What I’ll Remember About the Films of 1978: A Love Letter


My What I’ll Remember posts are an ongoing tradition. A logbook of sorts, they pay tribute to all the year-specific viewing I’ve done over the past however many months. It also stresses that, while the Top Ten list is the crux of this whole project, it’s really a means to an end. It goes without saying, but the process and journey of watching and re-watching these films is most important. I’ve recently looked back on previous What I’ll Remember posts and they evoke the feeling of a photo album, flipping through filmic memories of all shapes and sizes. Still to come are my Ten Honorable Mentions plus Grease post and the Top Ten.

At the end of the post I have a Suggested Double Features section and a compilation of some of my Favorite Shots of the year.

Top Ten By Year: 1978 posts so far: Movie Poster Highlights, Movie Music Mix, Poll Results

Previous What I’ll Remember posts: 1943, 1958, 1965, 1992, 2012, 2013,  2014

10 Performances of 1978: Volker Spengler (In a Year of 13 Moons), Geraldine Chaplin (Remember My Name), Carol Kane (The Mafu Cage), Richard Pryor (Blue Collar), Ingrid Bergman (Autumn Sonata), Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman), Melanie Mayron (Girlfriends), Isabelle Huppert (Violette Noziere), Christopher Reeve (Superman), Robert De Niro (The Deer Hunter)

Freeze frame endings (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Pretty Baby, Capricorn One, Eyes of Laura Mars, Girlfriends, Magic, Blue Collar, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, An Unmarried Woman, The Deer Hunter)

The fashion photo shoot montage scenes in Eyes of Laura Mars

“You’re my friend Jerry, but you’re thinking white” (Blue Collar)

The makeshift family unit in Dawn of the Dead

Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

The end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers; still about the scariest thing I can think of. Poor Veronica Cartwright

The isolated presentational snapshot flashbacks of Autumn Sonata

Liv Ullman and Ingrid Bergman going head-to-head with pent-up mother-daughter angst in Autumn Sonata

Denny Zeitlin’s score for Invasion of the Body Snatchers as prelude for Brian Reitzell’s work on “Hannibal”

Abortion talk (Interiors, A Wedding, Long Weekend, Girlfriends, The Meetings of Anna, Dawn of the Dead, Autumn Sonata, An Unmarried Woman)

Isabelle Adjani in The Driver
Isabelle Adjani in The Driver
Maggie Smith in Death on the Nile
Maggie Smith in Death on the Nile

Women in suits (Isabelle Adjani, The Driver; Maggie Smith, Death on the Nile; Fiona Lewis, The Fury)

“You got a chair!”
“You changed your hair!” (Coming Home)

The half buried manatee carcass that gradually makes its way up the sands in Long Weekend

1978 Movie Marathon with Amanda! (Drunken Master, The Cheap Detective, Girlfriends, Long Weekend)

American pop giallo (Eyes of Laura Mars)

Favorite Characters of 1978: Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron; Girlfriends), Annie (Nancy Loomis; Halloween), Rizzo (Stockard Channing; Grease)Peter (Ken Foree; Dawn of the Dead), Gillian Bellaver (Amy Irving; The Fury), Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty; Heaven Can Wait)

Goldie Hawn in Foul Play
Goldie Hawn in Foul Play

Goldie Hawn = cutest librarian ever (Foul Play)

Terrence Malick already bringing his work into the ether for his sophomore film (Days of Heaven)

“Flick my Bic!!” (Blue Collar)

Has Alan Alda always been this insufferable and I’ve just never noticed it? (Same Time, Next Year)

The introduction of the five deadly venoms (Five Deadly Venoms)

John Travolta in Grease
John Travolta in Grease

Put aside the present day creepy Uncle vibes for a second and appreciate that there is nothing quite as deliciously sexy as John Travolta in his prime (Grease)

First experiences with these directors: Karel Zeman (Krabat), Jerzy Skolimowski (The Shout), Chantal Akerman (The Meetings of Anna), Les Blank (Always for Pleasure), Derek Jarman (Jubilee), Paul Mazursky (An Unmarried Woman), Yuen Woo-Ping (Drunken Master), Chang Cheh (Five Deadly Venoms), Liu Chia-Liang (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Heroes of the East)

The emphasis and innovative use of sound in The Shout

Wow, so Eli Wallach is weirdly attractive as the elder charming rabbi in Girlfriends

Hilarious peripheral characters ‘One Song Tinker’ (Scatman Crothers) in The Cheap Detective and ‘Wrong Way Floyd’ (Otis Day) in Thank God It’s Friday

You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Alone

The radical ending of You Are Not Alone

Death by paint fumes (Blue Collar)

The “part Mary Hartman, part Ingmar Bergman” gal pal gatherings in An Unmarried Woman

Maggie Smith playing an actress who loses an Oscar only to win an Oscar in real life for said performance. Surely the only time this has ever happened? (California Suite)

The painful experience of watching the unforgivably cartoonish Same Time, Next Year

The butchery scene in In a Year of 13 Moons; a raw collision of visual and aural assault quite unlike anything I’ve experienced

Speaking of; graphic slaughterhouse scenes in Killer of Sheep and In a Year of 13 Moons

John Savage in The Deer Hunter
John Savage in The Deer Hunter

Jesus H. Christ I had suppressed the grueling Russian Roulette-as-dramatic-device scenes in The Deer Hunter. Sound and image marry the casual pandemonium of the room with the intimate begging and communicative gazing between the actors. Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage are all-in, and the experience looks legitimately tormenting for all

The rigorous training section of The 36th Chamber of ShaolinBody as focus, object of transformation and unparalleled discipline

The aggressively unfunny bedroom farce vignette of California Suite with Walter Matthau and Elaine May. Who would have thought that A New Leaf reunion could taste so sour?

The way the blow-up doll floats out of Dudley Moore’s closet in Foul Play

Emotional piano-playing in Autumn Sonata and The Deer Hunter

Christopher Plummer in The Silent Partner
Christopher Plummer in The Silent Partner

Crucial lesson learned from The Silent Partner; whatever you do, do not fuck with Christopher Plummer

Mother and daughter bed confessional in The Meetings of Anna

The charged sexual chemistry between Jane Fonda and Jon Voight in Coming Home 

The ingenious reveal that “Jeepers Creepers” is the “As Time Goes By” equivalent in the spoof The Cheap Detective

The immediate and out-of-nowhere inciting incident in Blue Sunshine

Jeff Goldblum, about to utter "Gorgeous" to himself in Thank God It's Friday
Jeff Goldblum, about to utter “Gorgeous” to himself in Thank God It’s Friday

Jeff Goldblum’s entrance in Thank God It’s Friday

Debut films from Robert Zemeckis (I Wanna Hold Your Hand), Errol Morris (Gates of Heaven), Paul Schrader (Blue Collar)

The Neils of The Last Waltz

The eternal magic hour coupled with Linda Manz’s narration in Days of Heaven 

What a year for horror; even if you don’t like half of these it’s an impressive group: (Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, Blue Sunshine, The Shout, Long Weekend, Martin, Alucarda, Magic, The Mafu Cage, Eyes of Laura Mars, Patrick, Piranha, The Grapes of Death, etc)

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Nancy Allen in the Beatles’s hotel room, molesting and lusting over leftovers, instruments and whatever else she can get her hands on. In a just world, these moments would be iconic (I Wanna Hold Your Hand)

Mia Farrow playing crazy ladies (Death on the Nile, A Wedding). In A Wedding she’s like a woman-child version of that creepy photo from Repulsion

The “Born to Hand Jive” scene in Grease, my favorite movie scene as a young teen. Still watch it constantly. Actually, can you all hold on for just a few minutes? *runs off*

“Can you read my mind?” (Superman)

The shopping montages of Dawn of the Dead

Instances of films I’m conflicted about being ultimately more memorable and/or must-see than ‘solid’ works (Fedora, A Wedding, Remember My Name, Jubilee)

Brad Davis in Midnight Express
Brad Davis in Midnight Express

Well hello there Brad Davis (Midnight Express)

Paul Dooley and Dennis Christopher playing father and son in A Wedding, a year before Breaking Away

Diana Ross frantically running away from crows in The Wiz

Greatest ending ever or greatest ending ever? (The Fury)

The truly brutal child abuse/abandonment/killing in The Demon

Nell Campbell in Jubilee
Nell Campbell in Jubilee

My slight obsession with Nell Campbell resurfaces (Jubilee)

Greatest final line to a film?; “The electric blanket I had sent her came back undelivered.” (voiceover) (Fedora)

Another great final moment:
Peter: “How much fuel do we have?”
Fran: “Not much”
Peter: (with a shrug of a delivery) “……alright” (Dawn of the Dead)

2 of the 5 Best Picture nominees being about women and their sexuality, their experiences, their lives. Can this please stop being an anomaly? I’m begging you (Coming Home, An Unmarried Woman)

Melanie Mayron as Susan Weinblatt = my new hero (Girlfriends)

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Tommy Lee Jones in Eyes of Laura Mars
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Tim Curry in The Shout

 Tommy Lee Jones + turtlenecks/Tim Curry + V-neck sweater (Eyes of Laura Mars, The Shout)

Least Favorite Characters of 1978: George (Alan Alda; Same Time, Next Year), Joey (Mary Beth Hurt; Interiors – basically everyone in Interiors except Pearl, but Joey especially for her disgusting ‘vulgarian’ remark), Kehaar (voiced by Zero Mostel; Watership Down)Richard ‘Ringo’ Klaus (Eddie Deezen; I Wanna Hold Your Hand), all the supporting dudes in Grease, everyone in The Demon, the central couple in Long Weekend, Toyoji (Tatsuya Fuji); Empire of Passion)

“Intelligence would take the bloom off your carnality” (Despair)

Sample dialogue from Avalanche:
Mia Farrow: (looking at a picture on the wall) “What is that?”
Robert Forster: “Guess”
Mia Farrow: “A goat?”
Robert Forster: “A ram”
Mia Farrow: “Oh, a ram”

Kathy Bates in Straight Time
Kathy Bates in Straight Time

Introducing! Dennis Franz (A Wedding, The Fury, Remember My Name), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Daryl Hannah (The Fury), Eddie Deezen (Grease, I Wanna Hold Your Hand), Jim Broadbent (The Shout), James Cromwell (The Cheap Detective), Kathy Bates (Straight Time), Alfre Woodard (Remember My Name), Mark McClure (I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Superman, Coming Home), Kevin Bacon (National Lampoon’s Animal House)

“A space flower?” (Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

Christopher Plummer, dead and in drag, descending down the escalator in The Silent Partner

Depiction of nature as something all-consuming and inescapable in Empire of Passion

The amazing wall-to-wall disco soundtrack in the preposterously fun Thank God It’s Friday

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Christopher Reeve in Superman

Fully appreciating Christopher Reeve in Superman; adorable, eerily perfect, his performance pitched so we somehow buy into a world where mere glasses can obscure Clark Kent’s identity

The ‘Shout’ scene in National Lampoon’s Animal House

The near bottomless slapstick fun of Drunken Master

The revelatory and genuinely unnerving work by Geraldine Chaplin in Remember My Name and Carol Kane in The Mafu Cage

Capricorn One desperately needing to ditch everything and become a deadpan detective romcom with Elliot Gould and Karen Black

The rare female protagonist at the center of a 1970’s conspiracy thriller (Coma) (the only other example I know of is The Stepford Wives)

Panna a Netvor
Panna a Netvor

Realizing that the beast in Panna a Netvor is actually Birdman

Roaming through the streets of ‘Haddonfield’ in broad daylight (Halloween)

The “how do we know you’re that good” scene in The Driver

Bruce Conner + Devo = perfect combination (Mongoloid)

“I love you once, I love you twice
I love you more than beans and rice” (Pretty Baby)

“Peggy Ann Snow, Peggy Ann Snow
Please let me follow wherever you go” (Magic)

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Jill Clayburgh ballet-prancing in her undies in An Unmarried Woman

The dummy in Magic making me scream out loud in terror

Aging male stars from 50’s Hollywood in their tighty-wighties (Kirk Douglas in The Fury, William Holden in Fedora)

Queen Isabelle Huppert kicking off her reign of enigmatic and unknowable women in Violette Noziere

Annie’s hiked-up yellow socks in Halloween

Re-enacting Jerry Lewis (In a Year of 13 Moons)

The re-watch of Halloween that finally clicked for me in a big way

The Detective: “I really like chasing you”
The Driver: “Sounds like you’ve got a problem” (The Driver)

Jordan in Jubilee
Jordan in Jubilee

The women of Jubilee, especially Jordan lip-syncing to Suzi Pinns’s “Rule Britannia”. Everyone else can go home

The far more compelling than they needed to be supporting cast of Eyes of Laura Mars (Tommy Lee Jones, Raul Julia, René Auberjonois)

Speaking of great casts, pretty sure the combination of Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum can’t be topped (Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

Banner Years for (not exhaustive): Brooke Adams (Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Richard Pryor (Blue Collar, The Wiz, California Suite), Gordon Liu (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Heroes of the East, Shaolin Mantis (haven’t seen last one), Elliott Gould (The Silent Partner, Capricorn One, The Big Sleep (haven’t see the last one)), Mia Farrow (Death on the Nile, Avalanche, A Wedding), Maggie Smith (Death on the Nile, California Suite), Suzannah York (The Shout, Superman, The Silent Partner), Jeff Goldblum (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Thank God It’s Friday, Remember My Name), Alan Bates (The Shout, An Unmarried Woman), John Hurt (Midnight Express, The Shout, Watership Down (voice), The Lord of the Rings (voice) (haven’t seen last one)), Jane Fonda (Coming Home, California Suite, Comes a Horseman (haven’t seen last one))

So many things I could pick from The Fury, but I’ll go with the peppy Paragon Institute montage accompanied by a proto-Harry Potter section of John Williams’s score (Video games are played! Frisbees are thrown! Laughs are had! Dogs are played with!)

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All the sketchy dudes that pop up in Girlfriends

The “get Fats to shut up for five minutes” scene in Magic

The final scene of Capricorn One bringing me to tears (from laughter; slow-motion been more hilarious)

The pants burning scene in Drunken Master bringing me to tears (also from laughter)

The mosaic of evocative naturalism in Killer of Sheep  

Suggested 1978 Double Features:
The Fury/Eyes of Laura Mars (telekinetic horror cinema that plays with the act of ‘seeing’ to create intimacy with characters; filmmakers finding ways of allowing a film to interact with itself)
You Are Not Alone/Pretty Baby (Naturalistic coming-of-age films with controversial material regarding the telling/depiction of children (using child actors) in stories focused on sex/nudity. You can also thrown in The Demon for really thorny treatment of children but re: violence)
Violette Noziere/Remember My Name (Elusive Women Double Feature)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand/Thank God It’s Friday (Music-centric One Crazy Day/Night films)
The Shout/Long Weekend (use of sound/horror relating to Australia)
Drunken Master/Superman (Adorable Leading Men)

Favorite Shots of 1978 (in no way is this exhaustive. It’s more of a sampling):

A Wedding
A Wedding
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The Fury
Halloween
Halloween
Jubilee
Jubilee
Pretty Baby
Pretty Baby
Straight Time
Straight Time
The Fury
The Fury
The Demon
The Demon
Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven
The Meetings of Anna
The Meetings of Anna
Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven
Killer of Sheep
Killer of Sheep
The Shout
The Shout
The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
Autumn Sonata
Autumn Sonata
In a Year of 13 Moons
In a Year of 13 Moons
The Demon
The Demon
The Mafu Cage
The Mafu Cage
Violette Noziere
Violette Noziere
Satiemania
Satiemania
Krabat (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
Krabat (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Watership Down
Watership Down
Coma
Coma
The Driver
The Driver
In a Year of 13 Moons
In a Year of 13 Moons
The Fury
The Fury
Long Weekend
Long Weekend
The Mafu Cage
The Mafu Cage
Killer of Sheep
Killer of Sheep
Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven
The Mafu Cage
The Mafu Cage
The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter

Review: Cinderella (2015, Branagh)


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“The old feels new in Kenneth Branagh and Disney’s live-action retelling of its 1950 animated feature (itself an adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairy tale). When did a classic take on a fairy tale become refreshing?

The answer is sometime during the current blockbuster cycle of revisionist live-action fairy tales. As Disney leads the way in the Revampathon of iconic properties, we’ve witnessed digitized world expansions, CGI battles galore, villains in the spotlight, needless mythology and lots of flavorlessness. Some of this has been successful (Maleficent translating the devastation of rape trauma) and most of it has not (everything else?). I step into this review admittedly on the defense. Singing the praises of Cinderella also means pushing against the kind = passive = bad line of thinking which has become prevalent regarding the titular character.”

Full review over at CriterionCast

Movie Music Mix: 1978


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Unsurprisingly, 1978 had some incredible music at the movies. I’ve gradually been gathering the tracks that stick out to me over the last several months, and grooving to them throughout the course of my 1978 watchlist. This has a somewhat similarly sprawling vibe as the mix I made for 1992. But it’s also, I hope, more succinct. I tried to bookend the mix with disco blocks (because YES), start and end with songs that make a distinct impression, and get a little more contemplative in the middle. There’s a lot of different sounds represented here and I hope I made them work together in some fashion. There was one song I was unable to get a hold of, which irks me to no end. It’s one of the songs Sebastian wrote for the Danish coming-of-age film You Are Not Alone. Those songs are virtually impossible to acquire in the US. Other than that, I was able to attain everything else. So I hope you enjoy! In case you’ve forgotten, it is required that all the music be from the time period I’m focusing on. I’m not so strict that it needs to be from 1978, but anything more than a couple of years off and it’s disqualified (sorry “A Song for Europe” from In a Year of 13 Moons).

Other mixes made for Top Ten By Year: 1965, 1983, 1992, 1958, and, not related, 2014
Other Top Ten By Year: 1978 posts: Movie Poster Highlights of 1978, Top Ten By Year: 1978 Poll Results
Still to Come: What I’ll Remember About the Films of 1978: A Love Letter, 10 Honorable Mentions plus Grease, Top Ten By Year

The mix is available to listen to on 8tracks. Just click the link below!

Movie Music Mix: 1978

1. “Rule Britannia” – Suzi Pinns – featured in Jubilee
2. “Grease” – Barry Gibb and Frankie Valli – featured in Grease
3. “Thank God It’s Friday” – Love and Kisses – featured in Thank God It’s Friday 
4. “From Here to Eternity” – Giorgio Moroder – featured in Thank God It’s Friday 
5. “Greased Lightning” – John Travolta – featured in Grease
6. “Hard Workin’ Man’ – Captain Beefheart – featured in Blue Collar
7. “We Used to do Things Together” – dialogue by Linda Manz – featured in Days of Heaven
8. “Bright Eyes” – Art Garfunkel – featured in Watership Down 
9. “Dry Your Eyes” – The Band and Neil Diamond – featured in The Last Waltz
10. “Prisoner “(theme from Eyes of Laura Mars) – Barbra Streisand – featured in Eyes of Laura Mars
11. “Halloween Theme” – John Carpenter – featured in Halloween 
12. Piece from Long Weekend (title unknown) – Michael Carlos – featured in Long Weekend
13. “Days of Heaven” (end credits) – Ennio Morricone – featured in Days of Heaven
14. “Born to Hand Jive” – Sha-Na-Na – featured in Grease
15. “Zombi” – Goblin and Dario Argento – featured in Dawn of the Dead
16. “Mongoloid” – Devo – featured in the short film Mongoloid
17. “Let’s All Chant” (full version) – The Michael Zager Band – featured in Eyes of Laura Mars
18. “After Dark” – Pattie Brooks – featured in Thank God It’s Friday 
19. “Midnight Express” (theme) – Giorgio Moroder – featured in Midnight Express

Movie Poster Highlights: 1978


I’m adding a new event to the Top Ten By Year celebrations; a round-up of some of my favorite film posters from whichever year I’m focusing on.

I tried as best as I could to find artists and/or designers to credit for their work. I’ve noted where I fell short, and if you click on most of the posters, it will lead you to the site of origin.

First up: A couple of posters from Derek Jarman’s punk collage Jubilee, both focusing on Amyl Nitrate’s (Jordan) iconic “Rule Britannia” garb and snarl: 

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Next up, two posters from the sleek and striped down neo-noir The Driver. What I love about the poster on the top is the street night color scheme, the stylized strokes used for hair, and the profile of Queen Adjani/how she and her hat are placed on top of the men. As for the Thai poster on the right, it’s just undeniably fun; the bright colors, the poker chips around Queen Adjani, Ryan O’Neal’s terrifying big blues and the policeman who seems to be waving hello to us in the upper right corner. 

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Artist: M. Daily
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These next two feature bird figures of some kind and are both from Czech artist and poster designer Marek Ploza-Dolinski. Czech animator Karel Zeman’s Krabat (The Sorceror’s Apprentice) (top) features crows throughout, while The Silent Partner (bottom) does not, but how awesome is it seeing Elliot Gould rendered as a smug horned and winged creature? There’s also tribute paid to his pet goldfish who is unceremoniously murdered by Christopher Plummer in the film. 

Artist: Marek Ploza-Dolinski
Artist: Marek Ploza-Dolinski
Artist: Marek Polza-Dolinski
Artist: Marek Polza-Dolinski

Richard Amsel was one of the most distinguished American poster designers of all-time and managed a prolific and instantly recognizable body of work before his early death in 1985. His exquisitely detailed and bustling posters always managed to put focus, no matter how busy elsewhere, on the faces of stars, and that is certainly evident in his depiction of the all-star cast of Death on the Nile.

Artist: Richard Amsel
Artist: Richard Amsel

There are a ton of fantastic posters for Billy Wilder’s late career oddity Fedora. Here are my two favorites. 

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Artist: Sovari/Country: Hungary

Next are two posters I love for films I love about girls I love. Got all that? The top is a French poster for I Wanna Hold Your Hand, here called Crazy Day. You can’t tell by the poster that it has anything to do with The Beatles, but I love the Nancy Drew quality of the thing. The bottom is a Spanish poster for Girlfriends, which I can’t find a bigger version of, but I’m drawn to the triangular use of space and the mustard yellow color. I’m also amused by the fact that though the film is called Girlfriends, this particular poster seems to feature 3 Melanie Mayron’s. 

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Artist unknown (although the central image is from the US poster for the film)

Two Polish posters, one from the Truffaut film The Green Room (La chambre verte) and the other from Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Artist: Jaime Carlos Nieto
Artist: Jaime Carlos Nieto
Artist: Wiktor Sadowski
Artist: Wiktor Sadowski

Here are two posters that live and die on partially shielded photographs of enigmatic unknowable women framed by black with the film titles displayed in similar shades of pinkish red. Queen Huppert’s Violette Noziere looks straight at us, while Geraldine Chaplin gives us sunglasses, a cigarette and her profile, the film’s title telling us to remember her name…or else. 

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Designer unknown

Finally, my two favorite posters from 1978. On the top is the precise and doomed purple radiance of Petrus Wandrey for the Rainer Werner Fassbinder film Despair. On the bottom is Josef Vylet’al’s hauntingly direct yet endlessly mysterious work for the Czech fairy tale film Panna a Netvor (Beauty and the Beast or Virgin and the Monster)

Artist: Petrus Wandrey
Artist: Petrus Wandrey
Artist: Josef Vylet'al
Artist: Josef Vylet’al

Top Ten By Year: 1978 – Poll Results


Previous Top Ten By Year Polls: 1992, 1958

(Reminder of the Poll rules: Participants could vote for up to 10 films; no more, but certainly less. Order was not required since it had no bearing on the results.)

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the Top Ten By Year: 1978 Poll! 101 people (including an Oscar nominee!) voted for 133 different films. Our biggest turn-out yet on both counts!

I started conducting these week long polls back in August while finishing up 1992. I had completed several other years for Top Ten By Year up to that point (1935, 1983, 1965, 1943). The primary objective of this project is to discover and rediscover films within the confines of a year in cinema. In my mind the films, taken as a whole, coalesce into one big extended family. For readers, I’ve always hoped that following the progress of the year in question would provoke discussion and/or increased awareness of what’s out there. Being reminded of films you love, films you don’t love, films that you grapple with, and perhaps most importantly, films that weren’t on your radar before and now are. I’m aware that’s a mighty large order to hope for with a measly little blog like mine but a girl can dream, can’t she?

The Poll has been designated as the kick-off event for the comprehensive celebrating to come (1978 Posters post, What I’ll Remember: A Love Letter, 1978 Movie Music Mix, 10 Honorable Mentions, and the Top Ten); an audience participation pre-show if you will. It gets people talking and familiarizing themselves over the chosen year. 1978, many correctly pointed out, is an embarrassment of riches for us horror lovers.

Taking into account the internet’s oversaturation with lists/listicles, I hope it’s clear that this project is anything but tossed off. Seeing what makes the collective top ten is a lot of fun, but may I direct your attention to the full breakdown of votes and the individual ballots? I’ve been up to my eyeballs in 1978 for over 3 months and a ton of films received votes that I’d never even heard of. My hope is that people now have a bunch of goodies to add to their watchlist.

So; surprising? Predictable? Comment or tweet at me your reactions to the results! As for me, the chosen ten are largely expected, although I was sure The 36th Chamber of Shaolin would be on there and it just missed the cut. I also didn’t realize how many people still love Superman. This is the second year in a row (1958 being the first) where a Bergman film made the list. In fact, his is the only solo international production on here (a big difference from the 1958 poll which had 5 countries represented in the 10). By far my biggest revelation here is that Killer of Sheep is a 1978 film! I had always thought of it as 1977 and for that reason it wasn’t on my watchlist. Realizing my mistake, I immediately procured a copy and can’t wait to finally see it. So thank you everyone for pointing that out to me. There are some films I assumed would get more votes than they ultimately did. Chief among them; Up in SmokeIn a Year of 13 Moons, Pretty Baby, The Rutles: All Your Need is Cash, Long Weekend and Five Deadly Venoms. Has nobody seen Pretty Baby, or do you all just not like it? I’m a big fan and hope to write about it a bit for my Honorable Mentions post.

One last observation is that three films that will either make my final cut or honorable mentions post got zero votes.

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POLL RESULTS – Top Ten By Year: 1978:
1.  Days of Heaven (Malick, US) – 69 votes
2. Dawn of the Dead (Romero, US/Italy) – 56 votes
3. Halloween (Carpenter, US) – 54 votes
4. The Deer Hunter (Cimino, US) – 41 votes
5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, US) – 39 votes
6. Superman (Donner, US) – 31 votes
7. Autumn Sonata (Bergman, Sweden) – 30 votes
8. Killer of Sheep (Burnett, US) – 27 votes
9. The Last Waltz (Scorsese, US) – 24 votes
10. The Driver (Hill, US) – 23 votes

The Rest:
19 votes - The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Blue Collar
18 votes - Watership Down, National Lampoon’s Animal House
17 votes - Gates of Heaven, Grease
16 votes – Interiors
15 votes – The Fury, Midnight Express
14 votes - Coming Home
13 votes - An Unmarried Woman
10 votes - Heaven Can Wait
9 votes - In a Year of 13 Moons, Empire of Passion, Straight Time, The Shout
8 votes - Girlfriends
7 votes - Drunken Master
6 votes - Jubilee, Perceval le Gallois, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Five Deadly Venoms
5 votes - La Cage aux Folles, A Wedding, Piranha, The Silent Partner, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Death on the Nile, The Boys from Brazil, Big Wednesday, The Green Room
4 votes - Violette Noziere, California Suite, Fingers, The Meetings of Anna, Graduate First, Fedora, Thank God It’s Friday, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Long Weekend
3 votes – Up in Smoke, Alucarda, Magic, Same Time Next Year, Martin, Eyes of Laura Mars, Coma, Lord of the Rings, Capricorn One, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Always for Pleasure, Corvette Summer, Filming ‘Othello’
2 votes - Every Which Way But Loose, The Big Fix, Convoy, My Way Home, Despair, The Grapes of Death, Mongoloid, The Mongreloid, Pretty Baby, Foul Play, Crippled Avengers, American Boy: A Profile of Stephen Prince, Don, Nighthawks, China 9, Liberty 37, The Buddy Holly Story
1 vote: Starcrash, The Suspended Vacation, The Shooting Party, Silvesternacht – Ein Dialog, Doomed Love, Killer Butterfly, The Girl with the Red Scarf, Visions of a City, The Cat from Outer Space, The Rutles: All You Need is Cash,
Alexandria…Why?, Chameleon, Vertical Features Remake, The Inglorious Basterds, Koko: A Talking Gorilla, The Contract, The Demon, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, Satiemania, Spiral, Within the Woods, Paradise Alley, Debbie Does Dallas, Make Me Psychic, Scared Straight!, Hooper, Renaldo and Clara, The Whole Shootin Match, Pennies from Heaven (BBC miniseries), Comment ca va?, The One and Only, Someone’s Watching Me!, Game of Death, Louder Faster Shorter, Northern Lights, The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, She Had Her Gun All Ready, Heroes of the East, The Scenic Route, The Brink’s Job, Ecce Bombo, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, The Wiz, Warriors Two, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, The Toolbox Murders, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, The Avenging Eagle, Cornell, Warlords of the Deep (aka Warlords of Atlantis), American Hot Wax

Individual Ballots:

@Cinematic_Life (of This Cinematic Life):
An unmarried woman, days of heaven, dawn of the dead, last waltz, body snatchers, drunken master, animal house, Halloween, superman, Killer of Sheep

@salesonfilm (Kristen Sales of salesonfilm, Movie Mezzanine, FilmFracture, etc):
DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAYS OF HEAVEN, HALLOWEEN, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN

@MrDude_o_o:
1) The Shooting Party, 2) The Deer Hunter, 3) In a Year of 13 Moons, 4) Jubilee, 5) Days of Heaven, 6) Autumn Sonata 7) Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 8) The Girl with the Red Scarf, 9) Interiors, 10) Dawn of the Dead

@DanSchnidel (of danschnidel.com, Los Angeles Magazine, Movie Mezzanine, etc.):
THE BIG FIX, BLUE COLLAR, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAYS OF HEAVEN, THE DEER HUNTER, GATES OF HEAVEN, KILLER OF SHEEP, THE LAST WALTZ, WATERSHIP DOWN, A WEDDING

@Kza (Kent. M. Beeson):
DAWN OF THE DEAD, DEER HUNTER, INTERIORS, PIRANHA, SILENT PARTNER, DAYS OF HEAVEN, WATERSHIP DOWN, GREASE, 5 DEADLY VENOMS, MARTIN

@astoehr (Andreas Stoehr of Pussy Goes Grrr, Movie Mezzanine, etc.):
Autumn Sonata, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Empire of Passion, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Halloween, In a Year with 13 Moons, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jubilee, Watership Down

@TVMCCA (Terry McCarty):
WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, SUPERMAN, BLUE COLLAR, THE BIG FIX, HALLOWEEN, THE FURY, THE ONE & ONLY

@bybowes (Danny Bowes of Salt Lake City Weekly, RogerEbert.com and Indiewire):
ANIMAL HOUSE, AUTUMN SONATA, BLUE COLLAR, DAYS OF HEAVEN, DON, HALLOWEEN, INTERIORS, KILLER OF SHEEP, LAST WALTZ, SUPERMAN

K.K Barrett (production designer of Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, etc.)
Days of Heaven, The Driver, Grease, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Killer of Sheep, The Last waltz, Midnight Express, Autumn Sonata, Thank God It’s friday

@Cinedaze (Paul Anthony Johnson of Film-Philosophy, Popmatters):
1.Dawn of the Dead 2. Days of Heaven 3. Halloween 4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 5.The Deer Hunter 6.Straight Time 7.Gates of Heaven 8.Piranha 9.The Silent Partner 10.The Fury

@railoftomorrow (Scott Nye, writer and podcast co-host at CriterionCast, etc.):
Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Convoy, Superman, Halloween, Autumn Sonata, The Driver, Animal House, Dawn of the Dead

@juvie_cinephile:
1. KILLER OF SHEEP 2. Les Rendez-vou d’Anna, the rest: Days of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, The Driver, Halloween, Jubilee, Girlfriends, An Unmarried Woman, and Fedora

@cruyffbedroom (of the They Shot Pictures podcast and The Next Thing):
DAYS OF HEAVEN, DEER HUNTER, GRADUATE FIRST, 36TH CHAMBER, ANGEL GUTS RED CLASSROOM (disqualified; 1979 release) HEROES OF THE EAST, DRUNKEN MASTER, SCENIC ROUTE, WARRIORS 2, THE LAST WALTZ

@FyodorFish (Mel Valentin of Next Projection, SFStation.com, etc.):
Days of Heaven, Dawn of t/Dead, T/Driver, Heaven Can Wait, Watership Down, Who’ll Stop t/Rain, Big Wed., Body Snatchers, Midnight Express, Superman.

@erikgregersen (Erik M. Gregersen):
Filming Othello, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Autumn Sonata, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Green Room; Cornell, 1965; Warlords of Atlantis

@DeusExCinema (David Neary of Next Projection and Film Ireland):
Autumn Sonata, Days of Heaven, The Driver, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gates of Heaven, The Boys from Brazil, Capricorn One, Grease, Killer of Sheep, and The Last Waltz

@salobonavia:
36 CHAMBERS OF THE SHAOLIN, The DRIVER, Halloween, Killer of Sheep, A Wedding, Gates of Heaven, Days of Heaven, Coming Home, and the first hour of the Deer Hunter

@ladybirrrd:
Coming Home, Days Of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Gates Of Heaven, The Last Waltz, An Unmarried Woman, Foul Play, Midnight Express, Autumn Sonata, Heaven Can Wait

@adamhopelies (Adam Batty, Lecturer and founder of Hope Lies At 24 Frames Per Second):
Passe ton bac d’abord, Dawn Of The Dead, Days Of Heaven, The Green Room. Blue Collar, Perceval le Gallois, The Fury, American Boy: Profile Of Steven Prince, Comment ca va?, Les rendez-vous d’Anna

@nrm1972 (Neil Mitchell, author of Carrie (Devil’s Advocates) and Film Co-ordinator for the Aus NZ Arts Festival):
Blue Collar, The Boys From Brazil, Dawn of the Dead, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Long Weekend, Killer of Sheep, The Shout, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Midnight Express and Capricorn One

@AnneBillson (Anne Billson of multiglom.com):
Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, Big Wednesday, The Driver, Eyes of Laura Mars, Coma, The Silent Partner, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, Invasion of the Body Snatchers

@ChrisBeaubien (Christopher Beaubien of Cinelation):
DAYS OF HEAVEN, HALLOWEEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, BLUE COLLAR, THE CHANT OF CHARLIE BLACKSMITH, THE SHOUT, THE FURY, STROSZEK (disqualified; 1977 release), STRAIGHT TIME, REAL LIFE (disqualified; 1979 release)

@whynotanna (of Start Focus End):
36th Chamber of Shaolin, Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, Halloween, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Magic, Martin, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Piranha

@Phil_On_Film: (Philip Concannon of Phil on Film, Little White Lies, Sight & Sound, etc):
10: Empire of Passion, 9: Fingers, 8: Pretty Baby, 7: The Fury, 6: A Wedding, 5: Autumn Sonata, 4: Killer of Sheep, 3: Blue Collar, 2: The Deer Hunter, 1: Days of Heaven

@dallasshaldune (TJ Duane):
Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Autumn Sonata, Halloween, La Cage aux Folles, Interiors, Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, Watership Down

@alexkittle (Alex Kittle of alexkittle.com and 366 Weird Movies):
Grease, Halloween, The Inglorious Bastards, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Hooper, Boys From Brazil, The Wiz, Drunken Master

@oblongpictures (Chris Salt):
killer of sheep, body snatchers, autumn sonata, halloween, drunken master, my way home, despair, animal house, dawn of the dead

@48ONIRAM (Brian!):
Blue Collar, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Halloween, Killer of Sheep, Midnight Express, The Last Waltz, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Five Deadly Venoms, Gates of Heaven

@JigsawLounge (Neil Young of Neil Young’s Film Lounge):
1 The Shout 2 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 3 Halloween 4 Fingers 5 The Deer Hunter 6 Coma

@sweaternine:
KILLER OF SHEEP, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, BLUE COLLAR, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE FURY

@TheEndofCinema (Sean Gilman of The End of Cinema; The George Sanders Show, and They Shot Pictures podcasts):
1. Days of Heaven 2. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 3. Perceval le Gallois 4. Renaldo & Clara 5. Killer of Sheep 6. Crippled Avengers 7. Dawn of the Dead 8. The Last Waltz 9. The Contract 10. Halloween

@EricNBarroso:
KILLER OF SHEEP, THE DRIVER, 36 CHAMBER, DAYS OF HEAVEN

@toro913 (Miran Terzic):
days of heaven, invasions body snatchers, blue collar, straight time, preparez vos mouchoirs, 36 chambers, deer hunter, animal house, le chambre vert, an unmarried woman

@ME_Says (Murtada of ME Says):
Grease, Coming Home, Midnight Express, Death on the Nile, Deer Hunter

@filmbuffbaker:
Dawn of the Dead, The Deer Hunter, Superman, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Express

@bmrow (Brent Morrow):
1. Perceval 2. Crippled Avengers 3. Nighthawks 4. China 9, Liberty 37 5. 36th Chamber of Shaolin 6. Days of Heaven, 7. The Shout 8. Big Wednesday 9. An Unmarried Woman 10. Someone’s Watching Me!

@AntiqueiPod (Brett Pardy):
1 Days of Heaven 2 Killer of Sheep 3 Coming Home 4 Jubilee 5 In a Year with 13 Moons, 6 Gates of Heaven 7 The Tree of Wooden Clogs 8 Halloween 9 Superman 10 Piranha

@notjustmovies (Jake Cole of Not Just Movies, Movie Mezzanine, Slant, etc.):
1. Perceval le Gallois, 2. In a Year of 13 Moons, 3. Big Wednesday 4. Dawn of the Dead 5. Days of Heaven 6. Halloween 7. The Driver 8. Jubilee 9. An Unmarried Woman 10. Martin

@willow_catelyn (of Curtsies and Hand Grenades):
THE MEETINGS OF ANNA, GIRLFRIENDS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, ALUCARDA, HALLOWEEN, 5 DEADLY VENOMS, DAYS OF HEAVEN, EMPIRE OF PASSION, Killer of Sheep, Martin

@allflicker
Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Halloween, Invasion of Body Snatchers, The Last Waltz, Animal House, Superman, A Wedding

@rosstmiller (Ross Miller of Thoughts on Film):
Days of Heaven, Halloween, Body Snatchers, Interiors, Dawn of the Dead, Superman, Grease, Midnight Express, Game of Death

@UnpluggedCrazy (Arlo J. Wiley of the Gobbledygeek podcast):
1. Autumn Sonata, 2. Superman, 3. The Last Waltz, 4. Dawn of the Dead, 5. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash 6. Halloween, 7. Animal House, 8. Grease, 9. Within the Woods, 10. California Suite

@PaulBoyne:
1. Superman 2. Halloween 3. Dawn of the Dead 4. Autumn Sonata 5. I Wanna Hold Your Hand 6. The Last Waltz 7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 8. The Deer Hunter 9. Grease 10. The Fury

@christinalefou (Christina Newland of Verite, Canvas by Grolsch, etc):
The Driver, An Unmarried Woman, Blue Collar, Girlfriends, Days of Heaven, Coming Home

@alexyoungen (Alex Youngen):
Killer of Sheep, Gates of Heaven, Days of Heaven, Always for Pleasure, American Boy, Empire of Passion, Debbie Does Dallas, The Mongreloid, Scared Straight!, Halloween

@derek_g (Derek Godin of Dim the House Lights and Sound on Sight):
HALLOWEEN, DAYS OF HEAVEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, ANIMAL HOUSE, INVASIONS OF THE BODY SNATHCERS, THE DRIVER, THE LAST WALTZ, GATES OF HEAVEN, 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS

@sarahnwondrland:
1. Days of heaven 2. Grease 3. Heaven can wait 4. Thank god it’s Friday 5. Halloween 6. Superman, 7. The last waltz 8. The deer hunter 9. California suite 10. The buddy holly story

@Andrew_Bemis (Andrew Bemis of Cinevistaramascope):
Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Days of Heaven, Killer of Sheep, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Superman, The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, The Last Waltz, The Fury

@awolverton77 (Andy Wolverton of Arts of Darkness):
HEAVEN CAN WAIT THE DEER HUNTER STRAIGHT TIME THE DRIVER THE SILENT PARTNER INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, HALLOWEEN WATERSHIP DOWN DEATH ON THE NILE, Midnight Express

@redroomrantings (Justine A. Smith, Chief Film Editor and podcaster at Sound on Sight):
1. Days of Heaven 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Violette Noziere 4. Watership Down 5. Autumn Sonata 6. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 7. Alucarda 8. Halloween 9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 10. Satiemania

@ProphetKotto (Alex Megaro):
Gates of Heaven Days of Heaven Nighthawks Dawn of the Dead Despair Blue Collar Coming Home The Driver The Deer Hunter Alucarda

@SchmanthonyP (Brian Schmid):
Animal House, Chameleon, Convoy, Dawn of the Dead, Deer Hunter, Halloween, Perceval, The Shout, Superman, Vertical Features Remake

@emakbakia:
1. 36th Chamber of Shaolin 2. Halloween 3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 4. Mongoloid 5. Days of Heaven 6. dawn of the dead 7. The Five Deadly Venoms 8. Filming ‘Othello’ 9. Deer Hunter 10. Toolbox Murders

@ohrachelleigh (Rachel Leigh of ohrachelleigh.com):
autumn sonata, boys from brazil, death on the nile, la cage aux folles, heaven can wait, watership down, midnight express, the deer hunter, interiors, the shout

@KHAN2705:
Days of Heaven, Autumn Sonata, Superman, Grease and Coming Home

@TaybackX (Ken Adams):
01) INTERIORS 02) KILLER OF SHEEP 03) VIOLETTE NOZIÈRE 04) HALLOWEEN 05) AUTUMN SONATA 06) DAYS OF HEAVEN; 07) SPIRAL 08) IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS 09) THE GREEN ROOM 10) WATERSHIP DOWN

@Flixwise (Flixwise Podcast):
1)DEER HUNTER 2)KILLER OF SHEEP 3)DEATH ON THE NILE (cuz Bette+Maggie) 4)SUPERMAN 5)COMING HOME 6&7)DAYS & GATES OF HEAVEN

@ch_williamson (Chuck Williamson of The Missing Slate):
1) IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS, 2) THE DRIVER, 3) DAWN OF THE DEAD, 4) DAYS OF HEAVEN, 5) GIRLFRIENDS, 6) GRADUATE FIRST 7) LONG WEEKEND, 8) MONGOLOID, 9) THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, 10) SHE HAD HER GUN ALL READY

@cine_scope (Giovanni Battista of CineScope and The Metropolist)::
Days of Heaven, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, The Deer Hunter, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, My Way Home, Passe ton bac d’abord, Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Dawn of the Dead, Midnight Express, Violette Noziere

@oldfilmsflicker: (Marya Gates of Cinema Fanatic, creator of #AYearWithWomen)
Animal House, Days of Heaven, Every Which Way But Loose, GirlFriends, Heaven Can Wait, Autumn Sonata, Interiors, The Last Waltz, An Unmarried Woman, Watership Down

@timothyeraw (Tim Evans of Verite, CineOutsider and Grolsch Film Works):
Autumn Sonata, Interiors, Fingers

@HellOnFriscoBay (Brian Darr of Hell on Frisco Bay):
Always For Pleasure, In a Year of 13 Moons, Days of Heaven, Visions of a City, Mongoloid, The Mongreloid, Make Me Psychic, China 9 Liberty 21, Louder Faster Shorter, and Northern Lights

@thefilmtemple (Max B. O’Connell of The Film Temple, Indiewire)::
HALLOWEEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, BLUE COLLAR, DAYS OF HEAVEN, SUPERMAN, THE DRIVER, THE DEER HUNTER, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, PIRANHA, THE LAST WALTZ

@BarnesOnFilm (Daniel Barnes of Sacramento News and Review):
Blue Collar; Coming Home; Dawn/Dead; Days/Heaven; Deer Hunter; Halloween; I Wanna Hold…; Interiors; Invasion/Body.., Superman

@CocoHitsNewYork (Conrado Falco of Coco Hits New York):
The Last Waltz

@jchristley (Jamie N. Christley):
1. Dawn of the Dead 2. The Driver 3. Perceval le Gallois 4. The Fury 5. Days of Heaven 6. Filming ‘Othello’, 7. Same Time, Next Year 8. The Green Room 9. Fedora 10. Who’ll Stop the Rain

@oohhangon (Steve Grzesiak):
1. The Driver 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Long Weekend 4. Halloween 5. The Shout 6. Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow 7. Autumn Sonata 8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 9. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 10. Coma

@jodamico1 (of John D’Amico.com:
Dawn of the Dead, The Whole Shootin Match, The Last Waltz, Autumn Sonata, Days of Heaven, Silvesternacht, Straight Time, Halloween, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Blue Collar

@labuzamovies (Peter Labuza, Author of Approaching the End, host of The Cinephiliacs, contributor to Variety, etc.):
Fingers, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, The Driver, Always For Pleasure, The Fury, Days Of Heaven, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Halloween, Alexandria Why?, Girlfriends

@danny_reviews (Danny Adler of Danny Reviews):
1. Autumn Sonata 2. Interiors 3. Watership Down 4. La Cage Aux Folles 5. Boys From Brazil 6. Same Time Next Year 7. Animal House 8. Death On The Nile 9. Eyes Of Laura Mars 10. The Deer Hunter

@JamanDisc:
Blue Collar, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Doomed Love, The Driver, Killer Butterfly, Killer of Sheep, StarCrash, The Suspended Vocation, Thank God It’s Friday

@ZGLow:
1. Dawn of the Dead 2. Days of Heaven 3. The Last Waltz 4. Halloween 5. Killer of Sheep, 6. The Deer Hunter 7. Animal House 8. Coming Home 9. Empire of Passion 10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

@christinarice (Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel):
Up In Smoke, Corvette Summer, Every Which Way But Lose, Grease, Heaven Can Wait, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Animal House, Same Time Next Year, Superman, Deer Hunter

@cinemasights (James Blake Ewing of Cinema Sights):
1. Days of Heaven 2. Watership Down 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4. Dawn of the Dead 5. Halloween 6. The Lord of the Rings 7. Autumn Sonata

@opalfilms:
Gates of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Deer Hunter, Don, The Fury, Straight Time, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, The Driver

hisboyfriday:
Killer of Sheep, Days of Heaven and Dawn of the Dead

Statelyxanadu:
Days of Heaven, Autumn Sonata, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, La Cage Aux Folles, The Driver, Deer Hunter, Gates of Heaven, Superman

watching-pictures-move:
Dawn of the Dead, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Superman, Days of Heaven, Halloween, Blue Collar, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Deer Hunter, Koko: A Talking Gorilla, Five Deadly Venoms

bristolbywayofnowhere:
Grease, Interiors, Fedora, Ecce Bombo and Gates of Heaven.

Janiejoness:
Watership Down, Days of Heaven, Killer of Sheep, La cage aux folles, The Deer Hunter, L’albero degli zoccoli, Autumn Sonata, Grease

Alteague:
Autumn Sonata, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, An Unmarried Woman, Interiors, The Last Waltz, Midnight Express, Magic, Pretty Baby, Halloween

Theapplauseofbones:
Blue Collar, Days of Heaven, The Driver, Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, The Grapes of Death, Empire of Passion, and Paradise Alley

Hockeyskank:
1. In Year with 13 Moons – 2. The Grapes of Death – 3. Dawn of the Dead – 4. Midnight Express – 5. Straight Time – 6. Killer of Sheep

Goshdarnsexualtyrannosaurus:
Watership Down, Foul Play, Corvette Summer, Halloween, The Lord Of The Rings, Superman

Brandonbraska:
Autumn Sonata / Pennies From Heaven (miniseries) / Days of Heaven / Empire of Passion / Dawn of the Dead / The Shout / Drunken Master / Daguerreotypes (disqualified; 1976 release)

Anonymous:
10. Fedora (Billy Wilder) 9. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky) 8. Midnight Express (Alan Parker) 7. Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima) 6. Blue Collar (Paul Schrader) 5. The Driver (Walter Hill) 4. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman) 3. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi) 2. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino) 1. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)

Criterionrefs (David Blakslee of Criterion Reflections):
Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Five Deadly Venoms, Gates of Heaven, Interiors, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Up in Smoke, Watership Down

Anonymous:
Halloween, Dawn Of The Dead, The Deer Hunter, Superman: The Movie, Days Of Heaven, The Driver, Straight Time, Who’ll Stop The Rain, California Suite, Big Wednesday.

Swish365:
Halloween, Days of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, The Deer Hunter, Grease, Superman, The Cat from Outer Space

Anonymous:
Grease, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Animal House, Superman

blankemon:
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE / INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS / HEAVEN CAN WAIT / THE DEER HUNTER / COMING HOME / THE BRINK’S JOB / THE FURY / THE LAST WALTZ / SUPERMAN / DAYS OF HEAVEN

brand-upon-the-brain:
Days of Heaven, Les Rendez-vous d’Anna, In a Year With 13 Moons, Killer of Sheep, Empire of Passion, Jubilee, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Animal House, Halloween, Up In Smoke

Travis Clark:
Interiors, Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dawn of the Dead, Gates of Heaven, The Silent Partner, Straight Time, Violette, The Deer Hunter, A Wedding

Niall McArdle:
1. Days of Heaven, 2. Animal House, 3. Superman, 4. Watership Down, 5. Capricorn One, 6. The Shout, 7. The Deer Hunter

Movie Maniac:
1. Halloween (John Carpenter), 2. Superman (Richard Donner), 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman), 4. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero), 5. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman), 6. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino), 7. The Demon (Yoshitarô Nomura), 8. Interiors (Woody Allen), 9. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky), 10. Midnight Express (Alan Parker)

Dan Heaton:
1. Days of Heaven, 2. Halloween, 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 4. Dawn of the Dead, 5. Superman, 6. The Last Waltz, 7 Gates of Heaven, 8. Killer of Sheep, 9. Watership Down

Will Kouf:
Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, Superman, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Drunken Master, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, The Avenging Eagle

Amanda S (BFF):
Girlfriends, Drunken Master, Long Weekend, Grease

Mom:
American Hot Wax, The Buddy Holly Story, California Suite, Corvette Summer, Heaven Can Wait, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The last Waltz, Superman

Matt A. (boyfriend):
1. Halloween, 2. Dawn of the Dead, 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Girlfriends, Grease, Animal House, Magic, Watership Down, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Thank God It’s Friday

Adam K (friend):
Autumn Sonata, Killer of Sheep

CALLING ALL SUBMISSIONS FOR THE TOP TEN BY YEAR: 1978 POLL


days-of-heaven-3I’m in the final fourth of my research for Top Ten By Year: 1978 (I’ve got about 13 viewings left). With 1992 and 1958 I conducted a poll with all you fellow film lovers, asking what your choices would be. It has been such a success so far, and it’s become the inaugural kick-off for festivities in the Top Ten By Year Project. Next month, be on the lookout for a series of posts that cover 1978; an amazing disco-heavy Movie Music Mix, Favorite Posters of 1978, a What I’ll Remember post, Ten Honorable Mentions, the Top Ten, and to start it all off; the Poll Results.

Order doesn’t factor in for results, but you are more than welcome submit them that way. If you are struggling to come up with ten passionate picks, a single digit submission is equally acceptable. I don’t want 10 for the sake of 10.

Leave your lists in the comments section. Voting is open for the next seven days.

Top Ten By Year: 1978 Progress Update


Greetings and salutations! For most of 2012, 2013, and some of 2014 I was diligent about writing up capsule reviews for every film I watched. I still jot down thoughts about everything I see, but in my old-fashioned paper journal, for my eyes only! So I realize it looks like I’ve dropped off the face of the earth; but I haven’t! I should be looking for a second job but instead I’ve been procrastinating and making lots of progress in my 1978 (re)watchlist. I can tell you that along with 1992, and possibly 1943, this will be the toughest year I’ve tackled re: the culminating list. I’m relishing the offerings of 1978; there’s been a lot to love and I’ve still got a ways to go. If I stopped now and did a top ten based on what I’ve seen and re-seen so far, it’d be a strong group. And I’ve still got to re-watch four films that are basically guaranteed spots.

So here’s my paper watchlist (because there’s nothing more satisfying than physically crossing something off with a pen. I’ve been doing biweekly updates on twitter, instagram, facebook, etc. But not here! Which I realize is silly. So here you go:

IMG_20150206_115410Started: December 14th, 2014
Watchlist: 32/51
Rewatchlist: 6/12