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Initial post: 5 Mar 2014 10:51:37 GMT
I do love a lot of films that were made in the last three decades of the 20th century, so i wan't to know, in your opinion which of these three decades was the best decade for film?

The 70s had The godfather parts 1 & 2, Taxi driver, The french connection, Manhattan, One flew over the cuckoo's nest, The exorcist etc etc

The 80s had Blade runner, Die hard, Witness, Beverly hills cop, Big, Platoon, The evil dead etc etc

The 90s had Goodfellas, Se7en, The usual suspects, Jurassic park, Heat, Carlito's way, The matrix, The sixth sense, Fightclub, The shawshank redemption etc etc

I know these three decades had their fair share of duds, so by all means, include them when suggesting which decade you think is the best:)

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 12:10:00 GMT
kinjoking says:
i dont think that any 1 decade can be better then any other, as everybody likes different films and films mean different things to different people. that being said i grew up in the 90s so for me the stuff like
jurassic park, jumanji, matrix, forest gump plus a million others mean that much more to me then those great films of the 70s and 80s.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 12:15:48 GMT
But quality wise, you would have to admit that the 70s stands out the most, but like you said and i agree, films from the time you grew up in, would probably appeal more.

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 12:20:07 GMT
kinjoking says:
exorcist scared the bejeebus out of me! watched it home alone with the lights off late at night. never again!

so your a 70s man? im not arguing that those decades didnt have great films, but not bein around at the time of release means you missed out on the hype and newness of it all.

whats your top 10 all time?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 12:31:22 GMT
I'm a 70s film fan mostly but a kid of the 90s:)

Top ten of all time
The matrix
Se7en
Goodfellas
Taxi driver
The exorcist
Terminator
The evil dead
Psycho
Jaws
The taking of pelham one two three(1974)

Whats your 10 then mate?

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 12:33:23 GMT
On the Exorcist, i've tried doing that meself but always chicken out:)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 13:41:22 GMT
kinjoking says:
i dont even know if have a top 10 as i like a lot of films, alot of stuff i like comes from when i was younger and even now i still really like.

Pinnochio (a film that was ahead of its time)
Toy story
Matrix
Psycho (the dialogue on the film bewteen characters was seamless and understated)
Batman 1989
Batman Dark Knight (with joker)
Tron Legacy (one of the few that genuinly liked it but wished it was longer and more detailed narrative wise)
Jurassic park
Rushmore
Super Troopers
Snatch.
and lastly your faviroute; Phantom Menace :)

still havnt seen blade runner in full :(

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 14:00:23 GMT
Guillemo del torro is supposedly thinking of making a more faithfully darker live action version of Pinocchio.

In regards to Psycho, i will never understand why the Oscar acadamy snubbed him for all those years, when he made films like Rebecca, Psycho, Vertigo, North by northwest etc etc:(

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 15:03:12 GMT
AndyBSG says:
Probably 80's for me.

Breakfast Club, Goonies, Stand By Me, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Mad Max, Big Trouble In Little China, Airplane, Highlander, Dark Crystal, Aliens, Die Hard, Robocop, Terminator, Scarface, Return Of The Jedi, Back To The Future, Predator, Footloose, Running Man, Rambo, Princess Bride, Rocky, Coming To America, Labyrinth, Batman....

The list of classics for the 80's is pretty much endless!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 15:06:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2014 15:20:35 GMT
Yeah Top ten would be easier as my fav films range throughout many decades and my favourite Actor of all time is Steve McQueen, but my fav film is 2006 Casino Royale, ok here is mine.

Casino Royale (2006)
In Bruges
Boondock Saints
Jaws
The Great Escape
Die Hard
The Crow
Bullet
Ghostbusters
Star Wars

Posted on 6 Mar 2014 15:28:29 GMT
AndyBSG

Yeah a great decade for entertainment was the 80s but unfortunately now is a great back catalogue for Hollywood and it's obsession with remaking/booting/imagening:(

Bauer

Bloody love The crow, shame they are/have rebooting/booted it:(

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 16:05:50 GMT
Doesn't everything, I wont even watch that one, I can't.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 16:15:08 GMT
They claim it's going to be a more faithful adaptation of the comics. That is exactly what they said about the reboot of Total recall. It's all bulls***.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 16:54:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2014 16:54:56 GMT
Yep, just as with Robocop you can not improve on it, making a remake is pointless. In fact is more pointless than the Robocop one, as with Robo you could argue that the special effects needed updating (you could if you were a moron, but u could).

What the hell are they going to improve with The Crow ??? a better Eric Draven than Brandon Lee ??? better Top Dollar than Michael Wincott ... not a chance in hell !

The fact Lee does making The Crow also makes a remake seem even more wrong for some reason.

I'm never watching it !

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 17:08:05 GMT
Yeah i know what you mean, i just find the whole idea crass. The original film is just too mythic and a remake would not generate that same status, unless they kill off Luke evans for real.

And the soundtrack is too awsome to try to be replicated.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 08:57:09 GMT
Yeah the new one will probably have One Direction on it !

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 09:08:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 09:13:14 GMT
Lol yeah or Kings of leon going all grungy:(

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 09:59:58 GMT
AndyBSG says:
Highlander is another one they're looking to remake which i'm not sure about.

I loved the original Highlander and think that the sequels were awful and tarnished the original so on that front the idea of a reboot appeals.

On the other hand, talk of Ryan Reynolds as McLeod and Vinne Jones as Kurgan don't inspire confidence!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 10:06:30 GMT
AndyBSG

oh mate, that is horrible, just horrible news:(

I do like the tv show though and try and catch an episode on Horror channel every now and again.

"it's better too burn out than too fade away!"

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 14:05:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 17:09:08 GMT
Blastronaut says:
60s..

A Fist Full Of Dollars
For A Few Dollars More
The Good The Bad And The Ugly
The Italian Job
Where Eagles Dare
The Dirty Dozen
The Great Escape
You Only Live Twice
Psycho
The Magnificent Seven

70s..

Alien
The Deer Hunter
Rocky
The Exorcist
The Godfather
Star Wars
Mad Max
The Warriors
Apocalypse Now
Dawn Of The Dead

80s..

Scarface
Rocky 3
Rocky 4
Aliens
The Thing
American Werewolf In London
Terminator
Platoon
First Blood
Mad Max 2

90s..

Carlito's Way
Trainspotting
Saving Private Ryan
The Matrix
Usual Suspects
True Romance
Goodfellas
Heat
Se7en
Jackie Brown

00s..

Traffic
Borat
Snatch
28 Days Later
Kill Bill
Gladiator
District 9
Lord Of The Rings (pt2)
Mystic River
Chronicles Of Riddick

Best decade? Probably the 90s; so many more films that might make my top 10 on another day - Fight Club: In The Name Of The Father: Casino: Reservoir Dogs: Leon: JFK: Pulp Fiction: Last Of The Mohicans: Boyz N The Hood: Unforgiven: American Beauty: Perfect World: Scent Of A Woman: Any Given Sunday etc etc.

No doubt many more smaller budget flicks that I've enjoyed just as much, but forgot about. Memory's not good at all.

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 16:08:03 GMT
C. J. Taylor says:
Rocky was 1976

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 16:58:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 17:01:20 GMT
So I generally agree with what people have previous said and would say the same, but where's the fun in that. So, the 70s is miles away the best of those decades for films. It gave birth to Star Wars, one of the most influential films of all time, and Jaws that jumped started the Summer Blockbuster.

The Exorcist sits at the top of many people's lists for favorite Horror films but in reality it is just the tip of a very sharp knife. For sheer breadth and inventiveness 70s horror IMO overshadows both the 80s and 90s put together. Halloween to The Brood, Susperia to The Wicker Man, Alien to my favorite The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Sure the 80s had a surge in action, and while I love many of them, they're mostly shallow male fantasy. The 70s knew how to make crime action with intelligence and a real gritty and cynical edge. Deliverance, The French Connection, Dirty Harry, Death Wish, Assault on Precinct 13, Mad Max, The Driver, Get Carter. Remove the action and you get gritty dramas like Taxi Driver, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The conversation, All the President's Men, Chinatown.

The iconic films and moments from the 70s seen in films like A Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, Rocky, The Godfather. martial arts films started a renaissance and Hong Kong produced some straight up classics, Drunken Master, Enter the Dragon, Five deadly Venoms, 36 Chambers.

And finally comedy gold with Annie Hall, National Lampoons first outing with Animal House, Blazing Saddles, Life of Brian, Young Frankenstein, Up in Smoke.

No denying the 80s and 90s have made some great films but the 70s did so much and many of it first.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 17:04:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 18:07:52 GMT
Shazzerman says:
"The Exorcist sits at the top of many people's lists for favorite Horror films but in reality it is just the tip of a very sharp knife. For sheer breadth and inventiveness 70s horror IMO overshadows both the 80s and 90s put together. Halloween to The Brood, Susperia to The Wicker Man, Alien to my favorite The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Amen to that. I, too, say that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the greatest films ever made. I love all 120,960 frames of it!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 17:07:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 17:10:01 GMT
Blastronaut says:
Yep, my mistake. Was just giving the lists another look over before I switched off and to my horror realized I'd missed out Rocky. A quick edit, and Robert's yer Mum's/Dad's brother.... and it goes into the wrong list!!

C'mon, I know I bang on about my **** memory, but even my addled brain knows Rocky wasn't a 60s flick!

Thanks for giving me comfort in the fact that at least one person looked at my post. : )

Tis now corrected.

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 20:05:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2014 20:06:24 GMT
If i want to be genuinly entertained, i'll watch a 1980s film

If i want to be challenged, shocked or made to think, i'll watch a 70s film

I also agree with what Tetro said about the 70s, definitely a decade of filmmaking prowess i would like to see return:)

Another great action film of the 70s was The taking of pelham one two three, with a brilliant Walter matthau and a menacing Robert shaw.

Favorite 70s films other than the ones i have mentioned

The bad news bears(love that unpc blonde kid)
Slapshot
Black christmas
Death wish
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