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AMERICA..IS IT YOU??

by MrCannon

Created 07/04/12

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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.

22 comments

  • By Russell Fry
    August 01, 2012
    06:11 PM

    Good list, but damn it, learn the difference between "there" and "their." Sorry, but that drives me insane.
    Reply
    • By Cinemacannon
      August 01, 2012
      10:43 PM

      Thanks Rus. I'm working on my grammar. I appreciate the comment anyway
  • By Cinemacannon
    August 01, 2012
    10:42 PM

    Thanks Rus. I'm working on my grammar. I appreciate the comment anyway.
    Reply
  • By Daniel Dolgin
    February 27, 2013
    07:27 PM

    Nice list, the ones I've seen are Babo 73, Life During wartime, and 12 Angry Men. I only enjoyed the last of the three which is one of my favorites
    Reply
    • By Cinemacannon
      February 27, 2013
      10:29 PM

      Nice, thanks for the nice words, Dan. I might add more to this list later on.
  • By Casey Brennan
    March 11, 2013
    03:01 AM

    So far I've seen "Easy Rider" and about 20% of "12 Angry Men".... both great films.
    Reply
    • By Cinemacannon
      March 15, 2013
      01:47 AM

      Haha, we got to finish it Casey!
  • By Peter_Wilson
    February 27, 2014
    05:47 PM

    Hey Cinemacannon "Modern Times" might be a good addition to this great list.
    Reply
    • By Cinemacannon
      February 27, 2014
      05:52 PM

      Good Call. But there is still so much I can add too. I love modern times.
    • By Cinemacannon
      February 27, 2014
      05:53 PM

      the gold rush, too
    • By Cinemacannon
      February 27, 2014
      05:54 PM

      the problem is I make so many lists that I kinda forget about the other ones sometimes. But this list is itching to be done
    • By Peter_Wilson
      February 27, 2014
      08:16 PM

      Same here. "City Lights" could also be included.
    • By Cinemacannon
      February 28, 2014
      05:13 PM

      Yes. Good call. Congrats again on getting the list up on the main page. Or should I say lists?
    • By Peter_Wilson
      March 01, 2014
      11:23 AM

      I would have preferred Your Favorite Criterion Edition in place of one of the three, as the list is still wide open for participants.
  • By Eric Levy
    March 12, 2014
    07:19 PM

    Ha! I love the conversations you two have on these lists. Another great one Matt. I would definitely add THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.
    Reply
    • By Cinemacannon
      March 12, 2014
      09:12 PM

      Haha. Jack is great. A truly passionate film buff, as so are you , Eric. Thanks, Eric. you know what, I still haven't seen that film. It's on my list. There's actually a lot more films I need to add it to the list. This is literally the first one I made.
    • By Eric Levy
      March 14, 2014
      09:19 AM

      LPS is definitely essential viewing. Move that up the list of things to see. I could see DO THE RIGHT THING on this list too.
  • By Eric Levy
    March 15, 2014
    07:27 AM

    For got about documentaries: SALESMAN, GREY GARDENS, THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, MONTEREY POP, GIMME SHELTER... There must be more.
    Reply
    • By Cinemacannon
      March 15, 2014
      07:41 AM

      The subject of America is vast in criterion's repertoire, so there must be.
  • By Eric Levy
    October 02, 2014
    01:34 PM

    Still thinking about this list. Some more possible additions I've thought of: SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, ACE IN THE HOLE, BIGGER THAN LIFE, EASY RIDER, NASHVILLE, KOYAANSIQATSI, and now SAFE.
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    • By Cinemacannon
      October 02, 2014
      02:00 PM

      haha, there is so much more I need to add to this list besides the ones you suggested. Thanks for looking out. I'll definitely try to update it soon, I just been super lazy lately.
    • By Eric Levy
      October 02, 2014
      02:24 PM

      Oops. Scratch EASY RIDER. You already have it. {blush}