Movie Recommendations, November 2010

Assorted movie recommendations from the last couple of weeks:

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Andersen, 2009). An original cartoon with great pace and good sense of humor by the director of the excellent “The Royal Tenenbaums“.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Ponyo on the Cliff of the Sea (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008). Another great fable from the creator of Spirited Away and How’s Moving Castle.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea - Movie Poster

Tetro by one of cinema’s all-times masters Francis Ford Coppola (2009) is a solid movie, which falls far behind Coppola’s best works, yet is a worthwhile watch. Good actors, great cinematography and a descent story (did I already mention that I am in love with actress Maribel Verdú ever since Y tu mamá también?)

Tetro Movie Poster

I also had the chance to view again some older gems: Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992). Harvey Keitel in his darkest role as a corrupt New York City police detective with a drug and gambling addiction. Don’t confuse it with the recent horrible, horrible “Bad Lieutenant” remake (Werner Herzog, what have you done??)

Bad Lieutenant

An interesting trivia item that you may not have been aware of: Harvey Keitel was casted for the lead role in Coppola’s war masterpiece Apocalypse Now (please don’t tell me you haven’t seen it!), but after one week of shooting, Coppola was not satisfied with the results and flew to LA to replace him with Martin Sheen. Sheen later almost died from a heart attach during the shoot in the Philippines, but that’s a whole different story, which you can view in the inspiring documentary shot by Coppola’s wife, Heart of Darnkess.

Finally, before I go to bed here in snowy Utah, one last recommendation. A great realistic drama full of sense of humor: This is England of Shane Meadows (2006), whose previous film Dead Man’s Shoes is also a strong, highly recommended work.

This is England

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