I'm a movie guy. If my living room will be glowing blue, I'd much rather see a feature-length than a TV show or video game. I don't get out to the cinema as often as I wish, but I try to at least stay on top of good recent movies. That being said, yes, it's not new, but I just watched In the Loop, a hilarious mostly-British satire about the decision to go to war. It involves individual characters woven together but competing for separate outcomes. It features witty, scathing, fast-paced dialogue. Power dynamics are frequently cast askew and re-thought. The characters, though seen at a glace, are exciting and eccentric, despite their unavoidable wretchedness. It's both poignant and ridiculous. Anyway, I found myself laughing out loud, literally, on many separate occasions while watching In the Loop. It's streaming on Netflix, so take a gander, eh?
So I guess the theme of this RRRR, to remove ourselves from the lard of the old, is movies. Specifically, if you could make everyone here at SSS sit down and watch a movie of your choosing, for whatever misunderstood reason, what would it be? A few of you know that I would automatically shout "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford!" Because that, too, is a good goddamned movie. Rounding it out to five, including the previous two mentioned, it would also include The Thin Red Line, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and Deep Water. These isn't a best movie list, just movies that I absolutely love that I don't think too many people have seen. Or maybe I just find them outstanding and wish others appreciated them to the same degree. But, of course, when you over-hype something it gets brushed aside because, face it, people want to discover media items for themselves. Whatever that means.
So, share your hidden classics away. And, sure, include music and TV and the like.
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