Alien (1979)

Alien (1979) – So Starfleet is a pretty cool idea. I mean a sort of egalitarian organization that goes around exploring and keeping the peace. That’s part of the utopian vision of Star Trek. (Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, anyway, I don’t know so much about J.J. Abrams’s…) A lot of space-set science fiction tends to … Continue reading

Manhattan (1979)

Manhattan (1979) – Paragraph 1: I’ve always been in love with New York. Wait, no that’s too derivative, let me start over. Paragraph 1: In cinema New York captivates the imagination by being emblematic of… no, this is already getting way too pretentious. This is just a movie blog, for Christ’s sake. Paragraph 1: Of … Continue reading

Moonraker (1979)

Moonraker (1979) – There is a certain logic that Hollywood likes to employ: if something works, do it again, but more so. This is a philosophy that sometimes works very well and that at other times backfires spectacularly. I said in my review of The Spy Who Loved Me that I considered one of the … Continue reading

Being There (1979)

Being There (1979) — This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Words cannot describe the love I have for this movie but I will try anyway because that is the basic point of writing movie reviews. Peter Sellers in one of his most restrained yet most fantastic performances plays Chance, a gardener for a … Continue reading

Life of Brian (1979)

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) — From the Shirley Bassey-esque opening credits song to the crucifixion sing-along at the end, there really is a whole lot to love about this movie.  I know it encountered a lot of protests when it first came out but watching it, there really isn’t anything offensive about Christianity, … Continue reading

Wise Blood (1979)

Wise Blood (1979) — A very unsettling film about faith.  This movie is not particularly enjoyable but it is very thought-provoking.  The performances, especially Brad Dourif’s, are amazing.  I’m not very familiar with Flannery O’Connor’s works.  I know I read some story by her in high school but I don’t really remember it one way … Continue reading