47 FILMS: 40. PUTNEY SWOPE

In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Robert Downey Sr.’s cult classic Putney Swope. Gravelly voiced Arnold Johnson is Putney Swope, the only black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising firm. When the boss dies, he is accidentally elected to run … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 40. PUTNEY SWOPE”

47 FILMS: 41. A FACE IN THE CROWD

In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Eli Kazan’s prophetic political satire A Face in the Crowd. Anyone wondering at the bizarre events of the 2016 presidential election could do worse than watch Eli Kazan’s 1957 political satire A Face in the Crowd. Written by … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 41. A FACE IN THE CROWD”

47 FILMS: 39. THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE

In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Val Guest’s British disaster movie: The Day the Earth Caught Fire. You don’t usually expect a disaster movie to be made in Britain. Strange because H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is probably one of the earliest … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 39. THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE”

47 FILMS: 38. EXTREME PREJUDICE

In our continuing series of  ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Walter Hill’s blood soaked border Western Extreme Prejudice. Walter Hill has often been a director somewhat overlooked. His made a series of successful action movies, but there’s often the sense that he is too often written off as a … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 38. EXTREME PREJUDICE”

47 FILMS: 37. THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS

In our continuing series of  ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Peter Weir’s debut feature film The Cars that Ate Paris. One of the many, many joys of Mad Max: Fury Road was the appearance of the porcupine spiky cars that turned up early in the chase scene. An obvious … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 37. THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS”

47 FILMS: 36. THE WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES

In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Bela Tarr’s Hungarian caper movie The Werckmeister Harmonies. The Mist has 1227 shots in it. Inception is closer to 2000. Based on László Krasznahorkai’s 1989 novel The Melancholy of Resistance, Bela Tarr’s The Werckmeister Harmonies has only thirty nine shots and … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 36. THE WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES”

47 FILMS: 35. BLUE COLLAR

In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Paul Schrader’s hard-working Blue Collar. Films about the working class in American cinema are pretty rare. As a matter of fact we don’t even like the words working class. We prefer to call everybody middle class and … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 35. BLUE COLLAR”

47 FILMS: 34. ANGEL HEART

In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Alan Parker’s Voodoo Noir Angel Heart. The Eighties were fascinated by the Fifties. There were chart-topping reissues of Wonderful World, there were Levi adverts and in movies Stand By Me, Diner and Back to the Future played on an … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 34. ANGEL HEART”

47 FILMS: 31. BAD TIMING

In our continuing series of 47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams, we look at Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing. Nicolas Roeg along with John Boorman and Ken Russell were the most active and fascinating filmmakers to come out of the British Isles during the 70s. Roeg was a former cinematographer whose credits included … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 31. BAD TIMING”

47 FILMS: 30. SORCERER

In our continuing series of 47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams, we look at William Friedkin’s Sorcerer.  Sorcerer – William Friedkin‘s remake of Henri Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear – was a lumbering ego ridden production nightmare and on its release a big budget disaster at the box office which effectively … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 30. SORCERER”

47 FILMS: 20. 1492: THE CONQUEST OF PARADISE

In our continuing series of ‘47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams‘, we look at Ridley Scott’s dark take on the New World: 1492. Medieval Spain is a harsh place. The Inquisition burns heretics at the stake and following the fall of Granada, the most Catholic Majesties reign confident in their pomp. … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 20. 1492: THE CONQUEST OF PARADISE”

47 FILMS: 19. THIEF

In our continuing series of ‘47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams‘, we look at Michael Mann’s glorious Thief. Before the Mohicans were all but one and Miami was Vice ridden, Michael Mann made his feature film debut – and possibly his best film to date – with the 1981 James Caan … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 19. THIEF”

47 FILMS: 18. FLASH GORDON

In our continuing series of ‘47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at the Dino De Laurentiis produced space opera Flash Gordon. Flash Gordon was the Saturday morning serial of choice. Buster Crabbe would forever be getting into scrapes and with the help with some dubious editing would manage to escape the … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 18. FLASH GORDON”

47 FILMS: 16. BEDAZZLED

In our continuing series of ‘47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Pete and Dud’s Faustian comedy Bedazzled. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore came out of the Oxbridge comedy scene, first achieving international fame with their participation in a satirical sketch show Beyond the Fridge, with Jonathan Miller and … Continue reading “47 FILMS: 16. BEDAZZLED”