The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - A long movie that is well worth the time spent watching it. Very fascinating to me.
Glad this total sleeper western has gotten a shout-out in this thread, because it's actually my favorite film of all time. Ever--from the silent era of German Impressionism onwards. Everything about it; script, location, musical score, cinematography, set design/costumes, casting, line delivery, pace, narration, and especially tour de force acting from Casey Affleck and numerous supporting actors (Sam Rockwell, Garrett Dilahunt, Sam Shepherd, Jeremy Renner...even it-girl Zooey Deschanel gets an extended cameo) just comes together as a masterpiece of a character study about an infamous outlaw in the middle of a his own slow suicide and the gunslinger who idolizes him. Andrew Dominik took his cues from Terrance Mallick very well.
Most recently I watched In The Soup
, a 1992 indie-film. Bit of stylized black-and-white meta-movie about a struggling would-be director (Steve Buscemi) trying to raise money to make his magnum opus and win the girl-next-door (literally in this case, played by Jennifer Beals) who waits tables at his favorite diner but won't give him the time of day. It's a fantasia made of a little bit of early Coen Brothers, a little of bit of Mystery Train-era Jarmusch (who has a hilarious and very winking bit part), and a lot like Wes Anderson before there was a Wes Anderson. It had its moments; worth seeing once. I liked it more for showcasing early Buscemi than any original plot points, as well as character actors like Will Patton, Stanley Tucci, and a pre-fame Sam Rockwell as a mentally retarded (!) son. Seymour Cassel sort of stunk up the screen after awhile, unfortunately.
Saw True Adolescents
, the new "mumblecore" film which finally got a DVD release. Not the best of the genre. Mark Duplass plays more more obnoxious, douchey, immature version of his "Puffy Chair" character in a "life lessons" morality play about the role of adulthood.
I've been meaning to see Beginners, Sarah's Key, and Another Earth, which are already out even if I'm a bit "meh" on all of 'em. Really looking forward to Brighton Rock and The Future, however.