Movies – F

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Author Cameron Crowe based Fast Times at Ridgemont High on his real-life observations when he returned to high school at the age of 22. The resulting movie about life in a California High School was probably single-handedly responsible for popularising the expression “Totally awesome” and the term “Dude”. Put them all together and it’s like totally awesome,(…)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

The film opens on vertical audio patterns oscillating in sync with an over-stimulated narrator pontificating about the violent nature of the female gender and the connection between eroticism and murder. The peculiar opening then cuts to a dizzying collage of go-go dancers wiggling with reverse cuts to the head of a male spectator floating in a(…)

Fastest Guitar Alive, The (1966)

As Confederate army officer Johnny Banner, Roy Orbison sported a six-string that converted with James Bond-like speed into a rifle to fight off marauding Native Americans while he set about robbing gold bullion from the United States Mint in San Francisco to help finance the Confederacy’s war effort. According to the associated song, it was capable(…)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Michael Douglas made two films in 1987 that hit a nerve and captured the prevailing respective cultural sentiments of “Greed is good” and “Sex is dangerous”. Wall Street (1987) may have won him an Oscar but Fatal Attraction stuck in the public consciousness, cleaning up at the box-office, landing on the front cover of Time and giving birth to the term(…)

Fathom (1967)

When sexy secret agent Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch) is sent on a mission to Spain to retrieve an H-bomb triggering device, she soon runs into opposition in the form of handsome American mercenary Peter Merriweather (Anthony Franciosa). A game of double-bluff and deceit commences. Hot on the success of their 1966 big-screen version of Batman,(…)

Fatty Finn (1980)

10-year-old Ben Oxenbould – a schoolboy “untainted by acting” – was chosen to portray the titular scamp from a famous Australian comic strip in the Sydney-based film, Fatty Finn.   Screen newcomer Ben shared the film credits with another feature film first-timer, Aussie television stalwart Bert Newton who played Fatty’s father, with Noni Hazelhurst as Mrs(…)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Adapting Hunter S Thompson’s category-defying book was always going to be a challenging experiment – even for the seemingly fearless maverick director Terry Gilliam (who replaced Alex Cox in pre-production). Ostensibly a warped record of Thompson’s bid to cover the Mint 400 motorcycle race for Rolling Stone magazine, this is more an acid-addled, amphetamine-fuelled search(…)

Fearless Vampire Killers, The (1967)

Fearless Vampire Killers (known in some markets as Dance Of The Vampires) is a film full of suspense, great scenery and enthusiastic performers (but beware of edited versions). It’s also a hilarious horror comedy poised on the knife edge of Hammer nightmare and Carry On farce. To the heart of Transylvania comes the fearless – but hapless –(…)

Felicity (1978)

17-year-old Felicity Robinson (played by unknown Canadian actress Glory Annen) lives at the Willows End Ladies College in Australia, where she finds herself uncontrollably turned on by watching her classmates in the showers, or being spied upon by horny local boys and groundskeepers. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny(…)

Fellini Satyricon (1969)

Fellini Satyricon tells of two students in Rome circa AD 500, who go their different ways after fighting over a pretty boy. Their separate adventures include drunken orgies, imprisonment on a galley ship and a duel fought with the Minotaur before they meet up again. The film is really La Dolce Vita  (1959) in Ancient Rome, with Fellini looking with(…)

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)

Federico Fellini was never likely to turn the story of Casanova into a standard period drama and the resulting film (his first English language feature)  is quite unique in its heavily stylised visual form and its strange and deliberately un-erotic tone. Fellini’s own dislike of the character means that Donald Sutherland is required to play(…)

Fellini’s Roma (1971)

Fellini’s Roma is an affectionate portrait of a city that is populated by the strangest of people – at least in Fellini’s eyes. He sees Rome as a baroque construction where history, culture, religion and voluptuous life meet and mix unceasingly. The movie needs no dramatic storyline and has only one protagonist – Fellini himself. In(…)

Female Trouble (1974)

Along with Pink Flamingos (1972), this is the film that gained cult director John Waters his trophy for spectacularly redefining melodrama. It features the transvestite Divine as the larger-than-life bad girl Dawn Davenport, on a perverse quest for self-realisation, following a disastrous Christmas morning in which her parents fail to deliver the requested cha-cha heels. The(…)

Feminist and the Fuzz, The (1971)

This 1971 ABC TV-movie revolved around a feminist (Barbara Eden) and a male chauvinist cop (David Hartman) who become roommates.   The cast also included Jo Anne Worley, Julie Newmar, Harry Morgan and Penny Marshall, with Farrah Fawcett in a small part as a Playboy bunny. Barbara Eden David Hartman Jo Anne Worley Julie Newmar(…)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a born con artist. When he’s not talking a mile a minute to his girlfriend Sloan (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), he’s stepping aside, facing the camera and addressing the audience. In his dedication to the joy of loafing, Ferris convinces his parents he’s ill, the(…)

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