If you’re like me, you’re used to living your life in that sweet spot between “crushingly alone” and “broke.” And if you also happen to be so goddamned principled [aka paranoid, cheap & antisocial] that you can’t even bring yourself to commune in corporate-chaperoned Social MediaTM (para)sites like faceb00k, tind3r or netfl1x (much less go to an actual movie theater), pretty much the only thing the internet (or life) is good for is free movies on y0utube. So, since i’m on vacation this week but forgot to plan anything to actually do, i’ve made a list of some movies i’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks:

Zigeunerweisen has a great mix of nihilist horror with just a condiment of goofiness, an aesthetic that i really love in Japanese cinema (despite the over-the-top misogyny). And there’s so much eating:

Mike Kuchar’s The Craven Sluck (1967) gives John Waters a run for his dogshit:

Besides being one of cinema’s most underrated psychological thrillers, Wake in Fright is pretty great as a document of Australian society in the mid-20th century. Like, that bar in “the Yabba” is so huge it couldn’t possibly just be a movie set full of extras — that has to be the real thing, right? What a grim spectacle! My favorite part of this movie is Donald Pleasence. Before this i’d only known him in Hammer-film signature roles as “nebbish old creep who will definitely get killed,” so i love seeing him here playing a studly, iconoclastic philosopher-drunk, oozing pheromones and fucking outside society’s rules. (Fair warning: like every single other Australian film from the 1970s this has heaps of kangaroo slaughter):

Cringing in the cozy crevice between Bad and Good is 1981’s forgotten B-slasher Madman. The extremely du mode coke-folk soundtrack and hot-tub scene are brimming with unintentional humor, but there’s also a few genuinely creepy moments that (intentionally, i think) evoke a very particular unhealthy nightmare vibe that i wish i could capture in comics:

(*link fixed*) This isn’t a movie, just one and a half hours of trailers for a Japanese go-go grindhouse girl-biker-gang soap opera, excellently titled Pinky Violence:

At the other end of the spectrum is this sobering-as-fuck documentary about post-Bush Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, with some pretty amazing on-the-ground footage (warning, gore):

I’m not sure what embedding all these videos in a blog post will do to your browser, so i will leave it at that (i say, sounding like i think anyone’s actually looking at any of this). Come whittle down the silent hours in this shitopia by cannibalizing a bit of film history — with your pal, Gabby. XO