Name some movies that most people haven’t seen and should see because YOU love them, not because they’re good for you.

Bright Leaves (2003) – Many know Ross McElwee from Sherman’s March (1986). Bright Leaves is another installment in his autobiographical series of documentaries. Here he returns home to North Carolina, to take a look at the tobacco industry and its connections to his family.

The Band’s Visit (2007) – An Egyptian band spends some time in an Israeli village.

Teacher’s Pet (1958) – Aging, chain-smoking newspaperman Clark Gable takes a journalism class taught by perky Doris Day. When they finally clinch at the end, it’s kind of creepy.

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) – Shannon Tweed and Adrienne Barbeau remain modestly clothed at all times, so there. Bill Maher at the pinnacle of his acting career. J. F. Lawton wrote and directed this curiosity just before writing Pretty Woman (1990).

Madeinusa (2006) – Peruvian parable in which God takes a nap from Good Friday to Easter Sunday and the villagers behave badly, as anything goes till God wakes up again.

Mona Lisa (1986) – Cathy Tyson is hard to find on film, but she sure got my attention in this one.

7 Responses

  1. Thank you for this fine list. I’ve only seen one of these and it was not the avocado one. Looking forward to watching them all. And thank you for allowing me to be the FW, without having to go live in a hovel at the end.

  2. What is the FW?

  3. the Fisherman’s Wife. I now officially refer to myself that way. xo FW

    • I googled “fisherman’s wife,” but the image results were not as expected.

      • Yow. No kidding. I think you’ll have to google “fisherman’s wife fairytale” if you don’t want to get the disturbing octopus images. Or just stick to text. That’s always worked for me.

  4. Interesting list. I haven’t seen any of them, but will definitely check out Bright Leaves (2003).

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