Archive for the ‘1978’ category

50 Essential Films from the 1970s

18/01/2016

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Grit, music, misogyny, feminist, family, mayhem, horror, disillusionment, loneliness, etc.  These are 50 essential 1970s films that I have actually seen and in random order.  Notice huge gaps like All That Jazz, Dawn of the Dead, Manhattan, or Solaris or films that I haven’t seen enough times like Apocalypse Now and The Godfather (perhaps they aren’t on the list for a reason?).

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Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978)

20/06/2009

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I was pretty intrigued to see this given the numerous pop culture references:  The Cable Guy (oh, Billy…), The Simpsons, Airplane (Joey, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish prison? ).  Presented is a very accurate depiction of what its like to “get caught.”  The opening is pretty scary as well as the courtroom scenes.  The film is not a nice portrayal of the Turkish people and this has been a controversy since its release.  The prison sequences are pretty raw but not so intense by today’s standards.  The lead, Brad Davis, is a rather dull presence.  Surprising performance by Randy Quaid (not any more after watching The Last Detail).

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