Okay, what an insane topic.
This week’s Top10 Show with John Rocha and Matt Knost featured a guest star, a friend of Matt’s, but also a character actor, writer etc named Wayne Federman.
It is an impossible topic, by the way, to find the Top 10 List of 70s Movies. Yes, that is what I said… 70s Movies. An entire decade of films to choose. The other issue was a lot of these movies are films that I have heard of, seen parts of, but never seen the whole film, so there are some missing films from my list.
#10. Smokey and the Bandit. A personal favorite that probably should not be on a list like this, but it is a guilty pleasure and I wanted to add it. Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed and Sally Field as our beer runners and Jackie Gleason himself as Sheriff Buford T. Justice, the most dedicated hick cop of all time. Smokey and the Bandit is redneck fun and, albeit a silly film, I love it.
#9. Alien. One of the great science fiction movies of all time and a film that spawned an amazing series of films and one of the greatest, baddest female heroes of cinematic history in Ripley. Then, the creature that is to be known as a Xenomorph is tremendously scary and fear inducing. Alien is a great film with some serious horror elements to it as well.
#8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind. One of Steven Spielberg’s great early films, Close Encounters brings the nation’s fascination with aliens and UFOs into the movies once again. This time, the film focuses on how the hysteria surrounding UFOs could affect a human being. Richard Dreyfus seemingly loses his mind after his close encounter and it ends up costing him his relationship with his family. However, in the end, he does get to step upon the space ship and head into a new adventure. There is so much beauty in the film, from the way it is shot to the iconic music. Close Encounters is wonderful.
#7. Rocky. Rocky Balboa was the ultimate underdog. In his chase of Apollo Creed, Rocky had to put everything on the line. In the end, the Italian Stallion just could not overcome the champ. Who thought Rocky would lose? It’s a surprise at the end that really makes this an uncommon sports film. Sylvester Stallone became a household name because of this film, a film he wrote and directed and starred in. Most of these film have that iconic score to them as well, helping secure their place above the other films of the giant decade. Rocky’s theme is known by everyone and it helps create the character and the feeling of the film.
#6. The Godfather. I have actually not seen Godfather 2. I know.. I know. Truthfully, I just saw Godfather last year during a Fathom Event. There is nothing I can add to the limitless discussions of this movie. The Godfather is a masterpiece of a film in style and substance. The acting is amazing. The music is perfect. There are so many key storytelling elements that continue to keep people coming back to the story of Don Corleone.
#5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Here come some of the films that might not make some people’s lists, but I love so they are here. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is amazingly quotable and continually funny. “It’s just a flesh wound.” “I’m feeling better now”. What… is your favorite color?– “Blue…. no, yel–aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh” “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” Of course, there is also the classic Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni. My favorite of the Monty Python movies.
#4. Young Frankenstein. Puttin’ on the Ritz. This is one of my absolutely favorite scenes in movie history. Gene Wilder putting on a fantastic show as Dr. Frank-en-stein, the grandson of Victor. He was successful in re-animating life from dead tissue and the brain of someone by the name of Abby Normal. LOL. Igor and his moving hump. The Frau Blücher -WHINNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Young Frankenstein is one of Mel Brooks greatest films and works to this very day.
#3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. One of my favorite movies of all time. Willy Wonka has great music, a awesome story that is darker than one would think when first viewing it. It seems like a kids movie, but this is anything but. There is a subversiveness about Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory that weds out the bad little girls and boys and rewards those who can follow his rules. We never see Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike again, do we? We are TOLD that they will be fine, but Willy Wonka does not seem to be the most legitimate source. Gene Wilder’s iconic performance highlights this brilliant film.
#2. Star Wars. Out of respect for the guest this week, Wayne Federman, I will only refer to this as Star Wars. This film that led to the greatest franchise of films ever put together, Star Wars was truly a simple story. A story of a boy in search of a family, a father and a purpose. Luke Skywalker found all three by joining the Rebellion against the evil Empire. Yes, we do not know yet that Darth Vader is, in actuality, Luke’s father, but there is certainly enough drama to hold the viewers attention. We meet the awesome character of Han Solo. Princess Leia. Obi-Wan. R2D2 and C3PO. The Millennium Falcon. It goes on and on.
#1. Jaws. One of my favorite movies of all time. I remember being scared out of my mind as a kid by Jaws, especially at the scene where the shark is slowly eating Quint. That scared me silly. Now a days, I love the scene with Quint, Brody and Hooper drinking below deck and comparing scars. This led to a completely compelling tale spun by Hooper about the USS Indianapolis. Jaws is a horror film that becomes an adventure film that end with a fantastically intense final act. It is a near perfect movie and it is my favorite 1970s movie.
Plenty of Honorable mentions such as…
Honorable mentions: Carrie, Bad News Bears, The Exorcist, Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Superman.