|Tuesday, July 3, 2007|
9 movie recs
These are my favorite movies I've watched in my home theater since the beginning of the year.
Shortbus--by the same director who did Hedwig. Sex is like the soundtrack. Fun movie.
Together--about a Swedish coop in the 70s. I'd already seen this film years ago, but loved it enough to watch it again. Very sweet, lots of interesting characters.
The Science of Sleep--interesting fantastical French film about dreams and insanity. Not your typical romance movie.
Tipping the Velvet--I read and loved the book years ago. The BBC did a great job translating this story about male impersonators/lesbians in the 1890s England.
In the doc section:
Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple--this doc has so many layers to it. I've always found the story of Jonestown fascinating--ever since I heard the b-side of record a band put out of a recording of Jim Jones telling the mothers to keep their children quiet ("We must die with dignity!") as they are screaming in pain as they drink Kool-Aid laced with cyanide. Wow, haunting.
Pumping Iron--I did not expect to like this movie. Just thought I should watch it. A fascinating documentary of a freaky subculture. Watching grinning Arnold doing push ups with women sitting on him in L.A., while Lou Farigno (later to become the Incredible Hulk) suffering and cursing in New York definitely shows how accepting pain in order to gain makes the whole experience more rewarding.
Fidel--Interesting look at Cuba
Napoleon--PBS special into that nutty little fellow.
The Life of Mammals--Well done nature flix.
11:42:21 PM comment 
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On quiet days I can hear her breathing. Arundati Roy
This is one of the quotes on a beautiful slideshow by Other Worlds about Mali's gift exchange economy.
A reminder that I want to participate in Berkeley's "bread" local money economy.
9:21:22 AM comment