1,001 Movies – Week 60

“Fargo” to “Fearless Vampire Killers”




Fargo (1996) – Not to absolutely everyone’s taste, but just the sort of whacked-out caper flick you’d expect of no one but the Coen Brothers. (KCL)

Fast Time at Ridgemont High (1982) – I like to refer to this film as the American Graffiti of the 1980’s (If you’re curious, for the 1990’s it’s Dazed and Confused) because of all the budding talent on display here. Having lived in Southern California, where I went to school with characters like Jeff Spicoli (as played by Sean Penn), New York audiences were kind of lost with what the Valley-speak and the Sherman Oaks Galleria represented. A nice slice of the lives of a group of high school students, and the trials and tribulations of their teendom, this film is full of sly humor, witty set-pieces (why didn’t I ever think to have a pizza delivered to class?) and many future Oscar and Emmy winners. (SB)

Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! (1965) – If I had to give someone a recommendation of one Russ Meyer movie to watch, it would be this one. This one has Tura Satana, bikes, bad chicks, hidden loot and everything else you ever went to a drive-in specifically to see. (KCL)

Fathom (1967) – An admitted guilty pleasure starring Raquel Welch in top form *ahem* as a parachutist who gets caught up in a multi-national hunt for a missing idol. (KH)

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) – This is Roman Polanski’s hilarious tongue-in-cheek send up of the vampire genre and not only does he direct but he also co-stars as the bumbling assistant to an aging academic as they travel to a village that’s been plagued by a vampire infestation; the film also stars the lovely Sharon Tate. (GS)


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

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