1971

Pierre Etaix mastered an almost wordless, deadpan comic delivery in the Buster Keaton vein and a deliberate pace that assured that his carefully planned gags came to fruition with a minimal amount of cutting. Criterion’s box set is a must-have for serious film fans.

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Universal probably wanted an exciting film filled with fast cars and faster women that would match up with their souped-up tagline for the movie: “Their lives begin at 140 m.p.h.!” What they got was a quiet, existential masterpiece that has turned into a bonafide cult classic.

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‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ has been re-issued on home video again, this time in a three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Is it worth it?

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Here is a link to the song’s official music video, for which embedding has been disabled. It was 1971. Just one year before he became the glam king/queen known as Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie was on to something. His sound had changed dramatically from folky pop singer to hard rock maestro in a short time, [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! I have watched “A Clockwork Orange” numerous times and it always affects me [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film will be recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! Well, sooner or later with 100 movies to watch, one of them was bound to leave me a [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film will be recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! I feel like I have been playing chess with giants. Going through any list of great or important [...]

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First off: If you are looking at the group name and the song title and you think this is one of The Beach Boys‘ earlier surf songs, DO NOT STOP READING THIS. It’s not. It is, simply, one of the most beautiful and original pop songs ever recorded. By 1966, the idea of Beach Boys [...]

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