1974: Movies I've Seen

  • A

  • Chinatown
  • The Godfather Part II
  • Lenny
  • A-

  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • B+

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Conversation
  • B

  • Young Frankenstein
  • B-

  • C+

  • Return of the Pink Panther
  • C

  • The Groove Tube (Very, very uneven, as most sketch comedy is. At times I was laughing out loud, other times I was holding my head in disgust)
  • C-

  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • D+

  • D

  • Where the Red Fern Grows (The book was better.)
  • D-

  • F

  • Should See

  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • F for Fake
  • Hearts and Minds
Author Comments: 

C+ or higher = all movies I liked to some degree and would probably recommend
C = average
C- or lower = all movies I disliked to some degree and would probably not recommend

Cloned From: 

I just realized something - I've never seen "The Conversation"! Very odd how that showed up on my top tier...

Hmm... OK, after editing out "The Conversation", I have realized that "Chinatown" is missing. So I'm thinking that maybe when I meant to write "Chinatown", I wrote "The Conversation" instead.

Of course, that doesn't explain how I also forgot "The Groove Tube." I must have been tired when I made this one.

A Woman Under the Influence ... "Could Do Without 'Em"... now you've got to explain that.

Ok, you no longer have to. I just read your thoughts. No need to tell you how strongly I disagree. Gena Rowlands is terrific and her character was IMO one of the most believable and realistic ones I had ever seen. But I know that I'm on lonely post with my extreme like for this movie (as the people with whom I saw it would rather agree with you).

One lonely post? Nah, the whole reason I saw it was because it's so acclaimed. I feel like it's one of those movies critics love and love to say they love that will nonetheless polarize audiences. I happen to be on the "dislike" pole of this one.

Nonetheless, not really knowing any real people in Gena Rowlands's situation, I can say that I was more talking about Peter Falk and the kids. The kids especially seemed to behave more in tune with whatever the plot demanded rather than what made sense for their characters. This is a pretty lazy way to use children, in my opinion.

These issues might have been more forgivable if I were not bored to death while watching the film. That feeling, of course, is too subjective to even discuss.