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PopGap #32: Potluck Film Fest, Month Nine

By dorrk, Saturday, 02 September 2017 13:33
September Potluck Film Fest Watchlist

September's edition of my Potluck Film Festival features an eclectic array of movies primarily from Flickcharters Alex Christian Lovendahl and Nick Dallas.

A few years ago, Alex invited me to participate with him in a five-movie exchange — I had him watch Three Colors: RedTootsieDiving Bell and the Butterfly, I Am Cuba, and Phantom of the Paradise; he had me watch La Haine, Cleo From 5 to 7, Side Effects, The Act of Killing, and A Most Violent Year — and his picks for me then as now cover the spectrum from contemporary indie dramas just outside the mainstream to challenging foreign films. I know well how bold Alex's choices can be and how enthusiastic he is about the movies that he loves. This month he's bringing me a recent Steven Soderbergh made-for-cable biopic, a Joan Crawford classic, a notorious Orson Welles movie that I think was once considered "lost," a vampire movie from offbeat auteur Jim Jarmusch, and the first sound feature from a Japanese director who is slowly becoming one of my favorites, Yasujirô Ozu.

Nick's tastes, on the other hand, are less well-known to me, so his choices have come as a total surprise. Although his Flickchart is populated mostly with beloved crowd-pleasers, there's also a dark streak running through it in the form of some grisly and stylish crime dramas. Contrary to the predominant trend, his five picks for me are largely obscure movies that seem to nod more toward his edgier predilections. While I went through a brief but rewarding Shane Meadows phase about 10 years ago, I didn't dig very far into his filmography, and Nick has assigned me one of Meadows' earlier movies; in addition, Nick will have me watch a unique-sounding documentary that has been on my shortlist for sometime, plus three more movies about which I know almost nothing, so those will be fun to discover from scratch.

As usual, my monthly wildcards Ty Tag and Nigel Druitt face the challenge of assigning me movies from across a wide chasm of personal taste. This month, they've each given me a movie that I have considered watching previously, with the same recommendations coming from multiple sources, but I've never followed through. My creeping suspicions about the personnel involved, combined with a gut aversion to the marketing, have kept me away.

Previews for the September 2017 Potluck Film Fest

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Dir: Steven Soderbergh
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Dir: Shane Meadows
F for Fake (1973)

F for Fake (1973)

Dir: Orson Welles, Gary Graver
Fish Story (2009)

Fish Story (2009)

Dir: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Marwencol (2010)

Marwencol (2010)

Dir: Jeff Malmberg
Mildred Pierce (1945)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Dir: Michael Curtiz
Odd Thomas (2013)

Odd Thomas (2013)

Dir: Stephen Sommers
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Dir: Jim Jarmusch
The Only Son (1936)

The Only Son (1936)

Dir: Yasujirô Ozu
Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition (2002)

Dir: Sam Mendes
Underground (1995)

Underground (1995)

Dir: Emir Kusturica
World's Greatest Dad (2009)

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait


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The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher