Where I am in New Zealand, it is as I write this, 5pm on a Friday afternoon, and I am hurtling myself into a bottomless abyss of great movies to keep me occupied for this three-day weekend! So despite the awful weather here at the moment, it’s good to have a decent selection of movies to watch with friends or alone.
Persona (1966) Re-Watch:
About three or four months ago I watched Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona which was a complete epiphany for the way I perceived cinema. I pray to Persona like the Bible and treat its scenes as gospel (well, not really). It’s Bergman’s most creative and–dare I say it?–best picture. I’ve just received my copy from Amazon so I’m pleased to revisit this classic.
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
The next movie is ANOTHER Bergman movie, but I haven’t seen this one quite yet. It looks promising, and I’m interested to see how Bergman will treat it as a comedy. Apparently he’s done a few comedies, but not all of them fully launched. This one is supposed to be the one that made him famous overseas, so it’s sure to be a cracker of a watch.
Jules et Jim (1962)
Francois Truffaut’s classic of French cinema The 400 Blows is very well known. I managed to see his follow-up Shoot the Piano Player just a couple of nights ago, and I’m about ready to dive in head first into the more popular Jules et Jim. A love story spanning a timeline, it sounds extra sizzly sweet and full of that great French New Wave taste!
Synecdoche, New York (2009)
Though there’s a fair bit of mixed opinion on this one, and the presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman is doubtful not in a P.T. Anderson movie, we must also take into account that this is WRITTEN and DIRECTED by CHARLIE KAUFMAN! Even if it’s not the best movie of it’s kind, at least we know it will feel very original and have some decent plot twists… right?
Enter the Void (2010) Re-Watch:
Though I haven’t mentioned it that much (if at all), I am a huge fan of Gaspar Noé. I became attracted to his style from the memorable Irreversible and was surprisingly impressed at an earlier film of his, I Stand Alone. Noé is not afraid to push the boundaries and I like that in a person. Anyway, I first saw this movie only about a month ago when it came out here, and LOVED it. I’ve been wanting to watch it again for a while so this time I’ve bought it. It’s a must-see, in many, many ways.
A History of Violence (2007)
I only recently began to tap in and start to understand David Cronenberg’s unique world view and filmmaking philosophy, and after reading a ton of good reviews, I asked my friend if I could borrow his copy. The movie looks promising, even if the plot doesn’t sound like the most original. Well, we’ll have to wait and see.
What are you watching this weekend, or right about now? What do you think of my viewing choices? Got any thoughts on the movies I’m going to watch, or whatever you’ve just watched? Leave a comment below and let me know what’s happening.