I’ve been using clydefro’s TCM Ten list the last few weeks to find golden nuggets of cinema, many of which are rare to find on DVD or have yet to receive a R1 DVD release. The list is updated weekly — but sadly without its own feed — and full of interesting near-misses or lesser known films by major talents.
Thanks to clydefro, I’ve been able to DVR the following:
- Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood – a new doc about the origins and ramifications set in place by the Hays Code, which morphed into the MPAA rating system that still exists in the U.S.
- Babbitt – William Keighley’s attempt at adapting the classic novel by Sinclair Lewis.
- Skidoo – Otto Preminger’s notorious bomb about LSD featuring an impressive cast including Groucho Marx as God. I couldn’t make it 15 minutes into the flick before I deleted it. In hindsight, I should’ve stuck it out for the sadly square Jackie Gleason freak-out trip.
- Killer of Sheep – Charles Burnett’s 1977 student film that found an audience when re-release in 2007.
- Nothing Sacred – A Wellman screwball comedy featuring Carole Lombard as a small-town girl who cons newspaper man Frederic March into believing that she’s living out her dying wish by living it up in New York. Famous for a fight scene between the two stars.
- On Dangerous Ground – A Nicholas Ray film noir starring Robert Ryan that I absolutely loved.
- The Wild Child/L’enfant sauvage – Truffaut’s story about a child raised in the wild. Hence the title.
- Kes – a British import about a working-class boy befriending a kestrel.
- The Crowd – King Vidor’s silent classic about the struggle for love to survive in the big city.
- Desperate – An tough-nosed Anthony Mann noir with a young Raymond Burr in a supporting role.
I still have yet to watch Kes and Babbitt, but clydefro – I thank you and my DVR thanks you. But, please, could you supply a separate feed for the TCM Ten? Or at least indicate when a new list shows up on your regular blog feed? I can never remember on my own to check.