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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1980 – Raging Bull

The biggest movie of 1980 was Empire. That wasn’t gonna be the choice. So, I pretty much just let class win out.

Because this is Raging Bull. This is considered one of the greatest 100 movies ever made.

It is one of the greatest movies ever made. It’s a perfect film.

Sometimes you just have to let greatness win. Read the rest of this page »

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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1979 – Apocalypse Now

Kramer vs. Kramer was technically the highest-grossing movie of 1979.

And it’s the film that won all the Oscars.

But fuck that. This is Apocalypse Now.

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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1978 – Halloween

This one took a left turn that even I wasn’t expecting. Because the film that made all the money this year was Superman. But that didn’t feel like the right choice. And Deer Hunter and Coming Home won all the Oscars. And they didn’t feel like the right choices either. Deer Hunter felt okay, but it felt okay just because it won Best Picture. It didn’t really feel like a film that encapsulated its year. Grease also made a lot of money, but I don’t know if that pinpoints itself to any particular year so much as it’s just Grease.

Animal House was something I considered for a second as well. But then I saw this, and I saw Dawn of the Dead. And I felt like both of these, more so this one, were both critical in reestablishing the horror genre for the future. There was a giant horror boom in the 80s, and it’s because of films like this.

This movie essentially gave birth to the slasher genre. Read the rest of this page »

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