OY! Recommend me some movies! [update: the Mob has spoken]

My DVD rental queue is down to dangerously low levels. What you should see is...

You should sign up with GreenCine, by the way, not the big red DVD subscription service Gawker sold it's soul to (I'm sure they used the money to buy an expanding T-Rex sponge. Chum...p).

Most recently in the machine:

  • Punch-Drunk Love (Ouch. I had to stop, finally. Maybe my stereo settings were wrong, but it was so assaultive... the Bonus Disc is on the way, though.)
  • Soderbergh's Solaris (underappreciated. re James Cameron's commentary:he's deeply, annoyingly, and predictably shallow. ).
  • Ghost World (Didn't need to watch it since I didn't end up interviewing Scarlett Johannson),
  • Virgin Suicides (Did need to watch it, because I did end up... wait, I'm getting ahead of my self. But I will say, it's a little weird to have your mom shoot your Making Of video.)
  • Funeral, Juzo Itami's dark comedy. (About as subtle as Japanese overacting gets, but the camerawork is bizarrely tight, and the DVD transfer absolutely sucks.)
  • Thirteen Conversations about Something or Other (If you're gonna make a feature that interweaves several independent episodes together, you probably should watch one, right?)

    Update: Yow, thanks. I should be asking for stuff more often. The results--minus the ones that aren't available on DVD--like Hearts of Darkness (also shot by Sofia Coppola's mom) and Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho--ones that weren't available on DVD--like GVS's first feature, Mala Noche--and a couple of obviously dumb ideas--Everyone's seen Pearl Harbor, duh--are below.

    Also, I put them all in an Amazon List, "movies greg.org readers told me to watch #1," if you feel like watching along. Thanks again, and keep'em coming.

  • Before Night Falls
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Dogtown & Z Boys (Avary's working on the feature remake with David Fincher)
  • Double Indemnity (a staple)
  • e-dreams (ahh, Kozmo.com)
  • Office Space (always good)
  • Kundun (already on the list, actually)
  • Last Temptation of Christ (how timely)
  • Lumiere
  • One-Hour Photo (someone watched the the VMA, or the Johnny Cash video)
  • Raging Bull (ok, enough with the Scorsese)
  • Secretary
  • The Wind Will Carry Us (actually, the rec. was Abbas Kiarostami, so I picked this one about extremely rural Iran, which led me to...)
  • Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life, a remarkable-sounding 1924 silent film about shepherds in rural Iran, which led me to...
  • The Saltmen of Tibet, and all on my own, I had the idea of rewatching Errol Morris' Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

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