Friday, July 31, 2015

Shadowy Friday Random Ten (sorry)

Tonight I watched Shadows. It's the first film directed by John Cassavetes. The all-improvised nature of the movie may have given it a few longueurs, as even at under an hour and a half it drags in some places. On the other hand the jazz score is very evocative, and some scenes are pretty compelling. Biggest treat for me is seeing Tom Reese - Sgt Velie on the ol' Ellery Queen series - as a sort of philosophical hoodlum.

1. Finn Riggins - Furs
2. Les Baxter - The Shrike
3. Nat King Cole - Too Young
4. David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
5. Beth Custer - Happy Dance
6, The Beatles - Girl
7. Lower Dens - To Die in L.A.
8. Sun Ra - New Day
9. Roxy Music - Beauty Queen
10. Kendra Shank - You and the Night and the Music


susan said...

Shadows is a movie I hadn't heard about until now. Having read a bit more on wikipedia I can see what you mean about it having been improvised. I'm assuming you saw the 1959 version, it was interesting knowing it was made twice. Seeing Sgt Velie as a philosophical hoodlum must have been a delightful surprise.

It was just today I came across a list of films that had been lost and found again. You might like to see it too.

Your FR10 was another good one. I especially like the lineup of Too Young, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide, Happy Dance and Girl.

Ben said...

Pretty sure it was the 1959 version. It was black and white. There's a title just as the movie ends stating all the scenes have been improvised. And I should clarify that I mean "hoodlum" in the fifties young-ruffian sense. Aside from getting in fights he doesn't commit any crimes. But yes, it's good to see him wherever.

Interesting list. I think I'd like to see The Old Dark House. And I hadn't known that Andy Warhol made a Batman/Dracula movie. Probably quite different than it would be made now that comic book movies are a billion dollar industry in themselves.

Glad you like. Definitely second you on all those.