Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Vestal Claret’s Simon Tuozzoli

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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 Vestal Claret‘s Simon Tuozzoli.

Here are three movies that I would tell anyone and everyone they need to see. All three movies are driven by their soundtracks in different ways and have stayed with me for many years.

Flash Gordon (1980)
In the age of film when cocaine culture fueled the fire of creativity, this gem was born. I remember seeing it while visiting my uncle in New York City and everything about it burned into my brain; the colors, the costumes, the practical effects, and the music.

That first viewing was an experience I will always relish. The music was done by Queen and I still spin the soundtrack occasionally to this day. It stands as one of the most brilliant soundtracks ever composed, walking the line between music that stands on it’s own, but is also in the background.

Times Square (1980)
“Times Square” was produced by Robert Stigwood. He had immense hits with “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” previously, both with companion soundtracks pressed on double LPs.

The soundtracks were extremely successful and when he set out to make “Times Square,” he kept with the formula. The music that was selected for “Times Square” was and has proven to be timeless underground magic. The film follows two young runaways in New York City at a time when sleaze reigned on the streets.

It harnesses the essence and power of the culture of NYC during that time.

Baraka (1992)
This film is not one that you would watch once a week, like “Flash Gordon” or “Conan the Barbarian.” I do feel that everyone should see it at least once.

I have never watched any film like it and it grips me every time I view it. Not only is it beautifully shot, without any spoken dialogue it tells more than most films.

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