UPDATE: In case you haven’t figured it out already, this entire post is an April Fools joke, and I will likely never review ANY of these films on my blog (maybe on Bad Movie Nite, though).
I think this speaks for itself. These are the films which, I believe, have made the greatest contribution to cinema both as an entertainment medium and an art form. I won’t be going into too much detail – I’ll save that for the individual reviews. Instead, think of this as a preview of things to come on the blog.
Last of the Wild Horses (1948)
This classical Western has everything going for it – authentic sets & locations, thrilling action, and even a healthy dose of comic relief. The story of a cowboy wrongfully accused of murder, the film transcends its formula by introducing some nonlinear elements. It’s all very impressive, and could even be said to rival Shane for the title of best Western of the classical period.
Santa Claus (1959)
Santa Claus is a perennial holiday classic from Mexico, and it perfectly captures the spirit of the season. Just like in the children’s stories we know and love, Santa Claus teams up with Merlin to stop the Devil from corrupting the children of the world. It’s heartwarming, sentimental, and occasionally exciting. Plus the film utilizes some truly innovative special effects, especially for the reindeer.
Space is the Place
This is a science-fiction film unlike all other science fiction films. It has action, music, sensuality, and some very impressive special effects. But the real focus is the philosophical/metaphysical debate which is carried out throughout the film. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the standout performance by the film’s star, Sun Ra. Space is the Place rivals even 2001 for the title of most cerebral sci-fi film.
From Justin to Kelly
Forget Chicago. Forget Moulin Rouge!. This is the film that resurrected the movie musical and placed it into a context which contemporary audiences can appreciate. Like the best movie musicals, this is at its heart a love story, set at a time that everyone can relate to – Spring Break. The songs are catchy, the choreography is entertaining, and the performances are compelling. If you doubt that this synthesis of cool television personalities, fun pop music, and stylish music video-style editing has defined the contemporary movie musical, look no further than the incredibly successful (and equally entertaining) High School Musical trilogy.
Don’t let the simplistic title fool you – Robot Monster is an intelligently-written, thought-provoking monster movie. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the last remaining humans (one of whom is played by Golden Globe-winning George Nader) are besieged by a monstrous invader from another planet. What results is a film that weighs the importance of individuality versus authority and emotion versus pure logic. The stereoscopic 3D used in the film is of especially high quality and likely rivals anything produced using contemporary formats. Also, it has a fantastic score by legendary composer Elmer Bernstein.
These are all incredibly important films, both to me personally and to the cinematic medium, and I have certainly not done them justice here. However, I promise to you now that each film on this list will receive its own individual review. Until then, I certainly recommend that if you are not familiar with any of these films that you seek them out and watch for yourselves – you will NOT be disappointed.
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