Got the Roku player for the TV so we can watch anything on our Instant queue anytime. Got our regular DVD queue for newer flicks and anything that isn't available instantly.
And a lot of our queue space is being used for the greatest of decades when it comes to American film, the 70's. Don't even argue that point. You would be wrong and you would sound stupid. The best decade for movies was the 1970's. Period.
Today (Monday) we watched William Friedkin's follow-up to The Exorcist. A nifty little ball of tenseness called Sorcerer. It was an ambitious project. Filmed on four continents with an international cast headed by Roy Scheider. It ultimately failed at the box office, but fans of the 70's and Friedkin are enjoying it to this day. I know we did.
It's a tale of four men running from something in their criminal pasts. They each wind up in a small oil town in some third world country in South America. Each man volunteers to transport leaky boxes of dynamite across the jungle so that the oil company can use it to stop an oil well fire. But the dynamite has been sitting around for awhile and it is "sweating" nitroglycerin. Any little jiggle or wiggle could cause the whole batch to go ka-blooey. Lucky they only have to transport the stuff 218 miles over rugged terrain. In big ole clunky trucks.
And so begins the dance. Little sub-plots galore, including the back stories of why each man is running and why each of them have nothing to live for anymore. Except the paycheck.
Franky, I can understand why it failed at the box office. It was a bit slow and it was a bit methodical, but it was brilliant. It did okay business the first week in the theaters, but word-of-mouth spread pretty quickly and the audiences failed to come around after that.
Although it was a remake itself (of a French film called Wages of Fear), I can see it being remade sometime in the near future by someone eager to tell a good story. Hollywood is nothing if not derivative of itself.
How about you? Got any forgotten favorite films from the 70's you love? We are always looking for suggestions.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. I don't care what Friedkin says, Roy Scheider is the fucking man!