Probably our toughest list so far, and it’s certainly lead to our most peculiar combination of films. One thing is sure though, bubblegum, in cinema, symbolises care-free youth, and rebelliousness.
In no particular order
Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978)
Nominated by @rnfrw, @thrillmurray_ @MrSnowgarden and @Movienut14.
Olivia Newton John’s square bumps into her Summer love, John Travolta’s too-cool-for-school T-Bird, in her new high school. Musical extravaganza ensues.
The Gore, Gore Girls (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1972)
Thanks to @12pt9 for this one.
Brilliant, subversive comedy/slasher picture, about a corny PI who investigates a serial killer targeting strippers. Deliciously funny, with absurd murder sequences.
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971)
@SkotArmstrong nominated this.
Pure imagination. Legendary performance from the now late Gene Wilder in this dark and spectacular adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. Chocolate rivers & everlasting gob-stoppers abound.
Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
Kieslowski explores the spiritual connection between a young model and a retired judge in the film he regarded as his finest. Checkout Irene Jacob’s poetic performance in the lead.
Night On Earth (Jim Jarmusch, 1991)
Nominated by @Badr4320, @realarsenalism.
5 stories set in 5 taxis in 5 different countries during 1 night include a chipper Winona Ryder turning down a shot at Hollywood to continue driving her cab. More gentle, cinematic poetry from Jarmusch.
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (Gerard Oury, 1973)
Thanks to @KarelleFitoussi.
A French-Italian slapstick comedy about a bigoted, anti-Semitic businessman forced to disguise himself as a Rabbi after a series of absurd events.
Monkey Business (Howard Hawks, 1952)
Suggested by @jhpcine.
Brilliant screwball. A bespectacled Cary Grant and his wife, Ginger Rogers, regress to a second childhood after accidentally taking some of Grant’s fountain of youth formula.
Lolita (Adrian Lyne, 1997)
@realarsenalism and @ashesofthesoul.
Jeremy Irons’ Humbert Humbert marries Melanie Griffith because he really wants to get his hands on her daughter in this screen version of Nabakov’s brilliantly cynical novel.
Pleasantville (Gary Ross, 1998)
@gloriabb2 nominated this one.
Two teenagers escape into a black and white, 1950s television show via a strange TV repair man…
Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
Utterly bonkers Sissy Spacek unleashes her telekinetic powers on bullying school-mates.