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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…
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”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'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…
david lynch you god damn pervert
The Straight Story is a quiet melancholic true story about an old timer who hitches up his lawnmower for a long journey to see his estranged brother after his stroke. It's a sweet, quintessentially American story about the kindness and stubbornness of folks in the heartland. The deep green of corn fields are set the golden sun as stringy fiddle music accompanies Richard Farnsworth on his journey. On the road, we learn more and more about Alvin Straight's story and meet some interesting midwesterners along the way.
Richard Farnsworth does a great job playing Alvin Straight. He plays the role…
Jovem: "What's the worst part about being old?"
Alvin: "Rememberin' when you was young."
O filme todo condensado neste diálogo.
It's a blizzard. We're stuck in the apartment for the first time as a trio. After watching a series of heavier and more gruesome films, a change of pace felt needed, a sort of soft landing into our newly en-snowed existence.
You wouldn't think that a David Lynch film would be that change of pace, but as always, the man defies expectations. G-Rated Disney-backed David Lynch is just as powerful a director as Surreal Female Split Personality David Lynch. And while a few reviews I've read say they don't understand why Lynch directed it, but I very much feel this fits in nicely into his canon. While there's no surreal imagery, the film is shot and edited (thanks Mary Sweeney)…
Sad Hillbillies :(
Me encanta esta película porque me gusta creer que Lynch la hizo pensando: "He demostrado que soy el mejor en lo mío. Ahora voy a demostraros que también soy el mejor en lo vuestro." Una maravilla, una de las películas más entrañables jamás rodadas.
I guess I prefer surreal Lynch 'cause this didn't do it for me.
I hear Wisconsin's a party state.
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David Lynch directed a PG Disney film about an old man riding a lawn mower across a couple states. That's all I had to hear to immediately feel morbidly curious. How could something like this come to exist and how exactly would it work?
I have mixed feeling about The Straight Story now that I have seen it. My first impression is that I probably was too low on sleep to watch this film effectively. After the initial set up in the first…
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