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New Year's Eve Movies

While not nearly as extensively represented on film as Christmas, New Year's Eve is still a hell of a holiday and has inspired a bunch of movies--some good and some bad. Movie wise, New Years probably has a better track record than most and I'm surprised that the holiday hasn't inspired more films. For my "near the end of the year" staff picks I choose two very different New Year's Eve related movies. First off is Get Crazy, which is one of my all-time favorite frantic comedies. It has never been released on DVD and the VHS is hard to come by, which is one of the reasons the film is so tragically obscure. Get Crazy is director Allan Arkush's follow up to the beloved Ramones film Rock and Roll High School. For my money Get Crazy is about a thousand times better with plenty of laffs and rawk. One of my personal highlights of the past year was writing a fairly extensive review for the mind-blowing film book Destroy All Movies!!! and introducing a rare screening of a 35mm print of Get Crazy at The Grand Illusion Cinema. I could go on and on about the merits of Get Crazy and will gladly do so if the public demands it. So, public, do you want more??? My other New Year's Eve related staff pick is Il Posto, an Italian neorealist film that could not be more different than Get Crazy. There's no drugs, sex, rock or roll in Il Posto, which is a quiet movie about white-collar tedium. I find Il Posto to be sadly amusing and only one small section of the film takes place at a New Year's party. So, on one hand we have a crazy party picture and on the other a somber look at corporate careers. Both are worthy of the mighty New Year's holiday. For the record a few other recommended New Years related movies are: The Apartment, After the Thin Man, and Rudolph's Shiny New Year.