(This is also why it must be so hard for you pros to actually have to set stars to new films. I feel for ya.)
Years ago I said that nothing good came out of the 70s. Wow, what an ignorant thing to say. I have been on a 70s kick lately, and I am starting to wonder if it is indeed one of my favorite film decades. I don't know how to list it except to start with the obvious: The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and Apocalypse Now. These are superbly crafted films that are sumptuous to sit down to every time you do. And if you've seen them once, you will no doubt revisit them later.
But wait. This thread is not simply about the 1970s. It is about helping me to find the best 70s films, and helping me to find the best gangster films as well.
A lot of this started with DePalma's Scarface (1983, yes, I know), which I saw maybe six months ago for the first time. It seriously blew my mind. I walked around for weeks saying," Let me introduce you to my little friend." I greeted fellow worshippers with the phrase; I threatened to open up a Sunday morning service with it (which is why no one wonders why I left my job. ) I then watched a lot of DePalma: Carrie, The Untouchables, Carlitos's Way, and The Black Dahlia quickly stand out. I also rewatched Miller's Crossing (Love it), LA Confidential (Like it), and sat down for the first time in my adult life with The Deer Hunter (De Niro and Walken are gods with a small g).
In short, after having years where I loved silent films from the twenties and years when I loved art and foreign films, it seems I am coming into a phase where I am beginning to fall heavily in love with classic American films, of which it seems the best are well written gangster films (this, says a guy who just moved from Chicago) and 1970s film (cuz they didn't have CGI back then to screw the whole film process up).
I really didn't know how to leap into the 70s, so I kinda stumbled instead, and watched all the Dirty Harry films. There are five. I will never get those hours of my life back. It's OK, I am forgiven. The first one was OK, I guess, in fact they were all OK, they were entertaining. There, I admit it. But still, I can't think that this is classic American cinema (even though it probably is).
A lot of this was just rambled out but here I appeal to you anyway. I think I now like 70s films, and I know I love gangster films. So what are the best, or at least your favorites, and why? Thom(Asher) introduced me to Donnie Brasco, and now I've got the whole neighborhood here in Wyoming Michigan saying "Fuggetaboudit." L.O.V.E. I.T.
With where I'm at in this phase, what should I be checking out next? I'd honestly appreciate your input.
Edited by stef, 21 March 2007 - 08:36 PM.