Silent Running (1972 USA)

This was one of five movies made by Universal “on the cheap”, (a millions bucks each) after the phenomenal success of the low-budget Easy Rider. Of the five, Silent Running was a modest success, though it suffered from lack of publicity, which was an erroneous decision made by Universal. Special effects wizard, Douglas Trumbull, was given the director’s reins. Silent Running is one of those lonely sci-fi films made in the spirit of 2001: A Space Odyssey where it’s all about astronauts being isolated and becoming gradually unhinged in deep space. What makes this one unique is the ecological theme, which is still timely today.
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Family Plot (1976 USA)

family plotOne man’s horrid past starts to intrude on his equally despicable present. You can hide, but you can’t run. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films, alongside things like Psycho & North By Northwest. The lack of suspense makes for a pleasant change. Although Hitchcock applied the magic directorial touch to many of the sequences, I can’t help but feel it is a small team of performers who make this a fun film to watch over and over again. [Read more…]

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