The Spy Who Loved Me
Most are pretty mixed on Roger Moore’s tenure as Bond. While there was definitely some fluff, Moore also put together some good films. “The Spy Who Loved Me” was one of those high quality outings. The whole KGB angle was also innovative and touched on issues of the time.
The Turning Point
Long before “Black Swan,” the name in ballet movies was “The Turning Point.” The drama here is not as intense as the latter work, but this is a well-constructed film with engaging characters. While a bit forgotten today, This film was a huge deal in 1977.
How on Earth do I even go about describing this one? Well, first of all, it’s early David Lynch at his weirdest…which is certainly saying something. The plot is a disturbing post-apocalyptic world. And go…
Despite the controversy surrounding the facts in this apparent work of fiction, “Julia” offers supreme drama and historical intrigue. At its heart though, this one is all about friendship and the places it will take you.
Saturday Night Fever
Few films have the pop culture significance of “Saturday Night Fever.” The movie brought disco and John Travolta into the forefront of mainstream consciousness. The movie is great, and takes many an unexpected turn. At the end of the day though, this one is about some righteous dancing.
The Goodbye Girl
This film adaptation of a Neil Simon classic, was one of the most significant roles of Richard Dreyfuss’ career. This film really showed that he had leading man potential in a major dramatic role. Like most of Simon’s work, this one has plenty of laughs.
The king of all hockey movies, “Slap Shot” combines excellent sports drama with hilarious comedy that is timeless. Paul Newman is awesome in the leading role, but the Hanson brothers steal the show. This one is a genuine underrated comedy that all hockey fans should see a dozen times.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
While “E.T.” was the more commercially successful film, there’s no doubt in my mind, that Close Encounters was in fact, the better alien movie. The film has a great deal of subtlety and depth to it, more so than nearly every other Spielberg work. In addition, Richard Dreyfuss was masterful as the lead. If you haven’t seen this one, or haven’t watched it in years, go back and check it out again, as the film really holds up.
Woody Allen’s masterpiece is one of the most iconic films of the past 100 years. While he’s made better movies, Annie Hall has undeniable charm and dozens of memorable moments. The film features a ridiculous cast, including a young Sigourney Weaver.
The crazy thing about “Star Wars” is that few of the cast and crew thought the film would be anything more than a B-movie. What it obviously turned into was one of the most successful film franchises in history. One of the main reasons is the expansiveness of the Star Wars universe. As a viewer, you get to explore seemingly infinite worlds and their inhabitants. Thus, making “Star Wars” a true-blue viewing experience.