Thursday, May 21, 2009

Coming Distractions May 26th, 2009

New in Town
The Sky Crawlers
Powder Blue
The Devil's Tomb
24 - 7th Season
The Princess of Nebraska/a Thousand Years of Good Prayers

As Tolstoy begins Anna Karenina, "Happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." After browsing and watching The Ross Sisters' amazing feats of dexterity I felt the need to gather a list of all the absorbingly awkward family movies. The list was so long, and so uncomfortable, I had to break it up into three rough categories.

What fresh hell is this?: Awkward Couples
War of the Roses
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Staircase
The Squid & The Whale
Breaking the Waves

Families that are too close for comfort
The Celebration
Savage Grace
Cement Garden
Twin Peaks
Spanking the Monkey
Hotel New Hampshire
The War Zone

Sometimes it's just easier to give a kid away: General Dysfunction
Arrested Development
American Beauty
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Home for the Holidays
The Lion in Winter
Capturing the Friedmans
The Ice Storm
The Ref
Any Tennessee Williams Adaptation

It's so interesting how we humans are so often wont to treat those closest to us the worst. Either these movies can help us steer clear of that particular tendency, or just make us feel better that we're not that dysfunctional (I hope...)

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