Category Archives: 1978

lord of the rings1 April 07

The Lord of the Rings (1978)

Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings is a glorious attempt and a labour of love that finds the animator and director once again backed into a corner. This 1978 animated fantasy picture uses a combination of cel animation and rotoscoping to tell roughly the first half of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic of the […]

cage September 24

La Cage aux Folles (1978)

Director Édouard Molinaro considered the making of his La Cage aux Folles as “utter hell,” but it’s hard not to adore the final results. Now available on Blu-ray thanks to Criterion Collection, this French comedy is a farce with heart and a social conscience. It is a film as funny and necessary today as it was when […]

dawn of the dead2 October 11

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

George A. Romero’s masterful Dawn of the Dead is an intuitive, alarming, clever horror film. Beyond providing some serious scares and nourishing gore, the movie features sheets of social commentary and character development that exceeds many horror movies. It suggests a truly worrisome world, one of disorder and despair, and introduces genuine characters that afford […]

gates of heaven October 03

Gates of Heaven (1978)

Gates of Heaven is more than a movie about pet cemeteries, although that subject actually proves to be most interesting in and of itself. This Errol Morris documentary is about how human beings handle life and about how human beings find meaning in, yes, running pet cemeteries. The magic in this movie is in how […]

wd July 25

Watership Down (1978)

An immersive, intelligent motion picture, Watership Down is a fantastic treat. Based on the book by Richard Adams, Martin Rosen’s picture is beautiful and stunning and brutal all at once. There are those who will say that this movie isn’t for children due to the gore and blood involved, but I think older kids will […]

halloween February 26

Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the finest independent horror flicks in history. Released in 1978 to an unsuspecting audience, Halloween is often credited for starting the whole lumbering stalker era in horror and slasher movies (some may rightly give that credit to Black Christmas). Produced on a budget of just $320,000, Halloween has gone […]

days of heaven February 10

Days of Heaven (1978)

Terrence Malick is one of my favourite directors, so it was with an incredible amount of excitement that I took to watching his 1978 picture Days of Heaven. The visual style of Malick is apparent from the outset, as the environment of the 1916 Texas Panhandle comes to life. The Ennio Morricone score adds to […]

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