What are five movies you seldom see mentioned on this site?
This is a FABULOUS ask. Thank you SO much.
- The Right Stuff (1983, dir. Philip Kaufman) This is in my Top 10 Faves of ALL TIME, and despite the 3+ hour length, it feels short, and moves quickly as it sketches out the beginnings of the American space program. I love so much about this movie, from the pacing to the cinematography to the clear influence of filmmakers like Nicolas Roeg and Peter Weir to the unbelievable score. AND IT’S NEVER ON TUMBLR. AND I AM SAD. GO WATCH THIS MOVIE.
- Dodsworth (1936, dir. William Wyler) Another fave. Gorgeous drama that never really descends into melodrama about a middle aged couple coping with being middle aged. It’s beautiful and poignant, and Mary Astor has a fabulous role. And I never see it on my dash. And I am sad.
- Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, dir. Francois Girard) Another fave. These will all be faves of mine. Easily one of my favorite biopics ever made, and this from someone who sort of hates most biopics. This creative approach to the Canadian classical pianist/recording artist Glenn Gould’s eccentric life is… just one of the most enthralling and engaging portraits of A Life I have ever seen. Each of the eponymous 32 films is some different aspect or comment about Gould’s life and work. In addition, this film has some of the most beautiful and reverential portrayals of classical music I have ever seen.
- I Know Where I’m Going! (1945, dir. Powell and Pressburger) This is my favorite romance. Of. All. Time. I will never, EVER get tired of the beautiful little romance about a riches-seeking working girl who gets distracted by the dashing-but-penniless Scottish laird. Wendy Hiller is perfection, Roger Livesey is crush-worthy, and the cinematography is stunning. There’s a reason Martin Scorsese counts this as one of his favorite films.
- Forbidden Planet (1956, dir. Fred M. Wilcox) I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA why tumblr doesn’t love this movie more than they do, because this is a PERFECT film for tumblr. A campy space action movie about crash landing on a new planet that’s actually Shakespeare’s The Tempest, complete with cheesy-but-awesome special effects and a super young Leslie Nielsen? WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE? WHY DO I NEVER SEE THIS ON MY DASH?
Honorable mention: Mostly anything by Preston Sturges, but especially The Palm Beach Story because it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Jacques Becker’s amazing prison break Le Trou. Robert Redford’s Ordinary People, because it’s AMAZING. Kon Ichikawa’s moving drama The Burmese Harp. And, although it’s hardly Oscar-worthy, a personal cheesy favorite of mine, that camp-tastic Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore romcom, Laws of Attraction.
THANK YOU! That is GREAT ask.
Also, I might pass this ask along to other film blogs, or encourage others to post their Five Films They Seldom See on Their Dash.