I've been neglecting my favorite local video store Le Video in the name of spending my days knee deep in sun and soil...and too much time surfing the blog world. But the rain has brought me back to lots of movie watching...
The Edge of Heaven:Every character is connected, but it's anything but predictable A beautiful, film that does unexpected things including moving between Turkey and Germany. It's got a bit of everything, unusual love stories, political persecution, family drama--you fall in love with characters you didn't think you'd like...a good one.
Burden of Dreams: Heart of Darkness take two. The documentarians Les Blank and Werner Hertzog take on the Amazon...Blank follows Werner as he makes a film that pushes Werner into his own heart of darkness. Not just a story of one man's crusade, but also of film making as exploitation and a film about pushing boundaries. Recommend watching a couple of Blank and Hertzog films (Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers and The Ecstasy of the Sculpture Steiner for ex.) before you watch this one, it makes this one so much better.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Trying to watch old Newman films--turns out this is a western I can get behind. Redford+Newman circa 1969=sizzling hot! To say anymore would give too much away.
Killer Poet: Not a Le Video find, but a feature at the SF Independent Film Festival. One man, two murders, a model prisoner, an escape, a life lived as a poet for 20years until hunted down and thrown back into jail. You're left with big questions--do you believe in rehabilitation?