Parental Discretion is Advised
Seasons have changed here in Minnesota. Summer to autumn,
and sooner than I’d like, autumn will be winter. In preparation for the months
to follow I have been doing a little house cleaning, a little eating, but more importantly
I’ve been looking for inspiration. Things to keep me motivated and entertained
while I endure the winter months snuggled inside, watching snowflakes fall and
frost form on my windows. This brings me to my list of “Artful Movies”. The
movies that have inspired me either through message, cinematography, or humor.
I warn you, parental discretion is advised, these films aren’t for the average
movie enthusiast. What films inspire you?
by Nobuhiko Obayashi. One of the most incredible 1970's Japanese horror
films, completely ahead of its time, with hand-done film effects and
amazing hand-painted backdrops.
Dancer by Babber Subhash. If this movie doesn’t make you want to get up
and dance not sure what will.
Good, The Bad, The Weird by Ji-woon Kim. It’s a modern Korean western with
great cinematography and quirky style.
Style 5+ by Gen Sekiguchi. This is an avant-garde, bizarre Japanese flick
with incredible sets. Maybe not the best movie, but some great still
of the Sun. A psychedelic Shaw Brothers era kung fu movie. The plot is a
super-baby is found by a poor woodcutter inside a crystal and must defeat
an evil alien king's eugenics program with lasers and fire breathing. I
love plot lines like this. If you like this, also see Battle Wizard, Holy
Flame of the Martial World and Buddha's Palm.
Holy Mountains. By Alejandro Jodorowsky, director
of El Topo. Long-banned, Beatles-funded, multi-million dollar sacrilegious
epic, filmed while the actors were usually under the influence. Disturbing
at times, but one of the wildest, most creative expressions of film ever.
Tale of the Fox. I love stop motion and this is on an epic level. From
1929 by Russian Ladislas Starevitch, a jaw-dropping amount of work put
into animating tiny animals frame by frame. Just...... mind melting.
A film based on interpretations of actual dreams from director Akira
Another stop motion/live action masterpiece, this time from Jan
Svankmeyer. His advanced, creepy interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.
Amazing sound work and painstaking detail. Weird!
Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell. Beautiful, sad documentary on
musician Arthur Russel, an influential gay producer who did incredible
things in the disco era. Really lovely!