4.28.2016

folk societies

"[Dr. Robert Redfield] acknowledged that primitive societies were bewilderingly various. He begged us to admit, though, that all of them had certain characteristics in common. For instance: they were all so small that everybody knew everybody well, and associations lasted for life. The members communicated intimately with one another, and very little with anybody else...

And I say to you that we are full of chemicals which require us to belong to folk societies, or failing that, to feel lousy all the time. We are chemically engineered to live in folk societies, just as fish are chemically engineered to live in clean water - and there aren't any folk societies for us anymore."

- Kurt Vonnegut, Address to the National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1971

4.26.2016

the greatest (2016 edition)


Every so often, I re-evaluate what I consider the greatest films ever made. On this particular blog, there's evidence of what I thought back in 2012. But things change. And so:

1. Gojira
2. Fata Morgana
3. Late Spring
4. Citizen Kane
5. Bambi
6. The Wizard of Oz
7. Night and Fog
8. Psycho
9. The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
10. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Night & Fog, Psycho, & Nausicaa have replaced Lessons of Darkness, Wild Blue Yonder, & Gates of Heaven. Four films are American, three are Japanese, and one each is German, French, & Italian. The earliest film on the list is 1939's Wizard of Oz, while the latest is 1984's Nausicaa. Three of the films are from the 1940s and two from both the 50s and 60s. Two are animated, two are documentaries. All are pretty great.