Posted by: gdevi | February 2, 2011

Ice movies

Another deadly black-ice freezing rain day–no school, no university. Actually today Dayani wishes she could go to school; there is such a state as too much of a good thing. Why stay home and listen to your mother tell you to clean your room when you could be in school discussing the Wizards of Waverly Place? Where do they come up with these shows?

Since I am procrastinating my grading, it is time to make a list. List of good snow and ice movies; not just the setting or backdrop, but almost a character so to speak. If you know of more, send the names to me please. I have to tell you this–I grew up in Kerala which is sort of like the California of North America–twenty minutes from the Indian ocean tropical mountains and rivers–no snow–so anyway in the North of India in the valleys of the Himalayas, it snows. Favorite place to send the hero and heroine to sing and frolic in Hindi movies. Every time we watched one such song and dance routine in a Hindi movie, my brother would say: “It is all salt.” Yup, tons and tons of salt, brother!

Here are some good snow-ice -winter movies:

Dr. Zhivago (David Lean, 1960; great book great movie)

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980; great book great movie)

Runaway Train (Andrei Konchalovsky, 1985; flawed but great movie)

Smilla’s Sense of Snow (Bille August, 1997 — great great book; okay movie)

Fargo (Coen Brothers, 1996; great movie)

Reckless (Norman Rene, 1995; flawed but good movie–Mia Farrow is wonderfully cast)

Insomnia (Christopher Nolan, 2002; the Norwegian original is very good; very different aesthetic but very good)

Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007; great book, good movie)

Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson (Swedish), 2008; I hear they are making an American version. I hope they don’t kill it. The Swedish is very good.)

Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990; great book, good movie)

Affliction (Paul Schrader, 1998; very good movie; James Coburn is as usual just stunning as the alcoholic father)

The Pledge (Sean Penn, 2001; very interesting movie; it was based on Durrenmatt’s novella Requiem for a Detective Novel; it is a darkly nihilistic novel in the European sense; but the movie is very American. I like Jack Nicholson, so I like this movie.)

The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997; I just thought of this movie though I have never been able to connect with any of Ang Lee’s movies. I just don’t get them at all. )

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