“…[a list of] obscure [or] underseen films you adore and think more people should know about…”
“Every day our experts introduce you to a film they love and you have a whole month to watch it, so there will always be 30 extraordinary films for you to enjoy.”—Mubi
Streaming service of 30 films for $10.99/month. Every day, one new film is added and a film that has been available for 30 days leaves. Second time I’ve heard of it and thought I’d bookmark it.
A collection of lists of best culture that includes: dance, theater, movies, comedy, art, architecture, TV, albums, opera, etc.
—”Best Culture of the 21st Century.” The Guardian. September 18, 2019
Unpopular Positive Opinion Movie Challenge:
Name a movie that…
- You genuinely like (Not “So Bad It’s Good”)
- Came out in your adult life post-2000
- Is rated below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This is easy if you like horror films. For me, I’d say Metropia fits closely enough. It’s a weird, dark little animated film: Rotten Tomatoes (50%/55%), Metacritic (47), and IMDb (6.3).
And since I am making movie recommendations, let me put in the good word for The Twilight Samurai, My Sweet Pepperland, and The World of Apu. Each a beautiful love story in its own way.
A nice companion list to the BFI’s lists of great films.
A profile of Cyd Charisse with clips.
“Salafistes is, from start to finish, a gruesome film. Originally shot in Timbuktu after the town fell under jihadist control in 2012, the documentary takes place over the course of four years—first, with live footage of life under Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali; later, using propaganda videos from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in 2014. Interspersed with the scenes of violence are rare interviews with some of salafism’s most prominent, and radical, theologians, including political leaders of Al-Qaeda in Mauritania and Mali, as they are asked a series of political and philosophical questions: How do you regard democracy? (“Against Islam.”) Women? (“Irrational, and half the worth of a man.”) Homosexuality? (“Against human nature.”) America? (“9/11 was deserved.”)”
—Maddy Crowell, “Salafistes.” The Point. April 9, 2019.
“Major: If you’ve got a problem with the world, change yourself. If that’s a problem, close your eyes, shut your mouth, and live like a hermit. And if that’s a problem… [cocks gun and presses it against his head].
—Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Avoid politics and the multitude of irrelevant struggles designed to channel your energies into someone else’s agenda. Adapt, keep your head down, and/or die. Those are the realistic options for most people.
“VSMP is an object that contains a Raspberry Pi computer, custom software, and a reflective ePaper display (similar to a Kindle), all housed inside a 3D printed case. Every 2.5 minutes a frame from the film stored on the computer’s memory card is extracted, converted to black and white using a dithering algorithm, and then communicated to the reflective ePaper display. This adds up to playing the film at a rate of 24 frames per hour, which is in contrast to the traditional speed of 24 frames per second…VSMP also suggests a pull in a different direction towards new possibilities of ornament and decoration, towards ways to make our digital lives present in our physical world in more subtle ways.”
—Bryan Boyer. “Very Slow Movie Player.” Medium.com. December 22, 2018.
The ideas of playing with time, using natural light display technologies, and integrating both into objects and architecture are fascinating.