Film Fustians, 3/5/13

Max is joined by Harold Hill. Reviews of the disastrous JACK THE GIANT SLAYER IN IMAX 3-D, A look back at Warren Beatty’s DICK TRACY and the animate film, ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH. This week’s production news… and the Fustians will each offer their individual 6 selections for THE BEST SPIRITUAL FILMS OF ALL TIME.

  • Rockauthor

    These are my picks for THE BEST SPIRITUAL FILMS OF ALL TIME:

    1.THE EXORCIST (1973)
    2.The Ten Commandments (1956)
    3.The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    4.Ghost (1990)
    5.Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    6.The Golden Compass (2007)

    honorable mentions: Malcolm X (1992), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Ghostbusters (1984)

  • clevelandphil

    It figures that the same one who made Amour also made Funny Games. Two miserable movies from a miserable person. The ending of Amour wasn’t sad, it was MISERABLE. Here’s what happens———————————————————————————————————————-SPOILERS———————————————The two main stars are actually dead the entire time forced to relive the wife’s illness. At the beginning, the police break down the door and find her body. It supposedly flashes back to when the couple come back from a recital and return to find the apartment has been broken into. At the end after the wife dies, the husband kills himself and sees the wife getting dressed to go out. They leave, just to come back and relive the misery. bleccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhh.
    If you want to see a much better movie with the same actor (Jean Louis Trignant), it’s called Death Laid An Egg from 1967.

  • TalkinHorse

    Spiritual films, eh? A lot of latitude for interpretation here. An invitation to be self-indulgent! Here’s what comes to mind first.

    MAGNOLIA (1999). It opens observing a few odd incidents, and then asks a probing question about why our lives follow the paths they do. Is there a pattern or meaning behind it all, or does stuff just happen randomly? Then we launch into a mosaic of interconnected characters, each of whom is struggling with his or her personal hell. What’s it all about? I’m deeply touched by Anderson’s contemplations.

    THE RAPTURE (1991). This isn’t exactly the Christian dogma, but it captures the spirit of the seeker. Mimi Rogers, playing a nihilist who comes to the end of her rope, reaches out for a new path of spirit and meaning. But what exactly does God want of her? She thinks she has the vision, but she can’t be sure. And the consequences of going astray would be catastrophic. Rogers is brilliant here.

    I’m probably alone in saying this, but my personal favorite is A SERIOUS MAN (2009). Why is Larry Gopnik plagued? What does God want of him? Who can answer these questions? (Same question I just asked of THE RAPTURE…yes, I’d say the question of what God wants; that’s the key question in this life.) A SERIOUS MAN will be particularly on the wavelength of people interested in both Judaism and physics.

    Honorable mention to DONNIE DARKO (2001), which I regard as an accidental masterpiece, in that young Richard Kelly came out of nowhere and rapidly went right back to where he came from. It’s a big mystery as to how he could have done anything this great. What’s happening to the titular Donnie? What’s happening to the world? The spiritual mystery here almost seems to make sense, and I’m intrigued.

    • clevelandphil

      Justin’s gonna git his shotgun with the first movie.