I tried really hard not to go Spielberg-centric, but the man actually has managed to have his films be the most representative film of their respective years a bunch of times.
It’s really hard to argue when films become critically, commercially, and culturally successful as his have.
And, at this point, with us being almost to the home stretch, I’m not going to fight it.
I can understand someone going Tootsie here. I can even understand An Officer and a Gentleman. Blade Runner, I’d say is a bad choice. Because Blade Runner was considered a giant failure when it came out. And to this day, there are still too many cuts of that movie. So I can’t see how it can represent a year. I can definitely see someone making a case for Porky’s or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Maybe even 48 Hours.
But… when you get back to E.T., I don’t see how that’s automatically the choice. (more…)
It’s Raiders. It can’t really be anything other than Raiders for 1981.
To run down my alternatives, briefly… On Golden Pond is a big movie of the year, but… Raiders. Chariots of Fire? No. Reds? No. Arthur? I’d love it, but no. Clash of the Titans? No. Escape from New York? Possibly, but I don’t see it. Mommie Dearest, I feel, actually becomes a strong contender for this. But not over Raiders.
I honestly can’t see anything that you can possibly say deserves the title of “Film Most Representative of 1982” than Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Unless you want to say Zorro, the Gay Blade. In which case, I’m willing to listen. (more…)
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. (more…)