Alright, so it's time to start the year anew and that means it's a whole new set of Thursday Movie Picks to fawn all over and I am determined to actually get all these done this year! New year, new format, new movies, new life...let's go!
So this weeks theme is Downstairs People, and my first thought was Mole People and then I read the fine print and I thought GOSFORD PARK and then I thought of nothing else for a long while and figured that one was going to be a HUGE pick this week so I opted to wrack my brain and come of up three that might get scarce recognition this week. So here goes nothing.
|The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)|
Haunting, terrifying, unsettling, chilling, thought-provoking; this Gothic horror film is one of the most spectacular examples of using atmosphere to bolster the intensity of a story, and what a story this one has! Brilliant performances all the way around, especially from Kerr and young Martin Stephens, The Innocents is a classic horror staple.
|The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)|
Unfolding much like a stageplay, there is a naturalness to Fassbinder's tale of the brutal effects of unrequited love in so many splintered directions that it is completely consuming from start to finish. Bold and highly engaged, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant introduces us to a pool of rich female characters that are hard to shake.
|The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993)|
My first Merchant Ivory production, and still my favorite, The Remains of the Day remains in my heart, forever. This beautifully woven tale of love, loyalty and integrity couldn't be more intricately developed. It still has the power to take my breath away.