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Summer of ’82: Today is tomorrow’s nostalgia

32 years ago today. Friday June 25, 1982. Newborn Prince William was 3 days old. Sidney Lumet was celebrating his 58th birthday. Ricky Gervais turned 21.

Two movies premiered that afternoon. Blade Runner and The Thing. The top 10 movies at the box office that weekend:

1. E.T. (its 3rd week in theaters)
2. Blade Runner
3. Firefox
4. Rocky III
5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
6. Annie
7. Poltergeist (its 2nd week in theaters)
8. The Thing
9. Megaforce
10. Bambi (reissue)

(Bambi sold more than 8 million tickets in 1982… not bad, considering it sold less than 12 million tickets when it premiered 40 years earlier)

Blade Runner and The Thing opened on the same day. I never knew that until stumbling across it today. At first this was thrilling to learn. Then it made me gloomy and I wasn’t sure why. Working through my feelings about the very special summer of 1982, I’m reminded of the quote: “Everything gone by was better.” Sometimes seems that way, but is it really true?

Too big, too glorious to ignore, E.T. was nominated for 9 Oscars in 1982, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. It only won for Best Visual Effects (beating out the other 2 Visual Effects nominees, Blade Runner and Poltergeist), Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, and of course for Best Score (John Williams’ 4th Oscar, after his wins for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, and Star Wars).

Too big, too prestigious to ignore, Gandhi was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 8. Every Oscar E.T. lost that night, it lost to Gandhi. Every Oscar Gandhi lost, it lost to E.T. (except for Best Makeup which went to Quest for Fire).

Gandhi had a budget of $22 million and had earned $11 by the time Oscar nominations were announced. (It would eventually earn $52 million — 80% of Gandhi’s earnings came after its Oscar nominations). E.T. only cost half as much as Gandhi and earned $723 million worldwide. Nobody was complaining that E.T. was hoovering up all the monies.

Worth noting that Gandhi did not receive a wide release until 2 weeks after the Oscar nominations were announced. Another reminder that the Academy likes to keep the interference of hoi polloi out of the equation while they’re deciding how to tell us what’s best for us. This is nothing new. Just seems that way recently because they keep thinking of new ways to slip past us.

Looking back 32 years to see what audiences were flocking to see is reveals a strange and wondrous mix of classics and oof wtf! But overall, in spite of the head-scratchers, there’s no question that 1982 was an extraordinary summer.

So why does I feel something keeps needling me that needs to be better articulated?

To wrap this post with a purpose and an edge, let’s try a thought experiment. Let’s consider what audiences in 1982 might have thought if they looked back 32 years to the summer of 1950. Here’s a list of the midyear from 64 years ago.

1 Cinderella
2. Annie Get Your Gun
3. Father of the Bride
4. Born Yesterday
5. Winchester ’73
6. Three Little Words
7. Fancy Pants
8. Destination Moon
9. The Damned Don’t Cry
10. At War with the Army
11. Wabash Avenue
12. Cheaper by the Dozen
13. Broken Arrow
14. Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
15. Duchess of Idaho

In light of those box-office sensations from 6 decades ago, it’s pretty hard to argue that summer movies have never been worse than they are today. In fact, aren’t we lucky to be alive to witness the wonders that our best filmmakers are creating?

Sure, of course, there would be outstanding classics like All About Eve and Sunset Blvd before 1950 ended. The Third Man was playing in US theaters in May of 1950. Let’s remember the past honestly though: Destination Moon earned 10 times more than The Third Man — but does that matter to us now? Of course not. It’s not even easy to dig up these irrelevant numbers anymore.

Fact is, moviegoers in in 1950 didn’t obsess over box-office like we do today, because even though the taste of most moviegoers sucked just as bad back then as it does today, audiences were still smart enough to know that box-office means nothing in the grand scheme of movie history.

All that mattered to them back then is the only thing that should matter to us right now: Are there movies being made for everybody? Are there enough dumb movies for people who like dumb movies? Are there enough smart movies for people who like smart movies?

I believe there always have been, and there always will be.

Ever wonder why Bob Hope was King of the Oscars in the 1950s and mid-1960s? It’s because drek like Bob Hope’s Fancy Pants in 1950 was a hugely successful smash hit for the studios. Bob Hope was Hollywood’s favorite clown in a tux because Bob Hope was the Jim Carey of the 1950s and his stupid movies made everybody rich. Thanks for the memories? Alright, let’s test those memories. Name 10 of Bob Hope’s 60 movies. Now try to name 5 that were worth a damn. And yet.. he’s somehow Oscar royalty. Go figure.

Most of us can name the top 15 or 20 movies of 1950 off the top of our heads — but the big eight studios produced over 240 movies in 1950. 220 of them have mostly been forgotten (and probably 200 of them are better off forgotten).

Nobody thinks about Destination Moon earning twice as much as All About Eve in 1950. In fact. nobody thinks about Destination Moon at all. When we think back about Hollywood history, we only remember the best movies Hollywood has given us. We idealize the past because it’s so easy to forget that Hollywood has always made 20 turds for every golden gem. We forget the turds because TCM doesn’t broadcast them.

So when we watch the wall-to-wall masterpieces Criterion restores so lovingly, some people say, “Wow, what happened to Hollywood? There used to be an endless fountain of classics in theaters.” False. There were 20 great American movies in 1950 and there have been 20 great American movies every single year ever since.

There are 1000 essential movies from the past 80 years There are also 15,000 movies that we’ve all forgotten about — because it would be financial insanity to put all that junk on DVD.

So let’s try not to panic when movies like The Amazing Spiderman 2 earn 10 times more than Labor Day and Labor Day earns 10 times more than Under the Skin. Unless you’re a Hollywood stockholder, all matters is that the studio system allows for all kinds of movies to be made for all kinds of people. Just as it’s always been.

38 Abbot and Costello movies were not The Death of Cinema.
6 Rocky movies were not The Death of Cinema
4 X-Men movies are not The Death of Cinema.

Nobody gives a shit that Rocky III made 5 times more than Blade Runner. The only reason I’ve brought it up today is to remind people that nobody should care if Captain America makes more than 12 Years a Slave.

(Although I confess my own slippery hypocrisy. Am I glad that two fun summer movies I admire — Noah and Godzilla — have together already earned $850 million this year? Yes, that makes me happy. Because now detractors can stop saying these movies “bombed.” Now skeptics can stop gloating about these movies being “financial disappointments.” That matters to me. Because now studios will continue to let Darren Aronofsky and Gareth Edwards do whatever they want to do. Which makes a heckuva lot more sense t
o me than allowing Bob Hope do whatever he wanted to do for 20 years).

36 Comments on this Post

  1. MisterBrown_23

    I donno if Paramount or a Kevin Feige will hand Arnofsky the keys to any franchise property anytime soon. Too much of a wild card.

  2. Al Robinson

    Love the article Ryan! On June 25, 1982 I was exactly 3 months old. I was probably learning to crawl, and E.T. was all-universe at that moment.

    1982 was just a great year for popular culture in genearl. The biggest movie of the decade was released in 1982: E.T. The biggest album of the decade was also released in 1982: Michael Jackson – Thriller. Both have defined that year, that decade, and movies and music in general.

    Also, some notable births that year:

    Dwyane Wade – January 17
    Ben Roethlisberger – March 2
    Jessica Biel – March 3
    Seth Rogen – April 15
    Kirsten Dunst – April 30
    Tara Lipinski – June 10
    LeAnn Rimes – August 28
    Anne Hathaway – November 12

  3. The Pope

    Ryan, your brilliant article had me laughing with delight from beginning to end. We had to wait a whole 6 months before ET was released on this side of the Atlantic. I was only a wee fella back then, but come September word was already swarming around school that there was this really amazing film about an alien. Some of us had already seen Ridley’s shocker, and because we knew that the guy who made ET had also made Jaws we were thinking along those lines… until we saw a picture of the little guy lost in California. “He doesn’t look like a killer…” “Maybe it’s a trick.” So when we eventually got to see it coming up to the Christmas holidays, we weren’t scared at all. We just cried our eyes out.

  4. Bailey Lovell

    I love all of this. Just in case you were wondering.

  5. Al Robinson

    Oops. I guess babies don’t start crawling until 7 to 9 months. At 3 months old, I was probably just sleeping and crying.

    My favorite movies of 1982

    1. E.T.
    Blade Runner
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    First Blood
    Rocky III (“Pain”)
    Tootsie
    TRON

  6. Great article! Summed up my thoughts perfectly – it bothers me when people say “there’s no good movies any more”, because it’s simply not true. In history, the films/books/events/etc get remembered because they were good/memorable/stood out, which means that as time goes on, we’re only going to remember the good films of 1939 or whatever, because they’re the only ones people see and talk about. The rest are lost.

  7. 1984 was a pretty great summer also. Here’s 20 from that summer. Not all were “great” or even “good” movies, but it was nice eclectic list of summer fare:

    Ghostbusters
    Gremlins
    Purple Rain
    The Karate Kid
    Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
    The Muppets Take Manhattan
    Sixteen Candles
    Revenge Of The Nerds
    The Neverending Story
    Conan The Destroyer
    Police Academy
    The Last Starfighter
    Bachelor Party
    Footloose
    Star Trek III – The Search For Spock
    The Natural
    Rhinestone
    Romancing The Stone
    Red Dawn
    The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension

  8. If we go 10 years ahead from 1984 until we get to this summer, here’s what a 20 would look like for those summer seasons.

    1994:

    The Lion King
    Forrest Gump
    Speed
    The Mask
    Natural Born Killers
    Maverick
    Serial Mom
    The Paper
    Wyatt Earp
    True Lies
    Clear And Present Danger
    It Could Happen To You
    Airheads
    Four Weddings And A Funeral
    The Crow
    The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
    Color Of Night (hrmm)
    The Little Rascals (ugh)
    The Flinstones (mother of god)
    In The Army Now (no, just no)

    2004:

    Spider-Man 2
    Before Sunset
    Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
    Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Mean Girls
    Kill Bill Vol. 2
    Garden State
    Collateral
    Hero
    Shrek 2
    Troy
    Saved!
    The Day After Tomorrow
    Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
    The Terminal
    The Notebook
    Fahrenheit 9/11
    The Bourne Supremacy
    The Village

    And potentially, here’s this year’s list. You may not count Captain America considering it was an April movie, but if that aint a Summer Movie then I don’t know what is. At the end of the day, these are obviously subjective choices (obviously the lists above are subjective as well) that involve me not only attempting to guess which already released movies are going to be remembered in 10 years, but also the yet-to-be released stuff. Something tells me nobody is going to remember that Transformers 8,012 or whatever came out this year:

    2014:

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Boyhood
    Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
    Godzilla
    Neighbors
    The Immigrant
    Edge Of Tomorrow
    X-Men: Days Of Future Past
    Locke
    Snowpiercer
    Guardians Of The Galaxy
    22 Jump Street
    Chef
    The Fault In Our Stars
    Magic In The Moonlight
    Maleficent
    Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
    The Rover
    Night Moves
    Lucy

  9. Taking a passing glance at those lists, it seems obvious to me that the summer selections are better now than they were in 2004 and 1994, if decidedly not 1984 or 1982.

  10. And I think 2013 was a pretty decent summer as well:

    Pacific Rim
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    This Is The End
    Fast & Furious 6
    Man Of Steel
    Iron Man 3
    The Great Gatsby
    Blue Jasmine
    The World’s End
    Before Midnight
    Fruitvale Station
    The Way, Way Back
    The Wolverine
    Lee Daniels’ The Butler
    The Bling Ring
    Monsters University
    World War Z
    Frances Ha
    The Conjuring
    The Lone Ranger

  11. keifer

    It is worth remembering that even way back then the studios made a lot of stinkers. “B” movies they were called, and nobody remembers those.

    Bette Davis once said in an interview that there really isn’t a lot of difference between the quality of movies released now and the quality of movies released during her heyday. She said there was just as much shlock hitting the screens then as now. We just don’t remember it (thankfully). And I guess that observation substantiates her claim that she was always fighting for better parts, as there were only so many good roles for women even back then. So Hollywood hasn’t changed all that much.

    I think we may be a little different type of audience now in that a lot of intelligent movie goers seek out their very own “instant classic” film to see at the moment.

    For me recently, the newest film which I consider to be an instant classic would be “Only Lovers Left Alive”. I certainly couldn’t say that about “Godzilla”.

  12. keifer

    Oh, one more thing.

    I saw “Blade Runner” in 1982 at a second-run, dilapidated movie theater in Eugene, Oregon. I remember there were 3 other people in the theater that Sunday afternoon.

    It became, for me, an “instant classic”. And has been one of my favorite movies ever since. Definitely on my favorite top 10 movie list. Haven’t seen anything since to even rival it (well, maybe Terry Gilliam’s 1985 “Brazil” comes close – but they were 2 very distinct science fiction films – you can’t really compare them).

  13. Uh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got better reviews than Labor Day. Why shouldn’t it make more money? Spidey 2 is also more of a character-based film than the average summer movie.

  14. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    “You may not count Captain America considering it was an April movie, but if that aint a Summer Movie then I don’t know what is. At the end of the day, these are obviously subjective choices… “

    Chris Price, I would have mentioned Captain America: Winter Soldier as one of my favorite afternoon matinees at the movie all year. But I knew I was already pushing my luck and testing enough people’s patience by naming Noah and Godzilla as two films I really admire and enjoyed. I decided to go for broke and climb out on the most treacherous limbs possible.

    Because, as you say, Chris, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter to me what movies Stephanie Zacharek or John McCain or the LAFCA or the Oscars anoint with their seal of approval. I don’t need anyone to tell me a good movie when I see it because I was born with my own brain and plenty of stubbornness to buttress my own opinion.

    As for subjectivity, there again, it doesn’t bother me if anyone else likes what I like — and it matters even less to me if people look at me like I’m crazy for not liking what they like.

    For instance, I know a lot of people love Rocky movies, and grew up feeling fond of them. That’s ok. That’s fine with me. I just persinally don’t much care for boxing or movies about boxing. That’s why I need to accept it if someone says they simply don’t like sci-fi or movies about superheroes.

    For as long as I live I’ll never understand how (fucking)Rocky could beat these genius nominees for “Best Picture” : All the President’s Men, Network, Taxi Driver and Bound for Glory. FOUR gorgeous masterpieces knocked out by what I see as cheap sappy schlock? That used to make me angry, but now I’m at peace with it. Because it helps me understand that not everyone shares my revulsion toward stories about guys with no other ambition other than to hit each other in the face.

    It’s almost beyond subjective, isn’t it? It’s already into the realm, for me, of being mentally allergic to that kind of story. So if I’m any kind of progressive human being, then I have to be tolerant of people who have a similar allergic aversion toward Sci-Fi or graphic novel franchises.

    I will say though, I can accept other people’s crazy taste and still have no qualms about calling their taste crazy :)

    No way will I ever understand Rocky winning Best Picture that. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say Rocky Killed the Seventies for me. We all talk about the golden age the Seventies — and rightly so.

    But as far as I’m concerned, thanks to ROCKY RUINING EVERYTHING, the decade of the 70s began in 1967 and ended in 1977.

    (that’s a pretty good premise on which to hang another rant, so I’ll see if I can formulate that claim into another post some day soon).

  15. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    And yes, Chris Price, you’re right — Just as the Academy has stretched Oscar season so that it now lasts an extra 5 weeks now, the wizards of studio distribution have wisely decidedly that there’s no reason to wait for the Summer Solstice before they begin to roll out their big-gun ‘summer’ tent-poles.

    After all, we’re not fucking Druids.

  16. Al Robinson

    Some of my All-Time Favorite summertime movies:

    Jaws – 1975
    Star Wars – 1977
    The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
    Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981
    E.T. – 1982
    Back to the Future – 1985
    Aliens – 1986
    Die Hard – 1988
    Batman – 1989
    Jurassic Park – 1993
    Independence Day – 1996
    Men in Black – 1997
    Spider-Man – 2002
    Transformers – 2007
    Iron Man – 2008
    The Dark Knight – 2008
    Star Trek – 2009
    Inception – 2010
    The Avengers – 2012
    The Dark Knight Rises – 2012
    World War Z – 2013

  17. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    Bee, I tried to be careful not to sound like I was disparaging The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in any way. I wrote this fast and loose and didn’t always make clear when I was changing angles from my own point of view to the perspective of people who have lost patience for the DC and Marvel Universes.

  18. Al Robinson

    I forgot that Forrest Gump – 1994, Saving Private Ryan – 1998, and Gladiator – 2000 were also released during the summertime.

  19. Al Robinson

    “Just as the Academy has stretched Oscar season so that it now lasts an extra 5 weeks now, the wizards of studio distribution have wisely decidedly that there’s no reason to wait for the Summer Solstice before they begin to roll out their big-gun ‘summer’ tent-poles.”

    Ryan, do you think that counts for The Hunger Games (released in March) also? I wonder if they knew just how BIG that movie was going to be?

  20. Al Robinson

    I’m pretty cut and dry with this stuff. I think of movies as having 3 seasons: Spring (January – April), Summer (May – August), and Fall (September – December).

  21. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    Spring (January – April), Summer (May – August), and Fall (September – December).

    Al, in Thailand your 3-season calendar goes like this: The Hot Season (March – May), The Monsoon Season (May – October), The Cold Season (November – February)

    Cannes = Hot Season
    Telluride = Monsoon Season
    Oscars = Cold Season

  22. Al Robinson

    Oh that’s really cool/hot Ryan!! Thanks for the info. That makes a lot of sense actually. Although, technically, when it’s winter for the Oscars, wasn’t it still summer in Thailand? (I don’t know how close to the equator Thailand is.)

    I remember in 1987, my family and me went to celebrate Christmas in Australia. So instead of snow, we had 100 degrees. It was very strange.

  23. Al Robinson

    I just checked, and it looks like Thailand is almost right on the equator.

    So, when it starts raining, did it really rain for basically 3 straight months? (Like it’s described in Forrest Gump)

  24. Bryce Forestieri

    Glorious recollections, Ryan!

    Wish I had time for a better response, but will just join you what could have been to bear witness to that double feature that afternoon. Being the kind of moviegoer that I am I have to be sure I would have been there, day one. THE THING, one of the most precise, flawless, and unflinching punches of genre demonstrations. Carpenter’s control is spine-chilling, intimidating, absolute. A perfect film for all effects and purposes. And what can one say about BLADE RUNNER except that it stands along with ALIEN, SOLOARIS, METROPOLIS and 2001 as the foremost exponents of that tradition. I dream of one day seeing both in glorious 35mm — opportunities like those are the only reasons I wish I lived anywhere near the NYC/LA elites. Even though I too am of the opinion that future classics do not abound in the summers as of late, I have to say I’ve had a lot of fun in 2014.

    Please, more of this.

    Here’s how my Top 20 from ’82 shapes up.

    1. BLADE RUNNER, Ridley Scott
    2. FANNY AND ALEXANDER, Ingmar Bergman
    3. E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL, Steven Spielberg
    4. THE THING, John Carpenter
    5. FITZCARRALDO, Werner Herzog
    6. VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg
    7. WHITE DOG, Samuel Fuller
    8. VERONIKA VOSS, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    9. THE KING OF COMEDY, Martin Scorsese
    10. TRON, Steven Lisberger
    11. IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN, Michelangelo Antonioni
    12. THE PLAGUE DOGS, Martin Rosen
    13. THE STATE OF THINGS, Win Wenders
    14. TIME MASTERS, Rene Laloux
    15. THE VERDICT, Sidney Lumet
    16. THE DARK CRYSTAL, Jim Henson, Frank Oz
    17. SOPHIE’S CHOICE, Alan J. Pakula
    18. 48 HOURS, Walter Hill
    19. EATING RAOUL, Paul Bartel
    20. THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, Peter Weir

  25. Bryce Forestieri

    “I tried to be careful not to sound like I was disparaging The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in any way”

    You should though. In all ways available.

  26. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    Thailand is still in the Northern Hemisphere, Al, but Bangkok is actually farther south than Honduras and Guatemala. It’s more in line with Nicaragua.

    So anything between 23 degrees north of the equator and 23 degrees South of the equator is officially in a Tropical Climate. And they just don’t have any winter season. “The Cold Season” is rarely any colder that 70 degrees Fahrenheit :)

    Australia lies below the southern tropics so I think they have familiar seasons like we in the North have.

  27. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    do you think that counts for The Hunger Games (released in March) also? I wonder if they knew just how BIG that movie was going to be?

    They knew. They had to know. There just aren’t enough weekends in the 3 months of summer for all the tent-ole movies to have elbow room. So it seems that they nudge some of the lighter summer fare into the Spring, to catch the kids in their last month of the school year.

    The hardcore, balls-out, rowdiest, most intensely stiff-dicked movies reign in deep peak summer.

  28. Al Robinson

    Ah, suddenly “The Cold Season” makes more sense, because even though it’s still warm, it’s the “coldest” they’ll get all year. That’s terrific. :-)

    I went to Melbourne, which is even more like the northern parts of the US, a la Seattle, whereas, say, Brisbane, would be more like San Francisco or even Los Angeles. (Not quite sure, just trying to ballpark it).

  29. Al Robinson

    That makes sense. It true that there really aren’t enough Fridays in the summer. Plus, the way I see it, it spreaded out the biggest blockbusters out nicely, between:

    The Hunger Games (March) – The Avengers (May) – The Dark Knight Rises (July).

    Although, my point falls apart when you look at that The Amazing Spider-Man was released shorty before The Dark Knight Rises. Eh, still though.

  30. Cool piece. Danke, Ryan. Funny how DINER was arguably the most influential flick of 1982 (especially if you consider its DNA in television comedies like SEINFELD) and it made a whopping $14 million, 1/4th ANNIE’S domestic take.

    I only care about box office because I want the people I dig to keep working. Which is why I’ll always root for a 9-figure Scorsese movie to make bank so he spends a little less time with his hand out and a little more time doing what he loves.

  31. SeattleMoviegoer

    BAMBI, huh? Generations of kids have lost that seminal experience in the past several years of seeing a Disney classic on the big screen. It was a normal occurrence forever. But they sold their souls to home video and now only drag them “out of the vault” for DVD and now bluray. They could make substantial money if they properly marketed them and put them in enough theatres. Warners did such a bizarre move earlier this year when they had their acclaimed revamp of WIZARD OF OZ in 3D for….one week? No one had a chance to make plans to go. You blinked, you missed it.

  32. Glenn UK

    Noah!!!! I shed more tears than there was water in the movie at the hard earned £8 I paid out to watch that bag of shite! May have earned cash but that was because we were “tricked” into seeing the movie. The trailer never speculated or even intimated at the utter nonsense of the stoyline. Watchers …. my arse!!!!

  33. keifer

    “For as long as I live I’ll never understand how (fucking)Rocky could beat these genius nominees for “Best Picture” : All the President’s Men, Network, Taxi Driver and Bound for Glory. FOUR gorgeous masterpieces knocked out by what I see as cheap sappy schlock? That used to make me angry, but now I’m at peace with it. Because it helps me understand that not everyone shares my revulsion toward stories about guys with no other ambition other than to hit each other in the face.”

    FEAR NOT, DEAR RYAN, THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO SHARE YOUR REVULSION ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT. AND BEFUDDLEMENT THAT “ROCKY” BEAT OUT THOSE 4 OTHER CLASSIC FILMS.
    Unlike you, however, I am still angry about it. Brrrrrrrr.

    This is one Oscar choice which I would have killed to have learned the final tabulated AMPAS votes to see how close Best Picture really was that year. I suspect with “Network” winning 4 and “All the President’s Men” winning 4 (most in important swaying categories), that it was a very close contest indeed that year.

  34. Jesus Alonso

    I take the chance to HEAVILY RECOMMEND “Snowpiecer” which is having 85% at Metacritic and 92% at Rotten Tomatoes with a CoC of 8,5 average… I own it on bluray (it’s out here already) and it’s not only a great, great film, it is also a fearless metaphore/satire about our society and the world itself with a cast to die for.

    It DESERVES to become the sleeper of the year.

  35. keifer

    Jesus – I can’t wait to see it! I’ve been wanting to catch its opening weekend for a long time. What’s the holdup anyway? Why can’t these great films get distributed? It’s not like there isn’t an audience out there waiting to see good film. I would have thought it would have gone into general theatrical distribution by now.

  36. Jeremy

    Thank you for this shit, Ryan. I’m sooooooo done with these hyperbolic DEATH OF AMERICAN CINEMA chicken little horseshit because God forbid a few superhero movies come out every year. Its easy to boost up the past because all you remember is the cream of the crop and none of the junk, but its always been like this. Transformers came out this weekend, and it made a lot of money even though it sucked. Snowpiercer came out too though, even though it didn’t make a lot of money it was pretty damn awesome.

    TBH, its been like this since Jaws/Star Wars supposedly “killed” American Cinema back in the 70s. A decade that apparently had audiences sippin’ martinis in the theater in-between rounds of Taxi Driver and Days of Heaven. A decade where the top-grossing movies were such testaments to personal expression such as Love Story, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sting, The Towering Inferno, Rocky, Grease, Smokey and the Bandit, The Poseidon Adventure, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The world kept turning, same as always. Blue Velvet, Thief, Blood Simple, Do the Right THing, Drugstore Cowboy, Stranger than Paradise, House of Games, and Salvador all still came out, just the same.

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