I'm making the most definitive list of favorite movies ever.

For every year, I'm listing every movie I've seen and compare them all to each other asking one question; Which movie do I like more. Movies that score in the 80th percentile or higher, advance to the next round: Favorite of the Decade. After each Decade is done, an All Time list will be formed.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Favoritest Movies of 1978

We join the 1978 list results already in progress:  A man who looks like Alec Baldwin enters that room full of movies ,like in the old Netflix commercials.

"Listen up movies of 1978!  The good news is -- you're tired.  The bad news is you've got, all you got, the rest of civilization to languish on cable, home video and on-demand to be watchable movies again, starting tonight. Starting with tonight's viewings. Oh, have I got your attention now? Good. 'Cause we're adding a little something to this years favoritism contest.  As you all know, first prize is being a good and loved movie. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize's being a television pilot. Third prize is you're tired. You get the picture? You're laughing now? You got scripts. The script monkeys, carefully selected pigtailed macaques, worked tirelessly and cluelessly in a sweatshop near the Jewelry District.  So be interesting, be movies."

Okay, there's more than two good movies from '78, but, a TV pilot being one of the better ones, makes the year look bad.  I'm sure I've committed some sin by not praising Animal House.  It's proof of quality is just how high it made it on this list.  I'm just not a partier.

It's not going far, so this is our last chance to talk about a movie that did make the next round; Message from Space.  But, a movie that is going to probably place in the All-Time Top 10, owes a lot to it.  I mean, almost everything after leaving Jabba's palace, and the closer you get to the ending, the closer you get to Jedi.  This is one of the more engaging and better executed Star Wars try-to-be's.  I've tried to see as many as one can, though the line between ripoff, and greenlit because of the success of is subject to controversy, and hurt feelings.  You hear, read all sorts of stories, and the bigger the movie the more it has.  Message from Space is an anime come to life, and Return of the Jedi, is Message from Space come to life.  Science fiction led me to discover a lot of anime and still does to this day.  I've also always wondered how many other major movies have had secret anime influence, since seeing shades of Gall Force in Terminator 2.  Why, is that some Space Battleship Yamato in Das Boot?   I suspect they'll never admit it.

  1. Superman: The Movie
  2. Battlestar Galactica
  3. Force 10 from Navarone
  4. Grease
  5. Coma
  6. The Cat from Outer Space
  7. Message from Space
  8. National Lampoon's Animal House
  9. Jaws 2
  10. The Lord of the Rings
  11. Death on the Nile
  12. Harper Valley PTA
  13. The Deer Hunter
  14. Drunken Master
  15. The Amazing Captain Nemo
  16. Watership Down
  17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  18. The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
  19. The Cheap Detective
  20. Capricorn One
  21. Return from Witch Mountain
  22. Dawn of the Dead
  23. Revenge of the Pink Panther
  24. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  25. Eyes of Laura Mars
  26. The Boys from Brazil
  27. The Swarm
  28. Damien: Omen II
  29. Heaven Can Wait
  30. Corvette Summer
  31. Every Which Way But Loose

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