Friday, August 03, 2012

1975 in film

Wow, after the first couple of movies, it tails off in a hurry.  Evidently I haven't seen too many flicks from when I was a year old, at least not any that could be considered "quality."

#5 - Escape From Witch Mountain: I only have the slightest memory of watching this one as a child.  Can remember laying on the floor in my grandparent's living room on Taggert Avenue watching it on a Saturday afternoon.  Aside from having the evil warden from the original Longest Yard, there's not much else I can tell you about this.  Definitely doesn't crack the top 25 among my favorite Disney efforts.

#4 - Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: Let's face it, there's the Christmas and Halloween specials and everything else by the Peanuts gang was just trying to ensure that all the other holidays got equal representation.  It's been ages since I've seen it but I'm recalling a premise that involves Charlie Brown not getting any Valentine's Day cards.  Am I close?

#3 - Rocky Horror Picture Show: Not a huge fan, but got sucked into it as a junior in high school.  My girlfriend that year had a fondness for the soundtrack, so it got listened to on several occasions and I consented to sitting down to watch the movie.  The things we do for love.  Hey, two thumbs up for any film that casts Meatloaf!

#2 - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: Now we're talking.  I apologize for the music that got overlaid on this clip.  Brad Dourif was absolutely magnificent in this scene, Nicholson wisely stayed in the background and didn't take anything away from the moment, and Louise Fletcher is at her icy worst as one of the most evil screen villains of all-time.

#1 - Jaws: The modern movie landscape of emphasis on summer blockbusters can be traced directly back to Steven Spielberg's first masterpiece.  The fact that you see so little of the shark until the very end lends to the suspense and dread.  And this scene by Robert Shaw belongs in the absolute pantheon of dramatic monologues.  I have two books on the bookshelf at home pertaining to the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis that I bought entirely based on the description of events in this clip.


Blogger PHSChemGuy said...

Quinn is one of my favorite movie characters of all time.

And those top two are far better than the ones after that.

4:20 PM  
Blogger coachsullivan said...

It wasn't a great year for cinema. I've got Dog Day Afternoon in my DVD player right now cued up to watch. Still need to get to Nashville as well as Shampoo. After that, Rollerball might be the next best movie of the year. Mid-70's was evidently real crap in theater.

6:50 PM  
Blogger PHSChemGuy said...

Dog Day and Nashville are outstanding. Were they 1975, too?

8:06 AM  
Blogger coachsullivan said...


3:40 PM  

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