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Only in the 70s: Shinbone Alley (1971)

THANK heavens that Animation Month is nearly over, but there’s one more hurdle to cross for Only in the 70s. To send us off for the month – and signalling the anniversary of Torments’...

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Only in the 70s: Black Caesar (1973)

ROUNDING off Remakes Month at Film Torments, we take a prolonged look at one of the blaxploitation era’s biggest successes: 1973’s Black Caesar. Born from the criminal blast of Prohibition, 1931’s Little Caesar is a...

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Only in the 70s: The Wiz (1978)

CONCLUDING Musical May at Film Torments is one of the strangest mis-steps in a respected director’s career. From the creator of Network, Serpico and 12 Angry Men comes 1978’s Motown-tinged retelling of the Oz story: The Wiz. I’ve...

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Only in the 70s: Billy Jack (1971)

SCM’s SEQUELS Month marches into the sunset with a long look at one of the 70s’ most forgotten works of social justice: 1971’s Billy Jack. The early gasp of the 70s was a time...

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Only in the 70s: Sextette (1978)

AFTER last week’s break from Torments, we return with a senile vengeance for 1978’s self-regarding debacle: Sextette. Mae West was one of the most notorious performers in Hollywood during her 1930s-40s heyday. Mired in controversy for...

Only in the 70s: Days of Heaven (1978)

Rounding off Film Torments’ Oscar Month special, here’s our sideways stare at Terence Malick’s sophomore effort, the much-delayed result of a troubled production: Days of Heaven. Terence Malick has spent four decades in the film...

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Only in the 70s: An American Hippie in Israel (1972)

IN THE WAKE of Easy Rider, young filmmakers across America thought they could bandy out their own acid-flecked, “maaaaan”-laden approximation of the counter-cultural American Dream. They forgot – or were too stoned to notice...

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Only in the 70s: Zardoz (1974)

IF THERE were ever a film for which Only in the 70s was made, it’s Zardoz. I think it’s only right to call Zardoz a masterpiece. I would say it’s a truly brilliant film… but, maybe,...

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Film Torments: I, Frankenstein (2014)

WITH hot-off-the-presses cinematic perversion, Dracula Untold, hurling anti-heroic confetti on a much beloved legend among monsters, it’s time we take a sidelong skew at another recent tarnishing of a literary classic: I, Frankenstein. Directed...