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…
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…
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.…
I love how Lynch teases us with the possibility that this could go full Blue Velvet at any moment.
So officially the most Midwestern film I've ever seen. Coming from a person that hasn't been in the Midwest for more than 3/4 of a year, that doesn't necessarily mean anything, but I do feel like this captures a lot of the essence of what I have come to believe life in the Midwest to be. The flow of information can the be extended from the particular to the universal. What better setting to make a film like this, than in the Heartland of America? A film about adhering to traditional values, in the face of increasing technological progress. A film about the importance of familial relations, as society is becoming more and more centered around the individual. A film…
I've only ever heard good things about this movie, so I shouldn't have been so surprised that it's amazing. It's good to remember that one of our preeminent surrealists is from Montana. His affection for the Midwest is clear. Through every conversation, every peculiar element becomes personal and moving.
By conventional standards, Alvin's "character arc" is pretty much over at the inciting incident. His decision to go on the journey is as far as he develops as a man, but as he gets nearer to his destination, he voices to the various people he encounters why the trip is so important. Every single person he befriends on his way is another stick added to his unbreakable bundle, making him strong enough to finally reconnect with his brother after so many years. And that's really the only satisfying way to end a story like this one.
Oh how wrong I was to think David Lynch and a G rating couldn't go hand in hand.
Forget Mulholland Drive; this is Lynch's later career high point. A sincere love letter to independence, living in the moment, human decency and determination. Freddie Francis' amazing autumnal cinematography is gravy
David Lynch makes a
G-rated Disney movie...
And it's beautiful.
After just finishing this film all I can see is that it is a complete and utter masterpiece. There is simply nothing more to say. Lynch and Farnsworth have clearly put their heart and soul into this moving piece of cinema.
I'll never realize the easiness with which this straight story made me cry..
"Everyone trying to forget. I can see it in a man right away."
Lynch's magnum opus one of the best films ever made
A passividade do Alvin é provavelmente o que o Lynch se interessou de verdade ao contar a história daquele homem. O quão contagioso pode ser aquele homem-estrada se torna o canal por onde é passada todo o amor lynchano.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!