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 »
Pic of the Day: “You know the results of the latest Gallup Poll? Half the country never even heard of the word Watergate. Nobody gives a shit. You guys are probably pretty tired, right? Well, you should be. Go on home, get a nice hot bath. Rest up…15 minutes. Then get your asses back in gear. We’re under a lot of pressure, you know, and you put us there. Nothing’s riding on this except the first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys fuck up again, I’m going to get mad.”
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 »
Pic of the Day: “Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that’ll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin’ basis. But it’s not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I’ll find him for three, but I’ll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you’ve gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, there’s just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.”
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.