Topic: BOAT—Express yourself through CINEMAAAAAAAAA
Remember BOAT, everyone?
The object of this game—sum up, as best you can, your taste in movies through a picture of no fewer than three and no more than five films that you yourself own. The challenge? The featured movies have to be a sequential set that runs in alphabetical order. And no, you can't just pick a few movies from different locations on your shelf and put them together alphabetically—it has to be an alphabetical chunk that exists when all your movies are assembled together. (For instance, I can't just go to my shelf and pull out Inherent Vice, Star Wars, and The Tree of Life to use for the game, unless for whatever reason those were the only films I owned for the letters I through Z and thus were already next to each other in a block.) Post the pic, and then explain below it what each of the films pictured represents of your cinematic taste.
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1. The Fly—the horror representative of this sequence. This, along with The Thing, is a movie I watched in bits and pieces on YouTube long before I actually saw it, fourteen-year-old me switching between taking in all the puppetry and gore and glancing over my shoulder to make sure no parents were watching (R-rated movies were not allowed in my house). And while The Thing is much nearer and dearer to my heart, this one is as good a movie as any to represent why I love horror. The awesome practical effects aside, The Fly's ethos isn't shock but philosophical dread. The fear comes from realizing how impermanent and susceptible to decay our bodies are—we're little more than meat puppets, and this is what happens when the puppet starts to break down.
2. The Formula—I'm convinced this is genuinely one of the best artistic statements about the dark side of fandom ever made, and sums up better than anything else my relationship with Star Wars. That series has alternated between being a spring of joy and a well of bitterness for me ever since I saw the OT at age eight, and even though the new movies have swung me back over to the healthy side of that coin, this film is a much-needed reminder of why I should never let the franchise consume my life to the extent it once did. And moral didacticism aside, this is just a great movie. It captures so much about fandom at a specific moment in time and clearly has such love for the source material it cannibalizes and twists into new shapes, something I wish could be said for current nostalgia-porn dreck like Ready Player One.
3. 45 Years—ngl, I haven't watched this one yet. But I needed to find an alphabetical chunk that included "soul-killing character study," and just knowing its plot description this film fits the bill. (And I bought it because I really do want to watch it, so.)
4. The Fountain—film as a medium is capable of inducing metaphysical awe far more easily than literature, in my opinion. Literature can only summon imaginary sensations, whereas film is able to produce sensation. I find this metaphysical awe most frequently in Terrence Malick's films, but it's here in this one, too. And the very things that made it so polarizing upon release—its unabashedly cosmic imagery, its stubborn refusal to play its religious influences with a hint of irony, its deeply personal nature—are what enable it to channel awe so effectively. I'm not a believer anymore, but I take the issues religion addresses very seriously, and Aronofsky is one of the filmmakers currently working who are unafraid to make undeniably artistic cinema that's still inextricable from religious sensibilities.
5. Frances Ha—we all know what it's like to turn to film as a relief. To escape the world for an hour or two and just curl up in the warmth that a movie can provide. This movie is the perfect encapsulation of that feeling for me. Greta Gerwig has one of the most infectious screen presences of our generation, and while this movie is as filled with lingering sadness as it is with happiness, few things fill me with such joy as watching the titular protagonist dance through New York while "Modern Love" blares in the background. Watching it is like being reunited with old friends for eighty minutes, and if there's any character in the movies I see myself in, it's Frances.
Last edited by DarthPraxus (2017-12-05 21:47:07)