Monday, May 24, 2010

It is 1967!

I have consumed every last morsel of pop culture goodness out of the year 1966 and the time has come to do the same for 1967. This will be a momentous year seeing the musical debuts of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Traffic, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, and David Bowie. The television debuts of The Carol Burnett Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Ironside, Speed Racer, and The Herculoids. There were be-ins and love-ins, protests and race riots. Khan fought Kirk and Ali was told that he couldn’t fight if he wouldn’t kill. There was Pop in Monterey and a Mothman in West Virginia. It was a big, full and memorable year.

I have decided on a list of 46 movies from 1967 that I will watch and review and when I am done, I will pick the Oscars the way the Academy should have. I hope for much feedback and many opinions from my readers. The list of movies follows. If anyone feels that I am leaving off a film that should be considered please leave a comment and let me know. Thank you all for your interest.

Bonnie and Clyde
Barefoot in the Park
Belle de Jour
The Billion Dollar Brain
The Born Losers
Casino Royale
The Comedians
Cool Hand Luke
A Countess From Hong Kong
Les Demoiselles De Rochefort
The Dirty Dozen
Divorce American Style
Doctor Dolittle
Don’t Look Back
Far From The Madding Crowd
The Fearless Vampire Killers
The Graduate
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Hot Rods To Hell
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
I Am Curious (Yellow)
I’ll Never Forget What’s ‘isname
In Cold Blood
In Like Flint
In the Heat of the Night
The Jungle Book
Point Blank
Poor Cow
The President’s Analyst
Smashing Time
The Taming of the Shrew
Thoroughly Modern Millie
To Sir, With Love
The Trip
Two for the Road
Valley of the Dolls
Wait Until Dark
Week End
The Whisperers
Who’s That Knocking at My Door
You Only Live Twice

Like I said, let me know if I left anything out.

1967 starts next…


Pat said...

"Casino Royale" is my lifelong guilty pleasure, and I love the animals and score of "Dr. Doolittle." "How to Succeed in Business" is also still great in every way. But if I had to pick the movie from that year that still stands as a beacon of brilliance, it wouldn't be the overrated "Bonnie & Clyde," it would be "Bedazzled." Here are just a few dozen of the quotable lines...

And they don't even include my favorite exchange, about being halfway up a pole in Croydon, with nothing to learn from Ling-Po and his tigers. The people who remade Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's genius satire into a Brendon Fraser slapstick yuckfest should be disemboweled.

JJ said...

You definitely need to add Howard Hawks' El Dorado. It's a terrific variation on his Rio Bravo, a superb mix of great characterizations, good humor, and thrilling action scenes. Robert Mitchum is especially good in it. It's a more traditional Western than The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, but it's only a small notch below it in sheer entertainment value.

Leo said...

El Dorado is good, but I watched it as part of my 1966 movies. I especially liked the young James Caan as Wayne's protege. Howard Hawks was amazing.

nyrdyv said...

Mmmm, Bedazzled...


Steven G. Willis

Bob said...

Be sure you don't confuse The Trip (1967) with The Trip (1967).