Tag: 70srewind

70s Rewind: FAT CITY, Broads, Booze and Boxing, Bleakly

To be honest, I didn't feel that good before I finally started watching John Huston's adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel the other night, but afterward, it was only the sheer exhaustion of a long day's work that allowed me to...

70s Rewind: BITE THE BULLET, Gene Hackman As a True Western Hero

Gene Hackman is a treasure of American cinema. His role in Bite the Bullet is a good example of a less-heralded performance that nonetheless sheds light on his brilliance. Born in 1930, Hackman served in the U.S. Marines shortly after...

70s Rewind: THE HOSPITAL, Passion, Pain and Dark Comedy

What a dream team! An Academy Award-winning star, an Academy Award-winning writer, the director of an uber-popular romance, and a Bond Girl, all in one movie! Recently released by Twilight Time on a lovely new Blu-ray, The Hospital now plays...

70s Rewind: EMPEROR OF THE NORTH, How to Ride the Rails

Those eyes; those teeth! When Ernest Borgnine's face fills the screen in Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North, it's a terrifying sight. Shack, the character Borgnine embodies, is a conductor on a freight train in the Pacific Northwest in the...

70s Rewind: In COFFY, Pam Grier Goes Nuclear

Don't mess with nurses. In Atomic Blonde -- read our review here -- Charlize Theron proves herself to be quite deadly as an MI5 undercover agent during the Cold War. In Coffy, released in June 1973, Pam Grier proved herself...

70s Rewind: In THE OMEGA MAN, Charlton Heston Tries to Save the Planet

Nearly 50 years ago, Charlton Heston represented the modern human race in the original Planet of the Apes. His character was unquestionably the alpha male among his own kind, who were enslaved and unable to speak for themselves, but the...

70s Rewind: Top 15 Car Chase Movies

To celebrate the theatrical release of Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, a great flick that opens wide in Canada and the U.S. on Wednesday (see my review here), it's time to revisit my favorite movies with car chases from the 1970s,...

70s Rewind: THE BEGUILED, Clint Eastwood in a Weird, Southern Gothic Experiment

Sofia Coppola's new version of The Beguiled will debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week, ahead of its theatrical release in the U.S. on June 23, which makes this is an opportune time to consider Don Siegel's 1971 version...

70s Rewind: LOGAN'S RUN, Forever Young

In the summer of 1976, I became a man. I saw Logan's Run. Several years before, I was a founding member of the Science Fiction Book Club. Initially we met to talk about Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C....

70s Rewind: ZARDOZ, Much More Than Sean Connery Running Around in a Loincloth

James Bond running around in a loincloth. That may be the singular image that comes to mind when Zardoz is mentioned. If another image pops, it's likely "giant statue of a head flying through the air." Out of context, the...

70s Rewind: THE OTHER, Sun-dappled Horror in Hiding

A few weeks before five men were arrested for breaking and entering into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. the film version of Tom Tryon's popular novel The Other was released in U.S. theaters....

70s Rewind: COMES A HORSEMAN, James Caan and Jane Fonda in a Western

Who would follow up a tense, real-life political drama with a relaxed Western set in the 1940s? Alan J. Pakula, that's who. Pakula directed All the President's Men, which was released in April 1976, in the thick of the Watergate...

70s Rewind: THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN, The Quiet, Convincing Thinker

God bless Walter Matthau. In late 1972, when I began taking a closer interest in movies, Walter Matthau was the first "star" who appealed to me. Maybe it was as simple as his vague resemblance to my father, a lanky...

70s Rewind: BOUND FOR GLORY Sings the Praises of a True Hero

Antiheroes are all the rage these days -- witness Suicide Squad as the latest example -- but what about true, authentic heroes? Forty years ago, director Hal Ashby presented Woody Guthrie as such a hero in Bound for Glory. Typical...

70s Rewind: THE NICE GUYS 70s Retro Trailer Compared With Real 70s Trailers

The new 70s retro trailer for Shane Black's The Nice Guys is a lovely bit of patchwork fakery that made me instantly nostalgic. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star. The plot doesn't matter as much as the mood and music...

70s Rewind: HANNIE CAULDER, Raquel Welch Seeks Revenge In The Old West

Quentin Tarantino's new Western The Hateful Eight revolves around the vicious Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is eligible to be hanged for her crimes. Later this year, we'll finally get to see Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun, said to...

70s Rewind: EARTHQUAKE, My Favorite Disaster Porn

Before I knew anything about human sexuality, I had become far too intimate with disaster porn. That's because I grew up in the 1970s, when disaster movies fornicated freely with all-star casts and state-of-the-art special effects to deliver orgasms of...

70s Rewind: THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, Peter Weir's Mysterious, Motorized Movie

With Furious 7 hitting theaters over the weekend and excitement building about the release of Mad Max: Fury Road next month, I was in the mood for an Australian car movie. Director James Wan, by the way, was schooled in...

70s Rewind: 15 Favorite Vehicular Mayhem Movies

With The Need for Speed racing into theaters this coming Friday, March 14, it's time to revisit my favorite movies with car chases from the 1970s, a particularly rich decade for vehicular mayhem....

70s Rewind: AIRPORT, The Movie That Made Me Afraid to Fly

Look, not every flight can promise Liam Neeson will be on board as your personal air marshal, ready to kick ass as he foils an extortion plot, as in this week's Non-Stop. Without that assurance, anyone might be afraid to...