Romance collides with reality as the mundane and the magical blur in Frank V. Ross’ impressive new feature, TIGER TAIL IN BLUE. We asked him to give us his five favorite Fandor films and his responses were likewise personal, percussive, and pointed.
The incredibly versatile writer-editor-actor-director Frank V. Ross just released his latest feature, Tiger Tail in Blue, in theaters, and now the film (along with Audrey the Trainwreck) is available to stream on Fandor. From on-set love triangles to entertainment wrestling, his favorite picks from our library show that he takes note of his contemporaries and is moved equally by films with great craft and big heart. Here are Frank’s faves, in his own words:
1. Art History (2011) directed by Joe Swanberg“This film is a feat of strength, not a ʻtour de forceʼ or such nonsense. I mean like one-legged-elbow-wrestling or pulling a freakinʼ bus with your teeth. Thereʼs like 12 cuts and as many scenes; itʼs atmospheric and precise yet seemingly rambling. Dangerous for young filmmakers to think they could pull this off. Art History is experience in action. It manages to pull you in, dealing with such specific emotions that it’s downright helpful to see them play out. Made me feel like I grew up a little. Finally when Decker goes next-world crazy at the end, looking right at you, it caps off a wholly unique movie watching experience.”
2. Computer Chess (2013) directed by Andrew Bujalski
“I was really going wide watching this movie. Thinking about the historical context, the relativity to now, “Are the Characters just chess pieces?”, Stupid stuff like that. I couldnʼt help it. As a period piece itʼs solid, and the video look works so well that I was in, in and watching, like reading a science fiction book. Stylistic and smart – so smart. And for as much as I thought I was over-thinking it, by the end the movie tells you, you werenʼt, you canʼt over-think it. You should try.”
3. Sun Don’t Shine (2012) directed by Amy Seimetz“Setting. Personally I hate it when viewers refer to ‘setting’ as a ‘character’. So dumb. Itʼs the setting and it unto itself is an important story element. For Sun Donʼt Shine it’s Florida: the late night TV-teased, crazy headline sensation, courtroom news story bogged down, sweaty-ass Florida. Every element in this film hits, even the clothes they wear while turning in fantastic performances in well-thought-out locations. One of the best openings to a movie. Hits the ground running and doesnʼt lose steam. Stylized editing that everyone tries and ends up embarrassing themselves. This is how itʼs done.”
4. Dear Zachary (2008) directed by Kurt Kuenne“Required viewing, weʼll call it. Strange to say I like this movie because of its subject matter. This story ruins your day then makes your day.”
5. Fake it So Real (2012) directed by Robert Greene“Thank you for not making fun of these guys. I love this movie for what it says about community and identity. Okay, Iʼm going wide with it: what makes life worth living? Thatʼs what I see in this film. Outlaw turns this movie inside out at the end, he uses the documentary to build his own fictional storyline. Youʼll see. Watch Fake it so Real and donʼt be an asshole; itʼs a very special movie.”