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.