The 1970s were to the movies what the 1950s were to cars. In the US, Europe, and Japan especially, filmmakers were going big and bold; this was a decade of movie-making that brimmed with confidence, verve, and vision. I could have come up with 50 movies for this decade because movie after movie had an edge and energy to them that don’t appear in ensuing decades. Here are the best films from 1970s, separated into 1970s American fimls and 1970s foreign film favorites.Read More
All-star movies are so much fun to watch. I don’t claim to know the psychology of why a movie packed with a bunch of well-known actors brings us so much joy. I just know that they do. Every time I come across a film that boasts ensemble of actors and actresses I get giddy with glee. I bring up IMDb on my phone, scroll through the cast list and proclaim “everyone is in this film!” A good cast will always draw me in, even if the story itself would have been something I passed on. And if you think about it, you get more bang for your buck with an all-star movie. With just one 2 (or in some cases 3) hour movie, you may see a dozen of the best talents that Hollywood has to offer.
The 1960s had some of the best all-star movies. Whether they were sweeping epics, thrilling war dramas, sprawling Westerns and madcap comedies, these big productions lured audiences out of their homes and into theaters. The more familiar names you threw in the pot, the more alluring the final product. Here’s a look at several ensemble and all-star movies from the 1960s that are available to rent from DVD Netflix.Read More
The music documentaries we’re going to review today are about musicians and bands that never hit the limit of their talent. These are the people who kept pushing themselves further and deeper into their own music. And we’re all the better that they did.Read More
While maybe not as sexy, these middle-age romance movies are richer and more interesting stories for exactly these reasons. The person who fails and tries again is always more interesting than the person who tries and succeeds. We’re going to look at my favorite movies that deal with this topic—all rich, wonderful, realistic, and, as a result, even more romantic.Read More
The Academy Award winners of the 1960s did not include films about the Vietnam War, even though at least a dozen were released during that decade. To the Hollywood’s credit, however, many winning nominees addressed important social issues. And the World Wars had not been forgotten, recalled in Lawrence of Arabia and Judgment at Nuremberg.Read More