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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2012 - Jeremy Richey

Jeremy Richey, the proprietor of the fantastic film blog Moon In The Gutter(and the Jean Rollin tribute site Fascination), provided today's guest list. If you're not already reading Jeremy's stuff, I have to recommend you check it out. Now.
Jeremy has done a previous Film Discoveries list here:
http://rupertpupkinspeaks.blogspot.com/2012/01/jeremy-richeys-favorite-older-films.html
and an underrated horror films list here:
http://rupertpupkinspeaks.blogspot.com/2010/10/guest-list-jeremy-richeyof-moon-in.html

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1. The Touch of Her Flesh (1967): Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, writer Heather Drain, I dove into the world of cult-filmmaker Michael Findlay in the late part of the year. I was already familiar with his wife Roberta’s work but had only read about his films. The Touch of Her Flesh was the first film in a trilogy by Findlay and it is a really amazing work…quite unlike anything I have ever seen. It’s available on disc from Something Weird paired with the other two films in the trilogy. All three are incredibly distinct, disturbing and quite brilliant.


2. Muhammad and Larry (1980): This documentary by The Maysles Brothers , chronicling the devastating boxing match between Ali and Holmes that all but destroyed the great Ali, is one of the most heartbreaking works I have ever seen. The 2009 edit screening on Netflix contains newer interviews that help put the original tragic fight in perspective. I cried for days after thinking about this work.


3. Outer Space (2000): Peter Tscherkassky’s short reimagining of Sidney J. Furie's 1982 feature THE ENTITY is one of the most terrifying things I have ever experience. Made up of manipulated footage from Furie’s work, Outer Space presents THE ENTITY from the demon’s point of view and it really is a shattering experience. It is currently screening over at Fandor…watch it late at night with the lights out for full effect.


4. Zombie High (1987): I had always avoided this mid-eighties film starring one of my favorite actors, Virginia Madsen, because I thought it was just going to be an unwatchable cheese-fest but I was really pleased to find this to be a really smart, and quite funny, satirical stab at the rising ‘Reagan Youth’ of the eighties. Ron Link’s film, screening at Netflix, is terrific and Madsen’s work is, as usual, really special.


5. Hausu (1977): I am not sure what to say about this amazing masterpiece, out on Criterion, from filmmaker Nobuhiko Ôbayashi except where have you been all of my life. I loved every frame of this film.


6. Superstar in a Housedress (2004): Craig Highberger’s fascinating look at legendary Jackie Curtis is one of the most insightful and moving documentaries I have seen is sometime. It comes as a free bonus with Highberger’s book of the same title and both are a must.


7. Thirst (1979): I went into this great late seventies Australian vampire film cold over at Fandor but what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. Rod Hardy’s film is a real treat featuring intelligent direction, a great script and terrific performances. Synapse has a special edition disc out which I need to pick up.


8. Bel Ami (1976): Loved, loved, loved this stylish adult offering from the great Swedish cinematographer and filmmaker Mac Ahlberg starring the lovely duo of Marie Forsa and Christa Linder, as well Harry Reems, seen here at his coolest. Available from the great folks over at Distribpix!


9. Cold Comfort Farm (1995): John Schlesinger’s warm and witty film stands as a reminder as to just how incredible Kate Beckinsale can be when given decent material. This is one of the most charming and well-done British films of the nineties and it is streaming at Netflix as well.


10. Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (2008): Jeffrey Schwartz’s moving look at the truly remarkable life of Jack Wrangler is a stunning work that is also streaming at Netflix. It’s a wonderfully probing, honest and touching film on a really fascinating man. 
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Wrangler_Anatomy_of_an_Icon/70105016?trkid=2361637

3 comments:

Roger said...

Another great list. But annoying film-nerd alert: Tscherkassky's Outer Space actually remixes (by analog reprinting) footage from Sidney Furie's The Entity.

A list with Cold Comfort Farm and Bel Ami!

Best, R

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much Roger for pointing out that error. That was my total flub up and I am glad you pointed it out. It just goes to show how truly mind melting OUTER SPACE is!

SteveQ said...

I got to talk to Roberta Findlay when trying to curate films for a retrospective. The people who control 35mm prints of her films are... dubious (to say the least). The opening scene of "Shriek of the Mutilated" is the wildest, funniest thing this side of "The Naked Kiss." The rest, unfortunately is dull.