High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Fishing With John
Musician John Lurie knows nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from embarking on fishing in exotic locations with friends.
So lamely cool it's insane. Like living in an iridescent campervan that rarely even has gas in the tank and smells like the colour purple, or seeing stoic authoritative types playing impromptu casual table-tennis with their sleeves rolled up and an actual expression of joy on their faces for once, or Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused as he leans on buildings, or seeing an old photo of your dad with long hair and a "radical" fashion sense that heaven forbid you mention lest he don a newfound cocky attitude about it, or something like that. Great white sharks and blue whales and giant squids all team up and viciously leer towards the shimmering blue surface of the sea as…
A lot of folks are talking about how we are in the golden age of television.
You're 23 years late dorks.
This is a profoundly strange program -- and a strangely profound one. I'm amazed it was ever on television, but that's cable in the early '90s for you. Things were just possible.
These are real men, doing real things.
Evidence that 1991 was a better time for independent filmmaking: someone pumped money into Fishing with John, a project that, despite its proudly low-rent/ amateurish aesthetics, nonetheless racked up the inevitable costs associated with carting celebrities around the globe. Of course, it’s true that placing familiar faces together in “real” scenarios to observe their “real” selves will always hold a certain voyeuristic fascination for surveyors of American popular culture, so it’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which a young and hip John Lurie would be able to dupe some gullible financier into investing in a show in which this very thing would be the most immediate draw. Even so, the presumed disparity between whatever said hypothetical moneylender might…
Not a film, but it has a Criterion release so why not.
This is a short series, 6 episodes of about 23 minutes each, starring John Lurie. Each episode he takes a friend(well known film faces) fishing in various locations. Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, and a two-part with Dennis Hopper.
It's a ridiculous and fun little show, edited really well. Not much happens in any of the episodes, but the people involved are interesting to watch and there are some hilarious portions. The short episodes and changing guests keep it fresh. I binge-watched them all last night after putting on one episode; I wanted to watch something easy and quick, and ended up liking it a lot. The first episode wasn't the best, but there was one amazing scene that kept me interested enough to keep going.
This probably isn't for everybody, its quirky and dark, but give it a shot. Available on Netflix streaming.
My thoughts before watching: I wonder why Criterion included a random fishing show in the collection?
My thoughts while watching: Did Tom Waits just put a live fish in his pants?
My thoughts after watching: It's a shame William Dafoe died out on that ice
Fishing With John is unlike anything you've ever seen. The whole thing is on Hulu so if you haven't seen it, this is what you should be doing for the next 2.5 hours
A dry, goofy fishing show about John Lurie fishing with his pals... Neither John or his pals know anything about fishing. It's presented like a real outdoors program with a narrator and everything, but that serious tone mixed with amateur outdoorsmen makes for some bizarre and funny moments.
If you've ever wanted to watch Tom Waits shove a fish down his pants and have Hulu, I recommend it.
this is incredible
Such a weird movie but in a good way. This is definitely not for everyone but its for me thats for sure. Id watch parts of this again. Not the matt dillion part though it was boring.
A rewatch on TV. Still thought this would be better, but oh well
A comedic masterwork.
Waits, Defoe and Hopper are the episodes worth watching. apparently john lurie did not act for jarmusch, he really is that laconic.
Deadpan. Uneven. Hysterical. Finally can say I watched the whole thing.
Criterion spine #42
First off: what the fuck is this?
Fishing With John seems like it's the precursor to Adult Swim, as someone clearly said "hey, we should give the guy from Stranger Than Paradise a fishing show, even though he doesn't know anything about fishing."
It's both an incredibly stupid premise and borderline brilliant at times. I watched all six episodes and I still can't tell what is real and what isn't here. I think the show gets better as it goes on, with Jim Jarmusch in the first episode not being all that interesting, except for a few great lines. However by the time it gets to Willem Dafoe ice fishing and the Dennis Hopper two-part conclusion, I…
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