What do you do when your fifteen-year-old son wants to drop out of school? Well, if you’re David Gilmour (Canadian author and film critic) you tell him that he can drop out of school on the condition that he watches three movies a week with his dad. For three years, they do just that- together they watch everything from Showgirls to Kurosawa’s Ran. The memoir The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son recounts this time in their lives and is a poignant account of the relationship between a father and son, both struggling in different ways. A fascinating read – and by the end you’re sure to end up with a list of movies worth watching.
If you love movies that are unusual and quirky 101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die will provide you with some interesting movie choices. This book contains reviews of movies like Phantom of the Paradise and Rocky Horror Picture Show but there are some surprises in here as well, from old classics to foreign films. Never heard of The Room directed by and starring Tommy Wiseau? This cult movie has achieved cult status with midnight showings throughout North America and it too earns its place in 101 Cult Movies. If cult movies aren’t really your thing, Schneider has done other books in the ‘101 movies’ series; horror movies, action films, war movies, science fiction and gangster films.
People are often passionate when discussing their favourite films and this passion is what makes The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark such an interesting read. Guy Maddin discovers the movie L’age d’or when he’s watching the French network on CBC hoping to come across a bit of nudity, but discovers much more. John Waters is haunted by the Wizard of Oz and says that the line, “Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness” inspired his life. Of his pick, Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame says, “If I had to nail one film on my heart, this would be the one.” (Hint: Boyle’s pick is a war movie.) As you’re reading this book it’s impossible not to ask yourself which film has inspired you. Which film would you nail to your heart?