Film.com was a film website that was owned by Realnetworks.com. In June 2007 the site’s staff compiled a list of the top 10 films for 1978. Alan Parker’s controversial Midnight Express is placed 2nd while even more surprising is the ranking of musical Grease at number 3. There’s notably no foreign language films among the ten.
In our recent society discussions we were talking about 1978 being a great year for American cinema, particularly given the releases of masterpieces like Days of Heaven and The Deer Hunter. It was also the year that saw the arrival of two of the most seminal and influential films of the horror genre, John Carpenter’s scary slasher classic, Halloween and George E. Romero’s gruesome zombie picture, Dawn of the Dead. Below is Filmsite’s picks for the best of that year. Interestingly the yearly lists on the site do include foreign language entries despite them not being considered for their greatest films of all-time lists. The films are listed in alphabetical order.
(National Lampoon’s) Animal House (1978), 109 minutes, Director: John Landis
The Buddy Holly Story (1978), 113 minutes, Director: Steve Rash
La Cage aux Folles (1978, Fr./It.) (aka Birds of a Feather), 91 minutes, Director: Edouard Molinaro
Coming Home (1978), 126 minutes, Director: Hal Ashby
Director: George A. Romero Cinematographer: Michael Gornick
Romero’s independently made zombie sequel provides a tongue in cheek attack on the shortcomings of our modern materialistic society by way of hordes of reanimated corpses preying on human flesh. The film follows four Pennsylvanian survivors of the epidemic, caused by an unidentified phenomenon, who barricade themselves inside a suburban shopping mall amid mass hysteria. Combining action, tension, gruesome horror and a surprising amount of humour, Dawn of the Dead manages to move far beyond its low budget, and, thanks to a great cast and clever special effects, is seen as one of the best horror films ever made.
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Original and Remake: “Dawn of the Dead” by George A. Romero (1978) and “Dawn of the Dead” by Zack Snyder (2004): Analysis (kindle)
Directed by George A. Romero Produced by Richard P. Rubinstein Screenplay by George A. Romero Music by The Goblins, Dario Argento Cinematography Michael Gornick Edited by George A. Romero Running time 127 minutes Country United States, Italy Language English
In January 2015 Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the 10 best action movies of all-time having polled their readers. The thing that stands out from the results is that each of the entries is from a franchise. Mad Mad 2 seems like a great choice at number one, as it’s as relentless in it’s action as any you’re likely to find.
Director: George Miller Cinematographer: Dean Semler
Having avenged the death of his wife and child in the original film, hardened “Mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) returns to patrol the dusty highways of a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland where he fights off nomadic tribes. However, the cynical drifter begins to recover some humanity when he is drawn into protecting a community of settlers from a roving band of marauders. The film follows an archetypal “Western” frontier movie motif, but still feels strikingly original thanks to stunning visuals, Gibson’s star performance and an influential comic book style. With a bigger budget than the first instalment, it delivers even more in the way of relentless and disturbing action scenes.
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Mel Gibson as Max, a former member of the Australian highway patrol called the Main Force Patrol (MFP).
Bruce Spence as the Gyro Captain, a wanderer who looks for fuel and supplies.
Mike Preston as Pappagallo, the idealistic leader of the settlers in the barricaded oil refinery.
Max Phipps as the Toadie, the gang crier.
Vernon Wells as Wez, a mohawked, leather-clad biker who serves as Lord Humungus’ lieutenant in the gang.
Emil Minty as the Feral Kid, a boy who lives in the wasteland near the refinery settlement.
Kjell Nilsson as The Humungus, the violent yet charismatic and articulate leader of a “vicious gang of post-holocaust, motorcycle-riding vandals” who “loot, rape, and kill the few remaining wasteland dwellers”.
Virginia Hey as Warrior Woman, a female member of the settlers who initially distrusts Max.
William Zappa as Zetta
Arkie Whiteley as The Captain’s Girl, a beautiful young woman among the settlers who rejects the Gyro Captain’s offer to escape together.
Steven J. Spears as Mechanic
Syd Heylen as Curmudgeon
Moira Claux as Big Rebecca, a female warrior among the settlers who wields a bow and arrow.
David Downer as Nathan, a member of the settlers who tries to escape the settlement and is fatally wounded by some of Humungus’ bikers.
Directed by George Miller Produced by Byron Kennedy Screenplay by Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant Music by Brian May Cinematography Dean Semler Edited by David Stiven, Michael Balson, Tim Wellburn Running time 96 minutes Country Australia Language English
The second of three movies in the Evil Dead series is part horror, part comedy, and follows the lone survivor of the first film, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), who is once again battling an onslaught of horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. Inventive and full of energy, Evil Dead II is very funny, has better special effects and delivers much more in the way of gore and scares than the original.
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Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, a man who travels to the cabin in the woods to spend the weekend with his girlfriend Linda.
Sarah Berry as Annie Knowby, Professor Knowby’s daughter who travels to the cabin looking forward to share her discoveries of the Book of the Dead with her father.
Dan Hicks as Jake, a white-trash guy who freaks out before the demon.
Kassie Wesley as Bobby Joe, Jake’s foul-mouthed, self-centered girlfriend.
Ted Raimi as Possessed Henrietta, Annie’s possessed mother.
Denise Bixler as Linda, Ash’s girlfriend.
Richard Domeier as Professor Ed Getley, Professor Knowby’s associate and Annie’s boyfriend.
John Peaks as Professor Knowby, the archaeologist who found the Book of the Dead.
Lou Hancock as Henrietta Knowby, Professor Knowby’s wife.
William Preston Robertson provides the voice of the Evil Dead, the film’s main antagonist.
Directed by Sam Raimi Produced by Robert G. Tapert Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel Music by Joseph LoDuca Cinematography Peter Deming Edited by Kaye Davis Running time 84 minutes Country United States Language English
Director: Phil Lord Cinematographer: Barry Peterson
The sequel to the 2012 film 21 Jump Street, which was based on the television series of the same name, the plot follows police narcotics officers Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill, also co-writer) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) as they once again go deep undercover, this time at a local college in order to find the supplier of a new drug. Some critics dismissed the film as juvenile and tedious but its also been seen as a notable improvement on the original. For the not so easily offended the film has some outrageously funny moments, enhanced by the two likeable leads and its one of the better examples of American college set comedies.
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Jonah Hill as Officer Morton Schmidt / Doug McQuaid
Channing Tatum as Officer Greg Jenko / Brad McQuaid
Peter Stormare as Ghost
Ice Cube as Captain Dickson, Maya’s father
Amber Stevens West as Maya
Wyatt Russell as Zook Haythe
Jillian Bell as Mercedes
Jimmy Tatro as Rooster
Craig Roberts as Spencer
Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy
Marc Evan Jackson as Dr. Murphy
Kenny and Keith Lucas as Kenny and Keith Yang
Queen Latifah as Mrs. Dickson (uncredited)
Diplo as Himself
Dustin Nguyen as Vietnamese Jesus
Richard Grieco as Dennis Booker
Dave Franco as Eric Molson (uncredited)
Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters (uncredited)
H. Jon Benjamin as MCS Football Coach (uncredited)
Patton Oswalt as MC State History Professor (uncredited)
Bill Hader as Culinary School Villain (uncredited)
Anna Faris as Anna (uncredited)
Seth Rogen as a Morton Schmidt double (uncredited)
Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum Screenplay by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman Music by Mark Mothersbaugh Cinematography Barry Peterson Edited by David Rennie, Keith Brachmann Running time 112 minutes Country United States Language English
Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most renowned science fiction writers of the 20th century. He became particularly famous for his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. The film was based on Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel,” and led to him developing a big interest in filmmaking. While on the set of director Peter Hyams’ 2010: The Year We Make Contact (a sequel to 2001) in 1984 he was asked to list his favourite science fiction movies of all time. It’s difficult to say whether the films are listed in any particular order.
1. METROPOLIS 1927 (DIRECTED BY FRITZ LANG)
2. H.G. WELLS’ THINGS TO COME 1936 (DIRECTED BY WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES)
3. FRANKENSTEIN 1931 (DIRECTED BY JAMES WHALE)
4. KING KONG 1933 (DIRECTED BY MERIAN C. COOPER AND ERNEST SCHOEDSACK)
5. FORBIDDEN PLANET 1956 (DIRECTED BY FRED M. WILCOX)
6. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD 1951 (DIRECTED BY CHRISTIAN NYBY)
7. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951 (DIRECTED BY ROBERT WISE)
8. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968 (DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK)
9. STAR WARS 1977 (DIRECTED BY GEORGE LUCAS)
10. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 1977 (DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG)
11. ALIEN 1979 (DIRECTED BY RIDLEY SCOTT)
12. BLADE RUNNER 1982 (DIRECTED BY RIDLEY SCOTT)
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Robert Wise’s entertaining sci-fi classic sees a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu (Michael Rennie), accompanied by a softly spoken but powerful eight-foot tall robot, Gort, who lands his UFO in Washington D.C., to deliver an important message to Earth’s leaders that will affect the entire human race. Klaatu has come on behalf of Aliens who are feeling threatened by the nuclear proliferation they have viewed on post-war Earth. Reflecting the fear and paranoia of the early cold-war era, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a landmark for the genre that’s superbly crafted, thought provoking and has aged remarkably well.
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Iconic Movie Collection: Alien (1979), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), 28 Days Later (2003), The Fly (1958) DVD
Edith Evanson as Mrs. Crockett, landlady (uncredited)
Tyler McVey as Brady (uncredited)
Directed by Robert Wise Produced by Julian Blaustein Screenplay by Edmund H. North Music by Bernard Herrmann Cinematography Leo Tover Edited by William H. Reynolds Running time 92 minutes Country United States Language English
Director: Whit Stillman Cinematographer: John Thomas
Stillman’s Oscar nominated low budget comedy of manners concerns the lives of a group of wealthy young socialites during debutante season in Manhattan. In addition to some of their debutante parties, it covers their frequent informal after-hours gatherings at a friend’s Upper East Side apartment, where they discuss life, philosophy, and their fate. They form attachments, romances, and intrigues and react to a radical but less well-to-do newcomer. An ironically comic look at the lives of New York preppies that is recognised as one of the most significant achievements of American independent film of the 1990s.
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Directed by Whit Stillman Produced by Whit Stillman Screenplay by Whit Stillman Music by Jock Davis, Tom Judson, Mark Suozzo Cinematography John Thomas Edited by Christopher Tellefsen Running time 98 minutes Country United States Language English