Archive for the ’70s Movie Project Category

’70s Movie Project #3: NETWORK (1976)

Posted in '70s Movie Project, 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , , on February 13, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/13/2011

Loved this movie so much it’s ridiculous. The story of a TV network that exploits an ex-anchorman who had a complete nervous breakdown on live TV is frequently called prophetic. And that’s true. It makes the film take on new layers depending on how you watch it. If you watch as a person from the 1970’s, it’s kind of scary and hilarious seeing where TV was going. The seeds were there, sure, but this had to seem like a pretty hyperbolic film. Looking at it now, where a good number of shows use real people doing stupid or crazy things to generate easy revenue, NETWORK is still funny but also like a warning sign that was ignored. While watching I was thinking about who we could cast in a movie like this today and I came up with very few people. We don’t have the kind of gruff, badass, time-weathered men needed to pull off the executives and anchormen in NETWORK and who the hell could replace Faye Dunaway in this? Nobody is the answer. Absolutely brilliant film.

Buy NETWORK on DVD here! Or on Blu-ray here!

  • 2011 New: 47
  • 2011 Re-see: 23
  • 2010 TOTAL: 70

’70s Movies Project #2: NIGHT MOVES (1975)

Posted in '70s Movie Project, 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , , on January 3, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/3/2010

I have many cinematic blind spots but few are bigger than the greats of the 1970s, I am to correct that in 2011. While I can only begin to scratch the surface, I can at least say I tried to fill in the largest gaps.

This movie turned out to be more of a character study than a straight up thriller though the central mysteries were intriguing enough. Hackman’s Harry Moseby character gets a bit in over his head while at the same time letting his marriage fall apart. I love James Woods as the ratty mechanic Quentin and Melanie Griffith is a foul-mouthed little 16-year-old. Very solid noir-ish portrait of a man who is in the detective game for all the wrong reasons and may or mat not get burned for it!

Buy NIGHT MOVES on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 3
  • 2011 Re-see: 1
  • 2010 TOTAL: 4

’70s Movies Project #1: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971)

Posted in '70s Movie Project, 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , , on January 1, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/1/2010

I have many cinematic blind spots but few are bigger than the greats of the 1970s, I am to correct that in 2011. While I can only begin to scratch the surface, I can at least say I tried to fill in the largest gaps.

To kick off my ’70s movies project, I chose this out of the densely awesome Criterion America Lost and Found: The BBS Story boxset. I feel like I don’t have a lot to offer in terms of discussions of these classics as I watch them but I can give my first impression. And my first impression of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is that this is a absolutely crushingly honest portrait of a dying town, a withering figurative landscape and the loss of a way of life for many. Having lived in both big cities and small towns, I can say that the allure of small town life is often misguided. And this seems to have been the case for some time, especially in the tiniest of Texas towns such as the one portrayed here. So many deep-seeded character motivations drive what happens in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW without ever being explicitly revealed, it has the power to break your heart with you ever knowing why. These are people I now deeply care about, yet I’ve only been treated to a small slice of their lives. If there ever was a continued myth about the comforts of hometown living, Bogdanovich shattered it here. This is a film I’ll return to many times.

Buy THE LAST PICTURE SHOW on DVD here!

Buy American Lost and Found: The BBS Story on DVD here! Or on Blu-ray here!

  • 2011 New: 2
  • 2011 Re-see: 0
  • 2010 TOTAL: 2