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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Favorite Underrated Dramas - Kevin Clarke

Kevin Clarke works at Scarecrow Video and  is one half of the almost award-winning comedy group/film-making team The Entertainment Show ( They've made a feature length post-apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy comedy, STEEL OF FIRE WARRIORS 2010 A.D. and an epic six episode "TV" series, ADVENTURE BUDDIES, both of which can be seen in (most of) their entirety at He's also one of the filmmakers behind HAMBURGER DAD, which is on Amazon Instant right now:

P.S. - Kevin & Matt Lynch recently recorded a cool episode of the Scarecrow Video Podcast wherein they did a commentary track for Michael Bay's film BAD BOYS 2. A fun time:

Kevin is on twitter here: 
And Letterboxd here: 

Whole Shootin' Match (1978)/Last Night at the Alamo (1983)
I've written about them here before, but I cannot overstate how much I love the late Eagle Pennell's two raw working class Texas dramas. Without these movies we wouldn't have the independent film landscape that exists today. A pair of overlooked gems that capture a very specific time and place in a way no big-budget movie would be allowed to. Shot in stark, grimy black and white. Criterion collection needs to get on an Eagle Pennell Eclipse box-set, like, yesterday.

Knightriders (1981)
This is George Romero at the top of his game, couching his political and social commentary in the strange world of traveling motorcycle jousters. Anchored by a fiery, insane central performance by Ed Harris, in a mad quest of artistic integrity vs. commerce. Chase that dragon!

Heartland (1979)
The most realistic and unsentimental, but not bleak or depressing, movie about homesteading in the old West. An understated Rip Torn gives one of his best performances as a rugged and secretly tender man of the land. Filmed on the gorgeous, wide expanse of the Montana plains, which is my home state, so maybe that's part of the reason it made this list.

Breathless (1983)
I actually prefer this Jim McBride "remake" to the Godard original; as "80s cool" as its predecessor was "60s cool." Richard Gere's doomed punk-rockabilly lowlife's conversation with the skateboard kid about Silver Surfer and true love gets me all choked up. A surprisingly influential movie on Quentin Tarantino's early films, try watching TRUE ROMANCE after this without thinking about it.

Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Of the later period Scorsese films, this is my favorite, even over such notables as THE AVIATOR and THE DEPARTED. Nicholas Cage's insomniac EMT plays like the 90s answer to TAXI DRIVER's Travis Bickle. Over-the-top Scorsese film-making pyrotechnics at their best; the sequence scored to UB-40's "Red, Red Wine" is one of the most haunting, funny, sad and moving things this unqualified master has ever put on film.


Treme (2010-?)
The most criminally under-appreciated TV drama ever, about a cross-section of New Orleans residents trying to get by and rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina. TREME is an even deeper examination of the human condition than David Simon(and team)'s police procedural masterpiece THE WIRE. And while that may sound boring or didactic, it's anything but; a celebration of life and art and community so rarely explored in movies or television.


Cold Weather (2010)

Straight Time (1978)

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1982)

Glen & Randa (1971)

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