A friend is asking people over Facebook to suggest movies to watch and it’s always annoying when I want to share my movie experiences but have no way to actually get them a copy of the movie. Some I’ve seen at festivals, some I’ve found years past when my …acquiring ways… weren’t as legal. Nowadays though, I have Netflix and Youtube to thank for playing a lot of movies I consider misunderstood or barely known gems.
I’ve decided to share some with you.
I have a special love for “one room” movies. Reservoir Dogs made great use of this but I think Pontypool bests it in some ways. Yes, I went there. No, the dialogue is not better; rare are those who can defeat Tarantino in dialogue-writing (directing is another story). But the way the movie is set and develops while always staying in that same late-night radio station is special and intriguing. Saying more would be to reveal too much but let’s simply say that it’s probably one of my favorite horror movies simply for the fact that it doesn’t spend any time trying to wow you with props and effects. It’s the story that gets you and in this, it achieves a very Lovecraftian feeling. This movie is available on Netlix.
NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984)
It’s funny because the trailer sells it as this very 80s movie and you’ll probably start thinking you’re going to watch a National Lampoon sort of thing and while you end up getting that 80s feel, the movie is really nothing like it. They’ve basically taken the story of Day of the Triffids and taken out the deadly sentient plants. Add to this probably the first 80s female protagonist who isn’t either a super serious martial artist or a weak lover (she’s a cinema clerk / arcade gamer with a bad mouth) who isn’t getting rescued at every scene and you get a refreshing take on the whole “the world after everything blew up” trope. This movie is available on Netflix and Youtube.
A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975)
Is it me or were people unable to correctly portray movies in trailers in the 70s and 80s? This looks like a Terry Gilliam movie and the clown music isn’t helping. What you’ll find instead is a quirky, yet very dark movie about a boy (played by Don Johnson of Miami Vice fame) and his telepathic dog trying to survive the harsh wastelands of a post-WWIII land. Beware: it gets dark. This movie is available on Youtube. And a side note: if you start thinking that this feels a whole lot like the Fallout game franchise, it’s because it’s been a huge influence over the games.
EVEN DWARVES STARTED SMALL (1970)
Good luck trying to understand what this movie is about simply by watching the trailer… Herzog is weird, I think we all know this. In 1970, he made this. It’s definitely not for everyone. I think you should wait until you have a couple hours to waste, gather some friends, open a bottle of bourbon and watch it. You’re not going to understand most of it. That’s okay. I don’t think it’s meant to. I’ll try to explain it, though: an insane asylum for dwarves (whose employees are also dwarves) is taken over by the inmates who, for close to two hours, will break everything they see, try to have sex with one another and laugh at camels until they shit themselves. Eventually the asylum employees also go mad. Watch the director yell at a tree! It’s.. special. You can find this movie on Youtube.