The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2017)

PopGap #30: Potluck Film Fest, Month Seven - Completed!

By dorrk, August 1st 2017
July's Smorgasboard of Pulpy Culture has been ravaged

July's selection of movies, which ranged from VHS-only exploitation obscurity to Oscar-winning homogeneity, had the lowest aggregate ranking of any Potluck Film Festival month so far this year. Although I liked all but three of the movies, to some extent, the majority huddled close together in the realm of small pleasures balanced by some misgivings. Only three movies really stood out as agreeably exceptional; the month's rankings are posted below. With two of my three favorites of July, Alan Ryman scored the best overall with his diverse selections. Mike Russell's slate of grindhouse novelties scored well to a lesser degree, while Pat Nachtigall's sort-of mainstream picks fell flat. My monthly wildcards, Flickcharters Nigel Druitt and Ty Tag, hugged the middle of my Flickchart with their decent-but-middling picks.

How July's Movies Fared

Santa Sangre (1989)

Santa Sangre (1989)

Night of the Juggler (1980)

Night of the Juggler (1980)

The Proposition (2005)

The Proposition (2005)

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Exiled (2006)

Exiled (2006)

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Savages (2012)

Savages (2012)

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The Godfather

The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher