Deliverance (1972)

A beautiful mix of great performances form the lead actors, stunning nature, brutal and haunting violence and topping everything with an omnious, captivating and memorable guitar/banjo battle.

Man Bites Dog (1992)

A Belgian dark comedy where a film crew follows a charming serial killer and his day to day life. Probably one of the darkest comedies I have ever seen that takes a very hard turn into horror territory, which leaves you wondering if you should have even laughed in the first place.

Arizona Dream (1993)

Arizona Dream is for sure a film for dreamers. Chaotic, absurd and intense the slavic style of Emir Kusturica mixed with western deserts will take you on a trip you've always dreamed of. Throw Johnny Depp, Vincent Gallo and Faye Dunaway into the mix and you know it will be your favourite movie.

Drifting Clouds (1996)

There are many reasons for choosing an Aki Kaurismäki movie. For me, his movies represent a kind of hope and thirst for life I haven´t yet found elsewhere. Surely there are more of his kind of directors that speak a similar dialect, but the reason for bringing out Kaurismäki is that he consistently refutes the modernity in favour of something unintelligible that I feel in my gut. Having said that, then Watching Drifting Clouds doesn't differ much from his other movies in the experience that you get from them, but neither does looking at a Hopper painting. However, Kaurismäki is better than Hopper for the reasons that movies also have to capacity to incorporate music and the music in his movies is great. His style was also appropriated in Night on Earth by Jim Jarmusch, where the role of the Helsinkian taxi driver was played by one of Kaurismäkis most common actors Matti Pellonpää, who coincidentally to me looks a lot like Jack Lawrence of the Greenhornes.

Du levande (2007)

Du levande is a film about sadness in all shapes and sizes. You must relax into the slow pace and you never know where the story is going. It has astonishing visual depth using a stationary camera. What makes is so memorable, is the way Roy Andersson is able to parodize the everyday existence in such a way as to find humour and hope in even the most despairing of situations.

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Holy Motors' new album, Slow Sundown, is out on March 9th via Wharf Cat Records. Check out the excellent 'Honeymooning' below.