Movies, Movies, Movies…
Ahh, the joy of a packed movie palace, settling in to enjoy a great film with a crowd full of friendly strangers….it’s why we love the cinema, right?
Well, in these #quarantineathome days, the theaters are closed and we are stuck looking at what’s streaming online, or in our libraries.
For this “Cult Movie Monday”, I have ten films for all tastes – let’s go!
As always, this is not a countdown – all ten films are equal in my book – so let’s get to counting – with an incredible action movie starring a hospital full of babies!
10 – “Hard Boiled”
I want to begin with this 1992 movie, directed by John Woo, because it has some of the most incredible action sequences ever put on film, including an extended climax that takes place inside the baby ward of a hospital!
Chow Yun Fat is outstanding as a Cop who won’t back down – even when the mob storm a children’s hospital – this is one of the most action-packed sequences ever captured on film.
“Hard Boiled” brought Chow Yun Fat and Tony Leung to American audiences – it’s an amazing action film – check out this trailer, which is basically 3 minutes of incredible action scenes set to music!
this film takes no time to mesmerize: in the first five minutes, you meet Chow Yun Fat when he literally wipes out a whole room full of gangsters – while sliding down a bannister!
If you haven’t seen this film, search it out now – it is incredible! Read more about this genre of Hong Kong action film here:
I am a fan of westerns: classics with John Wayne, more modern versions with Clint Eastwood and everything in between, which takes us to this gritty 1971 oater:
9 – “The Hunting Party”
This is an obscure 1971 film starring Gene Hackman, Oliver Reed and Candace Bergen – check out the trailer:
Oliver Reed is the outlaw who wants to learn to read, and Candace Bergen is the school teacher he kidnaps to teach him – except she’s also the wife of cattle baron Gene Hackman – who rustles up a “Hunting Party” and begins to pick off the bad guys one by one.
There is lots of grindhouse violence here, but kind of interesting to watch a B-movie being acted out by some well-known “A”-list Actors. This came out the same year that Hackman won Best Actor for “The French Connection!”
Speaking Of Oscar-winning performances:
8 – “Hannah & Her Sisters”
In 1986, Michael Caine and Diane Wiest both won Supporting Acting Oscars for their work in this terrific Woody Allen film – check out the trailer:
Mia Farrow and Barbara Hershey are also outstanding – a film with heart, humor and a lot of emotion. Woody Allen won the Oscar for his screenplay and the film was nominated as well for Best Picture.
Now, another Oscar-winning Actor in a very powerful role:
7 – “Hardcore”
First, while this poster is incredibly powerful, George C. Scott NEVER says that line in the movie!
He does, however, experience the most intense movie screening of all time – check out the trailer:
Paul Schrader directed Scott and Season Hubley in this gritty thriller about a father searching the porn districts of LA and San Francisco, looking for his runaway daughter.
The movie was shot in the real XXX-rated theater districts of those two cities. It’s a powerful film, and you can see more trivia about the making of it here:
Let’s lighten things up with an offbeat comedy from 1972 that made Charles Grodin a star:
6 – “The Heartbreak Kid”
Grodin stars as a man who meets – and falls in love with – the beautiful Cybill Shepard – while on his honeymoon! Check out the trailer:
This is a great film, do NOT watch the awful remake with Ben Stiller – search this one out instead.
OK, our countdown continues now with one of Gene Hackman’s best roles, which is also a favorite for all sports film lovers:
5 – Hoosiers
In 1986, Hackman played a coach with a checkered past who teams up with a local drunk played by Dennis Hopper to train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
Hopper’s performance is nicely understated, and he shines in the smaller role:
This is a really good sports film, one of Hackman’s ten best performances – you can see the other nine by clicking on my story here:
From one classic Actor to another – time to visit George C. Scott again:
4 – “The Hospital”
In 1971, Scott starred in this great black comedy about hospitals, doctors, and crazy patients!
Here is the trailer:
Paddy Chaefsky wrote the screenplay, which skewers the health care industry – he would go on to the do the same to television five years later with “Network.”
See more about this movie here:
Are you yearning for some “J-Sploitation?” Or just wondering what it is?
3 – “Helldriver”
Welcome to the amazingly inventive genre of film known as “Japanese exploitation” – widely imaginative and eye popping – here is a trailer that offers up a ton of proof!
These movies always feature young women who have been wronged – and they always exact bloody revenge…this is a great example of the genre, and you can see more o them here:
Next up is the last film from a true “movie star”:
2 – The Hunter
Steve McQueen was diagnosed with cancer while filming this action thriller in Chicago…and it’s still the ONLY film that was allowed to shoot a car flying off of the city’s iconic “Corn Cob” buildings into the Chicago River!
You can see the trailer for this 1980 film by clicking on the link here:
Finally, what many consider to be the greatest film shocker of all wraps up my countdown:
1 – “Halloween”
“The night HE came home!” Director John Carpenter scared us to death with this movie – remember the classic trailer?
Jamie Lee Curtis was dubbed America’s greatest “Scream Queen” because of this film, and it has influenced horror films ever since…see the trailer and a ton of movie trivia here:
So there you have it, a great collection of “H” films to get caught up on or enjoy again…
If you missed by first six letters of the alphabet, here is a story about “Movies A-F”:
And you can’t miss “G”, which is full of great stuff like this:
Yes, that “Godfather” scene with the horse’s head was real! Check out all of my “G” list here:
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