Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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 STRAIGHT STORY was directed by David Lynch. This is important to know when it comes to evaluating just how straight the story is. The film is based on a true account of one man's eventful odyssey by lawn mower, motivated by a need to reconcile with his estranged brother before it's too late. Lurking just below the narrative, however, are hints of something not-quite-said in the linear account of Mr. Straight's trip -- something that deepens our understanding of his past and the real reason for his extraordinary, redemptive pilgrimage. Outstanding direction, with evocative visual composition and visceral clues, beautiful music, brilliant vistas, humane perceptions, and varied moods and atmospheres throughout combine with some of the best acting I've…
"a kind person talking to stubborn man"
One of the most simply structured but brilliantly acted films I've seen in a long while.
Almost makes you want to go on a long road trip in a tractor yourself.
It's also one of the most unlyncian David Lynch film. I mean, your grandmother could probably watch this and she'll enjoy it.
"The worst part of being old is rememberin' when you was young"
Like most I had rather low expectations going into this film. A David Lynch film given a G-rating and then distributed by Disney? It sounds like some kind of twisted joke. To my pleasant surprise The Straight Story is one of Lynch's most beautiful and emotionally challenging films to date, which is a pleasant detour from his usual chaotic affair.
The story is simple if you're familiar with any road movie ever released. The film opens with a very powerful scene of the aged Alvin lying on the floor, unable to get up. After visiting the hospital Alvin returns home to his daughter, Rose, who answers the phone…
It may not be the best or most challenging Lynch film but it is completely authentic and sincere while being one of the best of the Disney biopic genre.
A g-rated Disney film directed by David Lynch sounds like a recipe for disaster...but it works.
Went in expecting something like, I dunno, movies I never go see, but I'm delighted to report that not only is this delightful and heartwarming in the best Hollywood tradition, but also unmistakably Lynchian in ways big and small. In some ways, it might actually be the key to unlocking huge swaths of his other work, since it reveals that his affection for small-town communities and the people in them as anything but ironic.
This is truly a masterpiece in every way. It's not just a road-movie of from a to b, it's so much more; hey, it's a Lynch flick!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…