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.
Totally didn't cry like a little bitch or anything.
David Lynch calls this his most experimental movie that he ever made which it is. Shot independently and it is a real experience for moviegoers to see not thinking it to be possible.
This is the story of Alvin Straight played by Richard Farnsworth in the last film he has ever starred in and probably his best. This is based on a true story of the time that he made the journey from Iowa to Wisconsin. This trip is to put wrong from right between himself and his brother Lyle played by Harry Dean Stanton. When he hears that he suffered a stroke Alvin is determined to make the journey but without a driver’s license and no car and can’t…
It's about the pauses. The quiet moments. The looks. The slow passing of time. And that damn lawn mower. It's about the birds chirping in the distance. The truck drivers pushing their vehicles to the extreme. The empty towns. Those damn empty towns. It's about brotherhood. The painful past and the even more painful regret. It's about old age and young age. It's about finding a reason to live and going forward, against all odds. It's about being true to yourself. It's about lots of things. They're mostly beautiful.
Incredibly moving. Did I just give this simple film a 5 star rating? Lynch at his most experimental (as he admits), and a performance by Farnsworth that just makes it feel right and honest.
It's a poetic, mature and wonderful depiction of the good side of America, an America that rolls on with the times.
Charming and surprisingly poignant.
David Lynch is an artist I admire a lot but someone whose work does not always connect with me. I often find his stories and mysteries to be vacant, but there's no denying his skill with actors, his attention to detail or his ways of creating atmosphere through colours, sound, wordplay, dream logic.
The Straight Story may actually be my favourite by him. It's the most human and the most beautiful, yet always you're aware it is directed by someone with a very different, idiosyncratic view of the world.
It's Lynch in name, but not in content. In fact, if you had to guess who was the director of this movie, David Lynch would probably be at the very bottom of your list. The title of 'The Straight Story' is not only eponymous, it's an adjective of the kind of film you will experience. This is a story about people and nothing more. In that sense, it's a success; it manages to strip away any of the excess and diversions from the heart of the story. It serves as a reminder that the simplest moments in life can sometimes be the ones that affect us the most. And although it's simplicity can sometimes be it's biggest enemy, it also leads to an incredibly heart felt story of the human spirit.
The David Lynch flick I slept on, The Straight Story is an odd, sentimental little road movie. There's not much story here, really. Alvin Straight doesn't arc through the picture so much as snap-to at the dual inciting incidents of the first act, his own grim prognosis, and word of his brother's stroke. From there, the script doesn't throw tests and trials at Alvin so much as revealing and puzzling vignettes. The woman who runs over deer is the strangest and most disturbing thing I've seen in a Disney film, and the WWII story in the bar is perhaps the darkest and bleakest. The closest thing to a narrative low point is the mower breakdown that takes Richard Farnsworth's Alvin…
Having just returned from Ontario and a visit with Karen's elderly parents, I was reminded that we watched this unusual movie with them at our home in Quesnel many years ago.
My best guess of my rating and the date that we watched it.
Una historia sencilla pero bastante emotiva vista a través de los ojos de un señor de Murcia, mayor y con toda una vida vista y aprendida. Tiene frasazas para enmarcar directas a la patata y una sissi spacek a caballo entre la genialidad y el absurdismo.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations