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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Some of Jeremy Richey's favorite films seen 1st in 2010

Jeremy Richey is a guy who knows his movies. Anyone who's read any entry on his wonderful MOON IN THE GUTTER Film Blog knows this instantly. I really appreciate Jeremy taking the time to contribute a list of films he saw first in 2010:


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For my list, I have compiled ten films that I saw for the first time in 2010 (made before 2010). This isn’t a ‘best-of’ ranking but instead a listing of ten films that particularly caught me off-guard and have stuck with me.




Abigail Lesley is Back in Town(1975; Joseph W. Sarno): I finally caught up with this extraordinary mid-seventies melodrama from the much-missed Joe Sarno and I was absolutely floored by it. Everything from Sarno’s detailed direction to Rebecca Brooke’s astonishing performance to the Amityville setting is just perfect. It instantly became one of my favorite films from one of my favorite directors and the new loaded-up special edition DVD serves it very well.




Bathing Beauty(1944; George Sidney): I can easily see why George Sidney’s wonderful 1944 production was a big hit for World War 2 era audiences. From the vibrant colorful photography of Harry Stradling to the sparkling musical numbers to Esther Williams charming performance, this was just a delight all the way through.




Best Friends(1975; Noel Nesseck): While I was expecting just another mid-seventies exploitation picture, Noel Nosseck’s terrific 1975 road movie was a real potent surprise that proved as engaging as it was entertaining.




Frontiere(s)(2007; Xavier Gens): Xavier Gens’ brutal 2007 French Shock-Fest was a real jaw-dropping experience for me and immediately became one of my favorite thrillers from the past decade. For those, like myself, who like their horror extreme, hard and visceral, Gens’ politically charged and savage film is a godsend.




Next Door(2005; Pal Sletuane): An extremely creeping 2005 Polanski like offering from Norwegian filmmaker Pal Sletaune, Next Door was one of the best directed and best acted (watch out especially for Julia Schacht) films I had the pleasure of catching up with in 2010.




The Pitfall(1962; Hiroshi Teshigahara): The feature-length debut from legendary Hiroshi Teshigahara has lost none of its allure and power in the near fifty years since its release in 1962. A wonderful film treated with typical care by Criterion.




Putney Swope(1969; Robert Downey Sr.): Why oh why did it take me so long to watch Robert Downey’s trailblazing masterpiece? Putney Swope remains one of the great films of the sixties and has aged more gracefully than many of the more acclaimed films from that pivotal year of 1969.




Rolling Thunder(1977; John Flynn): I had heard about 1977’s Paul Schrader scripted and John Flynn directed film for years but I only just caught up with Rolling Thunder in 2010. It’s an incredible film highlighted by an astonishing turn by William Devane and an exhilarating final act that words can’t do justice to.



Roommates(1981; Chuck Vincent): Chuck Vincent’s wonderful downtown New York melodrama from the early eighties challenges every conceivable notion of what defines an ‘adult-film’. Sharply written and wonderfully performed, with special kudos going to a breathtaking and heartbreaking Veronica Hart, Roommates is an exceptional film and Distribpix’s upcoming Special Edition promises to be one of 2011’s essential releases.




The Pick Up Artist(1987; James Toback): Time has been very kind James Toback’s maligned 1987 film featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald and it now feels like one of the mid-eighties most essential works. I was struck by how incredibly smart the film remains and was floored by Downey’s ferociously funny performance.

3 comments:

Heather Drain said...

Superb list Jeremy. I especially love the diversity, ranging from Sarno to Vincent to Downey, it is all great.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much Heather!

Dave Becker said...

Seriously great list here!

I just caught FRONTIER(S) for the 1st time a little bit ago, and it really got to me...on my list as one of the best horror films of last decade.

As for ROLLING THUNDER, I really, really, REALLY want to see that one! I've heard a lot about it, and want to check it out for myself.