not everything is fish, but fish are teeming everywhere
Bull Durham 1988
"I prefer metaphysics to theology"
... that line said by Susan Sarandon's voice over made it clear that this ain't your usual sports movie fair.
Fort Apache 1948
One of the great anti-authoritarian masterpieces of American post-war cinema, and a beautiful testimony to the glory of diplomacy and the stupidity of war. And for once in a film about the western frontier the Native Americans are portrayed as the intelligent war strategists. The Napoleons and Ghengis Khans that Lt. Col. Thursday constantly compares his leadership of the cavalry regiment with are for once not the whites. Fort Apache is as much needed now as it was in '48.
Baxter, Vera Baxter 1977
This film could go on forever in an infinite loop.
Mind of Clay 1985
How a documentary on pottery can be an almost religious experience is beyond me.
I suppose the 'magic' of pottery is the notion of temporality which lies in the very act of turning the pot. Among many other things it also raises questions of archeology and origin and the relationship between materiality, labor and art.
This is one of the most beautiful object-centered films I've ever seen. It may be because it's still so humane and warm.