A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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…
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.…
I love how Lynch teases us with the possibility that this could go full Blue Velvet at any moment.
Some of the best filmmakers have a wide range. It is funny to realize that "The Straight Story," a warm-hearted film about age and memory, was directed by David Lynch, the prime American surrealist known for his dark, violent journeys into the American psyche. Here he tones down the surreal assaults for a quieter story full of tenderness and wisdom.
An 80-year-old farmer (Richard Farnsworth) goes on a vast tractor journey to see his dying brother, along the way he comes across the colorful places (and faces) of the rural United States. But along with a strong willpower, he also carries haunting memories and family baggage. The cinematography has an almost documentary starkness, and the performances have a unique authenticity…
"The worst part of being old is remembering when you was young."
Es sencilla, cálida, tierna, emotiva, inspiradora, irónica, profunda.
Un canto al ritmo lento, pero firme, al "sin prisa, pero sin pausa", a los detalles, a la pérdida de la noción del tiempo. Un canto a la calma, a la reflexión, al tiempo con y para uno mismo, a la paz de espíritu. Un canto a los silencios estando solos, y también acompañados, a lo que parece absurdo, pero tiene un objetivo tan marcado que funciona, al viento en la cara. Un canto al orgullo y a la humildad.
A priori, puede parecer que poco tiene que ver con el estilo de Lynch, pero su sello está en muchos momentos (y he de decir que yo he podido apreciarlo sin ser…
Wonderful story. Beautifully written, beautifully acted.
The Straight Story is definitely well made and has a great central performance by Richard Farnsworth, but I can't help but feel like it's kinda generic with nothing new or interesting to offer.
Time just gets away from us.
In 1999 David Lynch, the man behind some of the most sexually violent and violently sexual images and stories of the past 4 decades, made a G rated Disney produced road film.
Alvin Straight, a 73 year old Iowan widower, lives with mentally challenged daughter Rose.
Alvin has both eye and leg problems, which has caused those around him to be worried for him.
When he gets a phone call saying that his brother Lyle has suffered a stroke, he gets in his tractor and travels to Wisconsin to see his estranged brother.
That's literally the entire plot, he meets some people on his road trip, but for the most part it's this man on his death bed embarking on…
The worst part of being old is remembering when you was young.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…