1976: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Loved

  • Rocky

  • Really Liked

  • Carrie

  • Marathon Man

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ... I've lately fallen into the trap of believing that Clint Eastwood has only recently come into his own as a director. I cling to this silly notion because I don't want to believe Unforgiven came out 13 friggin' years ago (where oh where are the years going?), and because I never appreciated until now that he's directed 28 movies starting in 1971, and he was making good ones back then, too. Like this movie, for example. At this point he had not really started making his guilt pictures, as pertaining to the violence that made him so famous, but you can see glimmers here, even if the movie isn't all that bleak, and has wonderful moments of humor. I thought his treatment of the Native American characters was particularly interesting - funny without being a joke, and where stereotyped it's done in a knowing, wry manner. Also, the line "dyin' ain't much of a living, boy" is a better utterance than anything Dirty Harry lays claim to.
  • Network

    ... At times the dialog struck me as distractingly theatrical, but it really is amazing how prescient this movie is of modern day TV programming. Movies like this make me glad we killed our TV. As an aside, it's amazing how intrusive and artificial the laugh track sounds after you've been away from TV for a year or so.
  • Taxi Driver

  • Glad I Saw

  • Assault on Precinct 13

    ... Which precinct is it that's under assault again? If you believe the dialog it's precinct 9, division 13. If you believe the sign over the door even that's not right, as it's division 14. Anyway, a fun zombie movie, and doesn't really suffer at all from the complete lack of zombies. There's a moment of shocking violence early on that ups the ante considerably. The acting (or is it the dialog?) is quite cheesy, but actually worked for me quite well for the most part.
  • Guilty Pleasures

  • None Yet
  • Could Have Missed

  • None Yet
  • Should Have Missed

  • Murder by Death

  • El Sucko Grande

  • None Yet
  • Unranked

  • All the President's Men

  • The Bad News Bears

  • The Enforcer

  • The Omen

  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Josie Wales has always been a character loaded favorite of mine. Did you happen to notice John Vernon, who we just lost Feb. 1st, as Fletcher? Great menacing glare, but with a time-weary understanding in his words. Nicely understated.

Oh yes, definitely noticed, definitely agree.