BEST FILMS AND FILMMAKERS TO MENTION IN CASUAL CONVERSATION TO SHOW OFF YOUR 'FILM KNOWLEDGE'
Or: How To Be A Total Fucking Film Snob. Including sample sentences I've surely uttered.
- •Los Angeles Plays ItselfVideo essay by experimental filmmaker and Cal Arts professor Thom Anderson, about the representation of Los Angeles in film. "Each time I see Los Angeles Plays Itself my love for it grows, and I find myself disagreeing with Anderson even more than that."
- •Jean Eustache70s French new wave director, known best for The Mother And The Whore. "I know Jarmusch dedicated Broken Flowers to Eustache, but did you know he wrote it at a desk with only a photo of Eustache taped to the wall above it?"
- •The KeepMichael Mann's artsy a.f. Nazis vs Vampires film from 1983. A film he has seemingly disowned. "After years of wearing out my bootleg tape, I finally got to see a print of The Keep at the New Bev. Dude they cranked that Tangerine Dream score!"
- •Roy AnderssonSwedish genius of the darkly humorous long-take. "Watch a double feature of Songs From The Second Floor and Force Majeure, and tell me it isn't obvious that Roy Andersson was Ruben Östlund's film school professor."
- •The LandlordHal Ashby's first film. "If you like Harold and Maude, you simply must see The Landlord. He had it from day one."
- •Jacques RivetteFrench director known for some very long films. "I love Celine and Julie Go Boating, so when I saw that they would be screening Out One while I was in Vancouver, of course I dropped everything. I packed lunch and even brought a toothbrush."
- •The Dion BrothersAlso known as The Gravy Train. Zany 70s action-comedy starring Stacy Keach and Frederick Forest, pseudonymously written by... Terrence Malick?! Never commercially release on any home video format. "I loved The Dion Brothers when I knew it was a big influence for DGG on The Pineapple Express, but now that Tarantino has said he wants to remake it... I think I'm over it."
- •Aki KauriasmäkiFinnish minimalist genius behind "The Man Without A Past."I promise you, you've confused an Iranian art film-maker with one from Finland. No. Abbas Kiarostami and Aki Kaurismäki are not the same person. No they are not."
- •The ClockChristian Marclay's 24 hour-long art piece / montage of clips from other films, all revolving around the actual time of day. "I went and watched The Clock from 1pm until 3:30, and there were only seven or eight films I couldn't identify."
- •Mikhail KalatozovSoviet director noted for his seemingly impossible camera-work in such films as Soy Cuba. "Birdman and Gravity JUST use visual effects to create the APPEARANCE of a long-take. If you REALLY want to be impressed, check out The Cranes Are Flying and watch how Kalatatoz zooms that camera up the spiral staircase."
- •The River by Jean RenoirLost of not professional actors cast in leading roles, inspired The Darjeeling Limited and crazy beautiful colors shot in India.Suggested by @jujujerni
- •Ulrich SeidlKey pretentious quote: "I liked his films better when he still bothered to pretend they were documentaries."Suggested by @angusisley