm), garage surf score and non-acting all work in the film’s favor, creating what can only be described as a pure slacker aesthetic. Chance the driver wanders through the film in a daze, through a series of episodes that revolve around raising money to fix up his car and win back his girl. She’s moved on. The world has moved on. Chance is doomed to fail in an eternal loop he will never escape. Hanft made a charmingly disheveled film, made better by its limitations.      

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    About six years ago, I found myself living in Ventura County, working as a delivery driver for a pharmacy. I made many long distance runs to Fillmore, Santa Paula, Simi Valley and Moorpark, where this film takes place. A strange inland limbo, just west of the valley, separated from the Pacific Ocean, Malibu and the PCH by the Santa Monica mountains. A place “on the other side” where nothing is happening; where time crawls and hope slithers on its belly. A nursing home for dreams and ambitions. At least what I’ve seen of it. The images and sounds of Kill the Moonlight steeped heavily in my mind whilst driving those dusty, sun bleached roads.

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    Kill the Moonlight is most famous for the line “I’m a driver, I’m a winner. Things are gonna change I can feel it.” It’s a wonderful chronicle of a time and place, of a disoriented hero sleepwalking through life and encountering all kinds of marginilized west coast burn-outs along the way.

     
  3. filmslutch:

    HARMONY CALLS HIMSELF TO REMIND HIMSELF TO FORGET THE PLOT

     
  4. Always trust a curmudgeon.

     
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  6. LESSER KNOWN GEMS I LOVE pt. 2: THINGS CHANGE

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    Dave Mamet is no slouch.  This is his second film - a buddy comedy from 1988 that is more solid and memorable than you remember.  Do you know who co-wrote this film?  Shel Silverstein.  

    Joe Mantegna plays a mob grunt in the penalty box for not taking orders and as penance must babysit an (seemingly) oblivious Sicilian immigrant (Don Ameche) whom his superiors have paid to take a fall for a mob boss soon to be fingered for a shooting. Mantegna is supposed to prepare Ameche for his court confession but he has problems taking orders, remember? He feels bad for the old Sicilian and takes him on a madcap Tahoe weekend full of changing fortunes and mistaken identity.

    This film is pitch perfect.  Everything unfolds in surprising and satisfying ways. Mamet is a brilliant economist who gives you only what you need to stay engrossed in the narrative. Everything else is a distraction. Not one ounce of flab here.   DaveMam is a mensch who works hard at his craft and this film will make you feel good.  Don Ameche was a titan.  Mamet is over 60 now and will kick your ass just for sneezing incorrectly, you brain-dead liberal.

     

  7. LESSER KNOWN GEMS I LOVE pt. 1: BOX of MOONLIGHT

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    Hey I like this movie very much, y’see?  It is from 1996 and made by Jim Jarmusch’s protege and original DP Tom DiCillo.  John Turturro plays  a workaholic on a job very far away from his wife and son who is bad at math.  He is having a mid-life crisis when he hooks up with Sam Rockwell, a free spirit who lives off the grid.  They mostly hang out in Rockwell’s weird compound in the woods, barbecue, drink, swim and generally just bro it up as Turturro continually lies to his wife and extends his stay with Rockwell as he gradually learns to chill.  This is a movie about chilling.

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    I would say this movie was forgotten in the tumult of quirky, mid ’90s mid-life crisis indie jams.  But Box of Moonlight goes deeper and keeps you warmer than any of that other pap. The wonderful Catherine Keener rounds out the cast.

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    Social justice regurgitators will not like this film, as it is very “white” and “non-topical.”  Box of Moonlight is a feel good jam and a great 4th of July time movie.  Seek it out if or if not you think white people have become irrelevant.

     
  8. jamesfrancobs:

    “River and I would talk about getting old, being in our 50’s together, how it’d probably take us that long to get to work together. there was something gorgeous about us being old together. River will be missed — I mean now, more than ever I wish I could talk to him.”- Joaquin phoenix

    I don’t have any friends in the business. Just River. Oh where, oh where has my Juliet gone?” -  keanu reeves

    "When a role for a young guy is offered to me, I think of River Phoenix. It feels like a loss" - Leonardo DiCaprio

    "He was my brother and I loved him a great deal. It was just an awful, awful mistake. We fed off each other and learned a lot from each other." -  Michael Stipe

    “He was a great actor and a great young man; a great human being. He had a great family, a very level view of life, and a promising future” - Johnny Depp

    "River was one of those people that had that strange magic glow around them; he could drive you crazy, or make you fall in love with him, sometimes in the same minute. I remember knowing he was special when in the first days of filming explorers - we were staying in a motel outside of San Francisco, and I saw him practicing his character’s walk in the parking lot one of the mornings before shooting began. uncommon behavior for a 13-year old. he had a big, beautiful family, and was the first vegetarian i ever met."- Ethan hawke 

    " I’m obsessed with “my own private idaho”, I recently created a film called “my own private River,” I was able to give more emphasis to the essential beauty of phoenix and his work. phoenix in my remix film, now the significance of “idaho” has changed because River is gone, but you want him to just be there, you want him to keep going, you want to see what he can do, and you want to find all that is still alive and is still around that exists of him. consequently, those moments that would immediately pull you out of a normal film, pull you into this film—at least they pulled me in—because river is walking around, he is alive again. what I mean is that you just want anything you can have of him - James franco

    (via riverphoenixblog)

     

  9. breakfastineurope said: ive seen u on the harmony korine forums!

    Oh man I love that forum. The people there have listed so many good ones to seek out. 💃💃💃

     
  10. heidisaman:

    "The critics and the public wanted the pathos of M. Hulot’s Holiday and Mon oncle. They got Playtime, a comedy entirely devoted to space, in which Tati, as Hulot, hovers at the periphery of his own creation and has the elegance, which very few comedians share, not to put the spotlight on his own mug. The public and the critics turned against Tati. They were of course wrong, and the film is one of those few that get better by the year. It’s a silent film with sound; its color scheme is in a narrow band between gray and blue that aggressively underscores the painterly logic of Tati’s conceit. The film gives itself the luxury to reinvent choreography and as such dazzles with the megalomania of its enterprise and the diabolical precision the filmmaker had to conjure up to pull it off.”

    — Jean-Pierre Gorin on Tati’s Playtime 

    Still from Playtime (1967, dir. Jacques Tati)