December 27, 2018

Four Artsy films that I love

In no particular order, and eventually there will be ten.

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (Interview with Noam Chomsky) – Michel Gondry 2013

Michel Gondry is best known for his movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but he has directed and produced other not-so-popular works that lean into his own notable surrealist style.

Beauty Is Embarrassing (Wayne White Documentary HD) – Neil Berkeley 2012

I love Wayne White’s thought process and his use of multimedia. If you need to feel inspired, this may help.

Dreamstates – Anisia Uzeyman 2016

I first saw this film at its opening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. I saw it again at a screening and experimental spoken word / jazz performance at the Zebulon in Silverlake, Los Angeles. Uzeyman uses surrealist techniques via modern devices. There are visual nods to surreal movies, like Dadaist post-Cubist art film Ballet Mécanique (1923-1924 – Fernand Léger in collaboration with the filmmaker Dudley Murphy), she also has some edgy Maya Deren vibes.

Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer – 1998)

In the 1990’s we liked bright red hair on our heroine’s. We also liked crime couples. I remember this film as being one of the first to really play with non-linear timeline. For that reason, it was very impactful. I haven’t seen it in years but it is a highly influential and inspirational story-telling technique.