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You’re Gonna Love It In Instant: Disaster Strikes the 70s!

February 21, 2011

The Towering Inferno (1974) – Sometimes a movie is so explosive it has to double its efforts. It has to cast both Steve Mcqueen and Paul Newman. Robert Vaughn and Robert “RJ” Wagner. This fiery tale of hubris punished clocks in at nearly three hours making it perfect for those long, cold days of winter. Also stars: Richard Chamberlain, Fred Astaire, Dabney Coleman, Jennifer Jones, Susan Blakely OJ Simpson and Gregory Sierra. Don’t let the 70s cheese fool you; this is a fantastic movie. Special effects are judicious and on point. Wait, did I mention FAYE DUNAWAY, looking just as fabulous as she can. Newman and McQueen are wonderfully cheeky, yet never cheesy. As expected, Maureen McGovern sings the theme song. A word of caution: “We May Never Love Like This Again” is no “The Morning After”.

Jaws (1975) – Before its legacy was sullied by a slew of dreadful sequels – I see you, Sir Michael Caine – Spielberg’s masterpiece, which ushered in the era of the splashy, big budget action pics, was a thrilling, terrifying tale of a killer shark with bumping theme music. If you haven’t watched the original; do so now. You won’t want to go in the water, but you also won’t regret it. Stars: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Carl Gottlieb and Jeffrey Kramer

The China Syndrome (1979) – Michael Douglas – clad in a fabulous beard – stars as cameraman assigned to ambition lady reporter Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda) who are on a routine story assignment at Nuclear Power Plant (yeah, that makes a lot of sense) on the very day it just happens to experience a near meltdown! Snap! Wearing what seems like an endless supply of booty hugging bell bottom slacks, Douglas and his reporter, aided by a whistle blower played by Jack Lemmon, uncover a massive systemic failure which might have terrible consequences forneighboring communities.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. snobophone permalink
    February 21, 2011 5:47 pm

    There are people in this world who have never seen the original version of Jaws? This is unfathomable to me.

  2. February 21, 2011 8:46 pm

    I love The Towering Inferno!!! Well I love 70’s disaster movies in general but I love Inferno the most

  3. February 22, 2011 12:56 pm

    Inferno was so good. I didn’t realize a movie that long could hold my attention that way. I think the battle of the blue eyes helped tremendously.

  4. February 23, 2011 4:40 pm

    I love disaster movies, but most of them are bad. The genre isn’t quite so full of awful titles as the Catholic demon/angel genre, which I also love but have pretty much given up on, but it’s still not great. I watched Towering Inferno last night after reading this. Very good! And the special effects really have held up.

  5. February 24, 2011 9:32 am

    The only thing missing from the China Syndrome besides a reasonable plot was Faye Dunaway.

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