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

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

Written by dorrk
01 August 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

Review: Santa Sangre (1989)

Santa Sangre (1989)

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rank: #545/3885 (86%)
Review: Night of the Juggler (1980)

Night of the Juggler (1980)

Dir: Robert Butler
My rank: #725/3885 (81%)
Review: The Proposition (2005)

The Proposition (2005)

Dir: John Hillcoat
My rank: #987/3885 (75%)
Review: Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

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

Dir: Ruggero Deodato
My rank: #1488/3885 (62%)
Review: Dark of the Sun (1968)

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Dir: Jack Cardiff
My rank: #1730/3885 (55%)
Review: Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Dir: Shinya Tsukamoto
My rank: #1766/3885 (54%)
Review: The Rocketeer (1991)

The Rocketeer (1991)

Dir: Joe Johnston
My rank: #1909/3885 (51%)
Nigel's rank: #235 / 5602 (96%)
Review: ABBA: The Movie (1977)

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Dir: Lasse Hallström
My rank: #1913/3885 (51%)
Review: About Time (2013)

About Time (2013)

Dir: Richard Curtis
My rank: #2158/3885 (44%)
Ty's rank: #15 / 5602 (100%)
Review: Exiled (2006)

Exiled (2006)

Dir: Johnnie To
My rank: #2363/3885 (39%)
Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Dir: Morten Tyldum
My rank: #2365/3885 (39%)
Review: Savages (2012)

Savages (2012)

Dir: Oliver Stone
My rank: #2906/3885 (25%)
Review: Santa Sangre (1989)

Santa Sangre (1989)

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rank: #545/3885 (86%)
Review: Night of the Juggler (1980)

Night of the Juggler (1980)

Dir: Robert Butler
My rank: #725/3885 (81%)
Review: The Proposition (2005)

The Proposition (2005)

Dir: John Hillcoat
My rank: #987/3885 (75%)
Review: Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

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

Dir: Ruggero Deodato
My rank: #1488/3885 (62%)
Review: Dark of the Sun (1968)

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Dir: Jack Cardiff
My rank: #1730/3885 (55%)
Review: Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Dir: Shinya Tsukamoto
My rank: #1766/3885 (54%)
Review: The Rocketeer (1991)

The Rocketeer (1991)

Dir: Joe Johnston
My rank: #1909/3885 (51%)
Nigel's rank: #235 / 5602 (96%)
Review: ABBA: The Movie (1977)

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Dir: Lasse Hallström
My rank: #1913/3885 (51%)
Review: About Time (2013)

About Time (2013)

Dir: Richard Curtis
My rank: #2158/3885 (44%)
Ty's rank: #15 / 5602 (100%)
Review: Exiled (2006)

Exiled (2006)

Dir: Johnnie To
My rank: #2363/3885 (39%)
Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Dir: Morten Tyldum
My rank: #2365/3885 (39%)
Review: Savages (2012)

Savages (2012)

Dir: Oliver Stone
My rank: #2906/3885 (25%)