Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
The Straight Story
"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle.
There are twelve levels of cinematic emotionality. It goes like this, in order from least serious to holy shit bro, stop crying:
1. A slight clenching in the throat and behind the eyes.
2. Eye moisture.
3. Greater amounts of eye moisture.
4. Actual, honest-to-god, mobile tears.
5. Tears accompanied by a trembling of the lip.
6. So many tears that it becomes difficult to see.
7. Repressed whimpers.
9. Loud whimpers.
10. Full on bawling.
11. The Straight Story.
12. Shitting yourself to death.
Only three movie scenes in my life have ever actually made me cry. And when I say cry, I mean CRY. Like cry cry. I "cry" during movies all the time. But I…
Angelo Badalamenti's score swells with pure emotion. Similar to another brilliant and beautiful story, Paris, Texas, (there's way too many commas there) this is about a man on the path to redemption. Similar to that movie, this is a pure mannered, unmelodramatic weeper.
Little by little, this curious man is unpacked like a Russian doll. Across Iowa to Wisconsin, cornfields galore on his small lawn mower, we're truly in the midwest. And as the film unfolds, we're confronted with a man whose crippled old frame belies his brutal past: a past of war and alcoholism and brotherly love and loss and children reared amidst violence and tempers. It's almost unbearably close to home.
I think Forrest's stellar review sums it…
Film #89 of Project 90
”I'd give each one of 'em a stick and, one for each one of 'em, then I'd say, 'You break that.' Course they could real easy. Then I'd say, 'Tie them sticks in a bundle and try to break that.' Course they couldn't. Then I'd say, "That bundle... that's family."
David Lynch is famous for his mind-bending and surreal style and his special way of mixing reality and dream which eventually leads to nightmarish and perplexing experiences, but with this he shows that he has the ability to move out of his comfort zone and deliver something even more fascinating, and more amazingly he doesn't need anything special, just give him a stubborn old man…
Is it possible to give a film seven stars on here? Because it should be.
Fuck off, "Magnolia", this is my favorite movie now. Why? Because David Lynch. Because Richard Farnsworth. Because Angelo Badalamenti. Because Harry Dean Stanton. Because Sissy Spacek. Because dat soundtrack. Because dat emotion. Because dat "that's family" speech. Because dat fucking ending, holy shit.
THIS is how to make a movie, people. It's slow-moving but not boring. It's intensely emotional without being sappy or sentimental. It's well-directed, well-edited, and brilliantly acted. Richard Farnsworth deserves an enchanted longsword for the performance he gives here. My god. His face is like some sort of ever-changing, capricious elven forest. His face is like a "Magic: The Gathering" card.…
It is sometimes easy to forget what a versatile director Lynch really is as he lately only deals in vagueness and weirdness. The Straight Story is a gentle reminder of what Lynch is also capable of. Delving into a character and placing him into the real world through us, his viewers.
The title is far from a clever play on words but its ambiguity serves the film really well as this really is a simple story told in the straightest way imaginable by a director who can find the realness in a performance and a character, be they big or small. Just look at the faces of the people our hero encounters, they are real people, heck, look at our…
I've been going through some major life changes recently. I'm attending college, I'm becoming a full-fledged adult, and, for maybe the first time ever, I feel genuinely happy. I feel content and optimistic and hopeful about my life and the direction in which it's going. But there's one event that definitely takes the cake in terms of amazingness.
If any of you have been following me for long enough, you might remember an earlier review I did for this film. In it, I described how THE STRAIGHT STORY had become my inspiration for reconnecting with a friend who I treated like dogshit. Well, your long wait of bated breath is finally over, because I am here to tell you that…
The cinema I used to project at hosted The Straight Story during a film festival (which, incidentally is the reason I haven't watched too much this week) that had the overriding theme of family and this David Lynch anomaly was shown in glorious 35mm scope (and I say anomaly because this is Lynch's "Disney movie", a drama with a warm heart). Going into it with the hook of family firmly in mind and a clearer picture of Lynch's intentions, I saw a film that I previously believed to be slow and sort of melodramatic in a completely new light. There are some truly touching moments between Alvin Straight and the people he encounters on his journey in what is essentially…
David Lynch staying away from his usual brilliant weird shet and telling a little , honest human true story with the help of an awesome cinematographer , a great lead actor and an amazing soundtrack .
It's an important , delightful film in his career that proves he can make every kind of film . As as simple and straight as they get . Plus Some truly pleasant imagery here .
1999 , I love you .
Working with Walt Disney is the biggest abstraction Lynch's had in his career
Simple yet touching film based on a true story about an Iowa man in his 70's and his journey to make amends with his brother in Wisconsin who recently had a stroke. Due to his age, poor health and unability to drive he decides to travel on a riding lawn mower. On his way he meets new people and through convesation we get to know more about his past. A very pleasant surprise with a different approach from David Lynch and a great performance from Richard Farsworth.
"Walt Disney Pictures presents a film by David Lynch" -- those words appearing on a screen together are more surreal than, well, a David Lynch film. It's also a little surreal just how Lynchian this G-rated Disney film is, especially the opening sequence, with its Badalamenti-scored montage of small-town scenes and that weirdly portentous crane shot that starts off the action.
This movie is both funnier and more moving than I remember. I teared up a few times, which I don't remember doing before, and I laughed a few times, which I also don't remember doing (my favorite bit is the hardware store guy stressing out about his precious grabber).
Mostly, this movie makes me never, ever want to grow…
The Straight Story is a film that no one could have seen coming from the twisted and strange mind of David Lynch. I’ve just made a partial mistake: it didn’t technically come out of his mind; it’s based on a true story and Lynch didn’t even write the script. This time his name appeared only after the words “Directed by” and that was enough. This is quite possibly the finest road film I’ve ever seen and without a doubt it is an absolute masterpiece of cinema, and another gem of the '90s.
It tells a poignant story of redemption and forgiveness seen through the eyes of a 73-year-old man with a poor health who against all odds decides to take…
That old coot!
Richard Farnsworth, in his fine, final performance, plays Alvin Straight, a persistent, stubborn old man who wants to patch things up with his brother, a recent stroke victim who lives a couple of hundred miles away. But how will Straight, a legally blind farmer who cannot drive, get there? By lawnmower, that's how!
David Lynch (!) directed this beguiling, charming little story rife with sweet moments and a wholesome, feel-good spirit.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…