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Favourite films

Seventies [...]

  1. Five Easy Pieces (1970) - Bob Rafelson
    This subtle, existential character study of an emotionally distant outcast (Jack Nicholson) forced to confront his past failures remains an intimate cornerstone of American '70s cinema. --Dave McCoy for amazon.com

  2. Silent Running - Douglas Trumbull
    After creating many of the innovative special effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas Trumbull tried his hand at directing, and 1971's Silent Running marked an impressive debut. -- Jeff Shannon

  3. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) - Woody Allen
    Although the final bit, which takes place inside a man's body during a very hot date, is hilarious, most of Everything feels like the screen adaptation of a '70s bathroom joke book. Still, a must for Allen fans.--Keith Simanton for amazon.com

  4. La Grande Bouffe (1973) - Marco Ferreri
    "La Grande Bouffe" scandalized audiences with its tale of four world-weary middle-aged men who decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher.

  5. Going Places/Les Valseuses (1974) Bertrand Blier
    Can two loveable but amoral brutes survive an increasingly strange spree of love, pain, responsibility, car theft and nymphomania?

  6. Death Race 2000 (1975) - Paul Bartel
    Oh great American multitude and sports fans everywhere have I got a movie for you: Paul Bartel's 1975 cheap-o satire Death Race 2000.

  7. Brutti Sporchi e Cattivi/Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976) - Ettore Scola
    Brilliantly outlandish satire of unrelenting familial greed, violence, and depravity. Four generations of a family live crowded together in a shanytown shack in the squalor of inner-city Rome. They plan to murder each other with poisoned dinners, arson, etc. The household engages in various forms of sexual perversion, land swindles, incest, drugs and adultery.

  8. Demon Seed (1977) - Donald Cammell
    A mind altering and disturbing story of a smarty pants computer that stops at nothing in it's quest to become human. Julie Christie is great as a woman who is held hostage and raped by an artificial intelligence in her wired home.

  9. Up in Smoke (1978) - Lou Adler, Tommy Chong
    Cheech & Chong's first cannabis comedy is also their best, a souvenir from the more carefree days before "Just Say No," when people did not feel so defensive about inhaling. --Jim Emerson

  10. The Brood (1979)- David Cronenberg
    In the film's climactic scene, Frank learns that the creatures are all part of a brood and have been born from a hideous birth sac attached to Nora's ribs. These are the creatures of her rage. Connected to her emotionally, they enact her murderous desires.

Eighties [...]

  1. Dressed to Kill (1980) - Brian De Palma
    The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. --Jeff Shannon

  2. Coup de Torchon - Bertrand Tavernier (1981)
    An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson's pulp novel Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief- turned-heartless killer and his scrappy mistress from the American South to French West Africa.

  3. Q (1982) - Larry Cohen
    Q is a Larry Cohen movie, so b-movie fans know what to expect - a kinetic, almost documentary visual style, characters that are witty and behave like human beings, James Dixon (Cohen's Dick Miller), and little surprises to keep the movie from becoming predictable. --Chadwick H. Saxelid

  4. Videodrome (1983) - David Cronenberg
    Love it or loathe it, David Cronenberg's 1983 horror film Videodrome is a movie to be reckoned with. Inviting extremes of response from disdain (critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the least entertaining films ever made") to academic euphoria, it's the kind of film that is simultaneously sickening and seemingly devoid of humanity, but also blessed with provocative ideas and a compelling subtext of social commentary.--Jeff Shannon

  5. Blood Simple (1984) - Coen Brothers
    The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. --Tom Keogh

  6. Tampopo (1985) - Juzo Itami
    Off-the-wall entry from Japan concerns the put-upon owner of a noodle restaurant and the bizarre drifters who try to aid her in making her place a success. Tremendous, tangential comedy that may be the first cinematic celebration of the joy of eating.

  7. Blue Velvet (1986) - David Lynch
    David Lynch peeks behind the picket fences of small-town America to reveal a corrupt shadow world of malevolence, sadism, and madness. --Sean Axmaker

  8. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) - Carl Gottlieb, John Landis
    A series of unrelated spoofs and sketches designed to resemble an aimless night of TV channel-surfing, and the satirical targets include grade-Z science fiction films of the 1950s, sex films of the 1930s, hospital soap operas, and Playboy video centerfolds.--Jeff Shannon

  9. Tetsuo: The Ironman (1988) -- Shinya Tsukamoto
    Shinya Tsukamoto draws on the marriage of flesh and technology that inspires so much of David Cronenberg's work and then twists it into a manga-influenced cyberpunk vision. --Sean Axmaker

  10. Mr. Hire (1989) - Patrice Leconte
    Patrice Leconte's Monsieur Hire is a deeply affecting portrait of the dark side of obsession. Monsieur Hire (Michel Blanc) is a lonely, middle-aged tailor who has taken up the rather depraved pastime of watching his beautiful neighbor, Alice (Sandrine Bonnaire). Observing his demeanor, one can hardly call him a voyeur.

Nineties [...]

  1. Miami Blues (1990) - George Armitage
    There's something wild about "Miami Blues," something reminiscent of Jonathan Demme's haunted birthday party style. Though written and directed by George Armitage, it is Demme's first outing as a producer -- a yarn about a psychotic ex-con, a naive prostitute and a battered old cop that's spicy, breathless and way off kilter. It's the detective genre reinvented, Ozzie and Harriet packing heat. --Rita Kempley

  2. L.A. Story (1991)
    Steve Martin wrote this film as a meditation on both love and Los Angeles. He plays a L.A. TV weatherman who finds himself conflicted about what to do with his life and discovers a L.A. freeway sign that gives him romantic advice.

  3. Tokyo Decadence (1992) - Ryu Murakami
    The fourth feature film written and directed by the Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami (Coin Locker Babies) revels in S&M episodes that seem to owe less to the Japanese tradition of the "pink film" than to such Euro art-bondage movies as Maitresse and A Woman in Flames. --David Chute

  4. Suture (1993) - Scott McGehee, David Siegel
    "Isn't it remarkable how much we look alike?" The problem is they look nothing alike: Clay is a black man who could pass for a Dallas Cowboys linebacker, while Vincent resembles Ralph Nader.

  5. Ed Wood (1994) - Tim Burton
    Shot in black and white, just like Wood's creations, this stylized, witty production captures the poetic absurdity of Ed Wood's films and his unconventional life.

  6. Denise Calls Up (1995) - Hal Salwen
    In this clever comedy for the carpal tunnel set, people fall in love, get pregnant, fall out of love, and die without ever getting off the phone.

  7. Shall we Dansu? (1996) - Masayuki Suo
    Japanese film director Masayuki Suo made his professional debut in the U.S. in 1997 with the highly successful comedy Shall We Dansu? (Shall We Dance?). The movie, about a disillusioned middle-aged businessman who finds escape from his tedious routine by surreptitiously taking ballroom dancing classes at night, was a box-office hit in Japan in 1996 and gave a much-needed shot in…

  8. Funny Games (1997) - Michael Haneke
    Funny Games is guaranteed to outrage some viewers with its manipulative schemes, but there's no denying the film's visceral impact.

  9. Fucking Ĺmĺl aka Show Me Love (1998) - Lukas Moodysson
    This intimate, almost verité-style feature is a refreshingly direct, seriocomic look at two Swedish teenage girls who fall in love. --Gary Morris

  10. Todo Sobre Mi Madre/All About my Mother (1999) - Pedro Almodovar
    Internationally acclaimed writer director Pedro Almodóvar delivers his finest film yet, a poignant masterpiece of unconditional love, survival and redemption.

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