My Movie Obsession



Directors...

Robert Altman
A maverick of American cinema, Altman is the director of such films as M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player and Short Cuts. For further comments about Altman, step this way.

John Sayles
More of a humanist than Robert Altman, Sayles is the director of The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, Passionfish, and The Secret of Roan Inish, as well as several other films. Sayles often writes his own screenplays and is known for his realistic, snappy dialogue. For a biography and other links, visit this page.
Actors...

Russell Crowe
Power. Subtlety. Direct emotional connection. hither.

Juliette Binoche
Innocence. Maturity. hither.

Jude Law
Grace. hither.

Kevin Spacey
Guile. hither.

John Cusack
Decency. Exasperation. hither.

Emma Thompson
As the star of such films as Howards End, Sense and Sensibility and Dead Again, her intelligent and well-defined characterisations are a continuous delight to me. For a slightly too reverential fan page, proceed hither.

Tim Robbins
Though he seems to be taking himself a little too seriously these days, I still think highly of Tim Robbins, whose roles in Jacob's Ladder, The Player and a strange film called Miss Firecracker made me a fan. I also enjoyed his screenwriting/directing/acting tour de force Bob Roberts. For a biography and other info, visit this fan page.
Individual Movies...

The Matrix
I won't bore anyone with talk of this film's "classic" status. I just like it. The cinematography is great, the story and themes are interesting... and I find that I identify with Jedediah Leland in more than name. One of my favorite scenes is the performance of Kane's opera as Leland slowly shreds the program to keep himself amused. For more information about the movie, visit this IMDB page.

L.A. Confidential
I won't bore anyone with talk of this film's "classic" status. I just like it. The cinematography is great, the story and themes are interesting... and I find that I identify with Jedediah Leland in more than name. One of my favorite scenes is the performance of Kane's opera as Leland slowly shreds the program to keep himself amused. For more information about the movie, visit this IMDB page.

Princess Mononoke
I won't bore anyone with talk of this film's "classic" status. I just like it. The cinematography is great, the story and themes are interesting... and I find that I identify with Jedediah Leland in more than name. One of my favorite scenes is the performance of Kane's opera as Leland slowly shreds the program to keep himself amused. For more information about the movie, visit this IMDB page.

Blue
I won't bore anyone with talk of this film's "classic" status. I just like it. The cinematography is great, the story and themes are interesting... and I find that I identify with Jedediah Leland in more than name. One of my favorite scenes is the performance of Kane's opera as Leland slowly shreds the program to keep himself amused. For more information about the movie, visit this IMDB page.

Howards End
I won't bore anyone with talk of this film's "classic" status. I just like it. The cinematography is great, the story and themes are interesting... and I find that I identify with Jedediah Leland in more than name. One of my favorite scenes is the performance of Kane's opera as Leland slowly shreds the program to keep himself amused. For more information about the movie, visit this IMDB page.

Citizen Kane
I won't bore anyone with talk of this film's "classic" status. I just like it. The cinematography is great, the story and themes are interesting... and I find that I identify with Jedediah Leland in more than name. One of my favorite scenes is the performance of Kane's opera as Leland slowly shreds the program to keep himself amused. For more information about the movie, visit this IMDB page.

Aliens
I find this to be the most fully-realized of James Cameron's action movies, more professional than The Terminator (which I also really like), but not overblown like The Abyss. Sigourney Weaver is great in the role of Ripley and the film's vision of the future is low-key, but convincing. Here's an in-depth fan page.

The Life of Brian
The most biting of Monty Python's comedies, and a delight to blasphemers everywhere. For movie info, check out this Internet Movie Database page.

Raising Arizona
Some people find this film too unsympathetic in its treatment of characters, but I continue to find its gratuitous weirdness a riot. For a review, visit this Internet Movie Database page.

The Piano
The first time I saw this movie I was overwhelmed by its intensity and craft. I felt as if Jane Campion was forcing my brain to think in ways it was unused to -- several days later I was still mulling it over. I think the mainstream press was misguided in calling it a "love story," because Campion follows none of the conventions of that genre, but I think the film says a lot about desire -- for freedom, love, self-expression -- and the internal and external obstructions one faces to the fulfillment of desire. For more information about the film, visit Magnus Hjelstuen's beautifully designed site.

Repo Man
Another screwball comedy that's just chock-full of hilarious lines. Emilio Estevez's career only went downhill from here. For movie info (including some quotes), visit this Internet Movie Database page.

 


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