Sometimes teaching makes me really happy.
I gave one of my classes an article from the new Modern Painters about art school being completely wack and I gave another class an article on the delightfully psychotic art of Yayoi Kusama. I also gave my students a mandatory movie assignment wherein they watch a film of my choosing (teaching is awesome; the fact that I can make someone watch Sleepaway Camp on a whim is true power). I did however notice similarities between most of the movies I assigned.
Lots of them are Spanish (because the Spaniards are dark and unknowable, like a bowl of mystery Paella in a poorly lit cafe) and/or film noir. Maybe I am nostalgic for my Spain dayz now that I am headed to another epicenter of Euro-hedonism. And also because I would fuck the shit out of Luis Bunuel.
So I guess that's what I like in a nutshell (incise a tilda into said nutshell). Here are some of the movies I gave them, the list includes many of my favorite movies
-The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
-All About My Mother
-Gone With the Wind
-Perfume de Violetas
-A Streetcar Named Desire
-Waiting for Godot
-Realms of the Unreal
-The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
-Curse of the Cat People
-Breaking the Waves
-Also, two British miniseries: Tipping the Velvet and Tess of the D'Urbervilles (sp?) Melodrama abounds in these two!
There are more but I can't remember them.