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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 »

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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