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  • The Samaritan 2012

    ★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Suck it, Spike Lee.

  • All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    70ember #20

    Bob Fosse's autobiographical musical about a workaholic, womanizing and pill guzzling choreographer and director has to one of the least talked about and under appreciated modern classics. I had no idea about its awards haul (4 Oscars, another 5 nominations and a Palme d'Or, for instance), and that spurs on a desire to write this propaganda.

    Casting Roy Scheider as his alter ego Joe Gideon was a master stroke. An actor confined to hard boiled crime films both…

  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    70ember #18

    Jeff Bridges more or less steals the show in this light and fun caper flick that takes an abrupt turn for the sinister in the latter stages, appropriately enough for a 70s film.
    A film of two halfs, where the first half is the meet-cute between Bridges and Eastwood, and the second half is a bank robbery with George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis adding brutal comic relief. And Gary Busey shows up, but is unfortunately under used.

    T…

  • The Bad News Bears 1976

    ★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2014

    70ember #17

    This is about as family friendly as I plan to get this September. And it has Matthau boozing his way through coaching a little league team full of foul mouthed little bastards (though they do have their hearts in the right place).
    Sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds, the little league team stumble through their opening matches, resulting in embarrasing losses and an ever increasing alcohol level in Matthau's blood.

    He brings in Tatum O'Neal and Jackie Earle Haley,…

  • The Yakuza 1974

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2014

    70ember #16

    Robert Mitchum works great as a world weary fish out of water, and Ken Takakura has much better luck with this role as "the guide/buddy/sidekick" than in Black Rain with Michael Douglas.

    I wonder if the version I saw was cut, or if Pollack himself deliberately had most of the killings happen off screen. Odd, if so, as it does feature some otherwise great action sequences, the ultimate sword battle especially, where Pollack even finds some inventive angles…

  • Foxy Brown 1974

    ★★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    70ember #15

    My 70s month will inevitably bring along a few firsts, this was a first for Blaxploitation. It has a certain appeal, though mostly in regards to Pam Grier, but it is severely lacking in most film making aspects.

    In between Pam Grier kicking ass, and slipping in and out of skimpy outfits, there is a tacked on message of the plight of inner city African Americans, including a vigilante group reminiscent of Black Panthers.
    All in all, most…

  • What's Up, Doc? 1972

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2014 5

    70ember #14

    So now I have the hugest crush on Barbara Streisand....huh.....!
    And Peter Bogdanovich....I actually saw him act (Sopranos) before I ever saw one of his films. With every film I watch from him my esteem rises. I've still got some of the biggest left (Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show), and I'm so excited about his newest film coming later this year.

    What's Up, Doc? is a tribute to screwball comedy as well as Streisand doing her best…

  • Frenzy 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    70ember #13

    Not often you stumble across Hitchcock on the telly in the middle of the night, but Frenzy showed up and made a surprise entry into my 70s month.
    This must be one of the very few films Hitch ever made that doesn't feature a knockout babe (preferably blonde). Frenzy is mostly a three way male showing, the patsy, the killer and the cop.

    It's fascinating and funny, with some trademark style, but the suspense is nowhere to be…

  • The Outside Man 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Sep, 2014

    70ember #12

    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret and Angie Dickinson. Hard boiled men and boiling hot women. Not excactly bad ingredients for a thriller, so we're off to a good start.

    Already in the opening credits it is pretty easy to see that this is a foreigner looking in, not only Trintignant's hitman, but also director Deray and his cinematographer Ippoliti. The camera slides across a scolding hot summer's day in a way that makes your mouth dry, lingering for…

  • Going In Style 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    70ember #11

    A few months ago, I was completely oblivious to the existance of Art Carney.
    Then I watched The Late Show, loved it, which led me to Going in Style, where he is flanked by the greats Burns and Strasberg.

    The geriatric trio decide to pull off a bank job out of sheer boredoom. A life of picking up social security checks and feeding pigeons in the park has run its course. At least that's the opinion of George…

  • Busting 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2014 5

    70ember #10

    I just love those small and crazy cameos Antonio Fargas pulled off in the 70s.
    Busting is a pretty decent buddy cop flick, with Robert Forster and the king of the 70s, Elliot Gould. It's laden with a cynic sense of humour and has a very sinister outlook on society. Lovely!
    Gould's moustache is almost a character of its own.

    Forster and Gould bust (no pun intended) there asses off trying to bring down kingpin Allen Garfield (look…

  • Villain 1971

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    70ember #9

    Richard Burton is deliciously vile as Vic Dakin (a gangster modelled on the infamous Ronnie Kray), a man deviding his time between putting the fear in Eastenders, taking care of his sickly, old mother and violently loving it up with Ian McShane (a brave move for the time).
    The cop spesifically assigned to him is a brilliantly wry Nigel Davenport.

    Burton immerses himself into the character, new vioce and all, and it's a rather star-studded affair, with lots…