With the arrival of my mini Viva earlier this year, watching movies on a regular basis like in past years has become something of a dream for me. Having said that, I still managed to cram in well over 200 movies this year, half of which were older ones seen for the first time.
I have seen some serious gold this year and it killed me to trim the selection down to 25 for my own blog, let alone down to 10 for this one.
Check out the honourable mentions at the bottom and you'll see what I mean about a golden year of movies.
1: G.B.H. ('82)
Without doubt, the runaway winner this year. I was tired when I put this on but after the opening 5 minutes my eyes were wide open and I was left open mouthed until the credits rolled. The back story on star Cliff Twemlow is even greater, and one which will be unleashed on an upcoming release, so i'll leave it at that.
2: Milano Calibro 9 ('72)
I went through a bit of a Poliziotteschi faze this year, it happens to us all, and I must say this blew my mind. I even travelled to London to see it again on the big screen just a few weeks later as a friend of mine was screening it. It was the first one of the genre I saw and it forced me to check out a further 10 or so movies, as well as complete the Di Leo trilogy, of course.
3: Perfect ('85)
If you know me well you'll know that I adore aerobic movies, but I always thought that PERFECT was about something else, and then list-maker himself Rupe mentioned it on Twitter so I chased down a copy and never looked back. It stood at number 1 for a very long time, that's all i'm saying.
4: Girly ('70)
A few years ago Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg were discussing this movie, more commonly known here as MUMSY, NANNY, SONNY AND GIRLY. I was intrigued but couldn't locate a cheap disc and therefore gave up. It wasn't until I picked it up the tape as GIRLY on the US Prism label that I finally got to see it. I think I scared my entire office the next morning as I could talk about nothing else. Tony Chestnut didn't go down too well with them either.
5: Miami Connection ('87)
Confession time. This very obscure 80s movie was one I had never heard of, and when the Drafthouse in Texas picked it up and unleashed it on the world, I couldn't wait and had to find a copy, and by copy I mean exactly that. I contacted a few friends and one was kind enough to rip the original Australian VHS of it for me and send me a copy. I loved it like I knew I would and the Blu is now on its way to me, and possibly the Australian tape too.
6: Messiah of Evil ('73)
What a phenomenal oddity this is. I'm already thinking of three of four iconic scenes to talk about. There is a scene at a gas station very early on which left me so cold, and I never really recovered from there on. Go in blind like I did, it's the only way to appreciate this little slice of magic.
7: Il Boss ('73)
I could so easily have compiled this list of nothing but Euro crime movies but I had to stop and give others a chance. This is the final part in Di Leo's trilogy and what a way to end it. Henry Silva is always great to watch on screen but this is a masterful performance.
8: Night Moves ('75)
The story fascinated me and the ending killed me. I had only seen one other Penn movie and that was the under-appreciated LITTLE BIG MAN. I promise to seek out more of his work next year, starting with BONNIE AND CLYDE.
9: The Hard Way ('91)
How has it taken me all these years to finally track this one down? Especially as it's a Badham movie. A forehead slap is required. If you are in a similar position, please ignore the rest of this selection and go see it now. The chemistry between Woods and J. Fox is as good as in any other buddy-cop movie. It's funny, smart and a joy to watch. I'll definitely be checking it out again very soon.
10: Runaway Train ('85)
I feel a little silly placing this one at number 10, it really should place quite higher. Growing up I was educated in the way of the Voight with films like The Champ, Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance, to name but a few, but my parents never told me about this masterpiece. Voight puts in a frightening performance.
11:Vice Squad. 12: Gymkata. 13: Retribution. 14: Enemy Territory. 15: Never Too Young to Die. 16: Don't Go in the House. 17: Sleepaway Camp. 18: Don't Panic. 19: Voyage of the Rock Aliens. 20: Shakma. 21: Psycho From Texas. 22: Appointment With Fear. 23: Demon Wind. 24: Sakura Killers. 25: Killer Party. 26: Hit List. 27: Blue Collar. 28: Samurai Cop. 29: Vamp: 30: Runaway. 31: The Taking of Beverly Hills. 32: He's My Girl. 33: Gotcha!. 34: Eye of the Tiger. 35: No Holds Barred. 36: No Safe Haven. 37: Manhunt. 38: Quiet Cool. 39: Crack House. 40: Deadline. 41: Rock 'n' Roll High School. 42: 72 Desperate Rebels. 43: Pranks. 44: The Carrier.
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