FIVE FILMS OF THE 1970s
My favourite five films from the 1970s...
#5. The Wicker Man (1973)
The 1970s is my favourite decade for horror cinema. It seems to be shot more realistically, more in line with contemporary TV, even when the subjects are fantastical. I have a particular thing for pagan revival 'folk horror', and a lot of my favourite TV of the time is in the same sort of vein - Children of the Stones, for example.
#4. Harold and Maude (1971)
He was an 18 year old man obsessed with death. She was a 79 year old intent on living life to its fullest. In the immortal words of Avril Lavigne, can I make it any more obvious? ;)
#3. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
I was totally blown away the first time I saw this on TV. Pacino is amazing and the tension is thick enough to cut with a knife at times. Plus I love how we get to see how quickly a situation like that can spiral out of control, from the quick cash grab they planned to the prolonged hostage scenario that ensued.
#2. Grease (1978)
It's everything a musical should be. ♥
#1. On the Buses (1971)
Okay, so it isn't number one for cinematography, or wit, or even artistic merit. But it's homely and familiar and I love it so much I rewatch it - and the sequels Mutiny on the Buses and Holiday on the Buses - almost every year. For me it's the film equivalent of comfort food.
And maybe I'm not so alone; in 1971 it was the highest grossing film at the UK box office, taking twice as much as numbers 2 and 3 (Diamonds Are Forever and Get Carter) combined!