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Dave's Movie Hall of Fame: November '17

Hitchcock, Psycho

Apocalypse Now (1979)

No film I’ve experienced lives up to its mythic status on repeat viewings like this film does. Adapting Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and evoking Dante’s Inferno using Vietnam as a backdrop for a surreal spiritual journey. It’s images loaded with meaning that works on a subconscious level so well it feels as though they came from dreams. As powerful today as it ever was, it adheres to no era, but is universal and timeless.

Batman (1989)

Dave's Movie Hall of Fame: October '17

House on Haunted Hill

Creepshow (1982)

Author Stephen King and Zombie Godfather George Romero team up to tribute EC Horror Comics with this anthology feature. It’s cartoonish, ghoulish fun.

Dave's Movie Hall of Fame: September '17

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Gojira (1954) [Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)]

The original Japanese version wasn’t released in the States until 2004. I grew up with the U.S. edited dub starring Raymond Burr. While the Japanese version is far more meaningful and tragic, both versions are fantastic.

The immensity, power, and destruction of Godzilla is unlike anything captured on film before, and never more artful or emotionally affecting than it is here. They took the impossible and made it feel real.

Dave's Movie Hall of Fame: August '17

The Empire Strikes Back

Sid & Nancy (1986)

Punk Rock mythology brilliantly realized as Shakespearian Tragedy. Alex Cox’s direction captures a tangible feeling of glamour and grime. A young Gary Oldman disappears completely into his role.

It’s a punch in the gut, and that feeling never left me.

As a Punk Rocker and a Movie Fan it means more to me than I can say. To me, it deserves to be listed among the greatest films of all time.

Dave's Movie Hall of Fame: July '17

Alien

It Happened One Night (1934)

It did.

I was up sick and there wasn’t anything on at that hour for a kid, so Mom put on TCM. It wasn’t The Stooges, but I gave it a shot. Soon Mom and I were laughing, totally engaged with these characters and their absurd plight. I forgot I was sick.

I often dismiss romantic comedies. It’s rare these days, but they can be great. I always smile when I think of this one.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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