October 29, 2014
American Psycho. We all know this one and if you don't, what's wrong with you? I kid, I kid. The movie is a fascinating look into the excess of the 80's and a killer's mind. Christian Bale gives a chillingly fantastic performance in this unsettling film. Also, do yourself a favor and look up Huey Lewis's tribute to a famous scene from the film.
Candyman. I recently saw a 35mm print of this film projected and it was glorious. I always get the feeling that this movie falls between the cracks. Sure horror fans know the movie, but it does not seem to be talked of enough. The movie is seriously creepy, plays up the aspect of mental instability, and has one of the best horror scores ever.
The Conqueror Worm. Here is a movie fans of classic cinema need to watch. It is 1968 feature starring Vincent Price that also goes by the name Witchfinder General. It is a pretty excellent film with Price going from town to town to confront and execute those accused of witchcraft. It is anchored by a chilling performance by Price. It also happens to be the last film from promising director Matt Reeves, who died in 1969 at the age of 26.
For a Few Dollars More/The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It is hard to go wrong with these classic spaghetti westerns. Clint Eastwood was made a legend here, leaving an indelible mark on the genre. Not to mention Sergio Leone and the amazing music from Ennio Morricone. I am not the biggest western fan, but these are required viewing.
The Great Outdoors. Looking for a little levity? This should fit the bill. The movie features John Candy and Dan Akroyd and tells the tale of a family looking to get away to the wilderness, only to have the getaway crashed by their city slicker brother in law. Not great, but certainly fun.
Orca: The Killer Whale. This movie is nuts. Seriously. Do you want to know what happens when you kill a female whale and it's fetus? Well, daddy gets pissed and attacks the harbor. This is solid film that feels a little ridiculous, but certainly is a good watch. This should go high on your list.
Red State. No, I was not that big a fan of it, but it is certainly worth watching. Michael Parks gives a great performance as the villain and it has some interesting ideas, but it ultimately falls for bad pacing and an identity crisis.
Serenity. Here is an amazing movie, it is playing as I write this. Surprisingly, after the shortlived Firefly was canceled, Joss Whedon was able to get a feature based on the show greenlit. It is not necessary to know the show, but it helps. It is an action packed, funny, science fiction, adventure movie that is an awfully good watch.
Starman. Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for his title role in this John Carpenter film, which was certainly a change of pace from his prior horror output. It is a quieter film that still manages to capture the imagination. I have not seen it in a long time, perhaps I should fire it up.
Vigilante Force. Have never seen this movie, but it did come out when there were a lot of interesting things happening in cinema, so it may be worth a see before it goes away. Kris Kristofferson leads a group of Vietnam vets hired by Jan Michael Vincent to protect a small town from rowdy oil workers.
There you have it, enough movies to fill the next couple of days. You better get to work!
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 10/29/2014 08:41:00 PM
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.