According to my list (#93), I need to watch 10 films from the year I was born (1979). Hmm... So, I went to IMDB (Internet Movie Database, which I heart) to find some of the top movies for that year and here is what I came up with. These are now currently on my Netflix que. (Don't judge me for never seeing these before now! I'm working on culturing myself.) If you have any other suggestions as to movies I might enjoy circa 1979, I'd love to hear them. Please leave me a comment!
In no particular order (summaries are lifted from IMDB, btw...)
Apocalypse Now : "During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe." I'm kinda stoked about seeing this one. It has great reviews.
Mad Max : "In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal." Isn't this supposed to be kind of a classic? Early Mel Gibson?
The Jerk : "From rags to riches... to rags. A complete imbecile struggles to make it through life on his own, until a strange invention makes him unbelievably wealthy." I am a old school Steve Martin fan, not so much his recent stuff though. What was up with the whole Pink Panther thing? Really?
Escape From Alcatraz : "The true story of Frank Morris, a convict who was sent to Alcatraz, the most feared prison in the world. Although nobody had ever escaped from Alcatraz, Frank did it." Featuring good ole Clint Eastwood. Oh I'm ready for this one.
Norma Rae : "The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right." Okay Sally Field. Did you know that my hubby thinks she is "classy?!?" I can't tell if he has the hots for her or what. I think that's kinda gross.
Time After Time : "H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period." Sounds interesting. I'm always up for some sci-fi and some good ole H.G.
The Black Hole : "A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. A journey that begins where everything ends!" Nice! I like it already.
Being There : "Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it! Chance, a simple gardener, has never left the estate until his employer dies. His simple TV-informed utterances are mistaken for profundity." We'll see about this one. It could be a total cheese fest.
Stalker : "Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true." Creepy.
The Tin Drum : "Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time." This sounds a bit artsy-fartsy and sub-titled. I'll need to be in the zone for this one.
Like I said, any suggestions as to favorites from 1979 would be greatly appreciated. And if you think that any of these really were rotten, let me know! I'd appreciate saving 2 hours of my time, yo. Speaking of older flicks, tonight I finally watched Parenthood. I really enjoyed it!