It's Thursday, so it's time for another Thursday Movie Picks! I love this theme because there was a time when tapestry films (films with intersecting storylines) was all the rage. There were so many of them and I remember being enamored with quite a few of them. That whole concept of how a butterflies wings can cause a ripple in life for so many around it is the concept that drives these films to expose how one person can affect another who can affect another and before you know it, we're all effected.
So, with hundreds of films to chose from, here's what I've got!
|Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993)|
Robert Altman has a knack for developing interesting stories surrounding many, many characters, but Short Cuts is a prime example of intersecting lives that don't belong together. These aren't a slew of people in one house but these are people from all over town drawn together by various circumstances, some slight, some severe. The whole ensemble is, easily, one of the greatest of all time and the way that Altman was able to take this collection of short stories and make them feel unified and cohesive was astounding.
|Go (Doug Liman, 1999)|
No lie, I saw Go for the sole reason that I was young, I was in love with Katie Holmes and I took the risk that she'd show her tits. She doesn't, but that minor loss (which was rectified in The Gift the following year) was made up for by the fact that this hilariously insane drug fueled romp was so incredibly entertaining I couldn't take my eyes off of it. It's high energy from start to finish and it deserves more of a cult following than I think it has.
|Amores Perros (Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, 2000)|
The term 'misery porn' was created for filmmakers like Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, and for films like Amores Perros. The film is the epitome of miserable, but done with such gritty honesty. These three intersecting stories that are pretty much told as three separate stories, each nearly picking up where the other left off (and all connected through a car crash) is as brutal as they come (and be forewarned animal lovers, the dog fight scenes are extremely realistic) but it lingers so strongly because of it. What an incredible debut that set a precedent for what was yet to come.