ROLLERCOASTER from @101.films – 8/10
On June 10th 1977 ROLLERCOASTER was released as the latest attempt to cash in on the long line of successful disaster movies made in the decade. From EARTHQUAKE to THE TOWERING INFERNO, from THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE to AIRPORT disaster movies were packing out cinema screens with audiences revelling in the bloated A-list casts being killed off one by one in creative and terrifying ways. ROLLERCOASTER certainly uses some of the profitable ‘disaster movie formula’; the cast is surprisingly fantastic even past the main characters with Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt and Steve Guttenberg all having minor supporting roles, and there is certainly disaster(s) at the centre of the story. Here it’s Timothy Bottoms’ theme-park terrorist who starts the film by using a home-made bomb to destroy part of a rollercoaster track, causing the cars to crash and several people to die. Bottoms then threatens to repeat this act unless his $1million ransom is met and it’s up to health and standards vigilante George Segal to work with the FBI and save the day. The actual ‘disaster’ element in ROLLERCOASTER is confined to the first 20 minutes of the movie and the rest of the film plays on the threat of that disaster being repeated through the tense, cat and mouse interactions between Bottoms, Segal and the FBI. Maybe this break away from the template is why the film wasn’t a big hit in 1977, or maybe it was just unlucky to be released 2 weeks after STAR WARS…
I really enjoyed the film and found it to be fun and thrilling throughout. There are three big rollercoaster sequences in the movie, all of which are excellently shot and played for tension and the build-up in-between set-piece scenes have more than a serving of Hitchcockian suspense. The middle of the movie where Bottoms has Segal move around the park riding all the different attractions is so much fun and the pay-off is cleverly thought out and satisfying. This is a PG too, making it a brilliant family night movie especially if you’re trying to get your loved ones into 70s cinema
This is my favourite @101.films releases so far. Loads of extra content and great presentation of a fun popcorn flick. Love it
Operation: Daybreak - 1975
Drama, History, War
In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services.
The Crazy World Of Julius Vrooder - 1974
Julius Vrooder returns from the Vietnam, pretending to be crazy to cope with the world which lands him in VA hospital. He located a tunnel where he creates a bunker existence complete with electricity while also falling in love with his doctor.
Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing - 1973
American Walter Albertson, in his late teens, is feeling lost within his family of overachieves. Thirty-something Englishwoman Lila is emotionally depressed. The two meet on their respective vacations in Spain, when, on the spur of the moment, Walter decides to ditch his overly regimented cycling tour group and join the bus tour group of which Lila is a part. They hardly speak to each other during the first few days, and when they do, they make each other nervous since each is scared of life. Their relationship is put to the test of outside scrutiny when they meet and gave an extended stay with a Spanish Duke.
I've just ordered the Italian Blu-ray of this (its cheaper) which has an English language setting!!! Google says... An unnamed young extortionist (Timothy Bottoms) sets off a bomb on an amusement park roller coaster, causing multiple fatalities, then says that he will do the same to five other rides around the country simultaneously unless he's paid one million dollars. Amusement park employee Harry Calder (George Segal) gets unwillingly drawn into the precarious situation when the FBI's lead agent (Richard Widmark) presses him into service as the go-between with the authorities and the bomber.
Initial release: 10 June 1977
Cold dusty streets roam the landscape of forgotten desolate storefronts. An old delapadated pick up rolls by carrying two young happy-go-lucky kids without a care in the world. Among the last of the lineup of stores is an old movie theater showing Sands of Iwo Jima, one of the few oddities of entertainment remaining in this dying Texas town. Coming of age is hard, espically when graduating high school means entering directly into the blue collar work force. The poverty line is prevelant, going as far as to refer to a well-to-do young man as “Wichita” during a scuffle. Simplicity and hard work radiate from the screen, as well as young love and irresponsible behavior. Each of our main characters grow to become something more than teenagers; a soldier, a hard working poolhall owner, and cunning intellectual yearning for attanetion. The road to get there is long and winding, but the journey is worth the time. #TheLastPictureShow#PeterBogdanovich#CybillShepherd#JeffBridgs#TimothyBottoms#Film#Cinema
(June) A Month of 1970's American Cinema - The Last Picture Show (1971), Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
A small, impactful film that is both part of the New
Generation of American movies and also anti-New Generation.
The style and grace of the film looks back to the 1950s of the John Ford and Howard Hawkes cinema, but with a modern, 1970s approach. There is the obvious new sexuality in the film, and black and white cinematography, but there is also
something groundbreaking in Bogdonovich's directing style that is part of the revolution happening in American film at the time.
A well-crafted and acted film with Supporting Actor Oscars going to Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson and Nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Director, Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees). The film was edited by Donn Cambern and Peter Bogdonovich.