Good Double/Triple Features - Page 5
I started thinking about this a few months ago. I had recently watched "We Live in Public" on DVD, and went to see "Catfish" in the theaters. Walking out of the latter film I couldn't help but think that the two would make for a fascinating double-feature. Both are documentaries exploring, at least in part, the implications of the increasing entanglement of society with the internet. Each comes to different conclusions. We Live in Public implies, or at least its subject thinks, that the internet is inevitably eroding our privacy, while Catfish implicates how the internet allows us to recreate ourselves virtually. I think the issues that each explores are both complimentary, and contradictory, albeit in different ways, and therefore ripe for discussion together.
I had the same thought last night about Fight Club and I <3 Huckabees. I initially popped in Fight Club, which I hadn't seen in forever (still a masterpiece), and afterward came up with the idea to make it a double-feature night. Both films explore some of the same themes (primarily nihilism and finding purpose in the face of the inherent absurdity of existence) yet take completely different approaches to get to arguably the same result. I really, really wish someone was there to discuss the two with (and I'd be happy to do so here if anyone is down).
The Social Network/Middle Men.
The Social Network is about a few regular college kids that built internet giant Facebook that changed the face of the internet and social networking. Middle Men is the story of the everyday regular guys that brought the sale of pornography to the internet and changed the internet for ever. Both movies are about the numerous problems and obstacles they faced.
One of my favourite doubles they used to play at the repertory theatre here in Melbourne back in my younger days was Lost Highway followed by Dead Man, a perfect cinematic headfuck followed by a quiet, beautiful, pensive movie comedown.
Those are both amazing films. Gonna have to try that combo.
I assume that three years later you've already teamed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 up with something else, but I'll answer the question anyway.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 teams up well with Wild At Heart. It's a nice double feature of weird sleazy shit happening in Texas. Both have this feeling of oppressive heat and rundown places where you shouldn't be.
But here's the real reason why they're a good team up: Bobby Peru's "seduction" of Lula vs Leatherface and Stretch's chainsaw romance. How good are you? Creepy one sided sexual conversations used to different effect.
Besides that I can almost imagine Chop Top and Bobby Peru being survivors of the same fucked up Vietnam squad and Sailor and Chop Top having uncomfortable conversations about pop music together.
Edited by Shreds - 5/19/11 at 12:44pm
Just skimmed the thread so forgive me if these have already been mentioned:
Dead Man's Shoes/The Proposition
No Country For Old Men/The Hitcher
My Life As A Dog/Cinema Paradiso
American Graffiti/Dazed And Confused
Running Scared (06)/Adventures In Babysitting (!)
and a foodie triple feature:
Babette's Feast/Eat Drink Man Woman/Big Night
It never occurred to me, but hell yes. Throw in Hearts of Darkness and Lost in La Mancha for a great quadruple feature of filmmakers vs. Murphy's law.
I like the triple feature from the Fan Theories thread: (Paul Newman Flick), Excalibur, and The Last Crusade.
And I've touted this before in the ROME thread, (Or was it the Spartacus thread?)
Spartacus Gods of the Arena/Blood and Sand/Vengeance. (A young Julius Ceasar was involved in the Third Servile War aka Spartacus' rebellion)
I, Claudius (Possibly cut with Caligula)
Centurion (I am pretty sure Marcus Aurelius was post Hadrian)
Just fuck it, man. I want to do the whole Roman Empire according to film.
This just occurred to me, I took a propaganda in film class awhile ago and why not do a pairing of Triumph of the Will and Atomic Cafe to see if by the end you have anything to say in defense of the human race. I watched each one months apart and both put me into a deep funk.
Albert Brooks' LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
followed by FOUR LIONS
Making Brooks' feature look slightly unnecessary.
Oh, and just thought of a related one, how about REAL LIFE and THE TRUMAN SHOW
HUD and FIVE EASY PIECES (brooding young men)
IN COLD BLOOD and FIGHT CLUB (undercurrent of nihilism and Scott Wilson looks like Edward Norton)
HARD EIGHT and BOB LE FLAMBEUR (father figure gambling stories)
WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR and DAZED AND CONFUSED (hang out movies)
"Martial Auteurs" Triple Feature: Above the Law, Hard Target, and Haywire.
"Sexual Perversions" Double Feature: Carnal Knowledge and Y Tu Mama Tambien.
"Homicidal Paranoia in New York" Double Feature: Vampire's Kiss and American Psycho. If you're brave, add The Bonfire of the Vanities.
"Noble Obsession in Chicago" Double Feature: Manhunter and The Dark Knight.
"Turning Japanese" Quadruple Feature: The Yakuza, The Challenge, Gung Ho, and Black Rain.
"That New Car Sheen" Triple Feature: The Wraith, The Rookie (1990), and Freejack.
"This is Reality" Quintuple Feature: Network, The Truman Show, Series 7: The Contenders, We Live in Public, and The Social Network.
"Dark Side of the Pigskin" Triple Feature: North Dallas Forty, The Last Boy Scout, and Any Given Sunday.
"Work is Hell" Double Feature: Glengarry Glen Ross and Clerks.
My personal favorite, and in yearly rotation...
"The Cynic's Christmas": Choose at least three of the following:
Die Hard 2
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Just from my own meager DVD collection, I've put together a couple of my favorites.
John Woo's Finest-- THE KILLER and HARD BOILED (Is this a little too lazy?)
Arnie's Awesome Eighties-- PREDATOR and TOTAL RECALL
Sci-fi Schlock and AWESOME!-- JUDGE DREDD and THE 5TH ELEMENT
Fantasy Warfare-- 300 and CONAN THE BARBARIAN
The Two Greatest Comedies Ever Made (IMO of course, YMMV)-- DUMB & DUMBER and ANCHORMAN
Eastwood's Greatest Self-Directed Westerns-- THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and UNFORGIVEN
Chest-hair Curling Manly Violence-- RAMBO and THE EXPENDABLES
Entertaining Crapola-- EQUILIBRIUM and GI JOE.