The Unbearably Pretentious Sands Thread - Page 3
"Now in these dread latter days of the old violent beloved U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing Western world I came to myself in a grove of young pines and the question came to me: has it happened at last?"
I crave those cinematic moments where movies almost feel as though they've been possessed by some supernatural force, offering a glimpse of something elemental or primal or transcendent.
One of the reasons I'm drawn to cinematic expressionism/surrealism is that it suggests the ineffable better than naturalism can.
Quite possibly my favorite single modern movie scene. It doesn't hurt that I walk through this space twice a day every weekday. If only it was as grand as this in reality!
Also, thanks again for the gift exchange Criterion of this, Fraid!
When I saw it in 2009, I Am Love was everything to me.
It still is a tremendously impressive film by any reasonable measure. That glorious cinematography, the astonishing John Adams music (it was my introduction to his amazing work), the fearless Tilda performance.
I fell in love with it so much that it made me want to discover the films that inspired it, the melodramas of Sirk and Visconti. And so I did.
Those movies are more robust and profound than I Am Love, which has seemed somewhat sillier and thinner with time. I rewatched it not long ago and found that I merely liked it.
Tarantino has been much the same way. Once I became infatuated by the films that inspired his work, I fell out of love with him a little bit.
Zero Theorem is underrated.
His later stuff tends to feel insular and compromised by increasingly cramped budgets. For all the tales of him butting heads with studios, he tends to be at his best when he's given a decent budget but kept on a short enough leash to give the storytelling some discipline, like on Fisher King and 12 Monkeys.
Dr Parnassus is somewhat underrated though.
It's certainly a minor film, but it has its clever bits (including the best of all Matt Damon cameos), and is admirably tender in its presentation of existential struggle.
House of Leaves
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Already Dead (Joe Pitt Casebooks)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I can't really do a top ten books list. It changes too much. That's why I listed authors earlier.
If I were to list out my favorite book for each:
Roberto Bolaño (2666)
Jorge Luis Borges (COLLECTED FICTIONS)
Ray Bradbury (DANDELION WINE)
Anthony Burgess (EARTHLY POWERS)
Raymond Chandler (THE LONG GOODBYE)
Umberto Eco (THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE)
James Ellroy (THE BIG NOWHERE)
Patricia Highsmith (RIPLEY UNDER GROUND)
Vladimir Nabokov (LOLITA)
Walker Percy (LANCELOT)
My reading tastes are a little more refined because of my master's in literature.
You should see my taste in theater. That's where I'm pretentious.
His last novel, NUMERO ZERO, was light but prescient.
Edited by Agentsands77 - Yesterday at 10:53 am
All right, let me see. I tend to gravitate towards absurdist and metatheater.
Trying to nail this down to authors and/or plays:
Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot specifically, but Not I and Krapp's Last Tape
Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia
David Mamet - Glengarry Glen Ross certainly, but Oleanna in particular
Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive
Sartre's No Exit
Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author
Ibsen's A Doll's House
Susan Glaspell's Trifles
Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother
and my favorite might be David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly
I'm more of an opera guy. Favorite operas:
BORIS GODUNOV (Mussorgsky)
DON CARLO (Verdi)
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Puccini)
THE MAKROPULOS CASE (Janacek)
IL TABARRO (Puccini)
WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Herrmann)
Nah. I prefer beer to wine. Although I do love a good cab sav.
I wasn't a big opera guy until after I got married and my wife and I started taking regular trips to the Met.
And, as I'm sure everyone here knows, I'm a big wine drinker. I also enjoy the occasional spirit (Scotch or Cognac) or cocktail (Negroni or a gin martini).
With ballet, I generally don't connect with the dancing. I'd prefer concert presentations of the ballet scores. (That said, I've always wanted to attend a fully-staged production of "The Rite of Spring.")