Media Life Crisis Blog

For June's chapter of this year-long Potluck Film Festival, our primary watchlist has been contributed by Flickcharters Ryan Swinimer and David Conrad, who may combine for one of the most diverse pairings of the entire year. David just completed his PhD in history, and he likes... history. He is enthusiastic about war movies, historical dramas, and exotic adventures, and he shares my distaste for easy sentimentality.He appreciates the clinical masters of "big" cinema, like Kurosawa, Kubrick and Lean. While I'm surprised that David did not bring me a single Japanese movie, his picks still reveal a few of his other niche interests, like country music and Anglophilia, as well as possibly the most obscure pick of them all. I don't know much about Ryan personally, but I do know that he has a staggering 5600+ movies on his Flickchart and more than a quarter of those are horror. He's one of the most passionate fans of the genre among my acquaintances.Ryan will be making me confront a couple of notoriously rough movies this month, as well as a horror comedy that has been on my watchlist for years. Both Ryan and David seem to have made an effort to balance their heavier subjects with some lighter fare.

Potluck Film Fest, PopGap, A Simple Plan, Behind the Mask the Rise of Leslie Vernon, Black Mountain Poets, Breaker Morant, Detroit Rock City, Martyrs, Mary and Max, One-Eyed Jacks, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Voices, The Woman

The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher