Guest Picks: Dave Boyle

Dave Boyle's White on Rice Dave Boyle’s award-winning features White on Rice and Surrogate Valentine are available streaming on Fandor. We were lucky enough to meet him in person at (what else) a recent indie film screening, and we jumped at the chance to ask him for his Favorite Fandor Five. Dave Boyle makes films with a ployglot flair and a unique mix of the silly and serious. His Favorite Fandor Five likewise take us on a tour around the world and through a range of styles and emotional stimuli. Here they are, in his own words:

1. Computer Chess (2013) directed by Andrew BujalskiAndrew Bujalski's Computer Chess“A completely singular experience, which lovingly recreates the tech world of yesteryear and thankfully doesn’t impose a conventional narrative over the proceedings.  I found myself howling with laughter frequently throughout the movie, despite the fact that it’s not engineered with punchline type humor.  Among many memorable performances, newcomer Patrick Riester is a hilarious standout–a genuine discovery I hope to see in more movies.”

2.  Inferno (2009) directed by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea InfernoI’m a full blown Henri-Georges Clouzot nut. He’s one of the people who made me want to make movies.  It’s crazy how well his suspense-melodramas of the 40’s-50’s still work and hold up to multiple viewings.  This documentary, about his ill-fated film Inferno is a pretty fascinating glimpse into what could have been… If you’re already a fan of Diabolique and Wages of Fear among other Clouzot classics, this is a treat!.”

3. Children of Invention (2009) directed by Tze Chun Children of InventionThis heartfelt drama deservedly became a festival favorite in 2009, and I hope people continue to discover it.  When their mother gets wrapped up in a pyramid scheme, two young children are forced to fend for themselves. The film never overplays its hand, and there is plenty of unexpected humor to go along with the harrowing drama.

4. Littlerock (2010) directed by Mike Ott Littlerock“A delicate, gently observed tale about a young Japanese girl traveling in the desert community outside LA, and the peculiar young man who she befriends.  The engaging and unique screen presences of Atsuko Okatsuka as the traveller and Cory Zacharia as the local anchor this haunting, humorous and memorable film.”

5. Boy (2010) directed by Taika Waititi Taika Waititi’s peculiar brand of humor gets its best showcase yet in this wonderful coming-of-age tale that struck me as an instant classic when I saw it a few years back. The less said, the better. Check it out!

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