Mr. BC wants me to fill up his Netflix queue (list of movies for future viewing that are then mailed to you and you mail back) and I'm having trouble lately filling up my own. Popular mixed with obscure is always good. My last three selections, for myself, included School of Rock (goofy comedy, but I haven't actually watched it yet so I don't know if that's true), Ararat (Turks committing genocide on Armenians last century) and Once were Warriors (totally compelling totally depressing Aussie flick).

I am starting out his queue with On the Waterfront because of the many many movies I like I can't think of one I like more.

He's a family man so kid movies are ok too. Ok, ready, jump right in.

I think I got from somebody around here once the suggestion of Little Dieter Needs to Fly and Mr. BC and I both enjoyed that immensly. Ok, this is it, ready...go.
- jimlouis 6-10-2004 3:26 pm

school of rock is cute but its really for kids although enjoyable enough if you appreciate jack blacks antics.
- dave 6-10-2004 4:45 pm [add a comment]


I think "Celebration" might be my favourite movie.

(I liked School of Rock a lot. But I'm immature.)
- sally mckay 6-10-2004 5:22 pm [add a comment]


never heard of it. not available on video or dvd.
- dave 6-10-2004 6:11 pm [add a comment]


ooops. I meant "The Celebration".
- sally mckay 6-10-2004 9:13 pm [add a comment]


hi jimlouis. It is interesting to recommend movies to someone you don't know (and school of rock has thrown me off a bit, but I haven't seen it and now will most likely rent it :-) Is Big Fish out on DVD? There was talk about it on the site and I saw it on the plane the other day, I thought it was worth a rental (I also saw 50 First Blind Dates - ugh - why?! And just to completely embarrass my self - and go back to my crying on the plane theory Ė now I know it must be because of lack of oxygen- I cried at the end!). I caught Klute the other night on late night cable, that was one I had forgotten about and a good re-see (I donít think for kids though ;-). The Day of the Jackal? All the President's Men? Best in Show?
- selma 6-11-2004 12:09 am [add a comment]


Thanks peoples. Uh, let's see before I checked back here, this morning I put six on his list, Big Fish, Tripletts of Bellville (actually both of those might have been inspired by Selma's recent mentions somewhere on the tree and/but I've been curious about the both of them), Mystic River, On the Waterfront, Down with Love (my embarrassing indulgence, but it's cute and pretty well written), and American Splendor. I'm not sure any of us are actually recommending School of Rock but I'm actually looking forward to it to cleanse the palate of my pysche after the hanging in the last flick I watched. Ima check out The Celebration, and Jason and the Argonauts I remember but only vaguely so I'll probably queue it up too. (Oh, Netflix is a little behind on The Celebration, they have it as a soon to be released, even though it's a 1998 flick?)
- jimlouis 6-11-2004 3:37 am [add a comment]


  • i really liked school of rock - laughed a lot - but HATED (HATED) down with love.
    - linda 6-11-2004 4:10 am [add a comment]


  • Oh, and here's another girly-man, date movie I kind of liked--How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. I'm fishing for more upper-case bold.
    - jimlouis 6-11-2004 3:31 pm [add a comment]


  • most HATED (HATED) (POISON) date movies: While You Were Sleeping, Runaway Bride, Sleepless in Seattle. Grudingly sort of liked it: Erin Brockovitch, Riding in Cars with Boys. Actively liked it: Punch Drunk Love, Lost in Translation, The Wedding Singer. Looking forward to seeing it with trepidation and some shame: 50 First Dates.
    - sally mckay 6-11-2004 4:12 pm [add a comment]



what a fun question when the kid is asleep, i have some chilly beers in the fridge and mike is out. these are not necessarily my favorites, but just ones that come to mind tonight.
i know it'll make steve doughton cringe, but one of my favorite movies is powder. sorry.
dead man
anything by almodovar (all about my mother and talk to her v good)
i liked and mike wanted his money back: blasie moi
the tenant
city of lost children
man on a train
under the sand
anything by mike leigh (esp early stuff, very funny)
ice storm
magnolia
close encounters of the third kind
anything with spencer tracy and katherine hepburn
anything with steve mcqueen
rushmore
raising arizona
alien
ghost dog
jesus' son (looks hokey, but very funny)
safe men -- one of funniest movies ever, sam rockwell is so good
bandits
anything by mamet
royal tenenbaums
zoolander
romance
okay. done. a little drunk. waiting for mike to bring me takeout from bao noodles.
- linda 6-11-2004 4:08 am [add a comment]


  • Thanks for list, a few I haven't seen and will check out. I did not like City of Lost Children, visually wow, but was there a script or was I just too sleepy that night?
    - jimlouis 6-11-2004 3:36 pm [add a comment]



oooh Safe Men was funny! I forgot all about that film. I like Mike Leigh too but I don't find him funny, more like gruelling agony ( "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" only more raw and painful).
- sally mckay 6-11-2004 8:07 am [add a comment]


  • c'mon, nuts in may, who's who. no laughing?
    - linda 6-11-2004 4:55 pm [add a comment]


  • Hm. Haven't seen either of those. Meantime, Abigail's Party, High Hopes, Life is Sweet, and Secrets and Lies are all pretty harsh. Even Career Girls has its share of pain.
    - sally mckay 6-11-2004 5:36 pm [add a comment]


    • Nuts in May is hilarious. Meantime is probably my fave Mike Leigh. I swear Phil Daniels acting is some of the best ever, his delivery so sharp that it leaves me in stitches.
      - steve 3-24-2005 8:16 am [add a comment]


    • I wanted to get Safe Men by whatshisname but Netflix no offer it.

      Also, I was down on Jarmusch after seeing Stranger than Paradise but saw Dead Man, and, Ghost Dog recently so I'm feeling ok about him again.

      I put Secret and Lies in my Netflix queue. I don't think I've seen a Leigh before. Netflix has these:

      Abigail's Party (1977)

      All or Nothing (2002)

      Bleak Moments (1971)

      Four Days in July (1985)

      Grown Ups (1980)

      Hard Labour (1973)

      Home Sweet Home (1982)

      Kiss of Death (1977)

      Meantime (1981)

      Nuts in May (1976)

      Secrets & Lies (1996)

      Topsy-Turvy (1999)

      Vera Drake (2004)

      Who's Who (1979
      - jimlouis 3-24-2005 9:41 pm [add a comment]


    • For my money few directors rehearse and work with actors as well as Leigh, he's brought a good number of the greatest performances to the screen. I like all on this list that I've seen, which is most of them. Haven't seen Vera Drake yet but hear it's very good.

      I'd recommend adding Meantime and Topsy-Turvy for starters, kind of polar opposites as far as his work goes.

      They don't offer Life Is Sweet? Too bad.
      - steve 3-25-2005 7:35 am [add a comment]


  • true.and don't forget naked. yeesh. i loved career girls.
    - linda 6-11-2004 6:13 pm [add a comment]



back by popular demand -- my collection
- dave 6-11-2004 8:42 am [add a comment]


Linda, I liked Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers horror movies so I went back and checked out "Powder," and I liked it a lot. Salva's plea for understanding of the psychokinetic/homoerotic/Christlike outsider is heavy handed, but it's brilliant heavy handed. What a visual director! He's very similar to Spielberg but the things I find false and contrived in Spielberg I find gripping in Salva's work. With the latter I don't mind being manipulated because what he's showing me is so amazing. The scene where he makes the hunter feel the dying deer's pain, or the one where he acts as a channel for the dying woman who can't speak--so over the top! What a wildly emotional movie!

- tom moody 6-11-2004 9:26 am [add a comment]


  • Powder was on the television not too long ago, and it was a really good re-see. Sally, you are and Adam Sandler fan? (let me know if you cry at the end, I dare you :-)
    - selma 6-11-2004 5:54 pm [add a comment]



for Boorman (crossover topic re Alex's post) I like his psychedelic crime flick Point Blank
If you like Altman and haven't seen it McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Ozu's Floating Weeds is great on dvd
Playtime and The Last Detail for laughs
The Piano Teacher and Interiors for depression
BTW Linda, a great pre-code sleaze flick, Dr. X Flesh-melting sci-fi-crime-thriller features necr0philia, drug-abuse, pr0stitution and Fay Wray

- steve 6-11-2004 7:00 pm [add a comment]


  • are you recommending dr x bc of romance?
    - linda 6-11-2004 8:33 pm [add a comment]


    • It's one of the only films I wish I'd made.
      - steve 6-12-2004 5:39 am [add a comment]



Boorman's The General.
Fritz Lang--The Testament of Dr. Mabuse.
John Carpenter's They Live and Dark Star.
Douglas Trumbull--Silent Running.
Frankenheimer: The Train, Ronin, Island of Dr. Moreau
Jackie Chan: Armor of God II, Return of Drunken Master, Rumble in the Bronx
Igby Goes Down (Burr Steers)
Whit Stillman--Barcelona, Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco
etc etc
- tom moody 6-11-2004 7:53 pm [add a comment]


the swimmer, anything with peter sellers, its mad mad mad mad world, last picture show, (fyi, bc is another texas guy, i know enough already) lonsome dove series or any mcmurtrey really, breakfast at tiffinays, any : linklater, todd stoltz, harmony corinne (go gummo!) and gus van vandt (esp drugstore cowboy) projects. thin man series, ditto on steve mcqueen (esp junior bonner). hud. paris, texas. wild at heart. over the edge. endless summer, dogtown z boys. black orpheus, brasil.
- bill 6-11-2004 9:16 pm [add a comment]


movies by philosophical cateorization
- dave 6-17-2004 11:35 am [add a comment]


The Testament of Dr. Mabuse just got reissued, on DVD.
- tom moody 6-19-2004 6:18 am [add a comment]


Cool.
- jimlouis 6-21-2004 3:36 am [add a comment]


Little Voice
- selma 6-30-2004 1:42 am [add a comment]


The list that keeps on giving. I'm still picking stuff out of here.
- jimlouis 3-21-2005 9:23 pm [add a comment]


Dave and I had a lively discussion of Igby (tom yea dave boo) vs Tenenbaums (both like).
- tom moody 3-21-2005 10:16 pm [add a comment]


Just saw The Last Detail again two nights ago. Amazing.
Some from last week:
"Get Carter" gangster film dir. Mike Hodges starring Michael Caine
"Harold & Maude" dir Hal Ashby. That final sequence is great.
"The Apartment" dir Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon Shirley McClaine
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"Lenny"

Tonight: "The Parallax View"
Looking forward to the DVD release of Save The Tiger hurry it up already.

- steve 3-23-2005 7:10 pm [add a comment]


Favourites of the past few months:
Snatch (violent, funny, non-stop plot)
Prime of Miss Jean Brody (creepy, fresh take on facism)
Waiting for Guffman (funny, heartwarming)
Anchorman (weeeeird socio-historical comedy drama set in the 70s)
Sponge Bob Square Pants the movie (over-the-top pyschedelic)
Forbidden Zone (imdb calls it a "a chaotic musical fantasy." They are correct.)
Umbrellas of Cherbourg (watch it for the art direction, if nothing else!)
Saddest Music in the World (gets my vote for best Canadiana ever)

- sally mckay 3-23-2005 11:12 pm [add a comment]





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