12.27.2013

Traditional New Year's Eve Film Selection

Like Christmas, many people have New Year’s traditions.  Long beyond the years of bringing in the year with massive amounts of alcohol and a headache, I’ve made it a habit of settling in and welcoming it in with a flick or two.

It’s the night I save for movies I rarely watch, from the obscure to the almost forgotten.  Of course, quality is only partially taken into account when choosing the viewing entertainment for the evening. 

Here are some New Year’s Eve viewing ideas.  Grab the popcorn and, depending on which you select, lots of celebration booze.


The Commitments (1991) - Director Alan Parker puts Roddy Doyle’s novel on the big screen with this story of a group of working class Irish who decide to form a soul band.  Filled with incredible performances and amazing music, this is perhaps the best ‘real’ Irish-themed movie ever.  Keep in mind the lead singer ‘Deco’, Andrew Strong, was only 16 at the time of filming. The kind of feel-good film that will have you quoting lines for years.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Commitments_(film)


The Boys from Brazil (1978) – From the ‘what if..?’ genre comes a hypothetical story of genetic engineering and the Nazi legacy.  It’s the 1970’s and Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) is put on the trail of Josef Mengele, played brilliantly by Gregory Peck.  Without giving more away, when Mengele’s plan is discovered it reveals the most evil possibilities for the future.  Hollywood legends and a young Steve Guttenberg! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boys_from_Brazil_(film)


The Limey (1999) – A career criminal is released from a British prison and heads to California to get the real story of the death of his daughter.  Not buying the official account of a car accident, Wilson (played superbly by Terence Stamp) contacts some of ‘Jenny’s’ friends and acquaintances and winds his way through drug trafficking and a music producer boyfriend towards the truth.  Gritty and uncompromising.   Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limey


Moonraker (1979) – If you’re going to go with a Bond for New Year’s, go retro with a Roger Moore episode.  And if you’re going Moore, go cheesy.  There’s nothing cheesier than Moonraker.  Rushed ahead of the planned For Your Eyes Only to capitalize on the Star Wars craze, this entry into the Bond catalogue isn’t without its good points.  Great locations, beautiful Bond girls, cool gadgets… this one has it all.  The downside, of course, is Bond in space.  But by the time you hit that point in the movie, you should be nicely toasted on champagne.  Bonus: the greatest Q tagline in James Bond history.  Re-entry, indeed! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonraker_(film)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) – Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam continues his penchant for bizarre directorial jobs in this adaptation of writer Hunter S. Thompson’s (Johnny Depp) trip to Vegas to cover a motorbike race.  The simple premise is the foundation for a warped drug-fuelled world experienced by Thompson and his best friend/lawyer ‘Dr. Gonzo’ (Benicio del Toro).  What’s real?  What’s imagined?  Who really knows?  Best watched if you happen to partake in something a bit stronger than champ on New Year’s Eve.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Las_Vegas_(film)


The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) – A Western with midgets.  Considered by many critics as the absolute worst movie ever made, it has the standard storyline and all the cowboy stereotypes.  So politically incorrect it’s a must-watch.  Has to be seen to be believed.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terror_of_Tiny_Town





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