Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Underrated '75 - Cinema Du Meep ""

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Underrated '75 - Cinema Du Meep

My friend Michael runs the wonderful Cinema Du Meep site andFacebook pages. He is also the host of the excellent Retro Movie Love Podcast (highly recommended). He is a kindred spirit for me and a dude who knows movies well and loves them dearly like I do. Check him out!
Have a look at his Underrated '85 list:
1975 was an important year for Movies, and it was also a year that was important for me as well. I was born on an island called Manhattan in that very year, conceived by Movie fanatic parents no less, and here I am 40 years later, still talking about them. The quality of Films have certainly shifted since good old ’75, but my love for the Picture shows hasn’t.
Here are just a handful of Underrated, at least in my eyes, Movies that came out 40 years ago.
That’s The Way of the World (Directed by Sig Shore)
Theatrical Release Date: June 6, 1975
Harvey Keitel had already been in Mean Streets and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by the time That’s The Way of the World came out, but, his performance here is also very noteworthy. He’s playing a Music producer at odds with the business, and Sig Shore’s Film pulls no punches. This is kind of the Network of the 70’s Music business. It’s a shame it hasn’t really found much love over the years. Also, I love the music. But then, I’m really partial to Earth, Wind & Fire, who also play an important role in the Film. I think I had the DVD menu, which plays a continuous loop of Music from the Film, on for a couple of hours once. Available now on Blu-ray from Scorpion. Also on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (Directed by J. Lee Thompson)
Theatrical Release Date: April 25, 1975
For Classic Film fans, Director J. Lee Thompson’s name recalls such Films as The Guns of Navarone, Taras Bulba and Cape Fear. Horror fans may think of him as the guy who did the bonkers Slasher Movie Happy Birthday to Me from 1981. Action fans may recognize him from his Charles Bronson efforts and the Cannon Movies he did late in his career. Some forget that he also helmed this very effective chiller from 1975. Like Happy Birthday To Me, it’s also Canadian, and kind of bonkers. But this time it has not just Jennifer O’Neill, but also Margot Kidder. This means I’m in love. Familiar screen face Michael Sarrazin stars as a man who’s past life is manifesting in a most unusual way. This is code for there may be incest involved. It’s is the crazy 70’s…. Currently unvailable on DVD or Blu-ray.
Race with the Devil (Directed by Jack Starrett)
Theatrical Release Date: June 13, 1975
Warren Oates and Peter Fonda make for a great screen pair (See also: The Hired Hand and my next pick) but this is probably my favorite of their outings together. Two cool dudes and their girls in a winnebago being chased by possible satanists. I know I was in love… I watched it many times with my sister growing up. It’s quite exciting. Loretta Switt, Lara Parker and R.G. Armstrong co-star. Available on blu-ray as a neat double feature with Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry from Shout Factory.

92 in the Shade (Directed by Thomas McGuane)
Theatrical Release Date: August 29, 1975
92 in the Shade is a bit harder to recommend but I’m going to anyway. It’s not as riveting and non-stop fun as Race with the Devil, but I find it satisfying as well. Again, Warren Oates and Peter Fonda star together, this time in a very atmospheric Key West locale and are joined by my gal Margot Kidder and such acting luminaries as Burgess Meredith, Harry Dean Stanton, Elisabeth Ashley, Sylvia Miles, Joe Spinell and William Hickey. You may have heard of them. This is the supporting cast clearly blessed by the Movie gods. You can label this one Sunshine Noir. I’m a fan of those kinds of Movies. Unavailable on DVD & Blu-ray, unfortunately. But it is available on Demand from Amazon Instant Video.

Island of Death (AKA: Island of Peversion) (Directed by Nico Mastorakis)
Theatrical Release Date: Originally set for a 1975 release, this controversial release didn’t make it to theaters until 1976 and 1977 in several territories.
Last but certainly not least is Island of Death. Boy, how do I best describe this Movie? Let’s just say that once you see this Movie you will never forget it. As much as you try, you will not. Is that a good or bad thing? Well, I guess that depends on the kind of Movie watcher you consider yourself. Let’s just say if you are up for something completely crazy, very 70’s and out there, this might fit the bill. If you are squeamish, may I recommend some fine children’s Films? The 70’s had plenty of those in addition to a Movie like Island of Death that would never be made today. It was banned in several countries and made unavailable for many years, but has since surfaced on DVD in the early 2000’s. That DVD is out of print but was made available in a special edition from Arrow Films in the U.K. They are soon releasing it to Blu-ray in the U.S. on May 26th! They just want to totally corrupt you. You may want to be corrupted. You might also have a good laugh while watching. Or a shower afterward. It’s all up to you….

A few more:

Aaron Loves Angela
Hester Street
Katie Tippel (Keetje Tippel)
The Love Butcher
Night Moves
Shivers AKA They Came From Within
Switchblade Sisters

No comments: