Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1976

It took Siri seven times to give me a good answer to the question "Pick a number between 1 and 100" today - she kept choosing numbers that we've already done for this series. But she eventually landed on a goodie - pick number seven was "76" and so today we're going to focus in on The Movies of 1976.

I had a pretty easy time snatching out five films from this year for my top five (these are some of my all-time faves right here) but there are a whole heckuva lot of runners-up (I could make a top ten list of just horror movies from 1976) and there a whole heckuva lot of movies I've never seen but should see. That is all to say that this was a fine time for movies, y'all. How fine? Let's see!

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1976

(dir. Brian De Palma)
-- released on November 16th 1976 --

(dir. Roman Polanski)
-- released on May 26th 1976 --

(dir. RW Fassbinder)
-- released on November 16th 1976 --

(dir. Michael Anderson)
-- released on June 23rd 1976 --

(dir. Martin Scorsese)
-- released on February 8th 1976 --


Runners-up: Rocky (dir. John G. Avildsen),  Marathon Man (dir. John Schlesinger), All the President's Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula), The Man Who Fell to Earth (dir. Nicholas Roeg), The Omen (dir. Richard Donner), Burnt Offerings (dir. Dan Curtis)...

... Alice Sweet Alice (dir. Alfred Sole), Murder By Death (dir. Robert Moore), Assault on Precinct 13 (dir. John Carpenter), Network (dir. Sidney Lumet), Family Plot (dir. Alfred Hitchcock), God Told Me To (dir. Larry Cohen), The Food of the Gods (dir. Bert I. Gordon)...

... The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (dir. Nicolas Gessner), Obsession (dir. Brian De Palma), Heart of Glass (dir. Werner Herzog), The House of the Laughing Windows (dir. Pupi Avati), Lipstick (dir. Lamont Johnson), Sybil (dir. Daniel Petrie), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (dir. Charlies B. Pierce), Sebastiane (dir. Derek Jarman)

Never Seen: In the Realm of the Senses (dir. Nagisa Ôshima), Bugsy Malone (dir. Alan Parker), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (dir. John Cassavetes), Harlan County USA (dir. Barbara Kopple), 1900 (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci), Freaky Friday (dir. Gary Nelson), Seven Beauties (dir. Lina Wertmüller ), A Star is Born (dir. Frank Pierson), Je t'aime moi non plus (dir. Serge Gainsbourg)


What are your favorite movies of 1976?


Pierce said...

All the President’s Men. A remarkable political newspaper movie
The Bad News Bears, a surprisingly entertaining movie
Black and White in Color, lovely
Bound for Glory, biopic of Woody Guthrie, terrific
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Altman’s follow-up to Nashville
Face to Face, Liv Ullman’s best performance ever
Freaky Friday, a fine film of Mary Rodgers’ novel
From Noon to Three, surprisingly entertaining western
The Front, a movie about the blacklist by people who lived it
Griffin and Phoenix, Peter Falk and Jill Clayburgh. Enough said.
Mikey and Nicky, Elaine May’s strange, but enjoyable movie
Network, a brilliant movie
Next Stop, Greenwich Village, marvelous movie with the late Lenny Baker
The Ritz, stiff and unfocused, but loads of fun. Murray Abraham’s great in it
Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, gorgeous movie from Mishima’s novel
Silent Movie, Silly Mel Brooks fun.
Taxi Driver, Scorcese directing DeNiro, Foster and Cybill Shepherd
That’s Entertainment, Part II, Boy do we need it now!

Anonymous said...

Oshima's and Gainsbourg's are compulsory watching; the former for its masterful depiction of rebellious desire, the latter for obvious reasons

Ross said...

What a great year!! I'm going to have to ask you to surrender your gay license until you see "A Star Is Born" though. ;)

Pierce said...

No he doesn't. If you want to see A Star is Born, see the Judy Garland/James Mason, which is superb. I saw the Streisand in the theater and hated it. I got it from the library and thought I'd give it another chance. It's unwatchable. It's not her worst film (All Night Long has that distinction), but it's in the bottom 5 (along with All Night Long, The Main Event, Little Fockers and For Pete's Sake)

joel65913 said...

An excellent year even for those like myself who aren’t very big horror fans. Though they’d never come anywhere near my top 5 The Tenant, Logan’s Run and especially Carrie, Sissy and Piper are extraordinary, have much to admire. I’m afraid though I actively hate Taxi Driver despite De Niro & Jodie Foster’s skillful work. Haven’t seen Chinese Roulette, actually have never heard of it but reading up on it some it sounds quite intriguing. I’ll have to give it a try.

This year contains two of my favorite films as well, both of which made your honorable mentions and like you I have a bunch of runner-ups.

Top 5 in order:
All the President’s Men-One of my all-time top 5.
Marathon Man
Silver Streak
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
The Ritz

Assault on Precinct 13
The Cassandra Crossing
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Freaky Friday
The Front
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
Murder by Death
The Omen
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Seven Percent Solution
The Shootist
Silent Movie
That’s Entertainment Part II
Welcome to L.A.

This is completely off topic of favorites but I feel I must mention the truly abysmal Scorchy starring Connie Stevens (!!) as an undercover narc which has the wondrous tagline-She's Killed A Man, Been Shot At, And Made Love Twice Already This Evening... And The Evening Isn't Over Yet! It is terrible trash but for lovers of bad cinema watching Connie in a black afro wig chasing bad guys through the streets of Seattle on a dune buggy will send them right to heaven.