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  1. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Interesting article, file under "Old guys rock!" I guess.... -------------------- Warners’ first original feature of the Warner Bros. Discovery era is here … and it’s a period mobster drama fronted by two Hollywood veterans. Returning to the genre that made him a household name, Robert De...
  2. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    In truth, if I was drawing these sort of lines, I might list Vertigo as the first neo-noir. Beautiful film and wonderful that you are enjoying these together with your daughter. I don't have children of my own but I have a whole bunch of children that I have relationships with. Only my...
  3. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Cool articles. It's funny, when I was living through the 1980s I thought it was a hit or miss period for pictures. There were films I loved and a lot of schlock, I thought. Basically, the directors of the 1970s seemed to be having a tough time and there was a proliferation of sequels...mostly...
  4. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Noir is a fun one to try to get people into. I like showing people Touch of Evil that have not seen that. The Third Man, just a brilliant picture is another great one. Plus Kiss Me Deadly is one that really packs a punch. You can go a lot of ways with noir and Laura is another great introduction...
  5. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    It is always fun to introduce someone to a picture they have never seen and have them really enjoy it. I have a lot of people talk to me about film and ask me to make recommendations. In the past I always just recommended pictures I loved and did not think about it much but after some movie club...
  6. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Basically, on this bit of news, all I can say is WOW! 4 pictures! https://variety.com/2022/film/news/kevin-costner-horizon-directing-four-movies-1235299756/#!
  7. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I think the "weird shit" thing came out of taking friends to see Eraserhead, I was an early Lynch fan. They were kind of hot and cold on that and could not decide if they liked the film or not. I know when I got a bunch of people to go see The Elephant Man when it was released...well...they...
  8. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Paul Schrader makes a list of what he feels are the top ten pictures ever made each year and it changes a bit here and there. As of 2022, here is his list of the top ten greatest movies ever made: 1. Tokyo Story 2. Pickpocket 3. Rules of the Game 4. Citizen Kane 5. The Conformist 6. Vertigo 7...
  9. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I also grew-up in Boston, and live in Massachusetts now, and so haunted the Brattle myself for many years. Peary also must be from Massachusetts because he also has mentioned the Brattle in comments from him I read. Hanging around Harvard Square, seeing films at the Brattle, live music in...
  10. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    No idea how I double posted there. Anyway, funny comment on the Brattle, my friends would always say to me if I invited them to go there with me, "What sort of weird shit is it going to be this time, Reg?" Also, I drank in the bar at Casablanca many nights after seeing a show...sometimes before...
  11. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    So, I guess out of that comes the question, does the fact that we no longer need to make a great effort or "appointment" to see most pictures now, diminish the idea of cult movies? I lived through the days of hunting films down, scouring drive-in and second run theater listings, and the TV guide...
  12. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    So, I had pulled the first volume of Danny Peary's Cult Movies books off the shelf when I was starting the cult film discussion here. The first volume has 100 films in it and as we discussed here, some of them seem to be outside some of the standards we might use to identify a cult movie. I...
  13. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I'd call it science fiction because it was depicting a future period of time when it was made. I don't think of it a lot as a science fiction story though. I've read the novel (the version with the additional chapter and different ending that Kubrick did not use) and one of my favorite things...
  14. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Here's a nice little chat about A Clockwork Orange:
  15. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I can't recall if I was ever 2 years old. I mean it had to have happened right?
  16. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    With how involved Kubrick could be with his pictures I always wondered about that "The ultimate trip" line in the marketing, if he was happy with that, and if that was added later when they discovered there were a bunch of people going to the film high or tripping. It seems a bit out of step...
  17. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    A Clockwork Orange has its own issues in today's world. First, it is considered out of step with the times. So, there are people that believe you should never make a film like this that has a rather repulsive character at its center. I do think this would be a picture a lot of backers would want...
  18. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I've told the story before here but on more than one occasion I have shown or seen 2001 with a group of younger people and wow, they hated it. The first time that happened I was kind of shocked just because I had grown up with and thought of the film for years as a masterpiece. However, the...
  19. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Yes, I think A Clockwork Orange is a picture that many people might list as a cult film. It typically, these days, seems either loved or reviled. I have to ask the Kubrick question because for me it is a blind spot I think. Personally, I find him one of the greatest and most important filmmakers...
  20. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Here are some films he mentioned that I really do think of as cult films: Behind the Green Door - Yes, he has a porn film in the book but it is a porn film that caused porn films to become more than something that guys in raincoats and hats went to see alone. It may have been the most seen porn...
  21. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    A big part of "cult" to me is that whatever it is, it stands outside of the mainstream. So, on those films I mentioned that he has in his book, well, those pictures are all so huge all other pictures made after them are basically judged against them. So, while I do not think much of today's...
  22. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Here are some pictures Peary has in his first volume on Cult Movies that I questioned if they would be "cult" films: Casablanca - This seems like a picture that is so well known, loved by so many, and that everyone that wants to know anything about film has had to have seen. I actually had seen...
  23. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Here's a quote from Peary from an interview with him: Unlike what other critics had always been saying, I said cult movies are not obscure movies anymore that only the “real” cinephile person has seen in some dungy basement, but all kinds of films, which is why I put “The Classics, the...
  24. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Have you ever read or flipped through the Danny Peary Cult Movies books? I think there are three volumes and about 50 films in each book. I have them and have been going back through them this summer. When I first read them I was thinking, I don't think some of these pictures are cult films. I...
  25. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    That's a good list, I think. Basically, yes, these are pictures I think you could call cult films. Not really huge hits but pictures that did resonate with groups of people. A lot of that list were big deal films for me, the Carpenter stuff, the early Mad Max pictures, Blade Runner (which back...
  26. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Yes, in my definition of "cult film" I've always felt that pictures that were popular and widely seen would not qualify. The reason I brought up Smokey and the Bandit was because I was at a party with a bunch of people mostly all in their 30s a few years ago and I somehow mentioned Burt Reynolds...
  27. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    On the topic of cult films, I also am starting to feel that older movies from previous decades, even pictures that were popular back then but now are somewhat forgotten, could now be on a list of cult films. I mean something like Smokey and The Bandit was a huge hit but I am not sure how many...
  28. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I'm sure the one film everybody remembers in that advertising is Valley of the Nude. I mean, how can we forget that one and where is the Blu-ray?
  29. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I was going to do a different thread for this but figured it might just make sense to ask it here. What do you consider a "cult" film and can you give some examples of your favorite cult films? So, I ask this question because there seems to be several definitions of cult film out there. There...
  30. Reggie W

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Yeah, I understand the idea was to bring all of the characters together but it was an idea I really had no interest in. When I think of Captain America that WWII setting comes to mind and I am just a fan of period films anyway, so I admit my bias there. For me the first picture with Red Skull...
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