Palate Cleansers.

by AndySunshine

Created 11/03/12

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Ever feel like you've just been watching too many films? The arthouse drawl gettin you down? Too much Hollywood mainstream nonsense?
This is a set of films that I've found completely reinvigorates my love for cinema. If I ever feel discouraged I simply revisit one.

  • Creative narrative. Beautiful music. Absolutely entertaining and intriguing from beginning to end.

  • Wonderful colors everywhere. Beautifully shot. Interesting structure (the climax of the film is in the middle) and an absolutely breathtaking performance from Moira Shearer.

  • A relatable situation. Two wonderful characters. Simple but effective music.

  • Any of these three films do it for me, but I actually prefer watching the entire trilogy. Only a 5 hour experience and what an experience it is. After I finish Red I feel like I can conquer the world of cinema.

  • No real plot just a few simple sweet stories, all told with a great sense of nostalgia. Cinematography is beautiful and the entire film has a nice lavish feel to it. Like a cup of hot cocoa in film form.

  • Heavy message delivered with a sense of dark humor. An absolutely astounding tracking shot of an uphill battle being fought and lost valiantly. A final scene that will rock your core and you won't even know why.

  • A broader sense of comedy than ususal from Anderson. Paltrow's darkened faux depression always picks me up in a weird way. I also love her flashback to how she lost her finger.

  • Thrilling, edge of your seat scary, and it only gets better with repeated viewings.

  • A tragic event documented without any melodrama. Simply stating the facts makes this film very sad, but shows that you don't have to have an over the top budget to talk about something so huge.

  • Entertainingly bitchy and catty. Kate Beckinsale before she looked like plastic, Sevigny is terrific as always. Surprisingly lively and the music is either great or completely shitty, depending on your perspective (and the film honors both perspectives).

  • Easily digestible even though it is filled with philosophy on right and wrong. The tragedy of the event feels very real and the ending leaves you feeling very accomplished in a strange way.

  • A terrifying horror film as well as an allegorical documentation of the history of fascism in Spain. A personal project that speaks to pretty much any audience. All arthouse all mainstream. A perfect palate cleanser :)

  • Chess has never been so exciting and surprisingly funny. This film always reminds me that less is more and that you don't have to clear the two hour mark to make a true epic. An established classic that will never fade.

  • Robert Crumb's disdain for his country and reluctant acceptance of the film crew around him makes this film entertaining from beginning to end. The final scenes are extremely touching and the pre-credits text will bring tears to your eyes.

  • Of course, the ultimate palate cleanser. A slice of life out of one of the greatest times of life in, arguably, the best decade to live in. It brings about a sense of longing for simpler times, and joy at watching just how little the characters involved appreciate it. It also makes you think about just how little you probably appreciate the time you are living in and how special it is.


  • By Scott_DAgostino
    June 07, 2013
    02:14 PM

    Favorited for including DAZED AND CONFUSED.
  • By Michael Brakemeyer
    June 11, 2013
    12:14 AM

    Very nice list...I would have added one more with Powell and Pressburger's Black Naricissus. Great to see Kubrick and Paths Of Glory here. Everytime I need to take a step back, I always turn to Kubrick first and then Bergman.
  • By Kurt
    June 13, 2013
    03:52 PM

    I like the idea of your list. It is your personal favorite films to bring you back from Hollyweird blockbuster fogs! I love to turn to any film noir in the Criterion Collection to lift my spirits back to normalization when I have watched one to many blockbusters...
  • By JKW
    July 05, 2013
    09:42 PM

    Out of Criterion is a good palette cleanser by the name of In the Loop. It was nominated for the 2010 Best Adapted Screenplay and is hilarious and serious at the exact same time. It's like the antithesis of the TV show The West Wing
  • By David J.
    August 03, 2013
    02:50 AM

    Great list, Tenenbaums and Rushmore are two I can always go to. As depressing as the themes in his films can be, by the time you get the slo mo shot with "Everyone" or "Ooo La La" there is such a hopeful and life affirming feeling that I can't help but smile. Now Criterion get cracking on "Moonrise Kingdom"
  • By ScorpioVelvet
    October 16, 2015
    04:18 PM

    Too cool of a list, very good ones I see on there.
  • By LyleG
    April 06, 2017
    02:00 AM

    I'd really recommend Repo Man by Alex Cox. Such a fun movie while also infusing an excellent Punk soundtrack. Eating Raoul by Paul Bartel is also a very tongue in cheek comedy much in the same vein as John Waters. I'd say those are refreshing to see.