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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

1981

TOP TIER:
...All the Marbles (Robert Aldrich)
Arabic Series (Stan Brakhage)
The Aviator's Wife (Eric Rohmer)
Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer)
Dragonslayer (Matthew Robbins)
Excalibur (John Boorman)
Francisca (Manoel de Oliveira)
Kisapmata (Mike de Leon)
Knightriders (George A. Romero)
Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Modern Romance (Albert Brooks)
Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara)
Rich and Famous (George Cukor)
The Road Warrior (George Miller)
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (Bernardo Bertolucci)
The Tree of Knowledge (Nils Malmros)
Why is the Sky Blue? (Mario O'Hara)*

ESSENTIAL VIEWING:
Beau Pere (Bertrand Blier)
Beloved Enemy (Alan Clarke)
Celeste (Percy Adlon)
Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Emir Kusturica)
Eaux profondes (Michel Deville)
Eijanaika (Shohei Imamura)
Escape from New York (John Carpenter)
Eye of the Needle (Richard Marquand)
Gregory's Girl (Bill Forsyth)
Harmful or Fatal If Swallowed (Manuel de Landa)
The Howling (Joe Dante)
Kamilla (Vibeke Lokkeberg)
Lili Marleen (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Man of Iron (Andrzej Wajda)
Marianne and Juliane (Margarethe von Trotta)
Mea Culpa (Bruce Conner)
The Melody Haunts My Reverie (Rajko Grlik)
Memoirs of a Survivor (David Gladwell)
Merry-Go-Round (Jacques Rivette)
Montenegro (Dusan Makavejev)
Murder in Texas (William Hale)
Patakin (Manuel Octavio Gomez)
Pennies from Heaven (Herbert Ross)
Pixote (Hector Babenco)
Polyester (John Waters)
Le pont du nord (Jacques Rivette)
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
Prince of the City (Sidney Lumet)
Regularly or Irregularly (Abbas Kiarostami)
Scanners (David Cronenberg)
Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson)
S.O.B. (Blake Edwards)
Southern Comfort (Walter Hill)
Springtime in Greenland (John Paisz)
Temptation Island (Joey Gosiengfiao)*
They All Laughed (Peter Bogdanovich)
Thief (Michael Mann)
A Thousand Little Kisses (Mira Recanati)
True Confessions (Ulu Grosbard)
A Woman Alone (Agnieszka Holland)
The Woman Next Door (Francois Truffaut)

FURTHER INVESTIGATION:
The Beyond (Lucio Fulci)
Buddy Buddy (Billy Wilder)

* Review located offsite; author and review not affiliated with Unexamined Essentials in any way.

3 comments:

Noel Vera said...

Except for two other films, Brocka's output had a distinct decline after 1980s. Mario O'Hara did his most Brockaesque film: Bakit Bughaw ang Langit? (Why is the Sky Blue?)

Noel Vera said...

Another great Filipino film: Joey Gosiengfiao's Temptation Island--in my opinion as funny if not funnier than anything Almodovar ever did.

Noel Vera said...

And yet another one! Mike de Leon's Kisapmata, possibly his masterpiece, a horror story about a family and its tyrant father.