Posts Tagged ‘70s

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been a bit busy. Plus, I’m lazy. Okay, it’s mostly the lazy thing.
I think it’s time for me to revisit the Essentials Project. But before I get started in earnest, here’s a quick round-up of the movies from The List that I [...]

Saturday April 16, 2011 11:16

Movie #0045 – Network (1976)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
First Viewing
Synopsis: In this satire of the TV news industry, an aging anchorman on his way out has a very public breakdown, only to find himself more popular than ever.
Sidney Lumet passed away last week. Tragic, certainly, though it’s hard to [...]

Sunday January 23, 2011 11:26

Movie #0040 – Days of Heaven (1978)

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
First Viewing
Synopsis: A man and his girlfriend take the opportunity to con a rich farmer who they believe is dying.
After being blown away by the amazing, downright beautiful recent trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (seriously, it’s my favourite trailer of the last little [...]

Wednesday January 12, 2011 22:11

Movie #0037 – Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
First Viewing
Synopsis: An aging German woman finds herself a pariah after she starts dating an immigrant worker.
This film owes a great debt to All That Heaven Allows. In fact, in many ways it plays like a loose remake of [...]

Sunday January 2, 2011 20:40

Movie #0036 – The Tin Drum (1979)

Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
Second Viewing
Synopsis: About the exploits of a strange young boy in World War II-era Germany who decides to stop aging.
Off-putting and kind of unpleasant, I didn’t much care for this the first time I watched it, and watching it again, I still don’t [...]

Monday May 31, 2010 12:25

Movie #0025 – Amarcord (1973)

Directed by: Federico Fellini
Starring: Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Bruno Zanin
Second Viewing
Synopsis: A year in the life of a small town in Italy in the 1930s, focusing mainly on one family.
Hmmm… I guess I just don’t like Fellini very much. Of the handful of his films that I’ve seen up to this point, I [...]

Sunday April 18, 2010 18:56

Movie #0021 – 1900 (1976)

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Donald Sutherland
Second Viewing
Synopsis: Following the lives of two men in Italy — one rich, one poor — from their childhood in the early years of the 1900s to the fall of the Fascist party at the end of WWII.
I’m going to admit that I actually [...]

Tuesday April 13, 2010 15:29

Movie #0020 – American Graffiti (1973)

Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat
First Viewing
Synopsis: A group of friends, recently graduated from high school, have one last night of fun before moving on to bigger and better things.
Meh. Wasn’t crazy about this one. I guess the streak of really good movies had to end eventually. [...]

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards
First Viewing
Synopsis: Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — reporters for the Washington Post — slowly uncover the details behind the Watergate scandal.
Boy, the list is on fire, isn’t it? This was yet another really great film, and one I can’t believe I waited so [...]

Monday February 22, 2010 15:24

Movie #0014 – Alien (1979)

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm
Third Viewing
Synopsis: The crew of a mining ship end up with an unwelcome visitor after stopping at a strange planet to investigate a distress call.
I have mixed feelings on Ridley Scott — on one hand, he made films like this and Blade Runner, which is easily [...]