The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
The Straight Story was a film I put off for quite some time, mainly because it'd be the last time I'd be watching a David Lynch film for the first time, until he releases another one.
It's a good film, but to me it's lacking a certain quality of WEIRD SURREAL ASS SHIT
But other than that, I liked it.
In the alternate universe where Lynch made movies like this and The Elephant Man his whole career, he could've out-Spielberged Spielberg. Beautiful, and doesn't lose the feel of a Lynch movie at all despite there being nothing surreal about it.
David Lynch es un director que muchos alaban por la rareza única que existe en sus films, pero una de las cosas que más me asombra de este director, es el hecho de cuan poco valorada ha sido The Straight Story, porque para mí significa uno de los trabajos más completos y casi perfectos que ha creado este interesante director americano.
The Straight Story llegó en un año único en la historia del cine y resalto único por tener tantos títulos iconos del cine moderno y del cine en general como American Beauty, Toy Story 2, Fight Club, The Matrix, Eyes Wide Shut y Magnolia, pero que para quien escribe estas líneas,…
An occasionally moving, yet simple and repetitive film that moves slower than a lawnmower at times.
It was hard to connect with it, but The Straight Story is still a very nice, unexpectedly touching film with a great performance by Farnsworth.
It's way too conventional though, which in my opinion is the wrong direction for Lynch.
David Lynch has a knack for creating strange, often unnerving films full of dark complexity. The fact that he's created this decidedly un-Lynchian film is itself Lynchian!
The story is slow burning and emotional in a way that is sad and longing whilst simultaneously being warm and inspiring. This is thanks in part to the likeable characters, not least Richard Farnsworth (whose own story following this film is itself heartbreaking) playing Alvin Straight, a stubborn man full of remorse for his past and love for people. The dialogue is understated and succinct; the performances more detailed by little flicks of the eye and small gestures, which means Alvin's stories are listened to with a sense of reverence.
Angelo Badalamenti sets…
Slow-burning story about life, choices and wisdom. It reminded me that everyone has a story to tell and that life is precious. A must-watch.
"-¿Qué es lo peor de hacerse viejo?
-Recordar cuando eras joven"
I just love the way Lynch depicts nice, midwestern people. He's got such an honesty about how he treats his actors/characters, that's it's impossible not to love everyone on screen.
A quiet, lovely film based on the true story of an old man who wants to make peace with an estranged brother and sets off on a small odyssey to do so. His mode of transportation is his tractor, and the lesson the film delivers -- about taking the time to appreciate the individual moments that make up a life before the march of time has turned them into a blur -- may be the stuff of hokey sentiment, but as told here it's beautifully effective.
David Lynch, of all people, directed this, a reminder that he's just as good at crafting linear, narrative storytelling as he is mind-bending surrealism. And Richard Farnsworth delivers a marvelous performance as the man who suspects that the errand he's embarked on may prove to be one of the last significant things he does with his life.
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Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…