Category Archives: Yearly Notables

1980

In 1980 audiences walked up to the theater, noticed a $40 million artistic, serious historical drama was playing, and said to themselves, “Nah, we’ll just go see another Star Wars.” Neither Heaven’s Gate or The Empire Strikes back deserve full … Continue reading

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1950

According to its most influential and lasting films, Hollywood in 1950 struggled with its past and found part of its future. Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve inspect old theatricality and stars. I can’t tell if they were trying to redeem … Continue reading

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1941

If you just look at the highest grossing films of 1941, you can probably just throw it in the garbage. I’ve never heard anyone care about or even heard of any of these movies. Hokey musicals, attempts to duplicate the … Continue reading

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1967

Back in the day Hollywood cranked out movies like a factory. They stuck to formulas and by 1967 the formulas got old. Risks needed to be taken which meant breaching controversial topics like sex, race, and violence. Audiences wanted to … Continue reading

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1920s

I’m not going to do these in order, but we might as well start at the beginning. You might enjoy picturing yourself watching the birth of cinema, each shot a bold prediction of what might come in the future of … Continue reading

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