Highly Underrated/Unknown Movies - Page 23
Well regarded, but seldom seen - Lee Tamahori's Once Were Warriors.
Tamahori's first film it suffers from a lot of low-budget first film problems, but it introduced Temura Morrison to a North American audience and cemented him as one of the most frightening film characters of all time - Jake "the Muss" Heke.
Bombed at the BO, Astaire hated it, and it was Steve Martin's first film after The Jerk. Why his agent let him do a depressing dramatic musical set in the '30s is beyond me. But it had a Dennis Potter script and Christopher Walken tap dancing. And Pauline Kael loved it.
Pennies from Heaven.
Edited by lefty - 1/19/13 at 7:39pm
And apparently, the next sequel in the trilogy is, according to reviews, the best one yet.
Can't wait to see Before Midnight. It just premiered at Sundance.
Watched a documentary on Paul Williams last night: Paul Williams Still Alive.
Paul Williams is arguably one of the greatest pop song writers and pretty much owned the '70s and early '80s: "Evergreen" - Streisand; "We've Only Just Begun" - The Carpenters; "Old Fashioned Love Song" - Three Dog Night; "Fill Your Heart" - Bowie; and "The Rainbow Connection" for Kermit the Frog. He also was a hell of a funny celebrity and made numerous appearances on the variety, talk and game shows of the time. Finally blew up on coke and booze, but is now 20 years sober and still performing.
Anyway, that got me thinking about one of my favourite guilty pleasure movies: Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise. A critical and box office bomb - except for Winnipeg where it was inexplicably an enormous hit - it has developed a bit of a cult following over the years.
An insanely chaotic musical horror it has some of the best of De Palma staging and editing, great production design, a stand-out performance by Gerrit Graham, William Finley's heartbreaking Winslow Leach, and of course, Paul Williams as Swan.
Edited by lefty - 2/4/13 at 10:44am