Tuesday, August 02, 2016

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1970

It's that time again - the time to contemplate time! Namely the time that my phone tells me - this morning I asked my iPhone to pick me a number between 1 and 100 and it picked "70." So 1970 it is. That's the third time it's gone for the 1970s in this series of posts - somebody's a big fan of that New Hollywood Golden Age of Cinema that birthed Scorsese & Spielberg alike. But we're at the start of the decade this time-around, so the movies & movie-makers feel as much a part of the 60s as they do this new dawn. Ramble ramble, let's do it, here are...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1970

(dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
-- released on October 22nd 1970 --

(dir. Werner Herzog)
-- released on September 16th 1970 --

(dir. Russ Meyer)
-- released on June 17th 1970 --

(dir. Luis Bunuel)
-- released on September 21st 1970 --

(dir. Dario Argento)
-- released on June 12th 1970 --


Runners-up: The Music Lovers (dir. Ken Russell), El Topo (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky), Multiple Maniacs (dir. John Waters), Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (dir. Fassbinder), The Boys in the Band (dir. Friedkin), The Vampire Lovers (dir. Roy Ward Baker)

What are your favorite movies of 1970?


triggerua said...

Wow, other than The Boys in the Band 1970 is a lost year on me....I have seen none of the other films. I know I should see El Topo but being the baby that I am, I have always been way to scared.

Jason Adams said...

You have not lived.

triggerua said...

I know that you are a faithful DL contributor based on that reply lol. I will do gay boy duty and sit down and give it a whirl. Looking at a list of films from 1970 I think the one that comes closest to being a favorite would be The Out-of-Towners. Even though that type of frustrating comedy gets on my nerves at times...but come on, Sandy Dennis? Amazing!

Roark said...

My favorites are The Conformist, The Music Lovers, Zabriskie Point, Deep End, and The Butcher.

Jason Adams said...

The Out-of-Towners is super fun! You can't go wrong with Sandy Dennis

Yummy Pizza said...

Well according to my letterboxd page I have only seen six movies from 1970 (that I've remembered to log)!

So yeah my top five would be:
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
The Boys in the Band
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
A Swedish Love Story
5 Dolls for an August Moon

Pierce said...

MASH, 5 Easy Pieces, Woodstock, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Diary of a Mad Housewife (Frank Langella!!), The 12 Chairs, Love Story and Patton

joel65913 said...

This is a tough year for me. There are films I admire for their storytelling skill, Five Easy Pieces, Little Big Man and Ryan's Daughter among them without being able to say I really like them. There's only one film I absolutely love, Airport but I guess my top five would read something like this:

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon
Connecting Rooms

There seemed to be more home runs on TV since this was part of the golden age of the Movie of the Week.

I can make an easy top 10 for those:

The Six Wives of Henry VIII-Keith Michell (One of the first mini-series and still one of the best)
My Sweet Charlie-Patty Duke
Along Came a Spider-Suzanne Pleshette
The House on Greenapple Road-Janet Leigh
How Awful About Allan-Anthony Perkins/Julie Harris
Tribes-Darren McGavin/Jan-Michael Vincent
The Andersonville Trials-Cameron Mitchell/William Shatner
A Man Called Sledge-James Garner
The Brotherhood of the Bell-Glenn Ford
The Intruders-Anne Francis/Don Murray

Bill Carter said...

Move along, nothing to see here. Terrible year for movies.

GWarren said...

Some faves of mine:

The Boys in the Band
The Dunwich Horror - love Sandra Dee
A Man Called Horse - the hook hanging scene

Sandisan said...

Holy shit, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was released the day i was born!!! I feel #blessed.

Joe Meyers said...

Ditto your choices & 'The Out of Towners' (it's worth seeing just for the amazing number of different ways Sandy Dennis says 'Oh my God!) I'd also throw 'Trash' and 'The Landlord' into the pot.