Moviedrome Mondays: The Phenix City Story (1955)

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Once again, I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Phil Karlson’s 1955 expose film noir classic The Phenix City Story, so I will have to made do with Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 12, 1990 (read here). Fittingly shot in black-and-white and filmed on location (which gives it a documentary feel), this may be one of (If not) the grittiest film noirs to emerge from the American cinema during the 1950’s. The plot deals with attempts to clean up a seedy Alabama town and it was reportedly based on a true story (read here and here). If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Phil Karlson films, read here.

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer either.

Moviedrome Mondays: A Wedding (1978)

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Since I could not find (once again) a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing master filmmaker Robert Altman’s 1978 satirical comedy A Wedding, readers will have to (once again) made do with Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 5, 1990 (read here). Though I disagree with Cox when he implies that Altman had stinkers in his career (I love A Perfect Couple and Quintet every bit as much), everything else he says here is spot-on. I especially agree with that last paragraph of his. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Robert Altman films, read here.

Since I could not find an original theatrical trailer link, here is a youtube video link to a TV spot of the film

My Favorite Lucio Fulci Films

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1.   The Beyond (1981)

2.   Four of the Apocalypse (1975)

3.   Massacre Time (1966)

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1.   Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)

2.   A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

3.   One on Top of the Other (1969)
(a.k.a. Perversion Story)

My Favorite Noah Baumbach Films

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1.   Marriage Story (2019)

2.   The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

3.   The Squid and the Whale (2005)

4.   De Palma (2015)
(co-directed with Jake Paltrow)
(Documentary)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Frances Ha (2012)

2.   While We’re Young (2014)

3.   Mistress America (2015)

4.   Greenberg (2010)

5.   Margot at the Wedding (2007)

6.   Mr. Jealousy (1997)

7.   Kicking and Screaming (1995)
(no relation to the 2005 film)

My Favorite Milos Forman Films

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1.   Loves of a Blonde (1965)

2.   Taking Off (1971)

3.   The Firemen’s Ball (1967)

4.   Black Peter (1963)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Amadeus (1984)

2.   Man on the Moon (1999)

My Favorite Richard Fleischer Films

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1.   Mandingo (1975)

2.   The Narrow Margin (1952)

3.   The Boston Strangler (1968)

4.   10 Rillington Place (1971)

5.   The Vikings (1958)

6.   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Compulsion (1959)

2.   The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)

3.   Violent Saturday (1955)

4.   So This Is New York (1948)

My Favorite Stuart Cooper Films

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1.   Overlord (1975)

2.   Little Malcolm (1974)

3.   The Disappearance (1977)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   A Test of Violence (1970)
(Documentary Short)

Moviedrome Mondays: Yojimbo (1961)

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Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 undisputed Samurai classic Yojimbo, readers will have to make do with Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was July 29, 1990 (read here). Cox perfectly sums up everything about why this film is a masterpiece. In addition, I too will say that as much as I loved director Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars – the iconic Italian 1964 spaghetti western remake – Yojimbo (the original) still ranks as the best.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

My Favorite Alfonso Cuaron Films

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1.   Roma (2018)

2.   Gravity (2013)

3.   Children of Men (2006)

4.   Y Tu Mama También (2001)

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1.   A Little Princess (1995)

2.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

My Favorite Donald Cammell Films

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1.   Performance (1970)
(co-directed with Nicolas Roeg)

2.   White of the Eye (1987)

3.   Wild Side (1995)
(Director’s Cut)
(I watched it online)

4.   Demon Seed (1977)