We recently wrapped our fifth annual Junesploitation and I think it's safe to call it the best one ever. It was certainly the most "visible," thanks to so many of you participating in the comments and posting about it all over social media. Hopefully you all had as great a month as we did; I love that some of you lifelong exploitation fans get to celebrate these movies all month long, while those of you less familiar are taking chances and diving into the weird end of movies. Reading the reactions to what everyone was watching was the real highlight of the month, so we (and by "we" I mean "Rob") had the great idea to share some of our Junesploitation highlights. Enjoy!
This time around something clicked. Despite the DVD transfer being horrible, the visuals still managed to pop in a way they hadn’t the first time I saw Suspiria. That’s not to say I didn’t notice what Argento was doing visually the first time around (it’d be impossible not to), but for whatever reason watching it on Italian Horror day I was struck by the colors and composition in a way that stayed with me for days afterward. The beginning of Suspiria is one for the ages, Jessica Harper kicks ass, there are genuine scares along the way AND THAT MUSIC. I went from thinking Suspiria was just okay to cursing Synapse for not releasing the Blu-ray yesterday. It’s a special movie.
Anyway, little did I know that (as Patrick wrote) this was the definitive cop film of the 2000s. It's equally beautiful, angry, violent, sexy — as much about the spaces in between all the action and dialogue as it is those elements themselves. It's speaking its own language. And yeah, the original opening in the club rules.
10. Lock Up
9. The Man with the Golden Arm
7. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
6. Psycho II
5. J.D.’s Revenge
4. Jason X
3. Smokey and the Bandit
2. Used Cars
1. Crippled Avengers
Kid with the Golden Arm (1979, dir. Cheh Chang) for Kung Fu! Day (June 10). One of the Shaw Brothers’ “Venom Mob” movies, this time featuring different martial artists who have mastered different weapons-based fighting styles, all fighting over a pile of golden treasure. A little slower and more “talky” than an all-out actioner like Crippled Avengers, but still has its fair share of surprises and unexpected deaths. It’s also always awesome to spend time with the Venom Mob.