Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mondo Anniversaries: The Films of 1960 and 1970

To close out the year, let's take a look at films celebrating Anniversaries this year.

50th Anniversaries
Psycho: Do I even need to explain why this is a classic?  No?  Good.
Sunrise at Campabello: My mother loves this movie, so I include it here.  That's enough, really.
Ocean's Eleven (Original): One of the most famous heist films to a general audience and a film that inspired a remake series.
Spartacus: Another classic and an example of how diverse Kubrick's film library can be.
Peeping Tom: One of the first films of it's time to be so controversial, despite it being so damn good.
House of Usher/Last Woman on Earth/The Little Shop of Horrors: Corman was busy this year, huh?
Black Sunday: Mario Bava.  'Nuff said.

40th Anniversaries
MASH: Who knew that Vietnam could be funny?  Seriously though, this film is a classic and inspired the show of the same name- also a classic.
Love Story: While I don't care for this movie, a lot of people do.  Love means never having to say you're sorry, after all.
Hercules in New York: The Governor of California got his start here in a film where he was hired for his looks alone and dubbed in, despite speaking his lines in English!
And Soon the Darkness...: Ironically, this rare gem celebrates it's Anniversary in the same year that the remake is released.  Sure, that film was made in 2008, but I'm sure it was worth the wait...
Beneath the Planet of the Apes: While I hate this movie for it's retreading nature and silly ending, it leads up to the film I love most in the series.  See you in the next year's Anniversary list, good Planet of the Apes sequel!
Patton: George C. Scott is so good that he didn't even want his Oscar for this.  That's not the reason, but it is a funnier one.  It's another classic.

Next up, the films with 30th and 25th Anniversaries.  Now we're getting to the ones that I was actually alive for!  Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. My vote goes to Peeping Tom....
    If you ask me, that one warrants a remake.