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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Five unavailable movies from my queue

These movies may or may not have already been released on DVD. As of now, they're currently listed as unavailable through Netflix.

1. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). Diane Keaton plays Theresa Dunn, a young woman trying to escape her claustrophobic family life and discover her own identity.

  • I originally saw this with my sister at the theater. It's always been one of my favorite movies and I'd just like to see it again.

2. Montenegro (1981). American housewife Marilyn Jordan (Susan Anspach) seems to have everything she could possibly want -- including a successful husband, beautiful children and a palatial house by the sea. But when she meets a group of Yugoslavian immigrants at the airport....

  • Although I was never an American housewife married to a successful husband, I somewhat identified with Susan Aspach's character. About the time this movie came out, I did meet one Yugoslavian immigrant. But, it was in a bar in Southfield, Michigan. Despite the fact he spoke very little English, and I no whatever language it was he spoke, he taught me to drive a stick shift on a snow packed country road.

3. Rolling Stones: Four Flicks (4-Disc Series) (2003). On January 14, 1963, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts first played together as The Rolling Stones at the Flamingo Club in Soho. The legendary rock band was the bad boys of rock and roll for more than a generation, and still plays sold-out concerts to adoring fans. Four Flicks features more than 50 songs and over five hours of music, and includes two extensive behind-the-scenes documentaries.

  • Must. See. Every. Footage of the Rolling Stones. /end trance

4. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). Robert Ellis Miller directs this haunting adaptation of Carson McCullers's Southern Gothic novel about deaf-mute John Singer (Alan Arkin, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and his interactions with various characters in a small, Depression-era mill town. Sondra Locke also garnered an Academy Award nod for her portrayal of 14-year-old Mick Kelly, a gawky girl whose family runs a local boardinghouse for extra money.

  • Never saw it. Would like to.

5. The Killing Floor (1985). During World War I, a poor black Southerner (Clarence Felder) travels to Chicago to find work in that city's slaughterhouses. There, he gets caught up in the organized labor movement and becomes a leader in the union. However, many of his own people, including his best friend (Ernest Rayford), view him as a sell-out. Alfre Woodard and Dennis Farina also appear in this true story, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

  • Another one I missed at the theater. I'm always fascinated by unions' beginnings. Plus, I figure you can never go wrong with any movie featuring old Chicago.

Posted by Marie at October 7, 2007 12:08 PM

Comments

Marie,

Have you ever read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter? That's been on my "must read" list for some time, but I've never gotten around to it.

Posted by: Dan at October 7, 2007 9:29 PM

Dan, I have not read the book. I will. Thanks for the idea.

Posted by: Marie at October 9, 2007 12:00 AM

That's a great list, Marie. I haven't seen any of them; in fact, I hadn't heard of a couple of them -- the Susan Anspach one and the Rolling Stones one.

Susan Anspach, by the way -- her day came and went pretty fast, didn't it.

Posted by: Dan at October 9, 2007 1:55 PM

Dan, ya know, I hear Susan Anspach's name and I can even picture, but I can never remember anything she was in without looking. You're right.

Posted by: Marie at October 9, 2007 8:41 PM

The first movie always affords me the opportunity to joke when reaching into a bag of little mini candy bars, "Oh wow, I was looking for Mr. Goodbar!" And then everyone stares at me like, "...What?"

Posted by: Peter at October 12, 2007 9:03 AM