Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1973 - Ten Favorite Films

Good year for genuinely disturbing horror films. This will be my only best-of list that has a film with Ryan O'Neal on it and a film with Elliott Gould. Won't happen again.

The Day of the Jackal
A cold film about a cold assassin. Riveting. One of my mom's favorites, incidentally.

Don't Look Now
Experimental horror from Nicolas Roeg. Completely unnerves me.

The Exorcist
The greatest horror movie ever made.

Live and Let Die
Bizarre mix of Roger Moore-style Bond with blaxploitation. It's campy and over-the-top and ultimately not that good. But it goes so far toward bad that it comes out the other side and starts to entertain. Jane Seymour is beautiful and the theme song ... well, you've heard it.

The Long Goodbye
Altman's take on the hard-boiled detective genre. Funny, scary, and of its time.

Paper Moon
Despite the presence of Ryan O'Neal, a beautiful-to-look-at comedy from Peter Bogdanovich. Tatum O'Neal deserved the Oscar she won.

Funny slapstick from Woody Allen about the future.

The Sting
A star vehicle with twists and turns, and actual moments of gravity. Robert Shaw and Paul Newman both really deliver.

The Three Musketeers
Funny, bawdy swashbuckler. Great cast (Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway in the same movie) and well-orchestrated sword fight scenes.

The Wicker Man
Laughably odd and then the stuff of nightmares. Never remotely boring.


  1. Kevin, I just realized that George Segal isn't even in Paper Moon. I meant to say Ryan O'Neal, and yes, I hate him apparently so much that I can't remember his name. (And it's not just his acting, it's the fact that he gave his daughter cocaine when she was a little kid.)

    By the way, I don't really like George Segal either.

  2. Oh, I will definitely give you that one. God, Ryan O'Neal is an awful awful human being.