Thursday List – Born Into Film : 1964 Chris Mason
It is that time in the week for another Born into Film list. This week we are visited by friend of mine Chris Mason.
It has been a serious case of attack of the young ‘uns with this series of posts. I was starting to get worried that I would be the only person posting a list PRE-1980!! Thankfully friend of mine Chris Mason form the book of face has stepped up to the plate and offered up a very interesting list indeed. If you wanted to find Mr Mason on Facebook, he is located here
The ‘Born Into Film’ series of lists is the brainchild of Mike P Williams, staff writer here at FRC. The idea is simple -
List a group of films that were released on the year you were born that you would still like to watching today. No rules on list length, it is up to you. As a bonus, list 3 people or so that were born the same year as you that you admire, either because of their acting / directing / writing skills, or even just because they are hot.
The previous weeks can be found here…
Here is Chris’ List!!
My Fair Lady
So starting with the years best film Oscar winner, ‘My Fair Lady’, staring the incomparable Audrey Hepburn, I love this movie for all its old school charm, a musical that I can pretty much sing along to in full. Still love the horse race scene when poor Eliza lets her roots slip… “Ca’am ahhnn Dover, move your bloomin arse” has me in stitches
Moving on to the, in my humble opinion, best pre Craig, Bond film ever. ‘Goldfinger’ I never tire of watching this one, Connery at his best, an unforgettable villain and one of the best monikered ladies in film, you know her name…!
Growing up I wanted to be a fighter pilot and my plane of choice was the Mosquito, so ’633 Squadron’ is a must watch for me when its shown on TV, one of those ‘stiff upper lip, tally ho’ films about an impossible attack on a German rocket fuel plant in a Norwegian fjord, derring do and ultimate sacrifices make for compulsive viewing.
Crack In The World
Bit of an odd one next, I remember seeing it a few times on TV in my teens, ‘Crack in the World’ a forerunner to ‘The Core’ about the consequences of fooling about with Mother Earth (will we ever learn?) sees a huge crack threatening the existence of our planet, I remember ropey special effects and an edge of the chase of a moving train “Heading towards the CRACK !!”
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Next is a film I didn’t see until my early 20′s, ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ is a master-class of black comedy and satiricism, considering the times I was growing up in Reagan/Thatcher and the escalating cold war, the threat of Nuclear annihilation hanging over us all, its a wonder it wasn’t required viewing at school !
A Fistful of Dollars
A western next, ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ sits in the favourites section in my DVD collection, this film and its sequels made westerns worth watching, the brilliant Ennio Morricone score, the stony faced Clint Eastwood and fantastic Sergio Leone direction make them all amazing viewing. Itself an almost perfect copy of Akira Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo its has been referenced in everything from Back To The Future to The Simpsons.
The Masque of the Red Death
‘The Masque of the Red Death’ is a film that will remain with me for ever, Directed by Roger Corman its visuals have been burned into my brain, never before or since, have I been so scared by a first watch of a film, Vincent Price excels, its such a glorious looking film with a fabulous ending.
Finally ‘Zulu’ based on a true story its another one of those films that seemed to be on TV every Bank Holiday, most widely remembered for Michael Caines’ début, Stanley Baker is my favourite in the film, closely followed by James Booths’ Pvt Hook, I always remember rooting for him, despite his ne’er do-well persona. “Stop chuckin those bl**dy spears”
Also born this year
Did you enjoy Chris’ list? What films would you have chosen from 1964? Want to take part? Comment below…