July 17, 2013

My Five Favorite Films From...1972

I decided to run down a list of my five favorite films from each year I have been alive. This doesn't mean I saw them in a theater (I was born the same year The Godfather came out, after all). It also doesn't mean they were the five best films (Cabaret won a slew of Oscars that year and I can't watch that movie for five minutes). They are simply my personal favorites from that year.

Honorable Mention – Godzilla vs. Gigan: I am a sucker for "man-in-suit" films. I love Godzilla. I'll watch them whenever and wherever they appear. This is one of the lamer installments in the Godzilla magnum opus. Nevertheless, I'll still eat up every second of it. Besides, the four-way battle at the end is pretty kick-ass.

5. What's Up, Doc?: I pretty much had avoided anything starring Barbara Streisand for most of my life before watching this. And while I think that is still by-and-large a good plan, I was an idiot for missing out on this. Funny, funny, funny. Great screwball comedy.

4. Sleuth: More people these days are likely familiar with the 2007 remake. But the original, based on Anthony Shaffer's play, is far superior. A husband and his wife's lover match wits in a deadly game. Real top-notch acting from Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine*. The ending is fantastic.

3. The Candidate: This scathing look at politics in America is even more relevant today. The triumph of image over substance in our elections is still a concern, and Redford's Bill McKay is a candidate whose echoes you can see in our politicians today.

2. Jeremiah Johnson: Great western, incredible scenery. Another top-notch performance from Redford. This is one of my favorite westerns, and I would say probably a Top 20 all-time. The story of trying to avoid violence and becoming consumed by it is a common one in the genre, but Jeremiah Johnson tells it better than almost any other film.

1. The Godfather: Duh. Like you didn't see this coming. One of the greatest movies ever made, if not the greatest. Still defines an entire genre of movies. As watchable now as it was 36 years ago. You could run it in a theater today and it would likely out-earn most of the current films being showed.

Films I Like But Didn't Make The List: Deliverance, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), Last House on the Left, Solaris, Prime Cut, Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

And no jokers asking where Deep Throat is.

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* AKA - "The Most Awesome Actor in the History of Forever"

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