blown to pieces

I just re-watched a great movie I first saw back at UCSC: Smithereens, directed by Susan Seidelman (of Desperately Seeking Susan fame.) One of my professors at BC, who moved to New York in the late '70's, told me it made her nostalgic for the old, grimey New York of the '80's, so you know it's the real deal!

It's chock full of music by the Feelies, co-stars a golden Richard Hell, and there's even the blink-and-you'll-miss-it debut of a Mr. Chris Noth--as a male prostitute no less.


Suzy said...

please tell me 'only life' is on this soundtrack. no wait, don't, because i might kiss you then!

it's one of my 2010 resolutions to get back to obsessing over film as much as i did back in those lost years of my youth (because i'm so old now). got any good january suggestions?

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Oh heck yes! Besides Smithereens:

Spirit of the Beehive
Claire's Knee
The Conformist
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Chinese Roulette
Songs from the Second Floor
Cleo from 5 to 7
Short Cuts
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Jeez ok I could go on, but that ought to get you started!

Suzy said...

Thank you, Siri, this is such a great list! A few I've seen, loved, and forgotten, nearly half are on netflix instant view, and the rest sound sooo good, like Chinese Roulette which I've never even heard of!

Ringo, have a banana! said...

You're welcome! And there's plenty more where that came from. I should just make a general list of "movies people should see" and keep it somewhere public. Probably the most use I'll ever get out of my film degree.

Chelsea said...

I love Smithereens, the opening sequence is totally brilliant. I love the way she stomps around the city, she's so angsty. That entire list is amazing...

Tali said...

I absolutely loved this movie!!!
I cam across this in happenstance and quickly became a favorite. Its also a little weird to know that it depicted the New York of the 80's really well yet looks so current too.(I mean tell me her crush doesn't look like he could be in the strokes?