My Five Favorite Movies That No One Else Will Like

Not that you asked, but.

Klimt – A surrealist time-bending tale of the life of the truly great artist Gustav Klimt; the narrative structure will drive most people to distraction. The whole thing seemed true to me. John Malkovich is as perverse as he can possibly be, and it’s so wonderfully effective. And damn it, Klimt and Mucha (who’s not in the film) are the great artists of the last centuries. Link

How Much Do You Love Me? – An inexplicable, identity-shifting, character-switching-and-shuffling sexual comedy about a man so in love with, really, Monica Bellucci, that he pays her to be his comrade; which she does, and then doesn’t, and then does, and then doesn’t and it’s real, and it’s not real, and is, and isn’t, and is, roll credits, and isn’t, end film and is… It may be a terrible movie, but it reminds me of a number of conversations I’ve had, in and out of relationships, late at night, deeply tired, verging on that transcendent universal sing-song that speech becomes at certain hours. Link

Youth Without Youth – A time-shifting story of a man learning the ancient language of the world; falling back into his eternal return; in love with a woman, he time travels to know; he becomes an expert in language in a past that isn’t his that becomes his; and then, Nazis, and a Victrola, I think; and so on, and there is a laser pistol of some sort. And it has the, oh…cruelty to end with death. Which is rebirth. Francis Coppola may not be making the Godfather for the masses anymore; but dear Lord, his thoughts run deep. Link

CQ – Close to my favorite movie a few years ago; a young American editor goes to France during the Truffaut nouvelle vague period to become a film-maker; he struggles with the fat, insane egomaniacal director (Gerard Depardieu – crazily funny) – and another American up-and-comer, this one a pretentious phony, bound for success. He’s given the best advice anyone’s ever heard by Giancarlo Giannini, (first you tell them, but you surprise them); and he struggles with the deep ennui of a black and white relationship that wants to become color. With excursions into deep Fellini, and the campiest Logan’s Run sci-fi interludes. Directed and written by Roman Coppola (Francis’ son, but his own man) Link

Festen – From the “dogma” style in scandanavian film from the 90s, a strictly raw and brutally honest episode of ‘Frasier.’ A family reunion is set on fire when the younger adult son stands, makes a toast to his father, “who raped and beat all of us.” Cin-cin; it’s a remarkably honest movie. Link


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