A friend of mine just asked me for a list of my favorite Noirs. In coming up with the list off the top of my head I thought I might just as well post it. I have mixed Noirs and Neo-Noirs together here. Also, arbitrarily left off SUNSET BLVD, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and TOUCH OF EVIL. Love them all but opted to list others. I'm sure I missed some though, so I'll be adding to the list.
Been re-listening to the GGTMC interviews I've done so far and trying to make notes of the films and books that were mentioned in each. I will update this post as I go, but below is a listing of all the films and books referenced in the posted interviews(some titles were only mentioned in passing, others were discussed). Each title is linked to a listing on IMDB, Wikipedia, Trailers From Hell or Amazon(books).
I recently had the honor of interviewing one Lars Nilsen, head programmer extraordinaire down at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. I had a great time interviewing him for the GGTMC podcast and you can hear our conversation here. Lars is one hell of a cool guy and possessed of a remarkable knowledge of cinema that knows little bounds. I have been a fan of his Weird Wednesday series for a while. Though I've never been to one of those screenings(merely because of geography), I make a point of carefully looking over each new calendar he releases. I can't recommend enough that you make a point of it yourself. So in addressing one of the questions I posed, he noted a few of his "holy grail" films(which I'll leave you to listen to in the interview). These were films that are largely unavailable and rarely screen that he would very much like to find prints for. After the interview was over, he contacted me to revise said grail film. He said that he would choose Georges Lautner's 1970 film ROAD TO SALINA. I wanted to make a little note about this choice here for anyone who might read this to help promote this little seen wonder of a film. I have had the opportunity to see it now and can wholeheartedly agree that this film needs to be sought out. A haunting, lyrical piece starring Robert Walker Jr(who Lars described accurately as a Mod Edgar Allan Poe), Mimsy Farmer, Rita Hayworth and Ed Begley Sr. I really don't want to attempt to encapsulate the film much as I would never do it justice. Well worth your time though, and with any hope Lars may someday find a print and screen it for Weird Wednesday.
Just a quick note in case anyone might be interested. I have started a series of podcast interviews for my favorite podcast, the fantastic Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema. In this series I hope to talk to filmmakers, writers, actors, critics, film programmers and film gurus in general. As can be demonstrated by my blog, I like lists of movies of course. So within these interviews I will be trying to find out what some of these cool film fanatics' favorite unsung films are(among other things). My first interview is with Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson(HISTORY OF VIOLENCE). It's a true pleasure to listen to Josh speak about films he loves. He does so quite a bit over at the Trailers from Hell site, which I've mentioned before. The dude has great taste. Go listen to some of his trailer commentaries over there(including but not limited to: A BOY AND HIS DOG, ACE IN THE HOLE, BLOW OUT, BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, CHARLEY VARRICK, MS. 45, SORCERER, THE LONG GOODBYE, THE WARRIORS and WRITTEN ON THE WIND). My interview with him can be found at www.ggtmc.com (the episode is Bonus #8). Should have some more soon hopefully!
Been thinking about made-for-TV content a lot lately. Been catching some of the latest made for SyFy films like DINOSHARK and MEGAPIRANHA(which I enjoyed and I am declaring a classic of cheesy proportions). They are can be sort of fun, but they just don't stack up to the TV-movies of the 70s and 80s. From genuinely creepy to quite campy, many of them are certainly worth tracking down. Though sadly under-represented on DVD, many have begun showing up through Warner Archives and other sources. Here's the list of some my favorites.
1. DUEL(1971; Steven Spielberg) 2. A COLD NIGHT'S DEATH(1973; Jerrold Freeman) 3. MURDER BY NATURAL CAUSES(1979; Robert Day) 4. THE DEATH OF RICHIE(1977; Paul Wendkos) 5. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK(1973; John Newland) 6. DYING ROOM ONLY(1973; Philip Leacock) 7. NIGHT STALKER(1972; John Llewellyn Moxey)/NIGHT STRANGLER(1973; Dan Curtis) 8. THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE(1976; Randall Kleiser) 9. BAD RONALD(1974; Buzz Kulik) 10. TIME TRAVELLERS(1976; Alexander Singer) 11. THE DEADLY TOWER(1975; Jerry Jameson) 12. THE NORLISS TAPES(1973; Dan Curtis) 13. SALEM'S LOT(1979; Tobe Hooper) 14. DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW(1981; Frank De Felitta) 15. SYBIL(1976; Daniel Petrie) 16. TRILOGY OF TERROR(1975; Dan Curtis) 17. THE WAVE(1981; Alexander Grasshoff) 18. SOLE SURVIVOR(1970; Paul Stanley) 19. THE KILLING OF RANDY WEBSTER(1981; Sam Wanamaker) 20. THE BERMUDA DEPTHS(1978; Tsugunobu Kotani) 21. SARAH T.-PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC(1975; Richard Donner) 22. NO PLACE TO HIDE(1981; John Llewellyn Moxey) 23. THE BOY WHO DRANK TOO MUCH(1980; Jerrold Freeman) 24. DAWN: PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE RUNAWAY(1976; Randall Kleiser) 25. ALEXANDER: THE OTHER SIDE OF DAWN(1977; John Erman) 26. FIRE!(1977; Earl Bellamy) 27. THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET(1973; David Lowell Rich) 28. KILLDOZER(1974; Jerry London) 29. GENESIS II(1973; John Llewellyn Moxey) 30. PLANET EARTH(1974; Marc Daniels) 31. EARTH II(1971; Tom Gries) 32. COTTON CANDY(1978; Ron Howard) 33. DESPERATE LIVES(1982; Robert Michael Lewis) 34. YOUNG LOVE, FIRST LOVE(1979; Steven Hilliard Stern) 35. THE BEST LITTLE GIRL IN THE WORLD(1981; Sam O'Steen) 36. SUMMER OF FEAR(1978; Wes Craven)
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