Ruth Gordon was so much more than Garson Kanin's beard. With music by Cat Stevens... as a motorcycle cop... this movie satisfies on so many levels. Death and sex have never been so beautifully linked together. This film is Love Story for the rest of us.
Harold And Maude
(1971) Starring:Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles Director:Hal Ashby Certificate:
Hal Ashby's cult black-comedy. Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teenager who hangs around in cemeteries and drives a hearse. When he attends a funeral and meets his polar opposite Maude (Ruth Gordon), a life-loving 79-year-old, a strange love affair ensues. However, the offbeat nature of their ..read more »
Do I really need to explain this? Except for the weird disco typeface spelling out "nostromo" on everyone's uniform, this film seems timeless.
(1979) Starring:Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt Director:Ridley Scott Certificate:
When Kane (John Hurt) and the crew of the spaceship 'Nostromo' investigate a transmission from a deserted planet, he is attacked by an unknown organism which attaches itself to his face. The crew cut the creature off, but not before it has made Kane the host of a monstrous alien killer, one which ..read more »
Once again, we see sex and death wed like chocolate and peanut butter. Jane Fonda looks like the angel of bitter, angry suicide girls before such girls were ever born. Bruce Dern plays the psycho hillbilly we loved him playing in 'The Big Valley' on television. Gig Young claws his way to the bottom of the bottom-feeders, winning the Oscar just before his own real-life suicide. Here's my favorite "date movie" of all time.
Again, everybody dies. That is such the best, most-great formula for a true masterpiece film. A classic film should leave you thinking, "How in the hell did this idea ever get financing?" The director, Brad Anderson, does more with his small budget than most movies do with huge, fat mountains of cash. The moment the credits start to roll, I want to watch the whole story over again.
Session 9(2001) Starring:Brendan Sexton III, Stephen Gevedon, Josh Lucas Director:Brad Anderson Certificate:
Asbestos removal man Gordon Fleming (Peter Mullan) has been hired to clear out an old abandoned mental hospital located deep in the woods. Gordon and his four-man crew are all conscious that they are working against a deadline, and determine to do the job as quickly as possible. However, they ..read more »
Everybody ends up dead or insane-slash-arrested. Nancy Olson is dismissed to wed Jack Webb -- the real off-screen horror ending. Every performance is outlandish, as big as anything on any Mexican soap opera. The dead monkey. Buster Keaton. The fun never ends. The best noir comedy, ever.
(1950) Starring:Cecil B. DeM, Erich Von Stroheim, William Holden Director:Billy Wilder Certificate:
Billy Wilder directs this Oscar-winning classic exposť of the Hollywood studio system. Struggling Hollywood writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) is attempting to avoid his creditors when he pulls his car into the garage of an apparently deserted mansion. He soon discovers that it is in fact the home ..read more »