THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
2012, Strand Releasing, 106 min, USA, Dir: Paul Bunnell

“They Sing! They Dance! They're Juvenile Delinquents From Outer Space!” Director Paul Bunnell used the last of Kodak’s 35 mm black-and-white film stock to make this mad concoction of ’50s sci-fi, crime and rock & roll flicks. Banished to Earth, Johnny X (Will Keenan) and his gang search for a powerful “resurrection suit” and find dangerous dames, zombie musicians and loads of B-movie fun. Songwriter Paul Williams and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS’ Kevin McCarthy (in his final feature film) shine in cameo roles.


SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
1977, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

“Smokey” was ’70s trucker slang for the Highway Patrol, a frequent adversary of knights of the road - especially when said knights try to haul Coors beer illegally from Texas to Georgia. But Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is no match for “The Bandit” (Burt Reynolds), whose speed and skill behind the wheel is the stuff of local legend. Longtime stunt coordinator Hal Needham was ideally suited to direct this hit action comedy, which costars Sally Field as a runaway bride and country singer Jerry Reed as Reynolds’ partner in crime.


THE LOVED ONE
1965, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Tony Richardson

Marketed as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" this achingly funny, pitch-black comedy could only have been released in the anything-goes era of the 1960s. Judged unfilmable for more than a decade (Luis Buñuel was trying to set it up for years), writer Evelyn Waugh’s spot-on satire of Southern California - specifically the funeral business – finally was brought to the screen in the mid-’60s by director Tony Richardson (TOM JONES) with a screenplay by Terry Southern (CANDY, EASY RIDER) and Christopher Isherwood (!). Robert Morse, a British youth visiting his uncle (John Gielgud) in Los Angeles, encounters the weird world of Tinseltown’s mortuary subculture, embodied by twins Henry and Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy (Jonathan Winters in a dual role), embalmer Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger) and his beautiful apprentice, Aimee Thanatogenous (Anjanette Comer). With Liberace, Paul Williams, Dana Andrews.


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