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Friday, January 11, 2013

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2012 - Christine Makepeace(of Paracinema)

Christine is one half of the team behind the wonderful Paracinema Magazine. She is also part of the duo of ladies who make up the excellent film podcast The Feminine Critique
On Twitter: @Paracinema & @FemininePodcast.

Happily, I managed to see a lot of awesome older films this year. Some where meh. Some were great. And some have wedged themselves firmly in my brain. These are the brain-wedging ones.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
For a long time this was my most glaring Hitchcock omission. The reason being I just wasn’t ready to have no new Hitch to watch. So I held off… Boy was it worth the wait. Shadow of a Doubt has skyrocketed up my list of Hitchcock favorites. It’s a clever film that houses many of the director’s favorite reoccurring themes, but the structure and interpersonal relationships are unique. There is no other film in his oeuvre like this one.
Also, the most striking use of black & white I’ve ever seen.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
I have no idea what prompted me to choose this from my sprawling Netflix instant queue. But I did, and I fell in love. I knew little of Cat going in and I think this will remain the shining example no matter what I read or view. Elizabeth Taylor is jaw-droppingly good. And Paul Newman. Ugh. Paul Newman is sex. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore; dangerously handsome and infinitely talented.
This is a must-see film.

Wait Until Dark (1967)
I love when Paracinema articles motivate me to seek out something I never would otherwise. Adapted from a play of the same name, Wait Until Dark stars Audrey Hepburn. Her character is blind and at the mercy of a group of men invading her home. This super-smart film has been called one of the best Hitchcock films Hitchcock never made. I wouldn’t go that far, but it does have a lot to offer.

Death Race 2000 (1975)
Uhhhh! I love Death Race so much! Halfway through the movie I cursed myself for not having settled in to watch it sooner. Think of all the years of re-watches I’ve missed out on! The cast! A handsome Sly Stallone. A freakishly gorgeous Mary Woronov. The cars! It’s so perfect. I have no eloquent words.

Blue Collar (1978)
Anyone I’ve ever heard talk about Blue Collar only has amazing things to say about it. I figured I’d enjoy it. I had no idea how poignant, heartbreaking, raucously funny, and, well, perfect it would be.
I can’t think of anything to compare BC to. And it truly is one of those films that you know would never get made today. Which is fine. I’ll always have Yaphet Kotto at a coke party.

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