Just last night, director Rian Johnson answered your questions about Cinematical Movie Club pick The Brothers Bloom. As promised, here's part two of the special club bonus. First up is Rian's top 5 essential movies for Bloom fans:
1. 8 1/2 -- The granddaddy of stories about storytelling, and one of my all time favorites. Style and soul.
2. The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen -- Gilliam's unfairly maligned fairy tale about a liar in winter. If you haven't revisited this in a while, do. It'll treat you right.
3. Paper Moon -- A con man movie shell set over a father/daughter road story. Just about a perfect film.
4. House of Games -- David Mamet's first foray into the world of con men, with one of the best poker scenes ever put to film.
5. Passing Strange: The Movie -- This may seem an odd inclusion, but Spike Lee's film of Stew's fantastic musical follows a young man's Quixotic quest for "the real" in life through experience and art. Layered and intelligent and with some great tunes, it treads similar thematic ground as Bloom in a totally different context.
As an added bonus, Rian picked last week's club movie, Paper Moon. Hit the jump to read Rian's thoughts on the film and head over to the Movie Club to discuss it.
Cinematical Movie Club Pick: Paper Moon
I love plenty of movies, but this is the only one that I can honestly say I wish I had made. It's a few things at once: a road movie, a father/daughter story, and a con man movie. But the real miracle of Paper Moon is, for me, its resonance by way of anachronism. Like Harry Nilsson, Bogdanovich created something singular and honest largely by just plain ignoring the past 30 years. Style-wise it eschews any new Hollywood naturalism and reaches for the rafters. The dialogue snaps with unabashed vaudevillian bravado, the performances are theatrical to match, and the photography could be out of a Max Sennett one reeler. And with all of these elements that to a modern sensibility might seem like the definition of emotional straight-arming, Paper Moon works perfectly on every single level, and feels as emotionally resonant and true as anything to come out of the '70s. Just perfect.
A big thank you to Rian Johnson for joining us and celebrating the world of cons and cinema.