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What Sight & Sound (Mostly) Missed: My Personal Top 20 Films of All Time

Posted by Charles Reece, August 3, 2012 06:49pm | Post a Comment
Sight & Sound has released its "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" list for the decade. The good news is that Hitchcock took over the number 1 position from Welles and Eisenstein was kicked out of the top 10. About time. The top 20 from the list are: (1) Vertigo (2) Citizen Kane (3) Tokyo Story (4) The Rules of the Game (5) Sunrise (6) 2001 (7) The Searchers (8) Man with a Movie Camera (9) The Passion of Joan of Arc (10)  (11) Battleship Potemkin (12) L'Atalante (13) Breathless (14) Apocalypse Now (15) Late Spring (16) Au hasard Balthazar (17/18) Seven Samurai and Persona (tie) (19) Mirror (20) Singin' in the Rain. This got me to wondering: which films do I always feel like watching, regardless of what I'm reading, thinking about or feeling? After about an hour (which is more time spent than these kind of lists are probably worth), the following is what I came up with as the films that have and will likely continue to provide me with the most enjoyment, discarding any historical concern for the aesthetic enrichment of the cinematic commonweal. In no particular order, my 20 list:

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Blade Runner - Ridley Scott

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Sweet Smell of Success - Alexander Mackendrick

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High and Low - Akira Kurosawa

Pam Grier Live & In-Person for Double Feature at Castro Theatre in SF, 3/17! Peaches Christ to Host.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 26, 2012 03:45pm | Post a Comment
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On Saturday March 17th, Peaches Christ brings you her long-time favorite action hero,pam grier coffy  Blaxploitation queen, and Woman-In-Prison superstar: the incomparable Hollywood legend Pam Grier! 

For one night only, the Castro Theatre rolls out the red carpet for this icon of American cinema for an evening of two Grier classics and live entertainment. Aside from a brand new soul-tastic number from Peaches Christ and the Midnight Mass Players, Pam Grier herself will appear onstage for the ultimate Peaches interview and audience Q&A. During the screening of Peaches’ favorite Pam movie, Coffy, Ms. Grier will be in the Castro Theatre’s mezzanine for signings and photographs. Prepare yourselves for the definitive Pam Grier Tribute!

Audiences are also invited to embrace their inner kick-ass-feminist by dressing up and competing in the Soul Mama Costume Contest with prizes supplied by Peaches Christ Productions and the evening’s co-sponsors, Good Vibrations and Amoeba Music. Whether it’s busting out your lime green, plunging neckline cat suits, lacing up your knee boots, or pulling out your black leather hip-huggers, don’t forget to bring along the sawed-off shotgun.

COFFY (1973, Jack Hill) Pam Grier stars as Coffy, a nurse whose younger sister gets involved in drugs and is severely injured by contaminated heroin. Coffy sets out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante
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