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I Belong to the Blank Generation: 11 Films About Punk

Punk is really more of a catch-all genre term than a unified sound; everything from Black Flag to The Clash to Television falls under the umbrella, but you’re unlikely to confuse any of those radically different bands for each other. If anything, punk is defined by an attitude more than any specific sound: it’s defiant, primal, and wholly cathartic. These are 11 of the best films about punk that embody that ethos of liberation through rock n’ roll. Jubilee (1978, Derek Jarman) Derek Jarman was an iconoclast in everything he did; never one to make a conventional film, his work stretches from Blue – a solid blue screen with him providing voiceover for 90 minutes – to The Last of England – an impressionistic vision of the apocalypse with poetic narration in place of a plot or dialogue. Jubilee is decidedly less extreme than those two films, but it’s still far from box-office-friendly. It’s hardly heavy on narrative, and what plot there is is pretty bleak; the story follows Queen Elizabeth I as she time …

L’Amour Fou

Recommendation list by Joey Shapiro A French phrase that translates literally as “crazy love,” l’amour fou is also an apt descriptor of these five eccentric films of romance, passion, and obsession. Punch-Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson) A film in which the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts, Punch-Drunk Love is a revitalizing jolt to the heart of the traditional romantic comedy. The most immediately striking aspect of the film is that it stars Adam Sandler, of all actors, in what is easily the most mature and complex role of his career. Sandler plays Barry Egan, a novelty item salesman plagued by anger issues and a multitude of emotionally abusive sisters, who falls unexpectedly in love with one of his sisters’ co-workers, Lena (Emily Watson). Punctuated by ethereal visual interludes by video artist Jeremy Blake  and featuring such unforgettable pillow-talk as “I want to chew your face, and I want to scoop out your eyes,” the film stands far apart from the prior works of both Sandler and director Paul Thomas …