Help Wanted

I need help. I’m completely out of ideas when I go to Blockbuster, or to the library. It’s so bad, I’ve thought about renting Jumper. For the love of God, don’t let that happen. Please leave me some suggestions so I don’t end up renting stuff because I like the sound of the title, or because the DVD has a nice cover.  Any and all suggestions are appreciated.  I’m desperate.

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13 Responses to “Help Wanted”
  1. CinderRocks says:

    ok ok I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: The Stupids. It won’t let you down.

    I’m thinking of others: be ready for some awesome suggestions.

  2. Mad Hatter says:

    Go for the classics – print off lists of Best Picture winners/nominees, or the AFI 100 and start looking for the ones you’ve never seen.

    Works wonders!

  3. Jen says:

    I just looked at your review list and didn’t see Lars and the Real Girl, unless that was on your old blog. Anyway, this was a sweet movie-not my favorite Gosling flick but definitely an enjoyable watch. If you haven’t seen Stay yet, that might be another one. It is very bizarre. It is the kind of movie that deserves at least 2 watches to really appreciate.

  4. CinderRocks says:

    High School Musical 1, 2, and 3
    Music and Lyrics
    Better Off Dead
    Sister Act
    Les Choristes

  5. magicman says:

    Dear lord Cindy.

    And Blake, I’ve invited you to come to some historical films, but I guess they aren’t mainstream enough for you. Or artsy. Or they’re before 1990. I mean you have really limited yourself.

  6. Oh my goodness, we can’t have you renting Jumper. That is just… wrong.

    I made a list just over 2 1/2 years ago of 101 films I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen. It’s a collection award winners, critically acclaimed films, ones that ‘you just have to see’ and films I really wanted to see.

    I used a few other lists for inspiration:
    IMDb Top 250
    Genie Awards (Canadian Film Awards)
    Academy Award Winners

    I was originally inspired by this list over at Triplux that is a compilation of lists:

  7. Mitch says:

    Blake: First off, cool blog, man.

    Second, you need to catch up on the classics of cinema. Go to work on Renior, Welles, Hitchcock, Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Kubrick. If you want more of a challenge, see some Dreyer, Ozu, Antonioni, or Resnais. Do some French New Wave films — check out the first three Truffaut films, Godard’s “Breathless” and “Contempt ,” early Chabrol, and Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales. Oh, and Jean-Pierre Melville! And if classical Hollywood isn’t your cup of tea, definitely hit the highlights of the “New Hollywood era” of 1967 – 1982: Scorsese, Coppola, Altman, Cassavetes, Polanski, Malick, Bogdanovich.

    Third, as a general rule of thumb, avoid tedium like the AFI lists or Best Picture Winners, or what Leonard Maltin thinks are good movies. Those lists are middle-of-the-road to a fault and, perhaps without coincidence, royally suck. The best list of film rankings I have seen is here:

    Finally, check out the Criterion Collection. It’s the perfect gateway into the classics of cinema.

  8. blake says:

    Mitch, you’re a wealth of knowledge. Wow. I am most definitely taking this list to the library with me.

  9. Mitch says:

    Hey, no problem! Love the reviews; you get to the Broadway earlier and more often than I do, and I actually live on 300 S!

    By the way, I also saw that you reviewed “Heaven” a month or so ago. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Kieslowski’s work — “The Decalogue,” “The Double Life of Veronique,” and the Three Colors trilogy are all masterpieces of contemporary cinema.

  10. Aldo says:

    My favorite movies (mostly old french films):
    Jeux Interdits
    Belle de Jour
    Turbulence des Fluides
    La double vie de Veronique is bloody amazing (I agree with Mitch)
    Nettoyage a sec
    Manon des sources
    Et Dieu… créa la femme
    Cléo de 5 à 7

    I can analyze those for eternity, truly they are masterpieces.

    Also, I <3 Vertigo, Frida, the Others, and Amelie. But you’ve seen those.

  11. Mitch says:

    Cléo! I love that film! My favorite bit is the film-within-the-film Chaplin homage featuring Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard (acting?!).

    And as for “. . . And God Created Woman,” well, one can hardly object to a 20-something Bardot in cinemascope.

  12. Aldo says:

    Mitch, you have a seriously fine taste in movies and I would like you to know that I hold you in the highest regard henceforth!

  13. Care says:

    Have you seen The Big White? It was better than I expected; I choose it entirely on cast.

    FYI – I finished The Road. wow. Thanks again.

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