MeFi Fanfare Cult Film Club June 22, 2014 6:27 PM   Subscribe

Who's in? What do you want to watch?
posted by maxsparber to Feature Requests at 6:27 PM (116 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

After Last Season.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:38 PM on June 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


I had a bunch of them but I decided I really just want Clue.
posted by winna at 6:39 PM on June 22, 2014 [11 favorites]


This is a thing? Megaforce.
posted by cashman at 6:50 PM on June 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I think we're really starting to see that the current system of non-episode FanFare posts going in MetaTalk is not feasible even in the short term.

And I vote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
posted by 256 at 6:54 PM on June 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Where the Red Fern Grows.
posted by buzzman at 6:57 PM on June 22, 2014


Does Lebowski count as a cult film?

Repo Man might be fun.

Slacker or Dazed and Confused, perhaps.

Wicker Man.
posted by sockermom at 7:09 PM on June 22, 2014


Repo Man and Wicker Man are both great.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:11 PM on June 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hmmm, good question. I guess it would all depend on what sort of cult movies we're going to watch. Famous ones, obscure ones, "so bad their good" ones, controversial ones, midnight movies? And then how available should they be? Are we looking to for things we've already seen or stuff that's new to most everyone who isn't, well, me? Just for fun, here's my list of stuff readily available on youtube we might consider:

John Waters' Mondo Trasho
Ralph Bakshi's Heavy Traffic
The "spiritual sequel" to Animal House Up the Creek
Better Off Dead?
The Tom Hanks "classic" Mazes and Monsters
The laugh-a-minute extravaganza that is THREADS
Perhaps some MST3K caliber cultness with The Amazing Mr. No Legs?
Todd Haynes' outlaw artpiece Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Or, you know, whatever. I'm down either way.
posted by gideonswann at 7:13 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Thirding repo man
posted by MoonOrb at 7:17 PM on June 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


koyaanisqatsi
posted by sammyo at 7:19 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Forbidden Zone!
posted by tomboko at 7:28 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Just throwing out a few ideas: El Topo, Eraserhead, Grey Gardens, Heathers, Mad Max, Withnail and I, Showgirls, The Room, Labyrinth, or Tod Browning's Freaks. Midnight Movie stuff, basically.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 7:29 PM on June 22, 2014


We could go hardcore and do Pink Flamingos. Maybe that's something you build up to though.

Head (The Monkees)

I've never seen Repo Man so am interested in that as well.

On preview: Withnail and I! Grey Gardens! Yes!
posted by triggerfinger at 7:30 PM on June 22, 2014 [1 favorite]




Meant to also say Grey Gardens but missed it somehow. Thirding GG.
posted by sockermom at 7:35 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Also: Popeye. What a strange, beautiful failure.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:39 PM on June 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


Is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles considered 'cult'? I'm thinking maybe it's more of a classic Thanksgiving movie now.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:43 PM on June 22, 2014


Raising Arizona
posted by pearlybob at 7:45 PM on June 22, 2014


BETTER OFF DEAD BETTER OFF DEAD BETTER OFF DEAD
posted by scody at 7:46 PM on June 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


Also nthing Head, Grey Gardens, Raising Arizona, Withnail & I, Repo Man, and Heathers.
posted by scody at 7:48 PM on June 22, 2014


Miracle Mile
posted by neroli at 8:02 PM on June 22, 2014 [6 favorites]


Dark Star
posted by Reverend John at 8:04 PM on June 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


There was an anniversary thread for Heathers on the blue recently, it made me want to watch it again.
posted by medusa at 8:38 PM on June 22, 2014


I wish more people knew about Donkey Skin: Jean Marais as the king, with Catherine Deneuve singing a cake recipe.
posted by amtho at 8:48 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


I didn't realize Labyrinth was considered a cult film, but hell yes. Dance magic dance!

And Lebowski may be better known than most, but if fans do things like hold "[Movie name]-fests," I think that qualifies you for cult status. No one does "Clear and Present Danger-fest."
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:57 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]




(I'm really on board with After Last Season though)
posted by naju at 9:16 PM on June 22, 2014


Shock Treatment.

Hoopla, Denton!
posted by mazola at 9:17 PM on June 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


(I'm really on board with After Last Season though)

It's SO AMAZING
posted by shakespeherian at 9:27 PM on June 22, 2014


The Blues Brothers?

Not cultish enough? How about Blues Brothers 2000?

What? Bad ≠ cultish?

posted by mazola at 9:39 PM on June 22, 2014


Legend.
posted by boo_radley at 9:57 PM on June 22, 2014


Whichever films we go with, I vote for having a rough calendar/order of the first dozen or so films people want to watch. That way I have time to place holds at the library.
posted by Margalo Epps at 10:01 PM on June 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


The Stuff? The Visitor?
posted by Going To Maine at 10:28 PM on June 22, 2014


Gummo
posted by unliteral at 10:40 PM on June 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


2 requests:
1. Scary movies be reserved for the already-existing Horror Club so us scaredy-cats can play too

2. Some kind of loose definition of "cult" if even just for the purpose of sparking ideas?
posted by bleep at 10:41 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


my dread eldritch powers have sensed that someone mentioned THE WICKER MAN

aka my personal conflict management program
posted by elizardbits at 11:24 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


also does the fifth element count as cult?
posted by elizardbits at 11:25 PM on June 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


You want CULT? You want The President's Analyst...

Christmas 1967, James Coburn, after two successful 'Flint' spy movies stars in a spy spoof where he is NOT the spy - he's a Freudian psychiatrist recruited to do top secret sessions with the Chief Executive. The top spy is played by comedian Godfrey Cambridge whose relationship with a Russian agent is better than with anyone in the OTHER U.S. agency (they ended up having to overdub references to the FBI and CIA after the real agencies raised a stink). The President's Analyst himself succumbs to his own fears (my favorite line in the film: "I'm NOT paranoid, you really ARE all spies!") and goes AWOL, resulting in satirical brushes with various pieces of '60s culture, only to discover who is the MOST POWERFUL MOST DANGEROUS ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD. (I won't spoil it, but it's both hilarious AND a shockingly good prediction and Pat Harrington Jr. plays the Evil Boss).

Hard enough to acquire to qualify as Seriously Cult, but one of my all-time favorite comedies as well as a memory jogger for everything that was THE SIXTIES. Then-new movie critic Roger Ebert gave it 4 STARS but watch out, his review gives away my spoiler in the first sentence. (He WAS new then)
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:31 PM on June 22, 2014 [9 favorites]




phantasm : THE NEVER DEAD
posted by Sebmojo at 11:49 PM on June 22, 2014


1. Scary movies be reserved for the already-existing Horror Club so us scaredy-cats can play too

FanFare posts are open to commenting by everyone. You don't have to "belong" to the Cult Film Club if there's a particular movie they've selected that you want to discuss. I'm not likely to participate in Cult Film threads generally, but Edward Scissorhands is one of my favorite movies ever (although I didn't realize it was considered a cult film), so if that comes up I'll be in that thread.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:34 AM on June 23, 2014


Hausu is *nuts*. They show it on TCM once in a while when Robert Osborne goes on that dippy movie cruise, I reckon. Usually during the late Saturday night programming block when the white guy with dreads is running around the city putting up the posters with tendrils and it's like "I'm at Gramma's and she has cable with parental controls but I can watch TCM because it isn't blocked and drink her sherry WOOHOO!"

Another vote for Showgirls.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 1:34 AM on June 23, 2014




Q: The Winged Serpent?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:59 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


My vegan, environmentalist friend introduced me to Clint Eastwood a year ago.

I was like "what the fuck is this shi....WHOA...that was a badass thing to say if we were ever bad asses"

So now we go around going "that better be a sandwich you're about to pull out of your pocket...because I'm gonna make you eat it".
posted by hal_c_on at 2:25 AM on June 23, 2014


Kentucky Fried Movie
Wizards
Where The Buffalo Roam
A Boy And His Dog
The Duellists
Captain Ron
Millers Crossing
Barbarella
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

And a John Wayne/Howard Hawks triple-threat discussion of:

Rio Bravo
El Dorado
Rio Lobo
posted by valkane at 3:33 AM on June 23, 2014


Personally I'd like Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself With Tea, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End or The Final Programme. Although they're possibly quite difficult to come by. And Tomorrow… is in Czech. And Sir Henry at one point involves the title character riding along on a unicycle painted with boot polish by way of a disguise, which might not suit modern times. And The Final Programme probably isn't that good, to be honest, but it's a Robert Fuest movie and I like it. So it would be just me, which is a very niche cult and not much of a club.
posted by Grangousier at 3:57 AM on June 23, 2014


Also, would Diva count? Or Drowning By Numbers? Or After Life? Or Jubilee? Or The Devils? Or if not The Devils, then how about Lisztomania or The Lair of the White Worm? Or Insignificance?
posted by Grangousier at 4:10 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'd say about 15% of these suggestions are cult movies. Edward Scissorhands? Come on y'all.

A cult movie is a movie that:
A. Never received wide release in the US or its country of origin.
B. Speaks for a marginalized population of some kind.
C. Contains odd or surreal non-narrative stylistic elements that defy linear cinema plot structure
D. Were the production of an outsider auteur or in general had a low budget
E. Aren't science fiction or horror or Western or some other more well defined genre.

Cf my opinion
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:33 AM on June 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


Examples: Showgirls -- a movie so bad it is fun to watch.
Buckaroo Bonzai - a quirky science fiction movie
Blues Brothers - a blockbuster comedy hit
Pink Flamingos - a cult movie
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:37 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


According to Wiki I am advocating for an "exclusive" definition of cult rather than inclusive. Guilty as charged.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:40 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


The Last Wave, with Richard Chamberlain
posted by neat graffitist at 4:41 AM on June 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


Cult Film Checklist
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:52 AM on June 23, 2014


1. Scary movies be reserved for the already-existing Horror Club so us scaredy-cats can play too

FanFare posts are open to commenting by everyone. You don't have to "belong" to the Cult Film Club if there's a particular movie they've selected that you want to discuss.


I think bleep's request is based on the idea that virtually no one in a Horror discussion will be all "Ugh, I hate 'cult' films," while "I dislike scary movies" is a fairly reasonable objection to have. Therefore, reserving horror-cult movies for the HFC is a more inclusive solution than occasionally having a horror-cult movie in the CFC.
posted by Etrigan at 5:01 AM on June 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


I vote for Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter. Because I recently found out a new friend of mine has a bit part in it, so clearly I need to watch that again.

But mostly I'm just posting to get this into my recent activity, because I will probably be in for at least some cult film watching, depending on the choices.
posted by Stacey at 5:30 AM on June 23, 2014


i think better of dead, planes trains and automobiles and other seasonal films should wait until their holidays come around.
posted by nadawi at 5:34 AM on June 23, 2014


So Cemetery Man waits for Halloweens?
posted by winna at 5:37 AM on June 23, 2014


THX 1138
Diva
Flesh for Frankenstein
My Life as a Dog
posted by peacay at 5:46 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


The Apple.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:01 AM on June 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


William Friedkin's Sorcerer. I need an excuse to pick up the new Blu-Ray.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 6:32 AM on June 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Cf my opinion

So then Cannibal Holocaust would be fine
posted by elizardbits at 7:13 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


It doesn't get any more cult than Battlefield Earth.
posted by scalefree at 7:22 AM on June 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Edward Scissorhands is a cult movie according to John Kenneth Muir. And others.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:26 AM on June 23, 2014


(That last website reminded me of another cult movie: Harold and Maude. Might be fun to discuss.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:27 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


IIRC Cannibal Holocaust is mostly boring.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:39 AM on June 23, 2014


I didn't care for JCVH, personally. It was a little too self-consciously ironic. Even intentionally bad movies only work if they don't crack a smile. Like "Reefer Madness: The Musical" would be good. Completely over the top but just plows straight ahead, damn the torpedoes. Plus some hella big musical numbers.

Also, I have never seen "Eraserhead".
posted by middleclasstool at 8:02 AM on June 23, 2014


Liquid Sky
The Quiet Earth
posted by danabanana at 8:06 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I have a suggestion. Let's alternate films from Cult Movies, the original book on the subject by Danny Peary (some of which have moved into the mainstream with movies from The New Cult Canon from the AV Club, with a few selections from their Old Cult Canon where it bridges the difference.

I'll select films based, in part, on availability -- it should be streaming through one of the major services. So, in this instance, based on recommendations, and based on its availability through Amazon Instant Video and iTunes, we will start with Alex Cox's classic 1984 LA punk adventure "Repo Man."

I'll post it to Fanfare a week from today, so let's get watching. The life of a cult film audience is always intense.
posted by maxsparber at 8:23 AM on June 23, 2014 [7 favorites]


Better Off Dead?

Holy shit, I'd been trying to find that one for ages. I could never find it on video anywhere for many years and started to think it got buried. Savage Steve Holland, man. I may be the only fan of Eek! The Cat I know.
posted by Hoopo at 8:29 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I vote for Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter. Because I recently found out a new friend of mine has a bit part in it

My fave bartender ever played Dr Praetorius. He also played Bionic Bigfoot, Murray "Zombie Cop" Sanchez, and a robot called Al Go Riddemz in variou sother Lee Demarbre films.
posted by Hoopo at 8:35 AM on June 23, 2014


Dark Star, The President's Analyst

Oh, by all means, I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality.
 
posted by Herodios at 8:41 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks danabanana, I couldn't remember the title: Liquid Sky - if ever there was a cult classic from the '80s, that's it!
(btw, the whole film is available on YT, albeit at 480x360 & with Spanish subs)
[Oh, I just found a 3-part Q&A with the director (Slava Tsukerman) editor, cinematographer & designer of LQ from a screening in 2010, which I shall have to watch]
posted by peacay at 9:03 AM on June 23, 2014


Paris is Burning, King of Kong, American Movie.
posted by oinopaponton at 9:12 AM on June 23, 2014


Obviously, this is a topic one can quibble over endlessly, but I'm really surprised that in three books on cult movies Peary couldn't find a place for one of the greatest cult movies ever, Cobra Woman. No cobra chewel for him!

Mostly tho, I want to watch someone take a knife and fight quonsar like a real man.
posted by octobersurprise at 9:15 AM on June 23, 2014


this MeTa is all of my favourite mefi things in one place:

- people happily shouting out their favourites like giddy toddlers in a bakery
- people arguing what does and does not constitute a "real cult film"
- people naming bizarre things i have never heard of and don't care about
- people naming bizarre things i have never heard of and want to know more about
- the wicker man
posted by elizardbits at 9:22 AM on June 23, 2014 [16 favorites]


Sure thing, peacay! Glad I could help. Love the scene with the woman singing about her box!

Haven't seen that one since the '80s so my memory of it is hazy. But I do remember that!
posted by danabanana at 9:26 AM on June 23, 2014


Whenever I read "wicker man" or even just "wicker" I get very sad about animals. I cannot even go near a Pier 1.
posted by danabanana at 9:29 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I am really excited to get my hands on that book, maxsparber, and to participate in this film club. I placed a library hold today and will get it by the end of the week. It looks like an excellent book.

It's a little silly how excited I am over this movie club but I also started watching Game of Thrones solely so I could participate in FanFare as it was rolled out, so I guess it shouldn't surprise me that much.

Thanks for putting this together!
posted by sockermom at 9:52 AM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Monkey Warfare
Hamlet 2 with Rock me Sexy Jesus
posted by morganw at 10:32 AM on June 23, 2014


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!
posted by futz at 10:34 AM on June 23, 2014 [4 favorites]


Almost anything Hal Hartley made but mostly more than anything, Trust.

Either that or Altman's Long Goodbye, which ranks right up there with Lebowski
at the pinnacle of the deconstructed-LA-noir genre.
posted by dersins at 12:19 PM on June 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


WE'VE GOT MOVIE SIGN!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 1:04 PM on June 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


Tapeheads.
posted by wenestvedt at 1:20 PM on June 23, 2014


Miracle Mile, suggested above is positively the shit. But alas, no streaming options right now.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:28 PM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]




I am now planning my entire evening around rewatching that one.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:58 PM on June 23, 2014


REPO MAN
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES

Other possible future contenders:

- Harold & Maude
- Buckaroo Banzai
- Stranger Than Paradise
- Trust (or anything by Hal Hartley)
- Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

Also, I am in the "no scary movies" club or at least the "no gory movies" club.
posted by pxe2000 at 4:42 PM on June 23, 2014


Putting in a note so this thread will turn up in recent activity! And yes, Repo Man and Liquid Sky. (Love me some Buckaroo Banzai, too, but since it keeps turning up at my local Alamo, I'm starting to have a hard time thinking of it as cult.)
posted by immlass at 4:58 PM on June 23, 2014


When people say Wicker Man they do mean the original classic cult film & not the abomination starring Nick Cage, yes?
posted by scalefree at 5:10 PM on June 23, 2014


They do if they know what's good for them!
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:13 PM on June 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


gideonswann: "The laugh-a-minute extravaganza that is THREADS"

I discovered Threads through Metafilter. I was warned, but I watched it anyway. I thought that I would be immune to its horrors. I was completely wrong. That is the most fucked-up movie that I have ever seen or probably ever will see. The nightmares, complete with waking in cold sweats of terror and staying awake for the rest of the night, came hot and heavy for the first year or so after watching it. Now they only come once a month or so.

My (probably not very cultish) suggestions:
  • Clerks
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • China Syndrome
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
and, of course,
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
posted by double block and bleed at 5:17 PM on June 23, 2014


When people say Wicker Man they do mean the original classic cult film & not the abomination starring Nick Cage, yes?

I keep telling y'all: THERE IS NOT ANOTHER WICKER MAN. There's the one with Edward Woodward and anything else you've heard is a dirty, dirty lie.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:39 PM on June 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


IMO they are both cult films for diametrically opposed reasons.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:41 PM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


THERE IS NOT ANOTHER WICKER MAN

NOT THE NOT THE BEES
posted by Jon Mitchell at 5:58 PM on June 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I was just reminded of my favorite cult film, "The Bed-Sitting Room". Here's John Landis talking over the trailer. (And the trailer by itself.) After a nuclear war, with 20 people alive in Britain, radiation is turning people into furniture. The main character is turning into a bed-sitting room. These five words should seal the deal: Marty Feldman is in it.
posted by Catblack at 6:18 PM on June 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


TWICE UPON A TIME!
posted by tzikeh at 6:25 PM on June 23, 2014


Also -

Skidoo

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T
posted by tzikeh at 6:26 PM on June 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Slacker.
posted by John Cohen at 7:22 PM on June 23, 2014


Am not.
posted by dersins at 11:46 PM on June 23, 2014


Oh wait.
posted by dersins at 11:47 PM on June 23, 2014


Peeping Tom
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:23 AM on June 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


Death Wish V
The Wizard of Space and Time
Riki Oh: The Story of Riki
posted by ignignokt at 4:08 AM on June 24, 2014


I just finished reading up on The Wizard of Speed and Time. Now I really want to watch that.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:43 AM on June 24, 2014


> Oh, by all means, I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality.

You'll turn the sound down on it and say rude things?
posted by George_Spiggott at 1:05 PM on June 24, 2014



> Oh, by all means, I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality.

You'll turn the sound down on it and say rude things?


Only if they're dead grotty.
 
posted by Herodios at 7:36 PM on June 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


I just rewatched Repo Man tonight in anticipation of the thread. Very excited to get this going...tempted to watch it with the commentary just to be THAT GAL in the thread. :D
posted by pxe2000 at 7:57 PM on June 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


The American Astronaut
posted by contraption at 8:02 PM on June 24, 2014


The Parallax View
The Mafu Cage
Beyond The Black Rainbow

Squeeeee
posted by waraw at 8:44 PM on June 24, 2014


DirtyOldTown, oddly enough, that movie works as well played backwards as it does forwards.
posted by ignignokt at 9:02 PM on June 24, 2014


Executive Koala
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:23 AM on June 25, 2014


I see Stranger Than Paradise listed above. It is now "relevant" because of the recent Louie episodes using the same actress in the same role.
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:25 AM on June 25, 2014


WUT

...I mean, I knew Eszter Balint was on Louie, but was she actually playing Eva? Oh man!
posted by pxe2000 at 11:33 AM on June 25, 2014 [1 favorite]


OH MY GOD how did I not realize that was Eszter Balint?!

Add my voice to the Stranger Than Paradise chorus, with a side of Down By Law (the movie that made me fall in love with Tom Waits forever).
posted by scody at 12:22 PM on June 25, 2014


The inexplicable Troll 2 followed up with the documentary chronicling its rise to cult status.
posted by ian1977 at 12:09 PM on June 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


Best Worst Movie is very uncomfortable.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:21 PM on June 26, 2014


Repo Man has been posted.
posted by maxsparber at 11:08 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


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