Being born the same year the scariest movie of all time is released, some of the biggest names in movie history cruise the strip in Rad cars while Peppermint Patty invites herself and some friends to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving? Let’s Enter the Dragon and agree that “a man’s got to know his limitations.”
Sitting in rush hour traffic – not an ideal set of circumstances for my ADD. I was a carpool team of one. I Spy was pointless. Coming up with a Top Five Favorite list of Motion Pictures from the year I was born? Game on and enter the dragon. Figuratively and literally.
5Enter The Dragon
Suddenly everybody was kung fu fighting after seeing Bruce Lee in this film. Where an evil villain, responsible for the death of Lee’s sister, hosts a Kung Fu competition on an island crewed by his gang of chop-kicking artists. Lee enters the competition. The storyline ends up being insignificant because the martial arts sequences ultimately dominate the film. Bruce Lee solidifies himself as The Master of mixed martial arts in Enter The Dragon.
“Do I feel lucky?” Indeed audiences were just that when Eastwood reprised his role as Inspector Harry Callahan. Dirty Harry was back on the big screen in Magnum Force, this time tracking down cops who ignore protocol and take matters into their own accord when processing the criminal population.
There aren’t very many people who don’t know Dirty Harry’s “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?”
And if there are, one doesn’t need that kind of negativity in their life.
Before taking us to a galaxy far, far away… Hindsight had me finding it rad that George Lucas had Han Solo drag racing hot rods before he did the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.
Lucas teamed up with another guy who knew something about making killer movies, Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) who landed the producer role for American Graffiti.
This movie ended up being Academy Award-nominated with the starring roles credited to this group: Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and Mackenzie Phillips.
Being an extensive fan of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, and of course Star Wars – American Graffiti made my Top Five, no question. A statement also applicable with regards to the picture’s soundtrack. Great song selection. No question.
2A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Every Turkey Day A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving makes an appearance on my television. Has been the case since CBS first aired the special on the 20th of November in 1973. CBS continued to be my go to until the birth of the VHS, proceeded by the DVD player, handled the matter.
I still hold out hope for Charlie when it comes to Lucy’s football trickery. And am thankful Facebook and it’s Invite Button wasn’t something Peppermint Patty had access to at the time. How Thanksgiving could have turned out for Charlie if she had!
Another of my Top Five movie selections from the year I was born that has always been and will always be a favorite.
Saving the Best for Last? No.
A movie that has the ability to haunt a person when they think about it seems a bit dramatic, but it’s true.
“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” – Alfred Hitchcock
The Exorcist complied.
On December 26th, 1973, the movie makes its theatrical debut. Paramedics are called to some theaters to treat moviegoers that had gone into panic fright or had taken up fainting. Graphic physical scenes accounting for some of that. My bet, placed on that involving the “crucifix”, as one. The spider-crawl, a scene Friedkin cuts from the original picture due to special effects not being what they’ve become today, was added in later versions of the film when CGI could help out. (Seeing that scene for the first time, set me off into a panic fright.)
Attending Catholic School for ten years, there wasn’t a need for me to reference articles about how the Catholic Church and others of the religious community weren’t fans of the film. They are out there if my guesswork isn’t enough for anyone to go on.
The Exorcist opens – an intense amount of controversy surrounds this picture and the making of horror films is forever changed going forward, is what follows.
As a fan of Horror Films, I have mad love for the movie. Thankful there are blooper reels for me to check out on You-Tube however. Helps take the edge off a little before proceeding to watch the film.
Traffic is moving along now. And so shall I.
What is your favorite film from 1973? Comment below.