JB (no relation--that I know of!) at The Chief offers a challenge:
"What's the Most Important Year in American Cinema in the Last 20 Years?"Trouble is, I don't want to play that game. The last 20 years have been reasonable--and, hell, all I remember, really, except for an Indiana Jones or two. Let's make it longer. I submit 1971. Consider:
I'm having an ongoing feud with a friend of over this issue, so I thought I'd throw it out there for public consumption...
Friend X says its 1993. [. . .] But I'm still leaning toward 1999.
- Harold and Maude, one of my favorites from my formative years--literally 20 years after its release, of course.
- SciFi classics like The Andromeda Strain and A Clockwork Orange
- Three words: Make. My. Day. Dirty Harry was 1971.
- Diamonds are Forever, among the best Bond films.
- The French Connection and The Last Picture Show.
- The film version of Fiddler on the Roof.
- Roman Polanski's dark Macbeth.
- Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- George Lucas's pre-Star Wars THX-1138.
So tell me where I'm wrong.