I haven't read a book worth serious discussion in... many months, but I watch movies all the time. So! In the spirit of the AfH book club, I'm going to start a thread where people can rep fun movies that people might enjoy. I'll do a wide range for my first couple, but I'm pretty much always happy to yammer about movies (I was an officer of my collegiate film society and worked at a movie theater in Berkeley after college, so I spent basically five solid years with "go see a movie for free" as my default activity when I was bored on a weekday night).
3 WOMEN (1977)
Director: Robert Altman ("Gosford Park", "The Player", "Nashville", etc.)
Starring: Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek
Fun, improving, or both? More improving than fun. But fun!
Mrs. Snax and I were spending a period working our way through the Altman movies that I've seen and she hasn't, and I was reminded how much I liked this weird, dream-logic-y piece (directly adapted from a dream of Altman's, in fact) from Altman. Spacek and Duvall are coworkers at a physical therapy facility. Spacek attaches herself to her new idol Duvall as the bottom in a (non-sexual) dysfunctional relationship, and then the relationship (and identities) suddenly shift. JT threw out the George Cukor's "The Women" as a movie she likes when I mentioned this in chat, and this strikes me as something that would make a nice companion piece in a double feature -- it's basically "The Women" as directed by David Lynch; instead of a movie about bored upperclass women, it's a movie about boring working-class women, but by they similarly inhabit a relationship basically devoid of men. The film it gets compared to most often is Bergman's "Persona", which totally makes sense (Altman called "Persona" our as a major influence), but it's a trailer-park vision. Creepy in an identity-fluidity-nothing-makes-sense way, surprisingly funny, hauntingly unlike pretty much anything else. Duvall in particular is fantastic; if you've only seen her in "The Shining", it's a revelation how good she is; Spacek is awesome as always. One of Altman's best films. Available in a Criterion edition DVD.
Ebert's (spoiler-laden) review here: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbc ... 60302/1023
"I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it. Recurring dreams are like that: We have had them before, but have not finished with them, and we return because they contain unsolved enigmas."
Like the title says, anything and everything else goes here. As long as it follows the forum rules.
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