Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Netflix Instant "Gems" Vol. 23 ""

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Netflix Instant "Gems" Vol. 23

Some cool noirs are the real headliners for me this week. I adore DETOUR a whole crap-ton and it's such a great example of the fatalism that I love about these types of films in general. Low budget and short, but very effective. HIGHLY recommended. Also recommended in the noir vein is a film called CRY DANGER with Dick Powell. Hadn't seen this before, but had been meaning to. Great stuff. Other classics I'd draw your attention to include Sirk's BATTLE HYMN, Preston Sturges THE BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHFUL BEND and the Louise Brooks silent DIARY OF A LOST GIRL. Miramax added a bunch of stuff this week including Tarantino favorites PULP FICTION and RESERVOIR DOGS(I know this isn't Miramax, just lumped it in) as well as the excellent Peter Jackson flick HEAVENLY CREATURES. Maybe my favorite Jackson film that one. Depp fans should seek out Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN is a great film, right up there with his best. Also look for THE HOUSE OF YES, WALKING AND TALKING and the not-quite-so-good REINDEER GAMES. Additionally enjoy some Beatles goodness with A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. Lots of fun junk here too like STEP UP 3, SHARK ATTACKs 2 & 3 and the creepily odd WHITE CHICKS. Oh and let's not forget the 80s Michael Keaton classic JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY (you iceholes)! I once lost a bet on JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY, with my erroneous thinking that Martha Coolidge of VALLEY GIRL fame had directed it rather than Amy Heckerling of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. The only time I've felt dumber than that is when I famously lost a large wager that the late Liz Taylor was in Howard Hawk's LAND OF THE PHAROAHS. What can I say, I am a moron(and damn you Joan Collins!).

BATTLE HYMN(1957; Douglas Sirk)
BLOOD & WINE(1996; Bob Rafelson)
THE CLAIRVOYANT(1934; Maurice Elvey)
CRY DANGER(1951; Robert Parrish)
DEAD MAN(1995; Jim Jarmusch)
THE DESERT FOX(1951; Henry Hathaway)
DETOUR(1945; Edgar Ulmer)
DIARY OF A LOST GIRL(1929; Georg Wilhelm Pabst)
GUNMEN(1993; Daren Sarafian)
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT(1964; Richard Lester)
HEAVENLY CREATURES(1994; Peter Jackson)
HIGHLANDER(1986; Russell Mulcahy)
THE HOUSE OF YES(1997; Mark S. Waters)
JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY(1984; Amy Heckerling)

THE MATING SEASON(1951; Mitchell Leisen)
THE OUTLAW(1943; Howard Hughes)

PULP FICTION(1994; Quentin Tarantino)

REINDEER GAMES(2000; John Frankenheimer)

RESERVOIR DOGS(1992; Quentin Tarantino)

SHARK ATTACK 2(2001; David Worth)

SHARK ATTACK 3: MEGALODON(2002; David Worth)

SONNY(2002; Nicolas Cage)
STEP UP 3(2010; Jon Chu)
VISITING HOURS(1982; Jean-Claude Lord)

WALKING AND TALKING(1996; Nicole Holofcener)

THE WAY OF THE GUN(2000; Christopher McQuarrie)

WHITE CHICKS(2004; Keenan Ivory Wayans)



Unknown said...

BLOOD & WINE! Such an underrated gem of a neo noir. The special edition DVD that came out years ago is quite good!

SteveQ said...

I too love Detour. Tom Neal's real life would make an excellent noir!

Rupert Pupkin said...

JD-You know I have that dvd, but have yet to go through all the special features! Looks great though, now I need to check them out!
Steve-You are so right! Didn't realize what an interesting story Neal's own life was!

Anonymous said...

I just want to let you know how much I appreciate these posts.
Some of these things are so easy to miss unless you search for them outright. And some of them never pop up because I've already rated them!