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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Video Vacuum's Favorite Older Films Seen 1st in 2011

Mitch Lovell has been watching movies obsessively since the age of 3. All kinds of movies. He doesn't care. Stop by The Vacuum and let him know what you think! (also follow him on twitter)


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Honorable Mention: Daughter of Horror (1955)
The term “dreamlike” gets thrown around a lot when describing a movie that doesn’t make a lick of sense. This is the rare movie that earns the moniker. Add in the fact that it was narrated by Ed McMahon, and you have the recipe for weirdness. It would make a great double bill with Carnival of Souls.


10. Three O’Clock High (1987)
High School was never this surreal. The Thunderdome -esque ending will stay with me for some time. If you’re sick and tired of John Hughes movies, this is the perfect antidote.


9. Excalibur (1981)
John Boorman’s Excalibur is one of those films I first saw this year that I know I’m going to watch again very soon. The first viewing probably didn’t do it justice. I need to revisit the world Boorman created ASAP.


8. Body Rock (1984)
The sight of Lorenzo Lamas dressed as a Day-Glo mummy fighting off glowing orange skeletons with nunchucks during a breakdancing routine will stay in my memory until my dying day. In fact, I’ll probably be seeing a lot of it in the afterlife too. If there’s a Bad Movie Heaven, you know they have a helluva breakdancing crew.


7. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Many reviews I read about this movie talk about the car chases and William L. Petersen’s performance. No one mentioned the twist ending. I’m glad they didn’t. And I’m glad I didn’t because it blindsided me.


6. The Barbarians (1987)
Ah yes, The Barbarian Brothers. If you have no idea of who they are, then by all means; stay far away from this. But to know The Barbarian Brothers is to love them, and I love the Hell out of this movie.


5. Deathstalker (1983)
Of all the Conan rip-offs that came out in the 80’s, Deathstalker may be my favorite. It plays like a ten year old Dungeon and Dragons fan’s wet dream. If that doesn’t scream “Highly Recommended” I don’t know what does.


4. Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body Workout (1992)
I assure you, I watched this solely for the exercise… honest.


3. The Image (1975)
Director Radley Metzger was at his pinnacle with this film. It’s a masterpiece of eroticism that reminds us that a good story is just as important to erotica as the sex scenes. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the sex scenes feature some excellent XXX action.


2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
This is the obligatory “Oh my God, you’ve never seen THAT?!?” movie. If there’s one reason I’m glad I saw this film, it’s for Humphrey Bogart’s performance. His Fred C. Dobbs is one of the greatest characters in movie history. You know that guy who goes to a strip joint and swears the whole car ride over that he’s NOT going to ogle the strippers and then once you get there he goes all kinds of crazy, getting drunk, touching the dancers, and generally making a fool of himself? Dobbs is like that guy… but you know, with gold.


1. The Gong Show Movie (1980)
The Gong Show Movie floored me. I admit, I was inclined to love it because I loved the show as a kid, but the film was miles better than I was expecting. It’s a hilarious black comedy about what it means to be a celebrity in America. This movie is a kindred spirit to Scorsese’s After Hours in that it puts the audience squarely in the main character’s shoes and makes you feel everything they’re feeling. A misunderstood masterpiece.

5 comments:

Hal said...

GONG SHOW MOVIE would have made my list, except I did see it once during the early 80's on cable. I agree it's misunderstood and I watched it 3 times without FF'ing once I finally got it on DVR.

I also had a lot of fun revisiting THREE O'CLOCK HIGH recently. John P. Ryan's words of encouragement during the final showdown crack me up every time.

Ed South said...

How/Where did you find a copy of The Gong Show Movie?!? I saw it on TV as a kid and have been looking for it forever!

Kev D. said...

Workout tape, erotica, bogart and the Gong Show...

That is some BRILLIANT variety there.

MrJeffery said...

cindy crawford. hilarious!

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