Technological advancements. The source of humanity’s progression and degradation.
We’re more connected than ever—yet never more apart. My observation (a completely uninformed and uneducated one) is that all this techy evolution is making it too easy for mainstream filmmakers to produce films. Why create thoughtful plots and character development when you can just fly a sportscar through a skyscraper in Dubai? That’s not even hyperbole—a director literally made a scene where a sportscar flies through a skyscraper (and out the other side and into another skyscraper) and made over 1.5 billion at the box-office. Wow. So, I believe I represent the majority of the world’s movie-goers when I say we deserve and demand better! No more flying cars! No more skin-tight costumes and cliché one-liners! No more bullshit. Here are 5 films I watched recently that I highly recommend for those jaded by superheroes and million-dollar-explosions.
Control (2007) Directed by Anton Corbijn: I don’t care if you don’t like Joy Division (I doubt that), don’t know what Joy Division is (unlikely), or have a Joy Division poster hanging in your bedroom (I do), this film is incredible for the (true) storyline alone. Visually, there’s nothing like it (nothing). That’s enough parentheses for one day.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Directed by Anthony Minghella: A surprisingly dark thriller that was shot on location in Italy in areas so beautiful that there could be no dialogue and I’d still recommend the film.
Buffalo ’66 (1998) Directed by Vincent Gallo: Watch this movie with someone and span time, watch it with a loved one, spanning time together. Or watch it by yourself and span time, spanning time.
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Directed by Peter Jackson: Why is there an eight-second snippet of a guy kicking a helmet and screaming rather than a profound two-minute trailer? Because the guy that kicked it in the film actually broke two toes doing it, that’s how real the pain is in that scream, and that’s how real the greatest trilogy of all time is (there’s a bit of tech on this one, Krupsy—Ed)
Igby Goes Down (2002) Directed by Burr Steers
I’d never heard of this film before, I just randomly clicked it when I got too bored to keep trawling Stan. Serendipity has never struck so hard.