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)

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

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.   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)

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

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)

Moviedrome Mondays: An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director John Landis 1981 horror classic An American Werewolf in London. My readers can also read Cox’s transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was July 22, 1990 (read here). Though I greatly admire Joe Dante’s The Howling and Michael Wadleigh’s Wolfen (also from that aforementioned year), I greatly adore An American Werewolf in London, which towers above them all as the best of the bunch. Along with The Howling, it features quite possibly the most spectacular werewolf transformation sequences ever displayed on film – courtesy of makeup effects artist Rick Baker. Last, but not least, Landis blending of comedy and horror here is seamless. Before I post the links, let me borrow a quote from the film to send to you dear readers: keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya… 🙂

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to An American Werewolf in  London


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