Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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'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…
Gorgeous movie, astonishing cinematography and marvelous script! Lynch's most heartbreaking movie!
"You don't think about getting old when you're young....you shouldn't."
Sometimes, I think I've grown too cynical in my movie-watching life. I've seen a lot of movies in my lifetime and I've developed an eye for things that annoy me in cinema, chief among them is sappiness. I can easily sniff out if a movie is telling me what too feel and intentionally trying to make me feel sympathy for a character or instill some false sense of saccharin sweetness. Admittedly, I hate when movies do that.
But then there's times when you just have to sit back and enjoy a movie that is meant to tug a bit at your heartstrings. Today, I finally sat…
La perspectiva con que David Lynch aborda la vejez no hace más que demostrar lo que cualquier espectador ya se había atrevido a intuir: Lynch es, y será, la persona más joven del planeta.
Una carta de amor al nivel de Robert Frank.
David Lynch made a G-rated Disney film... and it turned out pretty good.
An absolutely touching and mesmerizing film from David Lynch that is just a simple story of an old man traveling from Iowa to Wisconsin to see his ailing brother by driving more than 200 miles on lawnmower as it features a spectacular and moving performance from the late Richard Farnsworth.
Ναι, είναι καλύτερο από το Nebraska.
Like a warm, elegant, and all too painfully honest and revealing denouement to and look back at all the learned and unlearned lessons of life, at all the people long gone who still had love to give or at least could have used a little more, at all the simple joy, and sorrow, and laughter, and heartache, and lost and found love before arriving at a tender, perfectly understated, perfectly articulated, perfectly human moment, just as quiet as every last one reflected on and shared with other souls just as broken and caring on our hero's quest toward an offering of reconciliation and desire for another to simply be a part of one's life again, all offered to one so far gone out of life and love. This is a story of us and the value of being able to genuinely and hearteningly call anything "ours" and shared in the first place.
Una película enternecedora.
Um road movie a passos de tartaruga, um drama sem conflitos e uma história tão simples e bem dosada que na metade do caminho já tinha destruído meu coração.
“Ninguém nos conhece melhor que um irmão da nossa idade, ele sabe quem e o que somos, melhor do que ninguém. Eu e meu irmão ofendemos muito um ao outro, coisas impossíveis de esquecer, mas estou tentando esquecê-las. Estou engolindo meu orgulho com esta viagem e espero que não seja tarde demais; irmão é irmão.”
Como disse o personagem, algumas viagens apenas nós podemos fazer.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…