Thursday, February 12, 2009

1975 Movies

* Aaron Loves Angela
* The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
* The Adventures of the Wilderness Family
* Aloha, Bobby and Rose
* Attilas '74
* The Apple Dumpling Gang
* At Long Last Love
* Barry Lyndon
* Bite the Bullet
* The Black Bird
* Breakheart Pass
* Breakout
* Bugs Bunny Superstar
* Carry On Behind
* Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
* Cooley High
* Coonskin
* Cría cuervos (aka ¡Cría!)
* Conduct Unbecoming
* The Day of the Locust
* Death Race 2000
* Deep Red, by Dario Argento
* Dersu Uzala
* Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze
* Dog Day Afternoon
* The Drowing Pool
* The Eiger Sanction
* Escape to Witch Mountain
* Farewell, My Lovely
* Flame
* The Fortune
* The Four Musketeers
* French Connection II
* Funny Lady
* Great
* The Great Waldo Pepper
* Hababam sinifi
* Hard Times
* Hearts of the West
* Hester Street
* The Hindenburg
* Hustle
* Jaws
* Kaddu Beykat
* L'important c'est d'aimer
* The Land of Spiders
* The Land That Time Forgot
* Legend of the Werewolf Starring Peter Cushing
* Let's Do It Again
* Lies My Father Told Me
* The Lion Roars Again
* Lisztomania
* The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
* Love and Death
* Lucky Lady Starring
* The Magic Flute
* Mahogany
* La Maldicion de la Bestia
* The Man in the Glass Booth
* The Man Who Would Be King
* Mandingo
* Milestones
* The Mirror
* Monty Python and the Holy Grail
* Moonrunners
* Nashville
* Numéro Deux (aka Number Two)
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
* One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing
* The Other Side of the Mountain
* Overlord
* The Passenger
* Picnic at Hanging Rock
* The Prisoner of Second Avenue
* Race with the Devil
* Rancho Deluxe
* The Return of the Pink Panther
* The Return of the Sister Street Fighter
* The Rocky Horror Picture Show
* Rollerball
* The Romantic Englishwoman
* Rooster Cogburn
* Royal Flash
* Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (aka Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom)
* Shampoo
* Smile
* The Stepford Wives
* The Story of Adele H.
* The Strongest Man in the World
* The Sunshine Boys
* Switchblade Sisters
* Terror of Mechagodzilla
* Three Days of the Condor
* Tommy
* Ultimate Warrior
* The Werewolf of Woodstock
* White Line Fever
* The Wind and the Lion
* A Woman's Decision
* The Yakuza

1975 in movies awards

Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Fantasy Films, United Artists
Best Director: Miloš Forman - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actress: Louise Fletcher - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Supporting Actor: George Burns - The Sunshine Boys
Best Supporting Actress: Lee Grant - Shampoo
Best Foreign Language Film: Dersu Uzala (Дерсу Узала), directed by Akira Kurosawa, USSR

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actress: Louise Fletcher - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The Sunshine Boys
Best Actor: Walter Matthau - The Sunshine Boys
Best Actress: Ann-Margret - Tommy

Best Director: Miloš Forman - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Foreign Film: Lies My Father Told Me, Canada

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Chronique des années de braise), directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Algeria

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Adoption (Örökbefogadás), directed by Márta Mészáros, Hungary

1975 in Movies- Gross

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Jaws Universal $260,000,000
2. Rocky Horror Picture Show* 20th Century Fox $112,892,319
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest United Artists $108,981,275
4. Dog Day Afternoon Warner Brothers $50,000,000
5. Shampoo Columbia $49,407,734
6. The Return of the Pink Panther United Artists $20,170,000
7. Three Days of the Condor Paramount $20,014,000
8. Funny Lady Columbia $19,313,000
9. The Other Side of the Mountain Universal $18,012,000
10. Tommy Columbia $17,793,000

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Wife's Favorites from last year

1. (Comedy) The House Bunny
2. (Action) The Dark Knight
3. (Family) Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
4. (Musical) Mamma Mia!
5. (Sequel) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
6. (Disappointment) WALL-E
7. (Worst) Prom Night

Best of 2008

1. Gran Torino - I'll admit, I'm a little biased. Clint Eastwood is my favorite Hollywood iconic figure, etc. of all time. He's badass in this being Dirty Harry, William Munny, and Frankie Dunn all rolled into one. It's classic Eastwood filmmaking and has a surprise dose of lighthearted humor that makes this simple movie that much better.

2. Slumdog Millionaire - Who doesn't like it? It's a great film. It's a fairy tale, it's fantastical, it's all that junk, and it works because of it. It could only be done in India and it really is the love story of the year that is an arduous journey that is nothing short of sensational. It's a crowd pleaser, sure.

3. The Visitor - Some of the best movies this year stress simplicity in its story and brilliantly emphasize the subtlety in acting. This is a perfect example of that and Richard Jenkins certainly deserves the praise and Oscar nomination he has received. It's heart wrenching and just a phenomenal film that in its powerful end will make you cheer. Classic filmmaking.

4. Milk - Sean Penn deserves to win the Best Actor Oscar for this. Gus Van Sant seems to still have a hangover from his indie binge, but that doesn't take away at all as it is very artistic. Aside from Doubt this year, I'd say Milk has one of the best ensemble casts exhibiting stellar acting that is as good as A Streetcar Named Desire, where everyone in that was spectacular. The supporting cast was unbelievable and should have received more recognition. Penn's portrayal of Milk with the aid of Van Sant's directing makes Milk's end so emotional.

5. Frost/Nixon - A movie I thought that would be merely okay, actually floored me. What an exceptional movie. This docu-drama is compelling and riveting from the get-go and escalates in a classic way as the film is like a boxing match that the world watches. And as it progresses, it gathers more and more steam that makes for a powerful climax.

6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - It's just like Forrest Gump and I liked Forrest Gump. It's the feel good movie of the year that at the end is bittersweet. It's a great story that is awe inspiring and in the end is completely selfless and sad, yet necessary.

7. The Wrestler - Going into this, two beefs: 1) I hate Darren Aronofsky. 2) Mickey Rourke's ugly mug. Plain and simple: Great movie. It's devastating to watch this battered guy just trying to get by in life. It's almost as depressing as that stupid Will Smith movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, except it isn't Will Smith being a closet scientologist weeping. These tears are real for Rourke and you feel his pain throughout. Rourke gives a comeback performance in a great movie that is brutal. Powerful stuff, but I still hate Aronofsky.

8. Tropic Thunder - Funny stuff. The big 3 (Stiller, Black, and Downey) were great and going deeper than them, McConaughey and of course the memorable Tom Cruise performance. It's outrageous and sidesplitting funny.

9. The Dark Knight – I railed on this movie a lot with people, but despite the flaws and gripes I point out, I have always maintained that this is good movie. I felt most of the cast were self conscious that they were acting and it had a hint of being too comic booky. I felt Two-Face’s turn was too quick and needed more. Those are just a few things that bothered me, now what makes this good. The good however lies in the superbly explored anarchical themes by Nolan and Heath Ledger's Joker. I'll leave it at that. First one was a better made film.

10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall - The first good movie I saw this year, which not too many people saw oddly enough. The Apatow crew is at it again and it's two hours of laughter that's quirky and odd. Very lovable characters and just an overall a great comedy in good spirit.