Monday, December 31, 2012

Ending The Year Looking Back

So Jesse Walker has gone back to the films of 1972, a time of experimentation (and blaxpoitation and pornography).  

Here's his top ten:

1. The Godfather
2. The Ruling Class
3. Images
4. The Candidate
5. Frenzy
6. Sleuth
7. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
8. The King of Marvin Gardens
9. Cries and Whispers
10. Bone

Hard to find fault with this list. Not sure if all of them would make my top ten, but I like these films.  (Haven't seen Bone.)

Here are his honorable mentions:

11. Tup-Tup
12. Play it Again, Sam
13. The Heartbreak Kid
14. Fat City
15. Love in the Afternoon
16. The Getaway
17. Deliverance
18. The Mechanic
19. Junior Bonner

20. Ulzana's Raid

Another pretty decent list. I haven't seen Tup-Tup and I don't know if I like the Peckinpah stuff that much, but overall pretty good.  #12 and maybe 13 would make my top ten.

Here are some other films of 1972 that might make my top ten (or twenty)


Aguirre, The Wrath Of god

The Harder They Come

The Hot Rock

Pink Flamingos

Tout Va Bien

What's Up, Doc?

Other films of note (in a notable year):
Across 110th Street. Avanti!, Bad Company, Behind The Green Door, Ben, The Biscuit Eater, The Better Tears Of Petra Von Kant, Blacula, Boxcar Bertha, Brother Sun, Sisten Moon, Buck And The Preacher, Butterflies Are Free, Cabaret, The Carey Treatment, Come Back Charleston Blue, Concert For Bangladesh, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Cowboys, The Culpepper Cattle Co., Deep Throat, The Doberman Gang, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Dynamite Chicken, Eat The Document, The Effect Of Gammy Rays On Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Elvis On Tour, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) (Woody Allen's lone misfire of his early, "funny" films), Fist Of Fury, Fritz The Cat, Fuzz, Get To Know Your Rabbit, Greaser's Palace, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, The Great Waltz, Heat, Hickey & Boggs, Hit Man, I Love You Rosa, J.W. Coop, Jeremiah Johnson, Joe Kidd, Journey Through The Past, Kansas City Bomber, Lady Sings The Blues, Last Of The Rest Hot Lovers, Last Tango In Paris, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean, Man Of La Mancha, Marjoe, Napoleon And Samantha, The New Centurions, The New Land, Now You See Him, Now You Don't, The Other, Pete 'n' Tillie, Play It As It Lays, Pocket Money, Prime Cut, Roma, The Seduction Of Mimi, Shaft's Big Score, Silent Running, Slaughternouse-Five, Snoopy Come Home, Sounder, Super Fly, Tales From The Crypt, The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe, Trouble Man, Up The Sandbox, The Valachi Papers, Young Winston


Blogger Jesse said...

If you click back to the version of the list I posted a decade ago, you'll see that #12 and #13 originally *did* make my top ten...

A good year for movies, eh?

6:06 AM, December 31, 2012  
Blogger highnumber said...

I just researched The Harder They Come – it holds up really well.

6:35 AM, December 31, 2012  
Blogger highnumber said...

Rewatched, not researched.

6:37 AM, December 31, 2012  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

You like 1776! I thought I was the only one. This was another early DVD buy for me, based on warm recollections. I also saw it on Broadway (everyone who wentto HS anywhere need NYC I'm sure got a "field trip" to see 1776.

Personally I think the music and the voices are fantastic (except for the film version they changed the actor portraying Dickinson, and thgen had to cut his song from the theatrical release!)

I also have good memories of Silent Running. I think cute robots in this film had to have inspired George Lucas in creating R2D2. But I haven't seen this one in decades, so I may be mistaken.

8:21 AM, December 31, 2012  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Lincoln is a lot like a non-musical version of 1776.

10:27 AM, December 31, 2012  
Blogger LAGuy said...

And another thing, Denver Guy. You should go back to the predictions you made for 2012 and see how you did.

10:42 AM, December 31, 2012  

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