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Old 03-19-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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Revolutionary Road
Set in the 1950s, about a couple who are sick of their dull suburban lifestyle in suburban New York and dream of moving to Paris with their two young kids . Has some interesting social commentary about gender roles and life in the 1950s that may have been particularly oppressive for women, suburban vs urban themes. I enjoyed it very much*.... Definitely in the serious dramatic category. Great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon.

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though the ending is pretty depressing


Midnight In Paris
If you prefer something a bit lighter, try this one. Like Revolutionary Road in that it makes some commentary about life in the city vs suburbs but presents itself in a light-hearted manner, since it's a romantic comedy. Amazing cinemaphotography, lots of great shots of Paris. Directed by Woody Allen.

Urban planning issues seem to be rarely if ever discussed in mainstream America, so its interesting to see in a mainstream film. Any other suggestions?
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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A movie about two people who would have been unhappy no matter where the lived has urban planning themes?

Whatever ...
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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A movie about two people who would have been unhappy no matter where the lived has urban planning themes?

Whatever ...
Not really an urban planning theme in this case but that makes a commentary about life in the city, suburbs, country, about life in 1950s America or whatever. Anyway, I think a free spirit like Winslett's character could never be very happy in the rather stifling social environment that was 1950s suburban America. So I would disagree with you there.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Why do so many people think that movies portray reality?
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:37 AM
 
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Revolutionary Road
Set in the 1950s, about a couple who are sick of their dull suburban lifestyle in suburban New York and dream of moving to Paris with their two young kids . Has some interesting social commentary about gender roles and life in the 1950s that may have been particularly oppressive for women, suburban vs urban themes. I enjoyed it very much*.... Definitely in the serious dramatic category. Great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon.

*
Spoiler
though the ending is pretty depressing


Midnight In Paris
If you prefer something a bit lighter, try this one. Like Revolutionary Road in that it makes some commentary about life in the city vs suburbs but presents itself in a light-hearted manner, since it's a romantic comedy. Amazing cinemaphotography, lots of great shots of Paris. Directed by Woody Allen.

Urban planning issues seem to be rarely if ever discussed in mainstream America, so its interesting to see in a mainstream film. Any other suggestions?
Truman Show - illustrates pretentiousness about master planned cities/subdivisions and "artificial reality".
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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Since we're including movies about fantasy portrayals of the problems associated with a given setting, the original "The Out of Towners" is somewhat the flip side of "Revolutionary Road" that was listed in the opening post. They take a whole slew of distressing experiences people sometimes have in cities, and pack it all into a couple of days. It's not precisely the flip side of "Rev. Road" since the home the characters are thinking about leaving for the city seems more rural than suburban, but the movie definitely depicts urban living as pretty much a nightmare that you'd have to be crazy to want for yourself.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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Revolutionary Road
Set in the 1950s, about a couple who are sick of their dull suburban lifestyle in suburban New York and dream of moving to Paris with their two young kids . Has some interesting social commentary about gender roles and life in the 1950s that may have been particularly oppressive for women, suburban vs urban themes. I enjoyed it very much*.... Definitely in the serious dramatic category. Great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon.

*
Spoiler
though the ending is pretty depressing


Midnight In Paris
If you prefer something a bit lighter, try this one. Like Revolutionary Road in that it makes some commentary about life in the city vs suburbs but presents itself in a light-hearted manner, since it's a romantic comedy. Amazing cinemaphotography, lots of great shots of Paris. Directed by Woody Allen.

Urban planning issues seem to be rarely if ever discussed in mainstream America, so its interesting to see in a mainstream film. Any other suggestions?
Speaking of Kate Winslett, "Little Children" is another one that comments about life in a setting that falls in a particular spot on the urban-to-rural continuum. When I think of "Little Children" then "American Beauty" comes to mind right away as another example of a flick that explores the darker side of the suburbs (or at least a fantasy version of this).
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:13 AM
 
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Good Topic - S.F.W. comes to mind, about some disaffected, suburban adolescents who are held hostage in a convenience store robbery gone wrong, lots of commentary about suburban life.

Mad Men (sorry, not a movie) has a constant backdrop of socio-economic tensions in NYC and the suburban drift of the crew at SCDP . . . and the emerging lifestyle in SoCal on Draper's visits out there.
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:37 PM
 
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One of the Batman movies featured architectural monstrosities proposed but never built. And who can forget "Escape from New York?"
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:41 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Urbanized: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit
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