IF I WERE A SPY

The second film directed by France’s Bertrand Blier was this eccentric black and white noir thriller from 1967

CLOUDS

Filipino horror trash that was apparently marketed as a porno flick in its native land—a designation that isn’t entirely off the mark given the copious sex scenes and trashy overall vibe

MARS AND APRIL

Science fiction from Quebec that isn’t perfect (far from it!) but deserves points for effort

GRANDMOTHERS RECHARGE WELL!

This Czech satire owes more than a little something to Ray Bradbury’s I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC!/THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER, but taken on its own terms it’s pretty good

THE JOURNEY INSIDE

An amalgamation of educational drama and grade-Z science fiction that was the first ever non-documentary film made expressly for IMAX

SCHOOL TIES

This 90s Hollyweird product is pretty good, albeit burdened with a crummy third act.  These days it’s best known as an early showcase for quite a few future stars

DEATH RITE

This French-Italian-German co-production, pivoting on clairvoyance and murder, is definitely peculiar, and for that reason alone deserves a look

NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER

This 1980 film has been called the “the sleaziest movie ever released by a major studio,” and I’ll have to concur

PRISON BREAK

PRISON BREAK was directed by Kazuo Ikehiro in 1969, and is widely believed to be the best Yakuza-themed film he and actor Matsukata Hiroki ever made

ABELARD–THE CASTRATION

From Germany, a failed attempt at artsploitation that was completed in 1975 but not released until two years later–and then promptly forgotten!