David Lynch Double
To celebrate the imminent return of Twin Peaks, I will not be screening Fire Walk With Me, which I heartily recommend but have seen recently. Instead, here are a couple of Lynch films I’ve seen a lot of times but never get sick of:
- Eraserhead (1977, 1 hr. 29 min.) – a creepy surrealistic horror detailing the domestic misadventures of Henry Spencer, with many memorable scenes chock-full of ambiguous symbolism.
- The Elephant Man (1980, 2 hr. 4 min.) – by contrast, this is one of Lynch’s more conventional narratives and tells the true story of Joseph (John) Merrick: a deformed man who gained the interest of wealthy Victorian-era English society before joining the 27 Club. A tragic and beautiful story starring John Hurt (RIP!) and the bad guy from HBO’s Westworld.
Cassbinder: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as curated by Cass
- Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (1974, 1 hr. 33 min.)
- The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972, 2 hr. 4 min.)
- Shin Godzilla (2016, 2 hrs.) – Last year saw the third reboot of the Godzilla franchise. The monster special effects look a little dodgy and it’s all in Japanese, so it’s pretty legit! They even use the original kick-ass theme song. It’s been getting some great reviews. Fairly new, so we won’t be able to see it until a bit later in the year.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Please VOTE on which of these programs you would like to see in the future.
- Sid & Nancy (1986, 1 hr. 50 min.) – I haven’t seen this one but Gary Oldman is always good to watch. I have a feeling this is going to be pretty cringe-inducing, which is the mark of classic “punk film”.
- We Are The Best! (2013, 1 hr. 42 min.) – An uplifting comedy about some teenage girls who start up a band in 1982 Stockholm.
Possible future “punk” films: Hard Core Logo, What We Do Is Secret.
- Ong Bak (2003, 1 hr. 42 min.) – A Muay Thai expert attempts to recover a statue of Buddha stolen from his local village. Thailand’s Tony Jaa mixes up the best of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan by providing great fight scenes and impressive stunts.
- The Raid 2 (2014, 2 hr. 30 min.) – A slick sequel to the gritty Indonesian action film The Raid (2011), but it doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the original. Super violent but mostly in a silly Kill Bill vein.
Films About Films:
- Shadow of the Vampire (2000, 1 hr. 32 min.) – A fictional retelling of the production of Nosferatu (1922), starring John Malkovich as F.W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe excellently cast as the vampire. I’ve seen this one a few times but don’t get sick of it, and I don’t think this one has received enough attention. Produced by the Cinema™’s holy icon, Pope Nicolas Coppola I.
- Ed Wood (1994, 2 hr. 7 min.) – A film about the “Worst Director of All Time” and his crew of misfits. Martin Laundau won a Golden Globe for his great portrayal of Bela Lugosi. The best of the Burton/Depp collaborations – not that I’m a big fan of either of those hacks, but they’ve been responsible for some OK stuff between them (Beetlejuice, Batman Returns, Dead Man, Crybaby).
See also the Letterboxd list, for those into that sort of thing.