Cultish, Coarse, Cheap -- And Chic. B-List Love. : Blog Of The Nation B-list beauties -- blood, gore, Buddy Holly, and a few zombies.
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Cultish, Coarse, Cheap — And Chic. B-List Love.

Sure, sure, you love The Godfather. Gone With The Wind. The Deerhunter. Ah, but if you're a true film buff, your truly cherished movies are low budget, obscure little masterpieces -- they're proudly B-list. The grade, of course, doesn't refer to the movies quality; it's more a reference to its pedigree. And that list of lowly film births can range from the sublime to the ridiculous; from Platoon, to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. David Sterritt and John Anderson, along with the National Society of Film Critics, have lovingly put together a delicious critical collection of these low-brow treats, titled, The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. Their list is in no way exhaustive, though, so feel free to celebrate your own favorites, and let's do the time warp again! (My favorite is above -- get this -- it's Beat The Devil, by author Truman Capote, director John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and assorted beauties like Jennifer Jones and Gina Lollobrigida. Go to 2:15 in the clip to see my favorite line, practically of all time.)