Alex Robertson, CC ’17, was once atomized deep into the soft yawning amplitude of a seventy-minute cinematic haunting called News From Home. It was directed in 1976 on the streets of New York City by a Belgian woman named Chantal Akerman; he considers all his writing on film composed now, before, and forevermore a modest way of thanking her for the experience.
Top 5 Taiwanese New Wave films:
1. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
2. The River (Tsai Ming-liang, 1997)
3. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)
4. Kuei-mei, A Woman (Yi Chang, 1986)
5. Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1986)
Matthew Rivera, CC ’18, likes to watch movies, especially French ones, and listen to jazz.
5 movies from 1936:
Libeled Lady (1936), The Only Son (1936), Partie du campagne (1936), The Petrified Forest (1936), Modern Times (1936)
Nick Lieberman, CC ’16. Blog editor and friend to young bourgeois in love. Wholeheartedly believes you can’t be a leftist when you’re an ad man at heart. Enjoys writing about short things like commercials and ephemera made for festivals. No patience for the miniature but loves miniaturists.
5 films that are funnier than they sound (which is very funny):
Modern Romance (Albert Brooks, 1981), Seduced and Abandoned (Pietro Germi, 1964), Happiness (Todd Solondz, 1998), The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch, 1931), Decalogue X (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1989)
Amelie Lasker, CC ’18, tends to watch the same movies over and over, probably to the detriment of her cultural education. Her childhood crushes include very few real people but many people from movies, including Peter Pan (but only when played by Jeremy Sumpter), Kirsten Dunst in everything, and Bill Murray, and she thinks these provide a pretty good representation of her.
5 favorite opening or closing credits soundtracks:
Marie Antoinette (2006), ”Natural’s Not In It” – Gang of Four
Adaptation. (2002), ”One Part Lullaby” – The Folk Implosion
Seven Psychopaths (2012), ”Different Drum” – The Stone Poneys
Magnolia (1999), ”One” – Aimee Mann
Juno (2007), ”All I Want Is You” – Barry Louis Polisar
Hunter Koch, CC ’18, thinks movies are fun and often intensely personal. To him, movies are the best way to understand both our world and ourselves.
5 favorite movies (past and future) I haven’t seen yet:
The Avatar sequel, Antz (1998), The Titanic sequel, whatever Matt put on his list, Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
David Quintas, CC ’18, is from Evanston, IL and is studying Political Science and Film Studies. As a child, the first movie to give him nightmares was the direct-to-video sequel Madeline: Lost in Paris.
Top 5 rabbits in the movies:
Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
The Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Bugs Bunny from various Looney Tunes Productions and Space Jam (1996)
Harvey in Harvey (1950)
White Rabbit and the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland (the 1951 Disney film, NOT the 2010 Tim Burton film)
Sophie Kovel, BC ’18. A dolly-ride as a toddler is impressed in Sophie’s memory. She remains enthralled with film just as she was at the time. She once scaled a fence to attend a film screening in her beloved hometown, San Francisco. Sophie hopes one day to be fluent in enough languages to see all the films she desires without subtitles. She sees no boundary between where art ends and film begins. “Cinema as pencil,” as Joan Jonas would say.
When in need of company, here are 5 films with beautiful close-ups:
L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960),
Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966),
La passion de Jeanne d’arc (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1928),
Soy Cuba (Mikhaïl Kalatozov, 1964),
At Land (Maya Deren, 1944)
Danielle Stolz, CC ’19, will watch any movie if you bring her a bag of kettle corn. She believes the perfect world would consist of little white rabbits telling us when we’re late, ruby red slippers that could actually transport you home, and people that ran around as if they were in a Wes Anderson movie… although just watching movies gets pretty close to that perfect world, which is what we should all do all the time.
5 camp movies unlike any camp I ever attended:
The Parent Trap (1998), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Jesus Camp (2006), Meatballs (1979)
Michael Thurston, CC ’18, has an unnatural tolerance for movie violence, and thinks the Korean New Wave might be on par with the French one.
Top 5 dance scenes in non-dance movies:
1. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992) – “Stuck in The Middle with You”
2. Mother (Bong Joon-Ho, 2009) – Closing scene
3. Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) – Dinner scene
4. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999) – Celebration in Peter’s apartment
5. Wild at Heart (David Lynch, 1990) – Highway radio scene
Javi Bosket, CC ’19, believes that endless beauty and meaning can be mined from any movie, and has thus developed a high tolerance for thin plots, bad acting, and low production value. He has spent his entire life wondering where the Best Picture nomination for Single White Female is.
5 favorite film debuts:
Sue Lyon (Lolita, 1962); Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, 1978); Tony Goldwyn (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, 1986); Matt Damon (Mystic Pizza, 1988); and Ricki Lake (Hairspray, 1988)
Katie Zheng, CC ’17, hates when people call movies “films.” She can be found most days playing with virtual cats on her phone and thinking about how Vines are the next major expressive visual medium.
5 movies with Lucy Liu directed by white dudes:
1. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
2. Charlie’s Angels (2000)
3. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
4. Chicago (2002)
5. Mulan II (2004)
Kyle Johnson, CC ’16, identifies a lot with slasher movie final girls, but if he’s honest, he’d probably be one of the nondescript actresses who dies in the second act.
Top 5 best music moments in film:
1. Train scene from Spirited Away (2001)
2. Cameron Diaz dancing in Charlie’s Angels (2000)
3. “Backdoor Lover” from Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
4. Cliff playing his guitar in Bring it On (2000)
5. Halloween (1978), like, as a whole
Chelsea Shieh, CC ’17, believes that if she watches enough movies she can eventually figure out the meaning of life.
The first 5 movies that shaped me more than I want to admit:
Disney’s Robin Hood (1973), Princess Mononoke (1997), Ghostbusters (1984), The Green Mile (1999), Babe (1995)