These are my faves that I saw this year—it’s impossible for me to see everything on my meager salary, and who in their right mind would want to see every film released in a year? That’s like saying that a person has to eat in every one of NYC’s restaurants and diners: it’s an almost impossible task that’s sure to make you sick to your stomach.
And if a movie from 1928 that I’ve never seen before turns out to be better than any other film I’ve seen this year, then why not include it on my “Best Of"?
That said, the majority of the films listed are first-time-viewings—unless otherwise indicated. As for the films listed that I’ve seen before, what can I say? These flicks are perennial favorites, movies that are, to me, CLASSICS and always deserve to be on a “Best Of” list. (That might not be fair—what? I’m gonna put Casablanca on my list every year I see it? Maybe… —but when a masterful old timer stomps some young pup and its new tricks, The National Film Board of Ivanlandia is there to cheer them on.)
Then there are those movies that click so just right with me that I know they’re a “new perennial fave.”
Meanwhile, I am sorry that I never got around to writing up many of these flicks, but that’s what the future is for, right? (Jeez, I’m full of rhetorical questions today, aren’t I?) And films I have written about have been URL’ed so’s you can have yourself hours of fun! (A few films, like Up Tight!, Crawlspace and The Monitors, have links to sites that covered these worthwhile flicks when I didn’t.) Enjoy!
Cops and Robbers (1973; Aram Avakian) –from an original script by Don Westlake!
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974; Jorge Grau)
Airport ’77 (1977; Jerry Jameson) It’s not so much a disaster movie, as an all-star action-adventure/caper/soap opera (keep your eyes open for a youngish M. Emmet Walsh playing a hero!), with the film’s last third being a high-tech rescue mission. Most inadvertently interesting scenes from a sociological point of view? James Stewart on the Navy ships: Airport ’77 was made with the cooperation of the DoD, and all the sailors you see are the real deal. Meanwhile, Stewart—although retired by then—was a general in the US Air Force. The respect those swabbies show to Jimmy Stewart is quite genuine!
2011’s Best TV Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-3 (2008-2010) Parks and Recreation Seasons 1-3 (2009-2011) Breaking Bad Seasons 1-3 (2008-2010) Louie Season 1 (2010) Downton Abbey Season 1 (2010) The Shield Season 6-7 (2007-2008);
(No surprises here, really—everybody loves these shows, right? But what’s funny is that, aside from these shows and an occasional episode of Dragnet, Adam-12 or the 1960s version of The Outer Limits, that’s about it for my TV viewing. I don’t have the time to watch TV shows, there are too many movies to see!)
That was my original idea for the title of this blog, a sort of summation of nearly everything I'd ever wanted cinematically: regularly playing on the ABC Channel 7 4:30 movie--or on WOR-TV Channel 9's 4 O'Clock Movie--the greatest monster movie in the universe, and incredible combo of miniatures, men in suits and stop motion, with entire continents destroyed!
But then there was a coup d'etat, and Tzar Ivan I of Ivanlandia took charge.