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They’re not standing around the watercooler, but Cheryl Sadler, Mark Meszoros, Mark Podolski and Nicole Franz are talking about what they’ve been watching, listening to and playing during their free time.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The golden age of movies

Movies just aren't what they used to be, at least from this writer's perspective.

Remakes, reboots and reimaginings have taken over Hollywood. The experience of moviegoing needs a reboot itself.

Especially when you consider what has to be the greatest 10-year run of movie making in big-screen history, 1972 to 1981.

Here's one man's top 10 favorite movies during that time. If you haven't seen any of these films, what are you waiting for?

10. "Breaking Away" (1979): Underrated film. Don't miss it.

9. "All the President's Men" (1976): Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman a magical pair.

8. "Halloween" (1978): John Carpenter's horror classic started it all.

7. "The Godfather Part 2" (1974): From Marlon Brando in the original to Robert DeNiro in the sequel. Wow.

6. "Star Wars" (1977): Darth Vader's grand entrance one of the most iconic scenes in film history.

5. "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980): Vader's reveal as Luke Skywalker's father ... enough said.

4. "The Godfather" (1972): Watching this classis is an offer you can't refuse.

3. "Rocky" (1976): Rags to riches has never been filmed any better.

2. "Raiders of the Last Ark" (1981): It starts with 10 minutes of pulse-pounding action and never lets up.

1. "Jaws" (1975): Arguably the most perfectly cast film of all-time.

Ten more you shouldn't miss: "Alien" (1979), "The Exorcist" (1973), "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "The Sting" (1973), "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972), "Apocalypse Now" (1979), "Raging Bull" (1980), "The Omen" (1976), "Superman" (1978), "The Deer Hunter" (1978)

- Mark Podolski


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