Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Culted’s Matthew Friesen

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After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening.

So here for you now is a new column from Culted’s Matthew Friesen.

Suspiria
This movie was my introduction to Dario Argento. It made me want to discover everything else he’s ever made. Witches, murder, great cinematography, and an awesome soundtrack by Goblin…well…I can’t really say anymore.

I think the remake of this movie is dead, but if it ever does get remade, please see the original, it holds up.

Violent City
A hitman (Charles Bronson) is double crossed by his girlfriend and barely gets out alive. This is before Bronson’s “Death Wish” fame. It was created by Italian writer and director Sergio Sollima, who is also known for “Run, Man, Run” and “Faccia a Faccia.”

The soundtrack is written by Ennio Morricone; if you don’t know who he is, look him up — this guy has done a ton of great soundtracks and has been around a long time. I have recently managed to find some of his soundtracks on original vinyl, and they sound awesome, best way to listen to them.

If you like revenge films with little dialogue, lots of intensity, and 70s Italian cinematography, this is a must see.

The Last Polka
An old mockumentary. This was released on VHS, and now is out of print, this needs to be released on another format.

The story follows the life, careers, and the final show of Yosh (John Candy), and Stan (Eugene Levy) Schmenge two brothers from Leutonia. The biggest Polka duo in the world.

Directed by John Blanchard who has directed the sketch comedy series “Second City Television” and “The Kids In The Hall.” It is extremely funny; I can’t really say much more.

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