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Friday, May 31, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Richard Winters of Scopophilia

Richard Winters runs Scopophilia, a blog covering neglected movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Highly recommended!
He as also on an episode of my friend Todd Liebenow's Forgotten Filmcast not too long ago:

1. Denise Calls Up (1995)- This is a wonderfully quirky comedy satirizing modern lifestyles where people spend more time communicating with others via technology than they do face-to-face. In this movie a group of eclectic individuals gets to know one another through the phone while never meeting in person. Features some great early career performances by Liev Schreiber and Tim Daly as well as one by flamboyant, aging, raspy voice cult actress Sylvia Miles.

2. Going Places (1974) – There are dark comedies and then there is this one. Few films can get this edgy and black and still be considered engaging and amusing but director Bertrand Blier brilliantly manages to do it. Gerard Depardieu plays one of two crooks who spend all of their time robbing, killing, and assaulting women while still managing to stay strangely charming in the process. There are many funny and memorable scenes in this highly original film, but the best one is when they meet the beautiful Miou-Miou who cannot attain an orgasm. The two then try in vain to have sex with her in all sorts of different positions while she remains aloof and gives new meaning to the term ‘cold fish’.

3. Little Murders (1971) - This is another black comedy that was directed by Alan Arkin and based on the play by Jules Feiffer. Elliot Gould plays a man who is detached from what he considers an ugly world around him, but he meets the idealistic Marcia Rodd who tries to ‘elevate’ his thinking only to eventually get dragged down to his way of seeing things. Some truly bizarre moments that hasn’t lost that much of its edge. One of the best scenes includes Donald Sutherland as a hippie minister conducting a wedding while also ranting on the virtues of masturbation.

4. Bank Shot (1974) - There have been many bank robbery movies, but few are quite this quirky or original. Based on the Donald Westlake novel the story deals with a group of drop-outs led by George C. Scott who decide to rob a mobile home that has been turned into a bank by putting wheels underneath it and driving off with the entire building while the security guards are still inside!

5. Goodbye Pork Pie (1981) - A major hit in New Zealand where it was filmed this road movie has never quite grabbed the audience that it should here, but it is worth checking out. If you have ever wanted to ‘drop-out’ or dreamed of one day just hopping into your car and driving away while leaving your responsibilities far behind then this slightly surreal offbeat character study should fit the bill. Not only is it funny and engaging, but it features some great stunt work by the very durable mini car that has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

1 comment:

Robert M. Lindsey said...

Bank Shot is a bit unusual and enjoyable. Scott is wonderful in it.