Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Blow-Up

This month I watched Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 English language debut Blow-Up. Thomas (David Hemmings) is a highly successful London photographer, who one day begins taking pictures of a loving couple in a park. When, the woman lover, Jane (Vanessa Redgrave) discovers this she is infuriated and demands that Thomas give her the film. With his curiosity peaked, […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Easy Rider

I move from cars to motorcycles this month with 1969’s Easy Rider. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are two freewheeling bikers, who have just completed a cocaine drug deal. With the money stashed away in the gas tank of Wyatt’s chopper, the two go set off from Los Angeles to New Orleans, hoping to arrive […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Vanishing Point

This month I watched the 1971 car chase movie Vanishing Point. Kowalski (Barry Newman) is a former race car driver, now working as a car delivery man, who is tasked with delivering a white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco. While scoring Benzedrine pills to stay awake for the trip, Kowalski makes a bet with […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Wiz

This month I watched this African-American retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy (Diana Ross) is a 24 year old Harlem schoolteacher, who chases her dog Toto out into a snowstorm and ends up being carried away by a whirlwind into the magical land of Oz. Accidentally killing Evermean, the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy is given […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Tommy

This month I watched Ken Russell’s 1975 film based on the rock opera by The Who. Tommy (Roger Daltrey) has been supposedly death, dumb, and blind since witnessing as a kid his stepfather Frank (Oliver Reed) kill Tommy’s father, who was thought to have been killed in war. Frank and Tommy’s mother Nora (Ann-Margret) try in […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Rebel Without a Cause

This month I delve into the film that immortalized James Dean. Jim Stark (Dean) is a rebellious and angst-ridden teen, whose family just moved into town. Jim befriends fellow outsider John ‘Plato’ Crawford (Sal Mineo) and feels an attraction to local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Jim is targeted by a local gang, whose leader Buzz (Corey Allen) […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

This month I watched a debut studio effort by sexploitation king Russ Meyer with Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Kelly MacNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella “Pet” Danforth (Marcia McBroom) are members of an all-female rock band, who travel along with Kelly’s manager boyfriend Harris Allsworth (David Gurian) to Los Angeles to seek […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Night of the Hunter

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS It didn’t take long for me to get to this month’s selection, which is Charles Laughton’s 1955 film noir The Night of the Hunter. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a corrupt, self-described preacher in 1930s West Virginia, who has married and killed many widows for their money. While serving a month-long sentence […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Holy Mountain

I’m kicking off my 2018 edition of the Blindspot Series with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 surrealist fantasy The Holy Mountain. A Christ-like thief (Horacio Salinas) finds his way to the home of The Alchemist (Alejandro Jodorowsky), a mysterious figure living in a tower. Along with seven other individuals, each representing a planet of the solar system, The Alchemist […]