2019 means a clean slate. 2019 means a brand new Shame Statement.
To recap, my 2018 list:
Five Easy Pieces Lifeboat Stop Making Sense The Black Pirate Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Paris, Texas Wuthering Heights Paper Moon Sunrise The Conversation Victor/Victoria Once Upon a Time in the West Ikiru Help!
I could have done better. I am shamed. BUT BUT BUT THE PODCAST. I had to do a lot of work on the podcast! Yeah, but you watched almost 300 movies last year and I assume some of them featured Judge Reinhold. Fine. Fine. I could have watched Ikiru or Victor/Victoria. I put off watching Sunrise because it was announced as a TCMFF 2019 movie. I did have The Conversation in the Blu-ray player a couple of times. And then there’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer that’s been on my list for three years now. I should just give up or something and just watch Seinfeld on DVD.
I don’t have time for your nonsense.
Now let’s hash out some new targets for 2019, and I’ll definitely watch all of those plus the ones I missed in 2018. There. Are you happy now?
Maybe. Time will tell. You do constantly disappoint me.
I’ll pull some ideas from my old familiar EW Guide to the Greatest Movies Ever Made, but I’ll also consult some other essential tomes: The Best Film You’ve Never Seen by Robert K. Elder and Danny Peary’s Cult Movies Vol. 1. I’ll denote the book in which the movies appeared with EW, BFYNS or DP. Ready?
Get on with it already. This ain’t Al Capone’s Vault.
Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955) – #25 Drama EW
Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988) – #31 Drama EW
Aquirre, The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972) – #13 Foreign EW, DP
Can’t Stop the Music (Nancy Walker, 1980) – Jonathan Levine – BFYNS
Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988) – #30 Foreign EW
The Last Waltz (Martin Scorcese, 1978) – #5 Music EW
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971) – #17 Western EW
Tarzan the Ape Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1932) & Tarzan and His Mate (Cedric Gibbons, 1934) – #5 Action/Adventure EW
Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1970) courtesy of @elcinemonster
Shane (George Stevens, 1953) – #4 Western EW
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford, 1949) – #11 Western EW
The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983) – #83 Drama EW
The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960) – #68 Comedy EW
The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, 1982) – #55 Drama EW
Plus those that I avoided in 2018, of course. You’re damn right you will.
Dan Day, Jr. serves up a Shamedown of 6 Hammer Horror films you might not have seen. We talk about why Hammer Film’s horror output endures in 2018 and why some folk have written the films off as more of “that Hammer garbage.”
“Dracula” by James Bernard
Martin Scorsese from Hammer, The Studio that Dripped Blood, 1987
Son of Svengoolie introduction to The Horror of Dracula, 1983
Anthony Hinds from Hammer, The Studio That Dripped Blood, 1987 The Quatermass Xperiment (aka The Creeping Unknown) trailer
Peter Cushing interview, 1989
Christopher Lee from Hammer, The Studio That Dripped Blood, 1987 Scream of Fear trailer Kiss of the Vampires trailer The Gorgon trailer
“Addams Groove” by MC Hammer
“Suite from The Gorgon” by James Bernard Plague of the Zombies trailer The Reptile trailer Captain Kronos trailer
“Captain Kronos Theme” by Laurie Johnson
Mentioned Hammer Horror on Physical Media and Streaming:
I invited some more friends to come on the Cinema Shame Podcast to celebrate the life and work of Burt Reynolds. In the second of two episodes dedicated to the Bandit, my guests and I talk about The End, Stick, Heat, Switching Channels, Breaking In, and Boogie Nights and just about everything in between. Despite the 80’s being a tough decade both personally and professionally, Burt delivered a number of interesting performances in movies that are largely forgotten or just underappreciated.
I invited some friends to come on the Cinema Shame Podcast to celebrate the life and work of Burt Reynolds. In the first of two episodes dedicated to the Bandit, my guests and I talk about White Lightning, Gator, Smokey and the Bandit, Semi-Tough and Starting Over and just about everything in between. The river of Burt love runs deep.
Our delinquency has been noted. However, we here at Cinema Shame have been grappling with some strong emotions regarding the passing of Burt Reynolds on September 4th. As a result, we’ve scrapped our planned prompt for September — instead we’re going to celebrate Burt.
As one of the great movie stars in the history of Cinema Reynolds’ on-screen career spanned 60 years. Reynolds made his first TV appearance in 1958 on two episodes of a series called Flight.
Instead of rehashing a summary of all that text here, we’ll give you the opportunity to link on over and read the piece in its entirely.
The takeaway, in case you don’t feel like a click, is that Burt made a lot of great movies that many movie fans overlook as a result of a populist, good ol’ boy beer swilling, car driving, mustache grinning late 70’s persona. Burt Reynolds made musicals and comedies and action films and detective thrillers, many of which settle into the shadows behind his “Bandit” persona.
Before we turn to horror in the month of October, we’re going to ask you to toss in a few of those Burt Reynolds movies you might have overlooked. Like Smokey and the Bandit? Try Hooper. Did you think that Burt’s career peaked with Deliverance and The Longest Yard? Take a chance on Sharky’s Machine, Hustle or Breaking In. Maybe you prefer the lighter side? He sings and dances (at least better than Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!) in Peter Bogdanovich’s At Long Last Love and makes for a fascinating comic duo with Ryan O’Neal in Nickelodeon. His surprising pairings with Jill Clayburgh in Semi-Tough and Starting Over will make you wonder why they didn’t make a dozen movies together.
We’re asking you, during these last few weeks of September, to set aside some time for Burt. If you need any recommendations for deep cuts, James (@007hertzrumble), as our resident Burt aficionado, will be happy to supply you with a lengthy list of worthy choices.
Rest in Peace, Burt Reynolds. May your movies continue to endure and entertain for generations to come.
Remember to post your thoughts on your blog or on the pages of the CinemaShame website. We’ll post a roundup at the end of the month featuring the thoughts of all of our grieving moviewatchers. Submit your Shame by tweeting your post to @CinemaShame or emailing us at email@example.com. Look forward to an upcoming episode of the Cinema Shame Podcast featuring a collection of conversations about Burt and his films.
An episode that began as an aside to the Rocky episodes grew into a lengthy conversation about how The Bad News Bears demands relevancy in 2018, which grew into an even longer conversation about the Bad News Bears sequels, pre-ordained judgment of said sequels, and the mistreatment of classic cinema in a modern era that prefers to scrub clean the unfortunate realities of prior generations.
James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Played baseball into college when his stubborn streak derailed his plans. A kid on his little league team dug himself a hole in right field and sang Christmas carols during multiple games.
Will McKinley (@willmckinley) – writer for Sony’s getTV network and a self-proclaimed Old Movie Weirdo. willmckinley.com
Clips Contained in this Podcast:
Georges Bizet – Carmen
The Bad News Bears (1976) Trailer
The Bad News Bears (2005) Trailer
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) Trailer
The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978) Trailer
Walter Matthau interview on Parkinson One to One
Selected clips from the The Bad News Bears (1976)
Selected clip from Fletch (1985)
Selected clip from The Couch Trip (1988)
Recorded in November 2017 and May 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.