Sarah Jane has seen almost 4,900 films. Her goal for 2016 is to watch 500+ movies. She hails from Southern California. She has spent time in England and Austin, TX. She currently wishes she didn’t reside somewhere in the South West. There isn’t a swear word she doesn’t love. Find her at @fookthis on Twitter and at letterboxd.com/fookthis.
Peggy Sue Got Married- Francis Ford Coppola
Man, does this movie ever get shit on a bunch. I really don’t know anyone that likes it, which is a shame, because it’s actually decent film. I mean, I guess if you compared PSGM to some of Coppola’s other films, it doesn’t really rate but c’mon, give it a chance. Sure, you’ll probably hate Nic Cage’s weird accent and, yes, Sofia Coppola is a horrible actress but it doesn’t matter because the rest of the performances are good. Kevin J. O’Connor and Barry Miller are especially great.
Lady Jane- Directed by Trevor Nunn
I’m a sucker for British costume dramas, throw in some royalty, and I’m yours. Helena Bonham-Carter plays Lady Jane Grey, who ruled as the Queen of England for nine days in 1553. Cary Elwes is Guilford Dudley, the man she was pretty much forced to marry for political circumstances. It’s kind of the typical story of young lovers; thrown together because of their parents maneuvering to get her on the throne, they hate each other at first. Gradually, they come to love each other. Of course, they are doomed because, you know, political intrigue. Still, a touching little weeper.
Crawlspace- Directed by David Schomoeller
If you haven’t seen this movie, it should only take two words to get you to want to watch it: Klaus Kinski. I don’t think a description of the movie is really necessary because if you take the name of the movie, add a little Kinski as a son-of-a-Nazi surgeon, throw in some lovely ladies, rats, traps, and add the name Charles Band to the mix, what you’d get is exactly what you’re thinking. Go on then, try it.
Back to School- Directed by Alan Metter
I admit it, I love this movie. I think it gets dismissed because it’s a Rodney Dangerfield movie. Yes, it is set in that typical 80s college campus, you know the one, the jocks rule the school and everyone else is a loser. Rodney Dangerfield plays a crass but rich business man (sound familiar?) who regrets not going to college. Actor-turned director Keith Gordon plays his son, who is in college but hating every second of it. Dad decides to surprise son by enrolling at his school (with the help of a large endowment). Hilarity ensues. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Gordon’s best friend, the role RDJ was very good at during this time period. There is a great supporting cast here; Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Ned Betty, and E. Emmet Walsh among others. Let’s also not forget that very brief scene with Sam Kinison that helped propel him into the mainstream. Yes, it is goofy fun but who doesn’t need to see that every once in a while?