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THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (dir: Hal Hartley, Not Rated) - Bart says, "Hal Hartley is a singular film stylist who deserves the kind of recognition bestowed upon such American independent directors as Jim Jarmusch or Wes Anderson. In the mid-90s it seemed like he might break into the general public's awareness with the slightly higher-budgeted AMATEUR and HENRY FOOL, but his deadpan absurdism just didn't seem to click with everybody. Not that it's what I would have wanted, but my theory is that if he had stuck to making simple, appealing relationship movies like this, his first feature, Hartley would currently have much more of an audience. You've got a popular girl who rebelliously falls for a mysterious, possibly murderous ex-con mechanic, combined a bunch of odd, semi-philosophical dialogue and awkward blocking that's reminiscent of avant-garde theater or a Godard movie. And it's hilarious. Start here and chances are you'll stick with Hartley 'til the end."
HEATHERS (dir: Michael Lehmann, R) - Michelle says, "With classic lines like, 'F-ck me gently with a chainsaw. Do I look like Mother Theresa?', it’s hard to resist memorizing the entire script of this potty-mouthed cult classic about a popular girl (Winona Ryder) too smart for her clique, who cures her ennui by teaming up with bad boy Christian Slater to kill her best friend and make it look like a suicide. The character’s jargon has that Shakespearean quality of being completely original, yet instantly recognizable. In fact, I’d say that my other favorite teenage comic drama, the incredibly language-conscious TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, owes some of its wit to the writing here. I have to stop myself from reciting the lines along with the actors as I watch. Apparently, it really annoys everyone else in the room."
LET IT RIDE (dir: Joe Pytka, PG-13) - Michelle says, "Okay, I know that I have this weakness for mediocre eighties movies. Blame it on the free HBO we had when my dad was a door-to-door cable-TV salesman. But this is a fun movie, the kind that makes gambling seem like a mystical game in which the really lovable never lose because they somehow can access a playful, beneficent force. Caught between Jennifer Tilly’s best Marilyn Monroe impression and Terri Garr’s shrewish hysteria, Richard Dreyfus is a total dude. Even I could tell those chicks were crazy, and I was like thirteen."
FIELD OF DREAMS (dir: Phil Alden Robinson, PG) - Michelle says, "Next time you see Bart, ask him why he’s never seen this movie. Seriously, I have zero interest in baseball, or any sport that involves teams or rules or equipment. But this cheesy comedy – with its ghosts and American cultural history lessons – will have you believing that hearing voices in the middle of your corn field in Iowa is about as American as a stadium on a summer night, and that nationalistic pride is a good thing. Okay, I know why Bart doesn’t want to watch this movie. But it’s really good, honest!"
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER (dir: Peter Greenaway, Not Rated)
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (dir: Woody Allen, Not Rated)
DEAD CALM (dir: Phillip Noyce, Not Rated)
THE DECALOGUE (dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Not Rated)
DO THE RIGHT THING (dir: Spike Lee, Not Rated)
DRUGSTORE COWBOY (dir: Gus Van Sant, Not Rated)
THE KILLER (dir: John Woo, Not Rated)
MYSTERY TRAIN (dir: Jim Jarmusch, Not Rated)
SHIRLEY VALENTINE (dir: Lewis Gilbert, R)
SWEETIE (dir: Jane Campion, Not Rated)
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