Little Movies

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

HeavenkeatonShakespeare’s Sister had a question of the day from last Friday:

What little movie do you just love, that you find yourself recommending to everyone, because hardly anyone has seen it?

There are tons of these for me, although a particular favorite is Henry Fool.

That’s a tough one.  Not including short features, animation and Chaplin/Keaton shorts, I guess I would pare my list to the following (in no particular order):

  • Run Lola Run – Just a fun movie to watch
  • Night On Earth – A masterpiece from Jim Jarmusch, but why isn’t it out on DVD yet?
  • Diner – Okay, maybe this isn’t a "little" film to some, but it is to most.  Great acting my some fledgling stars
  • The White Balloon – From Iran.  Touching.  Not on DVD yet.
  • The Hudsucker Proxy – Also maybe not a "little film", but certainly an overlooked one
  • Twelve Monkeys – Terry Gilliam’s best, except for possibly Brazil
  • Harold & Maude – a quirky romantic film between a 20 year old man-child and a 79 year old woman
  • Sid & Nancy – a quirky romantic (in its own way) film about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen
  • Local Hero – a quiet and extremely funny film from Bill Forsyth
  • Gregory’s Girl – a charming teenage comedy, again from Bill Forsyth
  • What The Bleep Do We Know? – The buzz film from last year; Love it, hate it — but it’ll make you think
  • Heaven – A Diane Keaton "documentary" about real people’s ideas of the afterlife
  • The Thin Blue Line – Randall Morris’ documentary which ended up freeing an innocent man from death row