What I really crave now is a big Hollywood spectacle, but one that doesn't suck. This seems to be the rarest type of movie of all. I want beautiful people, lavish production, big real sets, lots of music, fast pace, feel good, but without being annoyingly stupid or cliche.
Bonus points are awarded for :
B1. Long tracking shots. Oh yeah, delicious. But not gratuitious "I'm showing off" or "look how clever I am referencing other movies".
B2. Montages, with music. Usually the best part of a movie. Pure fun without any of that retarded dialogue messing it up.
B3. Lots of color, rich saturation. ala Eyes Wides Shut or Almodovar.
B4. Steadicam, with movement. Man what a lovely feeling, the camera gliding slowly as it tracks the action.
B5. Sexiness. Not necessarily sex, but arousal. Love the standard scene where a girl changes her clothes while carrying on a conversation.
B6. Sparkly lights (particularly red and blue). A nightclub scene is always welcome. Wet city streets at night is another great standard.
B7. Good music that's fun and funky , not big dramatic orchestral score (yawn) ; maybe the overall theme is just fun and playfulness.
Minus points for :
M1. Violence. A tiny bit is okay.
M2. Computer graphics. Jesus CG sucks so bad, it ruins movies. None of that garbage like "The Fall" that people keep putting on lists of good looking movies. And heavy use of color filters is getting a bit old too (mainly on high-end TV shows, it's becoming way too common and heavy handed; oo everything is slightly blue oo how cool, no it's not, it's a fucking hack move to use that trick without intention or subtlety).
M3. Black and White. (see B3) Also a minus is being made before 1985 or so when film looked much worse.
M4. Horrible acting.
M5. Taking itself seriously. It should feel like the director is having a laugh.
M6. Superheros or the military.
M7. Foreign language. Sometimes I don't mind subtitles, but when the whole point is the visual beauty, having your eyes on the bottom of the screen ruins it.
Anyway, the obvious ones I can think of are :
2. The Big Lebowski
The whole Scorcese / De Palma period in the 80's-90's is obviously the model for this type of movie that various modern movies copy (eg. "Boogie Nights" is a very intentional recreation of one of those movies in a different profession; it works well at times, but is obviously way too long, and even in the best tracking shots in Boogie Nights it feels very forced; you can see the actors are concentrated on hitting their timing perfectly and aren't natural). (all the PT and Wes Anderson movies sort of fail in that they just feel too uptight, too forced; it's like how Martha Stewart is actually a horrible hostess because everything is just too careful, there's no "beautiful mistakes").
(unrelated to the first part)
I updated my Netflix -> CSV extractor so I can do this. Movies I have enjoyed in the last 12 months or so :
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - he's just so adorable
U Turn - the first 10 minutes are amazing, just the weird atmosphere of it; it goes downhill from there
(Red Rock West is similar and better)
Powaqqatsi - I've discovered a love of Philip Glass in my old age
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story - did not expect to like this at all, but loved it
(The Trip is okay too but not as good)
Bridesmaids - best hollywood comedy in a while
Mancora - highly enjoyable fluff
Brick - there are moments are sheer genius in this movie; really amazing writing
Alamar - wow, beautiful
Starstruck - wonderfully weird
Bad Day to Go Fishing
The Grocer's Son
Registered Sex Offender
Berkeley in the Sixties
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress