Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Netflix Instant "Gems" Vol. 14 ""

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Netflix Instant "Gems" Vol. 14


I tried to dig up some odd obscurities from the 60s, 70s & 80s for this list along with some more well known cult items. The Sean Penn film BAD BOYS is a highlight for me this week. I have been a fan since the old Thorn EMI(edited) VHS tape days. Just recently picked up a blu-ray of it, but am very glad to see it's streaming now. I also threw in the Adam Horovitz vehicle LOST ANGELS, which is an additional delinquent youth film that I might have rented on video in the same stack as BAD BOYS. Another flick that might have been in that same group is OUT OF BOUNDS with Anthony Michael Hall and the wonderful Jenny Wright(sadly this one is not on Instant right now). One more VHS-only highlight is an interesting little film from action director John Flynn(THE OUTFIT, ROLLING THUNDER). It's called TOUCHED and it stars Robert Hays who you will all remember from the AIRPLANE films(among others). In the past, I've highlighted other Cassavetes films before, but this week I recommend you check out some of his earlier work in SHADOWS and FACES if you've not already seen them. I also highly recommend Jonathan Nossiter's SUNDAY as it is one of those indie films that really sticks with you. Well made and underseen for sure. I also threw in a WAITNG FOR SUPERMAN-esque doc called THE LOTTERY and Gareth Edwards' MONSTERS which was one of my favorite films from last year.

ACES HIGH(1976; Jack Gold)
ACTION JACKSON(1988; Craig R. Baxley)
BAD BOYS(1983; Rick Rosenthal)
BEACH RED(1967; Cornel WIlde)
THE BED SITTING ROOM(1969; Richard Lester)
BLOOD AND ROSES(1960; Roger Vadim)
BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW(1976 Mark L. Lester)
BREAKHEART PASS(1975; Tom Gries)
CAR WASH(1976; Michael Schultz)
THE CEREMONY(1963; Laurence Harvey)
THE DEVIL'S EIGHT(1969; Burt Topper)
THE DEVIL WITHIN HER(1975; Peter Sasdy)
DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE(1980; Charles B. Griffith)
FACES(1968; John Cassavetes)
FIREBALL 500(1966; WIlliam Asher)
FIRST LOVE(1977; Joan Darling)
FITZWILLY(1967; Delbert Mann)
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT(1940; Alfred Hitchcock)
GOODBYE, FRANKLN HIGH(1978; Mike MacFarland)
HARLOW(1965; Gordon Douglas)
HARVEY(1950; Henry Koster)
A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH(1978; Ralph Nelson)
THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS(1980; Floyd Mutrux)
INVISIBLE INVADERS(1959; Edward L. Cahn)
JOHNNY COOL(1963; William Asher)
LAST ACTION HERO(1993; John McTiernan)
LOST ANGELS(1989; Hugh Hudson)
THE LOTTERY(2010; Madeleine Sackler)
MADE IN BRITAIN(1982; Alan Clarke)
MADE IN USA(1987; Ken Friedman)
MIDNIGHT CROSSING(1988; Roger Holzberg)
MIRACLES(1986; Jim Kouf)
THE MONITORS(1969; Jack Shea)
MONSTERS(2010; Gareth Edwards)
NORWOOD(1970; Jack Haley Jr.)
THE ODESSA FILE(1974; Ronald Neame)
OPERATION AMSTERDAM(1959; Michael McCarthy)
PLAYING FOR KEEPS(1986; Bob Weinstein/Harvey Weinstein)
THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO(1985; Woody Allen)
THE RAT RACE(1960; Robert Mulligan)
THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA(1976; Lewis John Carlino)
A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS(1980; Rob Cohen)
SCUM(1979; Alan Clarke)
SHADOWS(1959; John Cassavetes)
THE SLEEPING CAR(1990; Douglas Curtis)
A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS(1980; Rob Cohen)
SOMEONE I TOUCHED(1975; Lou Antonio)
SOUTHLAND TALES(2006; Richard Kelly)
SUNDAY(1997; Jonathan Nossiter)
THIEVES(1977; John Berry)
TOUCHED(1983; John Flynn)
THE UNNAMEABLE(1988; Jean-Paul Ouellette)
WILD AT HEART(1990; David Lynch)
YOUNGBLOOD(1978; Noel N0sseck)















5 comments:

Scott M said...

Wow! Some really interesting stuff on there - of course 80% of didn't/won't make it north of the border. The Heckyl and Hype one looks insane. Have you seen Johnny Cool?It's definitely worth checking out for Silva as a lead and cool cast.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Scott-Such a bummer how little seems to make its way across the border. I hope to hear of things brightening soon. I have not seen JOHNNY COOL, but have meant to for years and really look forward to it!

Ned Merrill said...

More great stuff, as usual. I have a bunch of these in my queue already.

Since SUNDAY remains a relatively unknown quantity, I'll single that one out since I didn't realize it was on Instant and I really admire it. It'll be interesting to see how it holds up, as I haven't seen it since its initial theatrical run, when we brought it to the Play Circle in Madison and I took home one of those lovely one-sheets as a souvenir after the film's run was complete.

Ty said...

Another great list! also that Bad Boys poster is awesome!

Rupert Pupkin said...

Ned-You were totally the one who first told me about SUNDAY and I sincerely appreciate that. A truly unsung gem of a film.

Thanks TY! I love that Mick is holding a German Luger in the poster(which I don't recall him having in the movie, but I could be wrong) and it's a German poster if I'm not mistaken.