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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1976 – All the President’s Men

1976 is one of those years that everybody knows that’s notoriously difficult to choose from. There are at least five amazing and iconic films from this year, and just picking a favorite is a daunting task, let alone which one represents its year.

Leaving alone all the other choices from the year there are five choices: All the President’s Men, Network, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Rocky and Taxi Driver. How the fuck do you choose from those?

Here’s how I did it. Read the rest of this page »

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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1975 – Jaws

This movie created the term “blockbuster.”

It became the highest grossing movie of all time upon its release.

It’s the first film to ever make $100 million at the box office.

The score, the images, the lines, the scenes, are all iconic.

It’s the only choice for 1975. Read the rest of this page »

A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1974 – Chinatown

The lazy choice here is to go with Godfather Part II. But I already put Godfather there, so why double dip? Especially when we have a film that’s just as good in Chinatown?

And honestly, I’d even argue that Godfather II wasn’t the most representative film of 1974. It’s just the biggest and best remembered. The real films that represented 1974 are probably either Blazing Saddles/Young Frankenstein or something like The Towering Inferno. Since Mel Brooks just dominated 1974, film-wise, and box office-wise, and big budget disaster movies were all the craze in the 70s.

But, instead, I just felt class should win out, and I went with Chinatown. Since the movie just feels like the 70s. And I’m sticking with that as my reasoning.

Oh, and it’s Chinatown. That’s also pretty good reasoning.

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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1973 – American Graffiti

“Where were you in ’62?”

That says it all.

The Sting may have been the highest grosser of the year, and the film that won all the awards (and be my favorite film of the year), but American Graffiti was the choice. Because, while The Sting looked back to the ragtime era, American Graffiti looked back to the era that all the 70s filmmakers grew up in (50s and 60s). The baby boomer generation. It might be one of the first pure nostalgia films, evoking the sights and sounds of the era (and having a badass soundtrack to boot).

Rebel Without a Cause was the Hollywood version of the 50s. This is the 70s version of the 50s.

It’s a great film. Because, essentially, there is no story here. It’s just a bunch of characters hanging out over the course of a night. And you’re hanging out with them. And that’s what makes it great. Read the rest of this page »

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