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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


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)

Dave's Movie Hall of Fame: June '17

Night on Bald Mountain, Fantasia, Disney

Frankenstein (1931)

I have Boris Karloff’s Monster tattooed on my leg.

The Monster’s the ultimate misfit. The idea of being persecuted for being different is exemplified perfectly and purely in Karloff’s performance.

I never found The Monster scary because I related to him. In my struggles to express myself, the fears I faced, I could always think of The Monster as a friend.

What's Dave Watching? - On Dangerous Ground

Noir, Classic Movies, 1950s Movies

On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Directed by Nicholas Ray and uncredited Ida Lupino

Written by A. I. Bezzerides from a novel by Gerald Butler

Starring Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Ed Begley, and Sumner Williams