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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2012 - Javier Fuentes

Javier Fuentes writes for We Drink Your Milkshake, read him there! Also, follow him on twitter here:

Here are just some of the most interesting movies I got a chance to check out this year. I have to give credit to a lot of my more knowledgeable friends who introduced me to a lot of these movies. I tried to stay with Brian's stipulation to have them be older films and I think I did OK with the exception of a couple of movies. Check them out below!

House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Vincent Price was the true revelation for me this year . First seeing him in THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH as part of my Horror Movie a day challenge during October of this year, I am actually a little amazed I never took the time to see him in movies before. The atmosphere of this movie is a little goofy at times, especially towards the end, but I found Vincent Price's protagonist. I also found the themes of paranoia and social class tensions from we the wide array of characters stuck in this haunted house for a night to be completely fascinating.

Miami Connection (1987)
Originally rescued by Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson, this has been the one movie that has been a consistent entry in the Film Discoveries series. I was one of the people that got to see the finial screening for it during Fantastic Fest this year not really having heard much of the hype behind it. You can believe that this is a movie worth checking out. It's got ninjas, cocaine, synth-rock and tae-kwon do. Check out my review from Fantastic Fest here.

Messiah of Evil (1973)
This was a Weird Wednesday pick that really stuck with me throughout the year. It deals with a young woman going to a small port town in California to see her father who has gone missing and finds his diary depicting strange occurrences in the town. Everything gets crazier and crazier from that point forward. This movie is somewhat famous for its very dream-like style and its freaky scenes with the townspeople that have become vampires or zombies or something crazy and evil. It's probably one of the most beautiful movies I have seen in the past year. It reminds me a lot of the visual palate that BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW employs and I love it.

Psycho II (1983)
As I mentioned back in the October wrap-up, this was a movie that is no way, shape, or form that compares to the original masterpiece. What it does, however, is take the story of the original and take into new directions with a very good performance by Anthony Perkins as a strangely sympathetic turn on the Norman Bates character. I actually sort of felt bad for him as he is trying to pick up the pieces of his life as people start dying around the Motel.

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (1988)
This was my best friend Micah's pick for the 6th iteration of BTSNAT. This is an Australian post-apocalyptic punk rock survival movie that deals with a bunker full of survivors of a nuclear holocaust. I find it so fascinating that these survivors have actually resigned themselves to dying so they're just going to party it up like crazy and go out guns a-blazing, if you will. This is just such an interesting take on the survivor sub-genre to have them just not give a fuck and die the way they want to. Of course, they party atmosphere starts taking a turn for the worse as more and more people start to die off from the radiation poisoning. This movie actually included one of my favorite scenes of the year where a drummer is advised to stop any physical activity so he can live longer. What does he do? He fucking pounds on those drums until he dies. You can actually watch the whole movie here on YouTube.

So this movie was always at the back of my Netflix and I was really into how the original managed to be both a really cliché horror movie and a hilarious take on the genre. The biggest highlight is really the villain, Turkey. He's foul-mouthed and downright insane, making him one of the funniest slasher film villains ever. But what I really loved was the sequel THANKSKILLING 3. I'm not even sure if it's a "good" movie, but every other minute there was something crazy going on and I couldn't help but love it. There's a rapping puppet grandma, a talking DVD, lots more violence and Turkey coming back with a vengeance to destroy all copies of THANKSKILLING 2.

Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)
This one was very recent and it's not even an older movie, but I just randomly rented it the other day. I found it so fascinating to see such a simple movie that relies on so many awkward conversations and coffee and cigarettes. Shot in black and white with very minimal camera movement, it features various famous people just talking things over the titular coffee and cigarettes. My favorite segments were all of the musician-centric ones: Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, Jack and Meg White, and RZA, GZA along with Bill Murray.

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