1,001 Movies – Week 55

“Eight Men Out” to “The Elephant Man”

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El Dorado (1967) – John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan team up in this rousing Howard Hawks oater. There are a couple of un-PC moments, but overall this film illustrates why Wayne is a film legend. This is my favorite John Wayne film. (GS)

Election (1999) – Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, who appears to have the school election for class president all sewn up – that is, until nebbish teacher Mr. McAllister (Matthew Broderick) convinces another student to take up politics and Tracy declares war. A wonderfully odd little black comedy that is rather fulfilling. (GS)

Electra Glide in Blue (1973) – Let’s get the title out of the way right off the bat. Electra Glide is a type of motorcycle that was once favored by motorcycle cops, which also takes care of the blue reference as well. Robert Blake stars as “Big John” Wintergreen, a motorcycle cop who gets his chance to work with the homicide division when a recluse is murdered. This is possibly the best police film ever made with sharp direction and high production values; and an ending that will stay with you for a long time after the movie is over. (GS)

The Elephant Man (1980) – David Lynch’s stylish monochrome recreation of a Victorian Gothic in this story of disfigured circus freak John Merrick (John Hurt). Anthony Hopkins and Freddie Jones are superb in supporting roles. Marvel at Freddie Francis’ award-winning cinematography. “People are frightened by what they don’t understand.” (KT)





Originally published in Raspberry World – Volume 2, Issue 1 (June/July 2007)

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