*Week 3 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF

Good movies fly too low under the radar too often. We’ll catch’em for you! #ADAF

 

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DUEL (1971)

After passing an old tanker truck on a stretch of rural highway, a commuter is pursued and terrorized by the truck’s sinister driver.Quick! From the top of your head: what was the first ever movie directed by Ron Howard? If you answered “Duel,” you’d be wrong, silly. “Duel” is Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut. It came out way back in 1971 as a made-for-TV movie and I highly recommend it. Sure, we all know and love Spielberg’s films. And sure, this Instagram page is all about not-so famous movies, but I’m guessing the general population hasn’t even heard of, or let alone seen, Spielberg’s first feature. As you can tell from the logline (basically a case of road rage taken to the extreme), the story of “Duel” is a minimalistic in its screenwriting: hero has a goal, villain gets in his way. That’s pretty much it. There aren’t any peripheral characters or extraneous subplots and the dialogue is kept to a minimum. A lot of survival-themed movies follow this route. Examples include “127 Hours,” “All is Lost,” and 2016’s “The Shallows,” an obvious throwback to “Jaws.” In “Duel,” Spielberg keenly focuses on telling the story visually, the very reason why, and how, cinema was invented in the first place.

Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

MICMACS (2009)
MICMACS (2009)

Have you seen “Micmacs?” Isn’t it brilliantly imaginative? It’s a kind of comedy you don’t see much of! The director of “Amelie” and “The City of Lost Children,” Jean-Pierre Jeunet wrote and directed this masterpiece with his unique style.  The story is about a guy, Bazil, who is hit in the head by a stray bullet and has lived with the bullet inside his head ever since. Living as a homeless man on the streets, he meets a group of people who live in a trash dump. Then he and his new friends make a plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. The film is astonishingly original and visually captivating! Also, the action sequences with classical music flowing in your head is simply genius! If you’ve seen this film, what’s your favorite scene? I love the moment with the kids in front of the building, the “This is my hat” scene!

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

 

DREDD (2012)
DREDD (2012)

In a futuristic metropolis where crime is rampant and where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury, and executioner, a cop and his trainee become trapped in an apartment high-rise run by a notorious drug dealer.

Forget the cheesy poster. Forget the cheesy tagline. Forget the original craptastic comic book-to-movie adaptation “Judge Dredd” from the 90s starring Sylvester Stallone. Just forget all that for a minute. This “Dredd” remake/reboot is an underrated and under-appreciated specimen of visual entertainment for all you sci-fi and/or action junkies out there. It originally came out in theaters in 2012 to little or no fanfare. But then it got its second run on DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming. And boy howdy, were we pleasantly surprised! I know I was! Similar to “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “The Raid: Redemption,” “Dredd” places the frenzied action front and center and makes no excuses for it. And the kicker? It does so with a healthy amount of aesthetic flair (slo-mo, anyone?). I’ll simply put it this way: the R-rated violence in this movie is just so G-dang beautiful. And that’s coming from a self-proclaimed pacifist.

Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm

ELECTRICK CHILDREN (2012)
ELECTRICK CHILDREN (2012)

When I started to watch this movie, I thought it was a “coming of age” story. Then my perspective changed as I began to understand the message of the story. It is enthralling!!! It’s about a teenage girl who was born and raised in a Mormon community and believes that she’s been impregnated by listening to music. Then she goes to Las Vegas to find the father of her baby. It’s a story about MIRACLES! Or is it?

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

 

BERNIE
BERNIE (2011)

n a small Texas town, a friendly mortician (Jack Black) develops a close relationship with a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine). After she becomes unbearably too controlling of him, he makes a desperate move to escape from her grasp.

This film has a strange blend of genres: comedy, crime drama, biography, and documentary… and it works. The majority of it is shot like a traditional narrative, but it’s intercut with documentary-style interviews, which serve to remind you that the incredulous story unfolding before you is all based on true events and real people. Jack Black plays the titular role of Bernie Tiede in a not so Jack Blacky kind of way. His acting is predominantly drama-centered this time around and guess what? He’s good at it! It’ll remind you of Adam Sandler’s toned down acting in “Punch-Drunk Love” or Jim Carrey’s unusually non-slapstick role in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Great comedy actors can also be great dramatic actors if you let them! Leave it to Richard Linklater, who opened us up to the aloof lifestyle of Austin’s urban dwellers in “Slacker,” to also show how small-town life may not be as yawn-inducing as you may think. In “Bernie,” it comes down to people and their motives: dark motives will always lead to intriguing people, which in turn lend itself to great movie-watching.

Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm

Y TU MAM TAMBIEN (2001)
Y TU MAM TAMBIEN (2001)

The director of the films “Gravity,” “Children of Men,” and the third Harry Potter made a film back in 2001 called “Y Tu Mamá También.” It’s filled with hilarious moments and deep conversations. What I like most about this film are the  well studied characters! Two immature adolescent males and an adult woman in crisis hit the road to an imaginary beach in Mexico. Don’t think it’s a road trip story, or even a coming of age story. This one is about so much more. It’s about friendship, sex, adultery, politics, economics, womanhood, and it’s all very HUMAN!  Alfonso Cuarón takes you into the story with the characters, and you really feel for them. By the end of the movie I was blown away and somewhat stunned.

 

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

4 Replies to “*Week 3 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF”

  1. Great post. I think I’m going to watch BERNIE 2011. I’m really interested in a movie that has a companion of comedy, crime and drama. All the things I like in a movie are in the same movie. Anyways, Added to my movie watch-list and keep up the good work.

  2. Hey Merve, liked the way you give your own opinion whether the movie is good or not.
    You should also post where the movies are available to rent or buy.
    Keep up with the good work

    1. amazingfootages says: Reply

      Hi Kainan, Thanks for visiting my page. Yeah it is good idea to post where they can find the movies. But I think it changes in time so I don’t want to mislead the people. Thanks for your suggestion.

  3. Interesting page! Your page introduced me to movies I didn’t know. I am going to watch Micmacs.

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