Monday, December 30, 2013

My Top 15 Rockabilly Films

If I had to select some films to explain rockabilly, these are the ones that I would choose.  I hope you enjoy!

1. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
This is a musical of an alien invasion by meat-eating plants.  Most people might have missed the early version that featured Jack Nicholson in a bit role as the dentist's eager patient, but you're probably more familiar with the Rick Moranis version.

2. Grease (1978)
This one is a little obvious.  It's essentially a musical about teenage relationships and Rizzo dealing with possibly being pregnant.

3. Cry Baby (1990)
This is a film about two cliques that don't get along: the drapes and the preppy kids.  Its a musical, its fun, and it has Johnny Depp.  You'll see sexy women, lots of singing, car racing, and Traci Lords hitting that triangle.

4. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Elvis and his attitude.  A classic.

5. Roadracers (1994)
This isn't a super well-known film, but its fucking awesome.  It stars David Arquette and Selma Hayek.  Robert Rodriguez directed this film in 13 days and this was Selma Hayek's first American film.

6. The Wild One (1953)
This film stars Marlon Brando.  Its about two rival motorcycle gangs.  Its also a classic.

7. Six-String Samurai (1998)
In an apocalyptic future - the Russians nuked the US as we're told - the person who rules America is the King of Lost Vegas (was previously Elvis).  Mix in some awesome martial arts with sweet music by the Red Elvises.

8. True Romance (1993)
This Tarantino film is about true love and selling some drugs to get a start with the future.

9. A League of Their Own (1994)
A film that empowers women by sticking them into a man's world - of baseball.  This is a great example of some of the mentalities among the rockabilly crowd, though I think we're WAY more lenient now.  And as we all know...."There's no crying in baseball!"

10. Wild At Heart (1990)
This is a film about two lovers who have to fight to be together.  Sailor is a criminal and Lula is under her mother's thumb.  It stars Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern.   Don't miss this one.  "This is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it's a symbol of my individuality, and my belief... in personal freedom."

11. Stage Door Canteen (1943)
This is about a few soldiers passing through a club called the Stage Door Canteen before heading off to WWII.  There are so many famous people making cameos in this film its insane!  I always enjoyed this.

12. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day come across a murder plot while vacationing.  Alfred Hitchcock films are awesome.

13. Psycho (1960)
Another Hitchcock film.  This is his best film in my opinion.

14.Where The Boys Are (1960)
This is my favorite beach movie.  A group of college girls go to the beach for spring break and meet up with boys, love, and trouble.  Frank Gorshin is in this film too!

15. Pick any film made about a music from this time period.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Ray (2004)
Great Balls of Fire (1989)
Walk The Line (2005)

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