Such a weird little gem this. Between this and Married to the Mob, Jonathan Demme made two of the most offbeat and brilliant romcoms of the 80s. Far more interesting than The Silence of the Lambs and most of the stuff he made thereafter.
The Man with the Golden Arm (Prime)
Was Frank Sinatra a better actor than singer? Maybe, Clive, maybe. This isn't even his best performance but certainly *one* of his best. Rare to see a film around this time tackle drug addiction so head-on but it's unflinching and the cold turkey scene is better than the Trainspotting one too.
Roger Daltrey, in prison, with his fellow inmates chanting at a nonce "Sex case, sex case, hang him, hang him, hang him!" And it wasn't even Pete Townshend.
Sudden Fear (1952) (ok.ru)
Quite brilliant noir where Joan Crawford makes the mistake of pissing off Jack Palance. Then again, he then makes the mistake of pissing her off. A match made in heaven! Some incredible silent acting in this, and a fittingly bleak ending. One of the best things I've watched this year.
The Blue Dahlia (ok.ru)
Impossible for me to think badly of anything starring Veronica Lake, but this is one of the best earlier noirs regardless. Alan Ladd's a right old plank of wood as ever but the support cast and the storyline are spot on.
Pool of London (Talking Pictures TV)
Notable for being the first British film to feature a black actor (Earl Cameron) in a leading role, and the first to feature an interracial romance. Basil Dearden was usually at the forefront of progressive cinema in his day, and this is socially conscious as well as being a great character study and crime drama. Well worth catching when it next does the TPTV rounds.