To coincide with our “Five movies to watch with a group,” post from the summer, it’s time for the foil. Here are movies that we think you’ll get a deeper understanding from if you kick out the guests and block out the rest of the world. While the group movies offer visceral thrills and outlandish humor, these movies use a sometimes understated, subtle way of telling the story that can’t be appreciated with a loud group of people.
There Will Be Blood- We both named Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic the best movie of the 2000s, but we’ve never watched it together. Something primal about Anderson’s direction and Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance (also topping our best male performances list) leaps off the screen and speaks right to you. If you’re in a crowded room, you won’t hear it as well.
Dancer in the Dark Directed by: Lars von Trier Written by: Lars von Trier Starring: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare
Brilliant auteur and unapologetic cinematic sadist Lars von Trier is one of the movies’ most polarizing figures among critics. He has a cult following of fans, some of which are the most respected film scholars working today. Almost all of his movies follow an artistic pattern of well thought out shots that often contain disturbing images. This is where Dancer in the Dark is unique.
Von Trier’s emotionally wrenching film has a visual style that many will recognize from Cloverfield or NBC’s The Office. It may throw fans off, and that’s probably his intention. As a member of the Dogma style of film making, it is this director’s goal to throw you for a loop by defying everything held sacred in the movies. He deconstructs typical methods and injects heavy amounts of emotion and tragedy in order to confound the viewer and leave them uncertain about what they’ve witnessed. Dancer is no different in this regard.