Homegrown, Yet Not Known (Maybe)

29 09 2005

Howdy everyone!

I’m baaack! Recommending some of the titles made in the US of A. Some are older titles, some are newer, and some you probably seen to death, yet need to watch it anew. Some are Hollywood, some are not, some are too good to stay under the radar, and some have just slipped through the saturated mass of lard infested movies.

Note: Prepare to see the word ‘brilliant’ appear many times throughout. Times like these I miss my ‘Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus in Dictionary Form’. Oh Roget, why did you have to be a couple of inches away from my arms reach?

KISSING JESSICA STEIN.

All you dudes would love to know it’s a woman talkin’ about kissing Jessica. All you ladies would love to know that it’s not a dude’s idea of a lesbian movie. It is, in fact, not a ‘lesbian’ movie. Hate that term. It’s a gem of a movie about two women in love!

IN THE BEDROOM.

Maybe I’m an idiot for thinking not too many have seen this great film. Maybe I’m not. Another gem!

13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING.

I think I’ve talked about this little masterpiece before. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you are not an indie film lover.

PERSONAL VELOCITY.

Before making my third film, I’d watched this film over and over. Why? Beacause DP Ellen Kuras shot it on miniDV with almost no artificial lighting. The DVD devotes a commentary track with Kuras who talks about the problems and joys of shooting the movie on miniDV.

MiniDV or pinhole camera, I wouldn’t recommend it if the film was no good. Rebecca Miller does a great job of disappearing as a director and guiding a great cast of actors.

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

Why George Huang did not become a sought after writer/director after this film, I’ll never know. A great first movie, yet people hardly know about him. Did you?

FREQUENCY.

I’ve seen this one how many times, I don’t know. Such a great, great movie! brilliant story telling with a lot of heart. Father and son stuff gets me and I’ve admitted to bawling my eyes out after watching this version of DEATH OF A SALESMAN with Lee J. Cobb. Also the Cat Stevens song ‘Father and Son’ gets me going too.

Anyway, FREQUENCY is a Hollywood production that gets better with repeated viewing.

STIR OF ECHOES.

This one got buried by THE SIXTH SENSE because they came out around the same time. This David Koepp directed film will keep you on the edge of your seat (Give me a break here. I can’t come up with anything smarter than that). Just in his early 40s, this guy’s credit list will either inspire or have people give up and apply to law school. Not that law school would be a bad decision.

PRAYING WITH ANGER.

Since we brought up THE SIXTH SENSE, check out this early Shyamalan pic where his cameo is so big, it ends up being the starring role. My intro to Shyamalania in 1998.

JACOB’S LADDER.

Cue Bob Dylan…How many listings must one film have, before you rent it and watch?…end cue. Yes, you’re right. I’ve listed this Adrian Lyne film numerous times already. So, why haven’t you seen this one yet?

LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND.

Brilliant film with John Hurt, yessiree…the Elephant Man himself. Question: How many films with John Hurt have you seen without realizing they had John Hurt in them? Click on the name link to his credit list and prepare to be shocked! Or pleasantly surprised, if that suits your heart rate. For example, did you know he played the billionaire S.R Hadden in my favorite sci-fi film CONTACT?

VANYA ON 42ND STREET

A brilliant film based on a classic Chekhov play. It may sound boring, but it is anything but. If I’m not mistaken, the location of the film is the current Ford Theater in Times Square, then almost in ruins. Brilliant performances by a cast of actors, including Julianne Moore.

THE SPANISH PRISONER and HOUSE OF GAMES.

Two David Mamet films. You will love both of them, no doubt.

MEAN CREEK.

A great indie film. Came out last year. Very well narrated with no boring moments.

DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS.

This one should not be missed. Just a wonderfully crafted film with some young actors. Animation sequences were used brilliantly to tell the live action story.

There you are, Filmophiles. Hope you enjoy the list of movies. If you don’t, too bad.

+++All of the above selections can be borrowed from New York Public Library.+++

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