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For some reason I got thinking about THE FOUNDER again today and what an underappreciated gem that is. It really functions as a companion piece to THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and how if I were in charge of a rep house, you could do a whole series about the intersection between capitalism, corruption, and American exceptionalism, particularly in the 21st century. Which led me to thinking of what other movies you could put in that series. Thinking 2000 onwards, which led me to:

 

THE FOUNDER

THE SOCIAL NETWORK

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

MICHAEL CLAYTON

SYRIANA

AUGUST (an underrated indie with Josh Hartnett and David Bowie I really recommend)

MARGIN CALL

THE BIG SHORT

 

And anyway, I thought it would be interesting to hear your ideas about film series that may have occurred to you; putting films in conversation with one another. 

post #2 of 74
God, I loved The Founder

Throw The Insider on that pile? 1999 though.
post #3 of 74

One more for your series: Wolf of Wall Street.

 

I think Persona, 3 Women and Mulholland Dr would make an excellent "art films about women changing personalities" triple feature.

post #4 of 74

The Loner: One person against the world.

 

JEREMIAH JOHNSON

VANISHING POINT

THE ROAD WARRIOR

CAST AWAY

THE NAKED PREY

post #5 of 74
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One more for your series: Wolf of Wall Street.

 

That's a great suggestion. 

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The Loner: One person against the world.

 

JEREMIAH JOHNSON

VANISHING POINT

THE ROAD WARRIOR

CAST AWAY

THE NAKED PREY

 

Could also throw WILD and INTO THE WILD on here. 

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Could also throw WILD and INTO THE WILD on here. 

 

Haven't seen either, but I totally think they'd be valid.

 

Also thought of:

NEVER CRY WOLF

GORILLAS IN THE MIST

DIE HARD

post #8 of 74
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INTO THE WILD leans a little too hard into the "oh what a broken misunderstood soul too good for this world" aspect of Chris McCanless, but it's gorgeous to look at and very well directed. 

post #9 of 74

The "Don't Fuck Wit Alaska, Man" Series:

 

The Call Of The Wild

Into The Wild 

The Edge

Grizzly Man

The Grey

post #10 of 74

Great topic.

 

I wondered about a two-film series of a director who followed up their worst film with their best. Break down and cipher how the failure of the former fueled said filmmaker to get their shit together and come back guns ablazing. 

 

1941 and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Death Proof and Inglorious Basterds

The Exorcist II: The Heretic and Excalibur.

post #11 of 74

John Boorman and Nicolas Wending Refn: In Conversation

 

Point Blank

Drive

The General

Bronson

Excalibur

Valhalla Rising

post #12 of 74

Movies Titled After The Full Name of the Male Protagonist...uh, Fest:

 

Michael Clayton

Jeremiah Johnson
Bob Roberts
Larry Crowne
Lenny Cooke
Barry Lyndon

Donnie Darko

Billy Madison

Forrest Gump

Jerry Maguire

 

EDIT:

 

John Carter 

Dick Tracy


Edited by Mangy - 12/9/17 at 9:26pm
post #13 of 74

The Latent Misogny Marathon

 

 

Revenge Of The Nerds

Entourage

Gigli

The Wicker Man (2006)

The Room

post #14 of 74
I'd also add Mischief, Schwartz
post #15 of 74

The Weird and Wild World of the 2000s or: Bushworld

 

W.

United 93

In The Loop

Burn After Reading

Southland Tales

The Hurt Locker

Stop-Loss

Team America: World Police

Syriana 

V for Vendetta 

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

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The Weird and Wild World of the 2000s or: Bushworld

 

W.

United 93

In The Loop

Burn After Reading

Southland Tales

The Hurt Locker

Stop-Loss

Team America: World Police

Syriana 

V for Vendetta 

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

 

I love this so much. 

post #17 of 74
Fifties Sci-Fi/Horror Movies and Their Seventies/Eighties Remakes

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD)
THE FLY
THE BLOB
post #18 of 74
Forbidden Planet
Throne of Blood
West Side Story
Chimes at Midnight
Ran
Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead
post #19 of 74

If I ever get to program a film series, I'd just have nothing but Girls with Guns movies.

 

Yes Madam

Iron Angels

She Shoots Straight

In the line of Duty 3

Angel Terminators 2

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TOUGH GUYS MADE VULNERABLE BY OLD AGE:  A series of films dedicated to mighty icons of indestructibility turned into underdogs again by age, sickness and getting their asses kicked by life.

 

"Unforgiven" (Eastwood)

"The Shootist" (Wayne)

"Rocky Balboa"  (Stallone)

"Creed" (Stallone)

"Logan" (Jackman)

post #21 of 74
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TOUGH GUYS MADE VULNERABLE BY OLD AGE:  A series of films dedicated to mighty icons of indestructibility turned into underdogs again by age, sickness and getting their asses kicked by life.

 

"Unforgiven" (Eastwood)

"The Shootist" (Wayne)

"Rocky Balboa"  (Stallone)

"Creed" (Stallone)

"Logan" (Jackman)

 

I've heard that THE FOREIGNER with Chan is in this vein. 

post #22 of 74

No Franchise for You!

 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

John Carter

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The Man from UNCLE

The Lone Ranger

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Green Lantern

The Golden Compass

The A-Team

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Dick Tracy

Superman Returns

post #23 of 74

Star Wars without Star Wars (a work in progress):

 

The Hidden Fortress

Flash Gordon

American Graffiti

Apocalypse Now

 

I've actually done the first two as a back-to-back viewing before, and it is super-fun.

post #24 of 74

Boss Cinema: Springsteenian Films

 

Badlands

The Wrestler

Cop Land

The Place Beyond The Pines

Atlantic City

The Deer Hunter

25th Hour

The Indian Runner

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SAM NEILL: THE MONTANA TRILOGY

 

THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

JURASSIC PARK

THE HORSE WHISPERER

post #26 of 74
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TOUGH GUYS MADE VULNERABLE BY OLD AGE:  A series of films dedicated to mighty icons of indestructibility turned into underdogs again by age, sickness and getting their asses kicked by life.

 

"Unforgiven" (Eastwood)

"The Shootist" (Wayne)

"Rocky Balboa"  (Stallone)

"Creed" (Stallone)

"Logan" (Jackman)

 

Also, Atlantic City with Lancaster.

post #27 of 74

I took the last 35mm print of that for my Springsteen festival, sorry!

post #28 of 74

You son of a bitch, I oughta knock your teeth in! (said in my best Lancaster voice)

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No Franchise for You!

 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

John Carter

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The Man from UNCLE

The Lone Ranger

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Green Lantern

The Golden Compass

The A-Team

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Dick Tracy

Superman Returns

 

Doing this without a single Jeremy Renner movie is criminal...and also just the sort of thing that would happen to Jeremy Renner.

post #30 of 74

There's an interview with John Landis where he talks about 5 films in production circa '79. All of them cost more than Cleopatra (which infamously almost killed 20th Century Fox dead), and how the narrative in the media was "HOLLYWOOD GONE MADE!" followed by studio-heads placing the blame on the directors. However with the five films he cites (and I love the guy but... his perspective isn't 100% factual at times), only one actually failed.

 

1941

Apocalypse Now

Heaven's Gate

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The Blues Brothers

 

I'd add New York, New York, One from the Heart and Sorcerer and do a "HOLLYWOOD EXCESS!" series. Sit-back and reflect which films really merited the Hell they got in the late 70's/early 80's and whether or not they improve so many years away from their price-tag controversies.

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Also, Atlantic City with Lancaster.

Also, Tough Guys with Lancaster, Douglas... and Dana Carvey!

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Also, Tough Guys with Lancaster, Douglas... and Dana Carvey!

 

I like that movie.  it's not great by any means but Lancaster and Douglas are totally game for it, and they're fun to watch.

post #33 of 74

How about a series of reunions of movie duos? Tough Guys, Grumpy Old Men, Look Who's Coming to Dinner, maybe Soylent Green for Heston and Robinson.

post #34 of 74
Norton v Norton

Primal Fear
The Incredible Hulk
Leaves of Grass
Fight Club
post #35 of 74

More like "Norton vs. Norton's Career," lately.

post #36 of 74
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WELCOME TO THE SIXTIES? 

films about 50s/60s music, except everyone is (mostly) made up

 

EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS

THE IDOLMAKER

 

INSIDE LLWEYN DAVIS

I'M NOT THERE

 

NOT FADE AWAY

THAT THING YOU DO! (Director's cut)
 

LOVE & MERCY (not made up, but it goes well with the Wilson stuff in...)

GRACE OF MY HEART

 

THE FIVE HEARTBEATS

DREAMGIRLS

 

UNTITLED (Almost Famous Directors Cut)

post #37 of 74

Almost Famous is all 70's, bro.

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Almost Famous is all 70's, bro.

 

Starts in 1969! And a fair amount of those films - Five Heartbeats, Grace of My Heart, Love and Mercy, Dreamgirls  - have overlap into other decades. :D

 

The whole series honestly needs a better title, but I've been thinking about the underlying concept for a while; sort of a retelling of the history of American popular music through these loose fictionalizations. 

post #39 of 74

WE GOTTA ROCK film festival

 

ALMOST FAMOUS

AIRHEADS

THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 2: THE METAL YEARS

ROCK STAR

DETROIT ROCK CITY

THIS IS SPINAL TAP

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Starts in 1969! And a fair amount of those films - Five Heartbeats, Grace of My Heart, Love and Mercy, Dreamgirls  - have overlap into other decades. :D

 

The whole series honestly needs a better title, but I've been thinking about the underlying concept for a while; sort of a retelling of the history of American popular music through these loose fictionalizations. 

 

In other words, Bakshi's American Pop, but focused on the post-war era?

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In other words, Bakshi's American Pop, but focused on the post-war era?

 

Yeah, although I think if you wanted to, you could go back and look at films that fictionalized the jazz age. 

 

I wasn't clear - the idea was for a film series that retold the history of American music through these films, not necessarily a novel itself. 

 

Similar to another idea I had - HBO'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

post #42 of 74

Up All Night Festival

 

Into the Night

License to Drive

American Graffiti

Vamp

Miracle Mile

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Up All Night Festival

 

Into the Night

License to Drive

American Graffiti

Vamp

Miracle Mile

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Up All Night Festival

 

Into the Night

License to Drive

American Graffiti

Vamp

Miracle Mile

 

No After Hours?

 

 

Anyway, some of y'all programming some long-ass movie marathons.  I figure anything past 6 would be outright masochism.

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That's why it's film series! Multi-part, multi-day. Like this! 
 

https://quadcinema.com/program/all-or-nothing-the-fearless-performances-of-daniel-day-lewis/

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Up All Night Festival

 

Into the Night

License to Drive

American Graffiti

Vamp

Miracle Mile

 

No After Hours?

 

I decided to stay in one time zone, but that merits an exception.

post #47 of 74

Failed Vanity Projects

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)

Beyond the Sea (Kevin Spacey)

Harlem Nights (Eddie Murphy)

The Greatest Showman (Hugh Jackman), by the looks of it

 

I'm sure there are plenty more, but these are the first that came to mind. And between each movie you could listen to sections from Garth Brooks's Chris Gaines album. Though I'm not sure why people would actually subject themselves to a film series based on the confluence of ego and failure.

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I'm sure there are plenty more, but these are the first that came to mind. And between each movie you could listen to sections from Garth Brooks's Chris Gaines album. Though I'm not sure why people would actually subject themselves to a film series based on the confluence of ego and failure.

 

Because they're often fascinating. Like, pretty sure Greatest Showman is going to be a disaster, but it's going to be a fascinating one to watch. 

post #49 of 74

Just throw The Room in there for shits and giggles.  

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Failed Vanity Projects

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)

Beyond the Sea (Kevin Spacey)

Harlem Nights (Eddie Murphy)

The Greatest Showman (Hugh Jackman), by the looks of it

 

I'm sure there are plenty more, but these are the first that came to mind. And between each movie you could listen to sections from Garth Brooks's Chris Gaines album. Though I'm not sure why people would actually subject themselves to a film series based on the confluence of ego and failure.

A couple of others:

 

Battlefield Earth (Travolta)

Funny People (Apatow)

Under the Cherry Moon (Prince)

Swept Away (Madonna & Guy Ritchie)

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