The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

“In the mind of a true snob there are certain limited criteria to denote the value of human existence. Jimmie’s criteria were: home, hearth, wife, land. Those who possessed these had beatitude unchallengable. Other men had accidental, random life. Nothing better.” ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’, directed by Fred Schepisi in 1978 and based on…

Quadrophenia (1979)

“No, Kev, that’s it. Look, I don’t wanna be the same as everybody else. That’s why I’m a Mod, see? I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain’t ya, or you might as well jump in the sea and drown.” ‘Quadrophenia’, directed by Franc Roddam in 1979, is a British drama starring Phil Daniels as a…

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

“Like you gonna have to kinda lay out, stretch out a little while, be real cool. Kinda lay dead. Ol’ Beetle’ll let you know what’s happenin’, what’s goin’ down. You don’t have to worry about nothin’. If you need anything, anything at all, brother, just keep the faith in Beetle, ol’ Beetle goin’ to bring…

The Towering Inferno (1974)

“When there’s a fire, I outrank everybody here. Now, one thing we don’t want is a panic. Now, I could tell them, but you ought to do it. Just make a nice cool announcement to all your guests and tell them the party’s being moved down below the fire floor. Right now.” ‘The Towering Inferno’,…

Morgiana (1972)

“Whatever we yell into this chasm will echo back to us, distorted and fragmented, and that will have to be our meaning” ‘Morgiana’, directed by Juraj Herz in 1972, is a Czech gothic horror movie starring Iva Janžurová in a dual role as twin sisters Klara and Viktoria. The film starts with the death of…

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

“I’m not taking him with me. I’m no good for him. I’m terrible with him. I have no patience. He’s better off without me.” ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’, directed by Robert Benton in 1979, is an American drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep as an estranged couple fighting over the custody of their seven year…

Shaft (1971)

“Don’t you try to bullshit me, boy. We’re all on the hustle. I sell broads and dope and numbers. You sell crap, and blue sky. It’s all the same game.” ‘Shaft’, directed by Gordon Parks in 1971, is an American drama and one of the films that launch the ‘blaxploitation’ genre in the 1970s. Richard…

Sholay (1975)

“You have a lot of strength left in your arms, don’t you? Remember what you said to me that day? ‘These aren’t arms, they’re your noose’. Look at you now, the noose has opened! You still have a lot of strength in your arms, don’t you? Give me your arms, Thakur.” ‘Sholay’, directed by Ramesh…

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

“I don’t know if you’d be particularly interested in hearing anything about me. My life, I mean… Most of it doesn’t add up to much that I could relate as a way of life that you’d approve of… I’d like to be able to tell you why, but I don’t really… I mean, I move…

The Tin Drum (1979)

“There once was a drummer. His name was Oskar. He lost his poor mama, who had eat to much fish. There was once a credulous people… who believed in Santa Claus. But Santa Claus was really… the gas man! There was once a toy merchant. His name was Sigismund Markus… and he sold tin drums…

Harold and Maude (1971)

“Well, if some people get upset because they feel they have a hold on some things, I’m merely acting as a gentle reminder: here today, gone tomorrow, so don’t get attached to things now. With that in mind, I’m not against collecting stuff.” ‘Harold and Maude’, directed by Hal Ashby in 1971, is a dark,…

Fox and his Friends (1975)

“There are drunks lying everywhere! The state should do something. It’s the same everywhere. In Helsinki recently, there were so many drunks lying around even though it’s hard to get alcohol in Finland.” ‘Fox and his Friends’, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1975, is a German drama starring the director as a naïve, semi-literate…