That's the end of Punk Movies month. While there were only a couple that cracked what I consider the cream-of-the-crop, I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed more than half of the 21 movies on March's official PopGap watchlist, with only a few truly miserable failures. Here's how I rank the movies I watched this month:
What did I learn?
For some reason almost completely unconnected to my actual life experience, "punk movies" resonate with me in a unique way. This is probably largely nostalgia for the punk-drenched b-movies I grew up watching in the 1980s. Flipping through the great book Destroy All Movies: the Complete Guide to Punks on Film brings up at least one movie every couple of pages that I watched multiple times on cable as a teenager, or caught clips of on USA network's Night Flight. My own brief flirtation with punk fashion and music as a 14-year-old never materialized into a dedicated lifestyle, but these movies allow me to momentarily revisit it vicariously.
Obviously there are still a lot of "punk movies" I haven't seen. Here are some of the titles that were recommended to me that I did not include in this month's list:
- New Wave Hookers (1985)
- Tchao Pantin (1983, a.k.a. So Long, Stooge)
- Lunch Wagon (1981)
- They Eat Scum (1979)
- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
- Savage Streets (1984)
- Gringo: Story of a Junkie (1985)
And the documentaries:
- Urgh: a Music War (1981)
- Another State of Mind (1984)
- D.O.A. (1980)