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Aug252016

Frank Ocean Prefers Wong Kar-wai's Early Stuff

For anyone still wondering what took Frank Ocean so long to release his follow-up to Channel Orange, a new theory lies within the pages of the R&B angel’s recently released "Boys Don't Cry" zine to accompany his new album Blonde: perhaps he was blowing through his conscientious Blu-ray collection. Demonstrating an eye for the visionary and the visually dazzling – and inadvertently challenging the hot buzz on that BBC critics’ poll and last week’s #7favfilms on Twitter – Ocean scribbled down a list of his 100 favorite films of all time, and his choices make it clear that he’s as much a student of the cinema as he is a singer of stirring emotionality.

A few standout selections. He’s clearly got love for the go-for-broke auteurism of Herzog and Jodorowsky, reflected in his own sonic adventurism, but he flexes his sensitive side and interest in rehashing the past with a Bergman classic like Wild Strawberries. As a David Lynch devotee, his inclusion of the polarizing and patriotically perverse (and, for my money, perfect) Wild at Heart makes me want to paint the town as red as Diane Ladd’s face. A small smattering of silent films make the list but the absences are just as compelling. PTA makes three appearances on the list but Ocean opts for Hard Eight over the far more beloved Boogie Nights. And despite its undeniable genius, it’s a relief to see a Best Of list with a Hitchcock mention that isn’t Vertigo. Mostly, though, I'll take the obvious crossover omission of Boys Don't Cry in favor of including American Beauty as a sly hint that he, too, is a fervent member of Team Bening.

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Too much Tarantino...

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Movie lists are this summer's ice bucket challenge.

STOP IT

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Paul see Jackie Brown immediately. Peggy his personal top 100 is not a response to the abundance of arbitrary movie lists.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

There is something cinematic to Frank Ocean's sound (especially on "Blonde"), so this list is at least interesting to see where his influences might be. Something about "Blonde" almost plays like queer Sofia Coppola to me.

August 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

I envisioned a Wes Anderson movie. Especially on the finale of Self Control.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Good film picks, but could a list look any less aesthetic? What happened to good old fashioned columns and numbers.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

Any women directors?

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjake d

I want Ocean to do a split on my face.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

I thought he was being too cliche and serious until Phantom of the Paradise and then i straight up clapped.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

/3rtful, you should know that I've seen JB, it's the only one I praise here, consistently.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Could of sworn not long ago you confessed to not having seen it? Which I found strange considering its lead and story.

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Babe was it Death Proof you never saw?

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Yes, I've never seen DP.

August 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I'll say it's his other black girls rock movie.

August 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Babe??????

August 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrick

We're not lovers rick but we have plenty in common.

August 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Oh!!! Good for you...

August 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrick

Don't be weird. This is a gay blog before anything else.

August 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

/3rtful - actually it's a movie blog before it's anything else. to quote you "don't be weird"

August 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

/3rtful is dead. I killed him. And I'm going to say whatever the fuck I want.

August 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterc u next tuesday

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