Punk Movies (2015)

PopGap #03 Recap: Punk Movies Month

By dorrk, March 31st 2015
A look back at the new Punk Movies in our repertoire

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:

Loved:

Really liked:

Meh:

Disappointing:

Garbage:

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)

Finally, here's how I'd assimilate this month's movies into the overall list of 47 movies I've seen that I consider part of the "punk movies" family (this month's Popgap movies are with ):

  1. Taxi Driver (1976)
  2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  3. The Road Warrior (1981)
  4. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  5. Suburbia (1983)
  6. The Tin Drum (1979)
  7. Over the Edge (1979)
  8. Repo Man (1984)
  9. Control (2007)
  10. Valley Girl (1983)
  11. We Are the Best! (2013)
  12. River's Edge (1986)
  13. Get Crazy (1983)
  14. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
  15. Breaking Glass (1980)
  16. The Runaways (2010)
  17. Smithereens (1982)
  18. American History X (1998)
  19. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  20. SLC Punk (1999)
  21. Times Square (1980)
  22. This Is England (2006)
  23. Never Too Young to Die (1986)
  24. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
  25. Class of 1984 (1982)
  26. They Live (1988)
  27. Summer of Sam (1999)
  28. Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
  29. End of the Century: the Story of the Ramones (2004)
  30. New York Doll (2005)
  31. Dudes (1987)
  32. TerrorVision (1986)
  33. Mad Max (1979)
  34. Surf 2 (1984)
  35. Sid and Nancy (1986)
  36. Blade Runner (1982)
  37. Out of the Blue (1980)
  38. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  39. Pump up the Volume (1990)
  40. Hard Core Logo (1996)
  41. Du-beat-e-o (1984)
  42. Rude Boy (1980)
  43. Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (1985)
  44. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
  45. Blank Generation (1980)
  46. Liquid Sky (1983)
  47. Straight to Hell (1987)

 I'll have a preview of April's movies in the next day or so.



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