Continuing on my five films from a year. The random generator (that thing on google) has selected 1974. This was a pretty impressive year, hopefully I’ve selected at least one film you haven’t seen. Enjoy.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Quick Verdict: Can’t remember when I first SAW this. Haha, saw, as in chainsaw! That’s some gentle humour.
A classic horror film that I thought I should watch. Lots of iconic moments in this film, but the bit that made me jump is when the guy in the wheelchair is being pushed in the dark. That’s all I’ll say in case you haven’t seen it.
The Towering Inferno
Quick Verdict: Paul vs Steve
Most people know the story of the insane rivalry between Paul Newman and Steve McQueen in this film. Both were given top billing, they had the same amount of lines and exactly the same amount of screen time. Which meant an extra scene needed to be film to accommodate these ridiculous demands. This was at a time though, when a big name was the draw for cinema goers.
The film itself is 2h 45m of pure movie magic.
Quick Verdict: I’ll have some beans please.
So many jokes. This was another film I watched when I was trying to watch all the classics that came out before I was born. This is full on Mel Brooks humour, which goes completely ballistic and has the most bonkers ending ever.
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three
Quick Verdict: They got on the wrong subway car.
This is a classic where people may have seen the John Travolta, Denzil Washington remake but not seen this. And you’d be missing out.
Starring Walter Matthau as the transit police lieutenant Zach Garber, and Robert Shaw as Mr Blue, who masterminds the highjacking of a subway train. A great classic thriller with suspense and drama.
The Godfather Part II
Quick Verdict: Fredo took the ring to Mordor
Everyone quotes this film whenever the question of a sequel that is superior to its original. It’s a masterclass in film making. The stories from the two time periods flow in harmony with each other and we are witness to some great performances from Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.