The Cinephile’s New Years Resolutions
Rest assured, these suggested resolutions do not include working out, eating better, or finally going back to the dentist. However, we certainly won’t stop you. Our resolutions are for the movie lovers. Whether you’re searching for something new, watching an old favorite, or indulging in something truly stupid, we salute you in 2019.
Watch More Foreign Films
I understand that enthusiasm for foreign films is usually a prerequisite for “that guy” who is completely content with trapping you in a conversation about foreign films. The good news is, you can love foreign films and also not be “that guy.” Watching foreign films is a great way to shake things up.
Subconsciously, we get really good at anticipating storylines, character struggles, and the societal pressures that characters are up against. Our ideas, how we process information, and how we solve problems are all deeply embedded in the language we speak. So, by taking a chance and watching more films made in a different language, you’ll get to see how filmmakers approach subjects and solve problems differently. If you’re skeptical of your ability to be surprised, confused, or even impressed, then add these films to your list and get back to us:
Shoplifters: Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters is set in South Korea and delves into issues like family, community, poverty, and survival. For the skeptics, Shoplifters has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Roma: Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Roma tells the story of a family living in 1970s Mexico City and is set against the backdrop of political unrest and social immobility. (Rotten Tomatoes: 96%)
Birds of Passage: Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, Birds of Passage is a portrait of the Columbian drug trade. Departing from the popular Narcos lens, Birds of Passage follows an indigenous Wayuu family’s struggle to maintain their identity amidst the financial allure of the drug business. (Rotten Tomatoes: 91%)
Revisit Some Classics
The first time I watched The Godfather I thought it was boring. I realized, though, that I felt bored with it because I had already seen so many shows and films that The Godfather laid the groundwork for (Goodfellas, The Sopranos, Casino, Donnie Brasco). This is a testament to how powerful classics are; they pave the way and inspire other great movies. Revisit these movies and see if you spot the work that they’ve influenced:
- The Maltese Falcon
- The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
- The Godfather
The term “revisit” is being used generously here. If you haven’t seen the following movies, just watch them and pretend like it’s the hundredth time.
Share Your Favorite Bad Movies with a Friend
Nothing brings more joy than sharing useless knowledge with those who don’t want it. It is for this reason that, no matter how much I may want to, I never watch The Jackal alone. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t summarize, but you should know that Richard Gere plays a reformed IRA sniper named Declan Mulqueen, accent and all. We all have a favorite bad movie; don’t keep it to yourself in the New Year.
I’ll leave you with a question: Where would we be as a people if all of the Tommy Wiseau fans didn’t force their friends and loved ones to watch The Room?