There are so many great movies already! <3
0. Little Otik
Surrealist master Jan Svankmajer (FAUST, ALICE) brings a famous Czech legend eerily to life in the darkly hilarious cautionary tale.
An ordinary couple, Karel and Bozena, are unable to conceive a child. When Karel digs up a tree root and whittles something vaguely resembling a human baby, Bozena's maternal longings transform the stump into a living creature with a (literally) monstrous appetite that can't be met with baby formula. Svankmajer brilliantly mixes his wicked humor with his subversive politics and love of mythology into a stunning live-action fable for our times.
This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. It explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives. <3
2. Velvet Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine is a nostalgia-filled paean and stunning spectacle about the rise and fall of glam rock. Glam was all about esthetic excess but also a gender and sexual revolution that expunged lines between feminine and masculine, gay and straight. Haynes, based on the biographies of glam icons David Bowie and Iggy Pop, constructs a fictional biography of Brian Slade and Curt Wild, in a flickering and collage-like evocative synthesis of glam with literary, cinematic and cultural references to Oscar Wilde, Citizen Kane and Kurt Cobain. Velvet Goldmine is also a delicious musical feast that slams together 1970s icons with 1990s musicians who reference that exceptional decade such as Thom Yorke, Thurston Moore, Brian Molko. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.