10 on the 10th – October 2015

Hopefully I actually get this posted on the 10th!

Cop Car

  1. Cop Car (Jon Watts, 2015)
  2. The American Dreamer (Lawrence Shiller and L.M. Kit Carson, 1971)
  3. Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)
  4. 7 Days in Hell (Jake Szymanski, 2015)
  5. Contamination (Luigi Cozzi, 1980)
  6. The Killing Game (Tôru Murakawa, 1978)
  7. Bob le flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956)
  8. The Seventh Bullet (Ali Khamraev, 1973)
  9. The Most Dangerous Game (Tôru Murakawa, 1978)
  10. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980)

A fun string of movies here, with high marks for the ridiculous alien cyclops of Contamination.  Certainly the hardest film to watch was The American Dreamer, a quasi-documentary about Dennis Hopper as an artistic outsider anticipating his precipitous fall from being the celebrated maker of Easy Rider (1969) to becoming the outcast creator of The Last Movie (1971).  True or not, The American Dreamer ends up making Hopper look like a Charles Manson wannabe who is “against reading,” is in favour of group sex with multiple “chicks,” and is generally an asshole.  It’s interesting as a document of its time, but we had hoped for more on the actual filming of Hopper’s intriguing The Last Movie.  The focus on Hopper’s persona as a sensitively insecure artist/selfishly enlightened genius/drug-fueled horndog grows increasingly tiresome as the film wears on.


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