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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Underrated '85 - Steve Q

Steve Q blogs about terrible movies at http://zerostarcinema.blogspot.com and can be found on Twitter at @Amy_Surplice.
He also recently did an Underrated Westerns list you should check out:
http://www.rupertpupkinspeaks.com/2014/04/underrated-westerns-steve-q.html
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The Hit (1985; Stephen Frears)
This film, directed by Stephen Frears, is listed in some places as being from 1984 (a problem with this series). It features John Hurt, Tim Roth and a tremendous performance by Terence Stamp. The story is very simple - a guy wanted by the mob is being transferred to Paris and their relationships develop. It's a movie of ambiance and subtlety, of things not being said, of dramatic tension without action.

Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985; George Butler)
Much better than the first film, which is seen mostly as a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is a chronicle of an interesting moment, when ESPN had no rights to most sports, but found they had an audience for contests where women wore bathing suits. The people involved are trying to decide if it's a sport or a beauty pageant and just what standards should be used for judging athletic female physiques, questions still not completely resolved.

Sugar Baby (1985; Percy Adlon)
In 1985, I thought director Percy Adlon was a genius and actress Marianne S├Ągebrecht was going to be a world-famous star because of this film. They teamed later for "Baghdad Cafe" and "Rosalie Goes Shopping" and I was tiring of them by 1990. Here, a lonely overweight woman undertaker falls in love with a subway driver, wins him over and then the relationship fall apart as quickly as it started. It's a very melancholy very Germanic version of a romantic comedy.

A Zed & Two Noughts (1985; Peter Greenaway)
This Peter Greenaway film almost defines "cult movie." You'll either hate it or, like me, become fascinated. Identical twins lose their wives in a freak car accident involving a swan; the sole survivor of the crash is a woman who loses a leg (eventually, both legs)... and the three become a menage a trois. Mostly, though, it's a film about decay and death and trying to comes to grip with the inevitable. Expect lots of footage of things rotting.

Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985; Michael Stanley)
I have to include this anti-classic, as it's one of the most awful - but endearingly so - films of the era. People shipwrecked get attacked by puppets that don't move. It's one of those films that has you wondering how anyone thought it was a good idea.

1 comment:

George White said...

The Hit - I only remember because the sunglasses-clad gangster was blind crooner Lennie Peters, who was part of British country-pop duo Peters and Lee, who had a UK No 1 with "Welcome Home"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww4v2cP-MDo