O.K. so most of my annual journey’s are via the motion picture but this year I did mix it up a bit. While I didn’t actually get to any film festivals, I did see the Rocky Mountains for the first time after flying into Calgary and renting a car and subsequently journeying through the peaks and valleys in a roundabout way towards Edmonton. Figured it was about time I saw some of my own country versus flying off to others. The beauty of the Mountains and lakes are beyond words. Each bend in the road unveiled another image in need of a painter and his canvas.
On to the movies and a few selected links should you care to check out some of my movie memories.
First movie I watched in 2017? Number 2 son Kirk wanted to see Cape Fear. Count me in for a revisit to see the “Mitch” on a rampage.
Here are some categorically divided ramblings.
Let’s start with some fun revisits.
Blow Out, Sons of Katie Elder, The King of Comedy, I, The Jury, Every Which Way But Loose, The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock, The End, Death Rides a Horse, The Land That Time Forgot and the follow up sequel, The People That Time Forget. Lastly let’s rejoice in another viewing of Gunfight at The O.K. Corral.
Blogathons I joined up for.
Carole Lombard – Virtue
Franchot Tone – Spotlighting Tone on the Small Screen
Food – Soylent Green
Villains – Al Lettieri versus the Icons Part 1 and Part 2
Canada – Across This Land With Stompin’ Tom Connors
John Garfield – He Ran All the Way
Some Canadian fare from my homeland.
Oliver Reed in Spasms, Sunday In the Country, Bear Island, Canadian Bacon.
I went on a Stanley Baker fest this year watching 12 consecutive titles not even thinking I should have made it 13 for a Baker’s Dozen! What was I thinking. Of the titles I watched I’d highly recommend you seek out Sands of the Kalahari, the now classic Zulu, Robbery, The Criminal, Hell Is a City, easily the best non-horror flick from Hammer Films and my favorite of the bunch, Hell Drivers.
I do try to read a half dozen or so film books throughout the year and the book by Karin Wieland titled Dietrich and Riefenstahl is a great read for those looking to learn more on both film history and the second world war.
Newer films? Meaning this century. I do my best but have inevitably fall way behind in keeping up. Some of the more recent titles I’d recommend that caught my attention this year include The Martian, The 33, Concussion, Burke and Hare, Elsa and Fred and lastly a couple of made for TV productions, Feud and Five Came Back.
No film festivals this year but the best field trip of the year? Easy…… unearthing a forgotten drive-in that proved to be an enjoyable afternoon of discovery
Always being a fan of cult/exploitation cinema, I can never go too long without wallowing in these flicks we assign to the genre. Titles like The Centerfold Girls, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Miami Blues, The Devil’s Wedding Night, Gone With the Pope, Dogs, and The Police Connection which left me needing a shower to wash away the grime of 70’s cinema.
As I’m always a fan of classic movie poster art, I still continue to feature galleries based on a theme or a particular actor so this year among the featured subjects were Donald Sutherland, James Cagney, Audie Murphy, Burt Reynolds, Wolfman movies and the Price/Poe flicks. As is my custom I try to feature one from my own collection in each gallery.
Here’s 5 flicks that score my highest recommendations though a large number of films from this year could be slotted in here.
What’s the one film that drew my largest reading audience? Not sure what this says about the people who troll the internet but in a landslide victory it’s the Britt Ekland thriller, What the Peeper Saw.
Campy titles….. I love them. Julie, Avalanche, Killer Fish, Enter the Ninja, A*P*E*, Johnny Guitar, Zombies on Broadway and a Maureen “O’Hara/Jeff Chandler double bill.
Binge watching. Apart from that run of Stanley Baker flicks, I also watched a selection of Rutger Hauer heroics, forgotten VHS titles in both the horror and action genres, Lex Barker’s 5 flicks swinging through the trees as Tarzan, Ray Milland TV terrors and a run of Brian Dennehy titles. I also had fun revisiting some low budget fare from Cannon studios on a couple of occasions this year and plan to do more of same in 2018.
Fun discoveries for me personally include Night of the Iguana, Strange Bargain, Desire, A Matter of Life and Death, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Purple Noon, Snowbound, The Ghost Goes West, The Long Haul and a Billy Wilder flick that had eluded me, Fedora.
Some of the people we lost this year associated with classic films I’ll miss include an actor I’d been following long before he came into prominence as a cult favorite in the mid 80’s, Harry Dean Stanton and of course TCM’s host and everyone’s favorite movie fan, Robert Osborne.
A special and sincere thank you to all of you who have dropped in at one time or another over the past 4 years since beginning this project and may each and every one of you find success and happiness in the year that lies ahead. Please continue to drop in unexpectedly at anytime and voice an opinion or two. I do appreciate it and it often “makes my day.”
Sitting on the shelf for a New Years viewing? I’ve got 2 blu rays set aside that have their story lines unveiled as the clock strikes midnight for the dawn of a new year. The Poseidon Adventure and Terror Train. Might only have time for 1 so which will it be?
As for me what do I intend to do in the year ahead? That’s easy. Watch plenty of films with Brando …….
by my side.
And now for some outtakes in fun Hollywood tradition.
My vote for your New Year’s movie: Terror Train! One I wanted to see when it was first released, and still have yet to see! And I love the ‘Brando’ festival and the outtakes (the last pic is the best). Thanks for a fun year, Mike, and looking forward to perhaps equaling you in output in 2018!
Ben Johnson and Jamie Lee over Borgnine and Stella Stevens huh? Brando fitting right in to the movie room and proof once again that a dog is man’s best friend. Cheers buddy.
What a lot of fun and education your blog has given me through the year, Mike — many thanks! Here’s hoping 2018 is a great year for you.
Always honored to have you drop by. All the best to you in 2018.
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Many thanks and nice to hear from you. Cheers’
Here’s to a more entertaining 2018! Also, I had to mention you in a post the other day because you made me buy a fun film after I read your take on it: https://fanboydestroy.com/2017/12/28/random-films-of-the-week-some-clock-cleaning-before-things-go-cuckoo/
Yes, here’s to an entertaining 18. I’ll head on over and thanks for the link.
Happy New Year, Mike. Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Can’t wait for more film reviews and discussion in 2018! I really enjoyed following your Stanley Baker viewings.
Right back at you and yes that Baker run was fun having not seen half of them previously. Thanks as always for stopping by.
Great site-Can’t wait to see what new posts come out this year! You can never go wrong with Dr Phibes!
Yes, Phibes sequel on my agenda for this year. Thanks and do come back.
Been a great source of info for me this year Mike. Very much looking forward to 2018.
Seeing you mention “Sands of the Kalahari” makes me wanna get on that soon.
The derelict drive-through was a big highlight of the year for me. That was amazing seeing that.
Hehe yeah a pretty lady in a bikini draws the crowds, Britt Ekland has that power.
“Champion” in your top five is on my 2018 “hit” list.
Haha love the out-takes with Brando. Very funny.
Have a great one dude.
Kalahari a good one from producer Baker. Yes Bitt Ekland has that effect on a lot of us. Seeing her in The Wicker man was quite the experience as a youngster. The Drive-in was cool and a window to a time past. Have fun with Champion. Kirk knocks it out of the park.
Willows Song is still embedded on all our minds as she thrashes about. Finding out a few years later not only was she dubbed into Scottish but her bum had a booty stunt double!! One for the CV “I was Britt Ekland’s gyrating buttocks” lol
So true, the “double” is the one who fired up our imaginations in the end…lol
I really enjoy your reviews and love to see the posters in your collection. Looking forward to another year!
Very kind of you to drop by Adrienne and yes, I love collecting the posters. Thanks for the kind words. Best of luck to you in the year ahead.
Happy 2018, Mike! Looks like you had a great year with films and travel. May 2018 be even better.
Loved the outtakes!
All the best to you and if I’m not mistaken, I think I saw Brando reading cue cards he had distributed around the room so he could remember his lines.