Here on Cinemaholics, we don’t just stop with current realms of cinema. Once a month, we take a trip back in time to look at a film that has gone the extra mile to remain relevant all these years later. But selecting that film isn’t always easy! Welcome to this month’s Extra Milestone Poll, in which YOU get to decide what we break down on our next episode. Your options are:
His Girl Friday (1940) dir. Howard Hawks
His Girl Friday is a screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, adapted from the stage play The Front Page. The improvisational comedy found in the film was groundbreaking in its impact, and even broke the record (at the time) for the fastest spoken dialogue in film!
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) dir. Ernst Lubitsch
Starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, The Shop Around the Corner is a surprisingly dark romantic comedy that was later remade as In the Good Old Summertime and You’ve Got Mail.
Eyes Without a Face (1960) dir. Georges Franju
Based on Jean Redon’s novel of the same name, Eyes Without a Face is undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric and unsettling films of its kind. Though unpopular at first, the film has gained a reputation as one of the best horror films of world cinema.
M*A*S*H (1970) dir. Robert Altman
Altman’s Korean War farce became one of the biggest successes of 20th Century Fox in the early 1970s. The film won the award that would eventually be known as the Palme d’Or, and kickstarted the long-running television series of the same name.
Tremors (1990) dir. Ron Underwood
Tremors introduced the world to the Grabboid-infested plains of Perfection, Nevada, a world that has amassed a highly respectable cult following and spawned an expansive franchise that continues to this day.
Before Sunrise (1995) dir. Richard Linklater
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke officially came alive as Celine and Jesse in Richard Linklater’s slow, intimate walk through the late-night streets of Vienna. One of the most acclaimed and influential independent films of all time, it also spawned a trilogy(?) that may have even lived up to its own high bar!
Now that you’ve heard all the options, please vote for your selection in the comments below! Choose wisely…
Sam is a frequent contributor to Cinemaholics, former co-host of Anyway, That’s All I Got, and currently hosts the weekly Extra Milestone podcast. He’ll watch anything once, but makes no guarantees about whether or not he’ll remember it.