I have a suspicion that people who love good books also tend to love good movies, so I thought it might be fun to start talking about the stories we watch. I know some of you subscribe to Netflix (in Canada it’s Zip), but movies don’t seem to appear on book blogs very often. Perhaps you all have secret movie blogs on the side…?
It may not surprise you to hear that my movie tastes tend towards the obscure. It’s not often that I watch a film without subtitles, or at least an accent. Whatever puts most people to sleep will probably fascinate me. The last movie I went to a theatre to see was a nearly 3-hour, nearly silent documentary about a monastery in France. The parts that weren’t silent had subtitles, of course. I loved every minute of it.
This weekend I saw a delightful low-budget film from Germany, Enlightenment Guaranteed. It’s about two brothers having mid-life crises who run off to a Zen monastery in Japan and, well, find enlightenment. It’s shot in video, not film, but if you can ignore that it’s really a very fun and zen-like movie. I can’t remember who recommended it, but if it was you, thanks!
I was also recently blown away by Heaven, with Giovanni Ribisi and Cate Blanchett. It was the last film co-written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowsi, of Trois Couleurs fame, a favourite director of mine. It's a gripping story of unexpected love, tragedy, and loyalty. It is visually arresting also—I think it does Kieslowski justice.
So, seen any good movies lately? My Zip list is full to overflowing but I’m always interested in hearing about other good films.