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Films that revolve around america, and its themes
An unusual slapsticked comedy of political transitions in the 60's. Is it an american dream, or a patriotic nightmare?
Todd Solondz does amazing work at generating modern american conscience in a bold, and truthful statement. Nothing is as effecting as his semi follow up to his 1999 dark comedy "Happiness". Thie film trails lives of people trying to find their footing in the most closed door questions about living in america, those who explore the pains and longings of past, the present, and future of it all.
Where else will you find help to fight off invading communism? Don't call Senator McCarthy, oh no sorry Bob, Mr.Freedom is on the way to make sure we are safe..atleast somewhat. This star spangled superhero shots off to France to help the moral problem of their own communist invasion from Switzerland. A political satire like no other, Mr. Freedom will leave you tickling with laughter, and wiping the patriotic blood from your white collars. With his cast of outlandish french freedom lovers, there is no stopping Freedom.
Ang Lee has shown us the power and spiritual decay of america in the end of the Nixon era, with his dramatic and icy story of a family, and their desires that are thrown into chaos when they pursue their own freedoms days before a powerful ice storm. Sigorney Weaver, Elisha Wood, Toby Maguire, Christina Ricci, play their part in this grim Rick Moody adaptation.
What could be more better than ridding your life of those pesky swinger down the hall? Making money off it. Paul and Mary bland are a perfect couple, with a perfect dream, to open up their own county kitchen in the suburbs, with their debt and the swingers in their apartment complex piling up, they decide to take matter into their own hands. Paul Bartel Directs this loony tuned black comedy of the end of a generation, or extermination of it.
If a film can ever defy the institutions of america, Sam Fuller's unsettling and offbeat drama Shock Corridor will be it. Reporter John Barrett can't wait to get himself committed to a mental hospital to crack a unsolved murder, while hoping it will win him a Pulitzer. He has prepared himself by playing an inmate, only his stripper girlfriend can open the flood gates of the hospital to get the job rolling. Shot in experssionistic noir tones by cinematographer Stanley Cortez (Night of the Hunter) Fullers nightmarish tale of Madness and american truth still reverberate in today societal veins.
Travolta proves his diversity as a great actor in the literal heart pounding De Palma thriller BLOW OUT. While working on a film, a sound man who might have stumbled upon a political assassination is obligated to uncover the truth, leading him down dangerous consequences. Nacy Allen returns to De Palma side as the only witness that will set the testimony in order. Backdroped around Philadelphia in the 1980's, De Palma skewers a statement with the american flag present, "Who can we trust, but our own instincts"
A film that sweats racial tension in Lumet's one act play/film about 12 jurors who shed they're political and apolitical views on a case of a man who should live or die. Henry Fonda gives his most finest performance as a curious mediator trying to fight out the reasons for the jurors actions, or decisions. Shot entirely in one room, you can feel the walls closing in as we get closer to find out the truth of the american mind at work in changing morality
Landscape, free-form camera work, and almost entirely improvised, still doesn't describe this Odyssey of a film. Denis Hopper directs and stars with Peter Fonda as freedom lovers Captin American and Billy the Kid. Both on a journey to where time is relative, and where the wind will take them. Rolling though hippie communions, to hard edge cop towns, inciting all they come in contact with. Easy rider is an ambitious timeless experiment in the american perspective.
Director David Mamet has always seen the injustice in us all, and with an indefinable language to bear. With this hard boiled story of a cop pulled into a case surrounding the killing of an elderly Jewish store owner, in the search for an answer, he is finding his own identity questioned. Joe Mantegna reprises his role again in one of Mamet's puzzling dramas about life in america where finding the answer, gets us further away from the truth, raising the question of identiy in a man world..
Hey there night owls, this is your late night host telling you to brandish your shades. The king of cool Jim Jarmusch brings you into the world of cosmic connections when three stories of communication, lonliness, and dread stand parallel one night in Memphis, Tennessee. Without time as a element, Jarmusch strikes a high note with this musical and mysterious other world where Elvis haunts, and provokes at every corner. Empathy for the desolate and alone is Jarmusch's trade mark in this greased slick trenchant view into a corner of alienated America where everything is mysterious and possible.
It's not about making the movie, but letting it live on its own. That's a good notion to put on Linklater's humanistic free-formed portrait of beautiful chaos on one day in early 90's Austin, Texas as stories of hippies, film geeks, paranoids, dreamers,and couch philosophers linearly graze into one another. Thrown together with a shoe string budget, Linklater's structureless grand illusion of reality is a non-iconographic depiction of American cinema at its most personal.