What Got This Director Here?: Paris Texas/Wings of Desire.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Pina.
What Did I Watch: Paris Texas.
Where Does He Fit: Isn’t Paris, Texas a thing of great beauty and wonder? The score is spooky, the colors shine in bright shades of red and pink and green, and Harry Dean Stanton’s performance is a marvel of hesitations and deep oceans of feeling behind those eyes. Everything results in a perfect 2.5 hour mood piece to chill out to, only for it to rip out your heart at certain points when relationships are born and then die again. Only a German could have made something so wonderfully American in how it ruins the fantasy of being swallowed up by the landscapes of the South.
Most Valuable Asset: A sense of spread.
Most Excited For: Wings of Desire.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: Three hit wonder Carol Reed.