“Then arise at their command from wind and wave
Divas, Peris, water-pale Undines
And mist-veiled weeping queens.”
— Marya Zaturenska, from “The Collected Poems of M. Zaturenska; The World of Salamanders”, published. c. 1902.
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“The vampire moon with yellow streams of light
Drains the dim waters, sucks the moist air dry,
Casts cloudy spectres on the window pane—
The dead arise and walk again.”
— Marya Zaturenska, from “The Collected Poems of M. Zaturenska ; The Lunar Tides”, published. c. 1902.
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Melancholic movies? Nostalgic movies? Slice of life movies? All of them combined? Something like that. Thank you!
1. Wild Strawberries (1957) dir. Ingmar Bergman.
I think this first film fits the themes of melancholy and slice of life perfectly well. The story is about an old man who reflects on his life, amd all its ups and downs, while occasionally having dreams to help him understand himself better amd come to term with his past. Its director said that the idea came up to him while driving by outside his grandmother's old house. He suddenly wondered about how it would be if he could open the door and find inside the house everything as it used to be would be during his childhood.
"So it struck me - what if you could make a film about this; that you just walk up in a realistic way and open a door, and then you walk into your childhood, and then you open another door and come back to reality, and then you make a turn around a street corner and arrive in some other period of your existence, and everything goes on, lives. That was actually the idea behind Wild Strawberries.” — Ingmar Bergman.
2. Lost in Translation (2003) dir. Sofia Coppola.
Sofia Coppola's sophomore feature is about two people lost in Tokyo, both feeling lonesome and yearning for purpose and meaningful connections. I think this film truly capture the slice of life you're looking for. It is full of small intimate moments of shared silence and quiet reflections, all those very authentic moments of the human experience. You might really like it.
3. Jules and Jim (1962) dir. François Truffaut.
Jules and Jim is more light-hearted than my first two suggestions. The story takes place in the days before the first World War — Jules is an introverted Austrian author who strikes up a friendship with Jim, a more exuberant Frenchman. Both of them fall in love for the same woman, but it's Jules who wins her hand — until the war. The film is truly unapologetic with its style, a beautiful mixture of both romanticism and tragedy that reminds us that nothing is permanent and thus, makes us appreciate a lot more those shot of happy but fleeting moments. François Truffaut did a great job with this one, and I think you'll like it a lot.
4. Mommy (2014) dir. Xavier Dolan.
This film... I fell in love with the characters. There's a real chemistry, a real dynamic that works so well — and I am pretty sure it is also because of Xavier Dolan's staging. There are so many scenes that will make you feel alive yet melancholic. You're going to smile and to weep. I don't want to spoil anything on this one — though for those of you who watched it, you must know about THAT scene. I can only encourage you to check it out, plus, the soundtracks is amazing.
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“How much longer must I carry this body of grief ?”
— Ono No Komachi, from “Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu; The Ink Dark Moon”
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“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night.”
— Sarah Williams, from “A Legacy of Verse: The Old Astronomer; Twilight Hours” published. c.1886
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Just wanted to let you know I watched Cléo de 5 à 7 yesterday night, I really loved it! I had already seen the scene where she sings Sans Toi but I had forgotten where iy was from. Thanks for the recommendation!
Oh my, I am really happy to hear you've had such a great time! Thank you for letting me know what you thought of it!
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You ever watched Skins? Idk what genre that is but i love the aesthetic, any movies that have the same vibes?
I watched the first two seasons when I was a teenager, but I know what you mean so here are my recommendations of films similar to Skins.
1. Thirteen (2003) dir. Catherine Hardwicke.
2. Kids (1995) dir. Larry Clark.
3. The Craft (1996) dir. Andrew Fleming.
4. The Dreamers (2003) dir. Bernardo Bertolucci.
5. Trainspotting (1996) dir. Danny Boyle.
6. Fat Girl (2001) dir. Catherine Breillat.
It's pretty short though cause I am not really into this kind of films, but I hope you'll enjoy these!
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if its not too much of a bother can you recommend some good detective movies or shows? thank you<3
You're not a bother at all, dear! Here are some of my favourite noirs and thrillers!
1. Laura (1944) dir. Otto Preminger.
2. Double Indemnity (1944) dir. Billy Wilder.
3. Charade (1963) dir. Stanley Donen.
4. Night of The Hunter (1955) dir. Charles Laughton.
5. Sunset Boulevard (1950) dir. Billy Wilder.
6. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) dir. Joel Coen.
7. Chinatown (1974) dir. Roman Polanski.
8. Zodiac (2007) dir. David Fincher.
9. Touch of Evil (1958) dir. Orson Welles.
10. Cure (1997) dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
11. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) dir. Otto Preminger.
12. The Big Sleep (1946) dir. Howard Hawks.
13. The Maltese Falcon (1941) dir. John Huston.
14. Gun Crazy (1950) dir. Joseph. H. Lewis.
15. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) dir. Alfred Hitchcock.
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hii, i was wondering if you have seen timothee chamalets little women, and if you have can you give me a short review on that? thank you so much!!
Yes yes I did and it's my favourite adaptation of the story! What I really liked about that one is that where in the other versions Laurie seems to get with Amy only because he couldn't have Jo, here, he gets with Amy because he's totally different with her than with her sister. It's not the same kind of love at all, and it shows. And not only does it work because of Greta's staging, but also because of Timothée's acting style. I couldn't help but recognise that his acting is very similar to Jean-Pierre Léaud's. I don't know how to describe it. It's very natural and minimal yet... very charismatic. The chemistry with Saoirse Ronan is not the same with Florence Pugh. As of now, I think Timothée is the best Laurie we've had.
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Comfort films? I've watched Little Forest on too mant times and need to add new cozy movies to my library to mindlessly paint my nails to at 1am
The sense of comfort is different for all of us but I hope this list will please you.
1. Fanny and Alexander (1983) dir. Ingmar Bergman.
One of my absolute favourites. It was originally made as a mini TV series — five episodes, all around an hour long. It's about the lives of Alexander and his little sister Fanny once their father dies and their mother remarries an awful bishop. It sounds basic and boring, nothing that you expect in a comfort film, right? Well, Ingmar Bergman's writing and vision is what makes it work that way, after all this is kinda based on his own childhood. When you'll watch it for the first time you'll surely be hit by the delightful atmosphere and set design of the grandmother's — Elena Ekdahl — house. The set production is absolutely gorgeous and the woman is so so comforting and funny. And thankfully for us, Elena and her wonderful house appear almost all the time. My only concern is, please, watch the TV version. The theatrical release has been awfully shortened to the point even its director didn't like it. If you need a link to it, just hit me up!
2. Maurice (1987) dir. James Ivory.
You probably already watched this one — if you haven't watched them all! — but what is a list of comfort films without James Ivory's adaptations of E. M Forster's work? This is the kind of films you can let playing all day long while it's raining outside. Quite funnily, I developed the habit to wear perfume while watching such films. Comfort, you know.
3. Old Acquaintances (1943) dir. Vincent Sherman.
Bette Davis radiates incredible comfort in it — honorable mention to All About Eve! She's like the old friend you've known all your life and who never ceases to amaze you and make you laugh. She's beautiful, funny and smart and you can't take your eyes off of her. The story itself is pretty simple; Kit Marlowe visits her friend Millie Drake that she's known since childhood. Kit is a well-known and successful writer amd Millie has been envying her so much she started writing too. Both women then start fighting over their books and lives. Simplistic, but no less effective. You're going to enjoy it.
4. Autumn Sonata (1978) dir. Ingmar Bergman.
A lot of Ingmar Bergman's films radiate incredible comfort. I think it's because of his writing, it is full of humanity and feelings that most people can relate to while having that beauty only a poet's words are imbued with. I can't say much about it without giving the whole film away, you'll just have to check.
5. Little Women (1935) dir. George Cukor.
Louisa May Alcott's infamous story of the Marsch Sisters is all about comfort, so I think any adaptations will do. However this is one of my two favourites. Katherine Hepburn's portrayal of Jo is probably one of my favourites — along with Saoirse Ronan —, she's fierce, full of masculine energy and I just love the way she randomly screams “Christopher Columbus!”.
6. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) dir. Vincente Minnelli.
This is films is nothing but vibes, music, and pretty colours. Nothing really happens but it's so delightful to watch you won't get bored!
7. Cinema Paradiso (1988) dir. Giuseppe Tornatore.
Another one of my all time favourites. Cinema Paradiso is a love letter to cinema, and one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. It enchanted my heart like very few have and I can't wait to one day see it in theatre.
8. Pride and Prejudice (2005) dir. Joe Wright.
Do I really need to present this film to anyone?
9. Little Women (2019) dir. Greta Gerwig.
My favourite adaptation of the story! Greta Gerwig did an absolutely brilliant job here. The warmth the film radiate is unmatched. I have no words, just watch it you won't regret it.
10. The Phantom Carriage (1921) dir. Victor Sjöström.
This one is a silent film. It is a tale full of ghosts à la A Christmas Carol, about forgiveness, morality and redemption. The effects, though a hundred years old now, don't look so old, but haunting and almost poetic. The story is beautiful.
I will stop here but I made a list with more recommendations of that kind in case you need! I make sure ti keep it updated every time I watch something new that deserves its place in it.
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any horror movie recs?
I won't suggest you the most obvious ones such as The Exorcist, Halloween, The Conjuring... Instead I'll focus on horror films that you (hopefully) haven't watched yet! Here we go :
1. The Witch (2015) dir. Robert Eggers.
2. Hour of the Wolf (1968) dir. Ingmar Bergman.
3. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) dir. Robert Wiene.
4. Onibaba (1964) dir. Kaneto Shindō.
5. The Devil's Backbone (2001) dir. Guillermo del Toro.
6. Freaks (1932) dir. Tod Browning.
7. The Phantom Carriage (1921) dir. Victor Sjöström.
8. Peeping Tom (1960) dir. Michael Powell.
9. At Midnight I'll Take your Soul (1964) dir. José Mojica Marins.
10. Midsommar (2019) dir. Ari Aster.
11. Kwaidan (1964) dir. Masaki Kobayashi.
12. Kuroneko (1968) dir. Kaneto Shindō.
13. The Cremator (1969) dir. Juraj Herz
14. The Devil (1972) dir. Andrzej Zulawski.
15. The Wicker Man (1973) dir. Robin Hardy.
16. Don't Look Now (1973) dir. Nicolas Roeg.
17. Deep Red (1975) dir. Dario Argento.
18. Alucarda (1977) dir. Juan López Moctezuma.
19. Dead Ringer (1988) dir. David Cronenberg.
20. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) Kim Jee-Woon.
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Do you have any recommandation that would be directed by a woman? Or a queer person? I like pretty much anything.
I do have a bunch of them to recommend yes!These have been directed by women, and some of them are wlw stories or directed by a queer person!
1. Raw (2016) dir. Julia Ducournau.
2. The Love Witch (2016) dir. Anna Biller.
3. Water Lilies (2007) dir. Céline Sciamma.
4. A New Leaf (1971) dir. Elaine May.
5. Viva (2007) dir. Anna Biller.
6. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) dir. Desiree Akhavan.
7. Bound (1996) dir. Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski.
8. The Nightingale (2018) dir. Jennifer Kent.
9. Paris is Burning (1990) dir. Jennie Livingston.
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) dir. Ana Lily Amirpour.
11. But I Am A Cheerleader (1999) dir. Jamie Babbit.
12. The Watermelon Woman (1996) dir. Cheryl Dunye.
13. Boys Don't Cry (1999) dir. Kimberly Peirce.
14. Emma (2020) dir. Autumn de Wilde.
15. Rafiki (2018) dir. Wanuri Kahiu.
16. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) dir. Céline Sciamma.
17. Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) dir. Agnès Varda.
18. Little Women (2019) dir. Greta Gerwig.
19. The Farewell (2019) dir. Lulu Wang.
20. Orlando (1992) dir. Sally Potter
21. The Virgin Suicides (1999) dir. Sofia Coppola.
22. The Piano (1993) dir. Jane Campion.
23. Helter Skelter (2012) dir. Mika Ninagawa.
24. Mikey and Nicki (1976) dir. Elaine May.
25. Madeline's Madeline (2018) dir. Josephine Decker.
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A Room with a View (1985) dir. James Ivory.
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