Today, teh interwebs are all about the movies. So, in the interest of giving Greg some choices to ponder and Mme. Piggy a list to carry her into the winter, here are my favorite movies that you probably haven’t seen.
1. A Song Is Born: a bunch of jazz greats in a very silly movie with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo.
2. Streets of Fire: Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Willem Dafoe, Robert Townsend, a sledgehammer duel and one of the two best soundtracks of the eighties.
3. Black Widow: Debra Winger and Theresa Russell in the kind of cat and mouse movie that’s usually reserved for male leads.
4. The Women: the 1939 version. See why the remake was doomed from the start to live in the shadow of the original.
5. Born Yesterday: also the original, because Melanie Griffith is no Judy Holiday. Wide-eyed patriotism at its finest and funniest.
6. Strictly Ballroom: good luck sitting still–and not gaping at the surrealism.
7. Down by Law: Roberto Begnini, Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, ice cream, bunnies and jailbreak.
8. Deathtrap: twists, turns, reversals and one of the first big-name gay smooches in the movies.
9. What a Way to Go!: the costumes! The cast! The deaths!
10. Keeping Mum: sweet black comedy as only the British can do it. With Maggie Smith. Rowan Atkinson is the straight man.
So, what overlooked gems have I missed?