- The Swedish film based on the book by Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (because I just finished reading his three books which, by the way, are fantastic. I wanted to see what the original film was like before the American version with Daniel Craig is made - not so much "film school" but pure film student joy)
- Paranormal Activity - because we it's all the buzz in indie-filmmaking these days.
- El Mariachi - the famous first movie by Robert Rodriquez, who wrote "Rebel Without a Crew" - one of the many amazing books about making movies on a limited budget but with loads of style. Not that I'll be making action movies right away, but it's cool to experience his point of view as a writer/director/producer/editor and everything else in between.
- Reservoir Dogs - Tarantino's first biggie, which I know I should have seen by now. I'm embarrassed to admit that I still need to see it.
- the Coen Brothers, Burn After Reading - because again, I haven't seen it yet. It wasn't their first, and really, I should rent their first, but I usually love these guys & just felt like a good ol' comedy to balance out the action & horror above.
Paranormal Activity is indeed a scary flick, and I was impressed at how this computer-geek put together the whole movie, but ... well, it's no Blair Witch. That movie kept me from camping out for years.
I watched El Mariachi today with Robert Rodriquez commentary. He's awesome. I love his "you wanna make movies? Get out there and make 'em!" attitude. I think there should be a film school class where the students just watch his film with commentary & read his book & discuss. Then they have to make their own action films for under $7000. That would be an amazing class.
Tonight I plan to watch the other 2 flicks above, although Jen (my sister, co-producer & creative side of our team) has already seen them and I suspect she won't be to interested in watching either. I may have to watch them on my own tomorrow, after I put in a few hours at my day-job. I'll let you know what I think and what the next assignments are for this week.
Any suggestions for other movies I should be watching this week? Please leave your comments below & let me know your thoughts.