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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Film Discoveries of 2018 - Joseph Gibson

Joe is one of the most veteran of all RPS contributors and has done oodles of lists over the years. Check them out!
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1. THE ADDICTION (1995)
Philosophical vampires in grainy mid90s black and white, I loved this before I saw it.
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2. THE NUDE VAMPIRE (1970)
Rollin is one of those guys I'm perpetually needing to get more into. This is a total fantastique nightmare, then it turns into an X-Men movie at the very end. Two vampire movies in a row, uh oh!
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3. MILLENIUM MAMBO (2001)
2018 was the year I finally sat down and watched a bunch of Hou Hsiao-hsien's movies. This one was my favorite, by far.
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4. STAR 80 (1983)
2018's Biggest Yikes.
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5. JUST BEFORE NIGHTFALL (1971)
2018 was a good Chabrol year for me, and I think this was my favorite of the few that I saw. It's an unusual but tense moral tale of getting away with murder presented with absolutely ice cold blood in its veins.
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6. IN THE LINE OF DUTY 4 (1989)
I do not know WHAT the deal is with this franchise, but I know this movie whips ass, this is pretty much what I wish all action movies were like.
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7. PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC -- THE MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION (1976)
A grimy mid-70s videotape chronicle of P-Funk in its heyday, essential viewing.
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8. THE CLOCK (1945)
Vincente Minnelli is known for his incredibly lavish and colorful musicals but I think this black and white, naturalistic romance is his first true masterpiece. Robert Walker, somehow, makes you forget about Bruno Antony.
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9. MILLIONAIRES EXPRESS (1986)
I think this is probably Sammo Hung's masterpiece. I wish there was more train stuff but then again I feel that way about every movie.
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10. Le BONHEUR (1965)
Too artsy for RPS? Nay! Watch it, maybe you'll learn something!
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11. TIMES SQUARE (1980)
This was one of those movies that all my friends saw and loved five years ago but I missed out on. That was finally rectified in 2018, and here it is almost a month into 2019 and I'm still listening to "Same Old Scene" by Roxy Music every day.
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12. DADDY'S GONE A-HUNTING (1969)
Merciless psycho thriller written by Larry Cohen and Lorenzo Semple Jr. A note for young mothers: Don't watch it!
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13. KONGO (1932)
I'm a big fan of Tod Browning so my attitude towards this sound (and Chaney-less!) remake was skeptical, but I'm happy to say this beats Browning at his own game: Totally twisted, jungle-sweaty insanity. Walter Huston is one of the most underrated actors of all time.
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14. TEQUILA SUNRISE (1988)
Nobody else likes this movie but F it, that's what these lists are all about, right? I could watch this every day, provided I had a steady source of Italian food to placate the resultant cravings.
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15. VARIETY (1983)
Saw a bunch of Bette Gordon movies last year, this being the clear highlight. I'm pretty sure everyone reading this would love it.
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16. WICKED, WICKED (1973)
This movie is nowhere near as good as any of my other 2018 discoveries but I feel it has to be included for the sheer novelty of it, and for the fact that it's pretty much quintessential Rupert Pupkin Speaks type fare, the only film ever shot in miraculous DUO-VISION!!
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