Kina Sai is an Auckland musician who goes under the moniker Sinatra Frank. Here are, ahem, “five films” that say with her…
I’ve realised through this exercise I don’t watch movies. The last time I was seriously watching movies was when I was a teenager and when I was a teenager it was the nineties. Now I just watch series’. Half at a time, while I eat. Attention span dropped like the end of last century. Personally, I think the nineties were a great time for cinema but it just makes me sound like a grandma to say it. I’ve heard kids say they like classic rock nowadays and they’re talking about Third Eye Blind. That makes me feel upset. Movies-wise anything with Clark Gable, Peter Sellers, Marilyn Monroe or Philip Seymour Hoffman I will watch. It’s amazing being able to keep people alive through the magic of the moving image. See? More grandma talk.
Because of this obvious lack of movie reviewing skills I thought I would just give links to what I consider to be some of the best films ever made or best scenes from films, mainly from the nineties. Only the most moving, arresting, beautiful or grotesque or outrageous because that’s what floats my boat. Also I’m a musician so my choices are heavily music influenced. Bit of a nostalgia trip. I spent the loveliest afternoon compiling clips…
These aren’t unusual movies or rare movies or anything like that but if you’re into movies it’s a good way to lose an hour…
Variable speed to ‘Head Over Heels’ This scene. So good. Set to Tears for Fears. I guess it just sets up the general tone of Donny Darko, ie; Awesome. Ending: Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen the movie, obvo.
The Royal Tenenbaums:
‘Needle in the hay’ I think this is one of the most beautiful things that ever happened in cinema. Due to the brilliance of Wes Anderson, Luke Wilson and Elliott Smith. What a scene.
Trailer: I don’t know where to find this anymore but it is one of the most beatific films filled with great performances from great actors, well scripted, great soundtrack, Jack Black in one of his finest roles. A rendition of ‘Farther Along’ that has stayed with me for almost twenty years.
Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest
Who doesn’t love a little Thurman and Travolta in their prime? This dance was copied exactly from one in Fellini’s ‘8 1/2’. Uma Thurman dancing to ‘Girl, you’ll be a woman soon’. Still hard to watch.
Phone call: When I see Phillip Seymour Hoffman I still tear up. What a luminous talent that man had.
Trailer: What a strange film this is. I met the director once. He is very strange. Thank god for people like Todd Solondz, raising the bar for weird.
Dark Knight Rises:
Dark Knight Rises – Bomb Chase: Just a bit of pulp to finish. Get your heart pumping. I like to call this “exercise”. This film is ridiculously over the top but very tolerable.
Dark Knight Rises – Heath: Another great one struck down too soon.