Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Netherlands’ Timo Ellis

Guest Column

After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening. So here for you now is a column from Timo Ellis, a member of Netherlands.

“Holy Motors” (Leos Carax, 2012)

Visually stunning, psychologically evocative, intensely serious, bleakly hilarious and brilliantly, narratively confounding, this is one of my faves of the last 10 years! It has to be seen to be experienced.

I think trying to describe the “story” at all does it a disservice. Denis Lavant is absolutely incredible in this (plus Kylie Minogue is actually great in this, too!) Streaming right now on NetFlix, FYI.

“Headhunters” (Morten Tyldum, 2011)

An excellently-done Norwegian art heist/corporate espionage cat-and-mouse thriller; fun, sharp and increasingly brutal and (insanely!) violent as it develops; super entertaining and re-watchable! Also on NetFlix.

“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (Luis Bunuel, 1972)

In my top five of all time. An expertly fragmented surrealist adventure featuring the great Fernando Rey in an unsuccessful quest to have dinner with his blithely corrupt associates; by turns scathing, silly, and ruminative.

I love Bunuel’s gleeful disregard for narrative convention while maintaining tonal and emotional continuity (and in this case while also unflinchingly skewering middle class social values and politics!)

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