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Question: Which Decades do you feel produced the bulk of your favorite films?
1920s and Earlier - 0 (0%)
1930s - 2 (2.5%)
1940s - 5 (6.3%)
1950s - 8 (10.1%)
1960s - 12 (15.2%)
1970s - 18 (22.8%)
1980s - 27 (34.2%)
1990s - 4 (5.1%)
2000-now - 3 (3.8%)
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« on: September 16, 2007, 02:46:54 PM »

So personally I find I have a marked preference for movies from before when I was born in 1973. Honestly I tend to like black and white classics better than anything else with a rare exception here and there (so I'll be selecting 1930s, 50s and 60s) myself? So what decades are most of your personal favourites from?
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2007, 03:12:31 PM »

 When it comes to sci-fi...I like the 50's! The old AIP rubber monsters from outer space...!
  Also, the late 60's-early 70's when it comes to horror and expliotation movies! They just have a gritty,dirty feel to them...much more realistic than the high gloss horror fliks of today...in which all the actors and actresses seem to be MTV wannabe's or fashion models. Low budget trash like DON'T LOOK in the BASEMENT, NIGHT of BLOODY HORROR,ABBY, BEYOND the DOOR, the original HILL's HAVE EYES,I DRINK YOUR BLOOD...stuff like that.
       I like how the distributers use an entirly different film...(LAST HOUSE on the LEFT) to sell their own movie(DON"T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT!!!)
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2007, 03:16:06 PM »

'60s-'80s for me
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2007, 03:44:25 PM »

I voted for the 1970s because I'm a sucker for the drive-in flicks from that decade and I'm a huge blaxploitation fan.  However, I tend to go through phases where I watch movies from every decade:

* I love crime flicks from the 1930s and 40s

* Black & white horror and sci-fi movies from the 1940s and 50s are great

* Westerns from every decade are fabulous

* Silent movies form the 1920s and earlier are wonderful

* I'm a fan of biker movies from the late 1960s and early 1970s

I guess there's a movie and decade for just about every mood and occasion . . . but I think if I could only watch movies from one decade it would be the 1970s.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2007, 03:55:32 PM »

[quote author=The Burgomaster link=topic=115875.msg161082#msg161082 date=1189975465



I guess there's a movie and decade for just about every mood and occasion . . . but I think if I could only watch movies from one decade it would be the 1970s.
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 The 70's had it all! Kung Fu, blaxpliotaition,sexpliotation,WIP's,splatter,Itailan giallo, demon possesion, biker, disaster fliks, eco-horror (FROGS et.al), ...wow...just some much junk food  for the soul...!
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007, 04:39:29 PM »

I'll take anything from the 30's onward, but the 1950's are my favorite.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007, 04:55:20 PM »

The 80s because it is a virtual dumpster of review material. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 10:09:10 PM »

70s and 80s for horror and explotation
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 10:27:57 PM »

I dunno  . . . . lots of WONDERFULLY bad cinema was made in the 70's and 80's, but I  have an incurable weakness for the recent, low-budget, direct to video crapola!
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 11:13:16 PM »

For quality or for crap, it's hard to beat the 70s. What a great decade for movie making, cliche as that is, it's true. I tend to lump the late 60s in with this also, but the 70s is when it all came together. Give me a quality mainstream film from this time, a genre or foreign brain candy flick, even the action movies could have something to say. And it wasn't that hard to to make something off the beaten patch that was worth a look, even if it it didn't turn out great. Can you imagine one of today's big stars making a film like Clint Eastwood did with The Beguiled while at the peak of his popularity as an actor/star. 

The late 30s through the 50s is great also so I picked the 40s and 50s. If I ever get cable or satellite TV again, I may watch nothing but Turner Classic Movies. So much to explore from that time: drama and comedies where the writing was sharp (but writers were still treated like crap) and the dialogue stood out and could make a film worth watching.

There was a lot of crap made in the 90s, but the smaller and independent films really were interesting at times. A mixed decade for sure, but a much better wheat to chaff ratio than the 80s. The 80s was great for schlock and and bad movies, but quality films that stand the test of time were harder to come by.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2007, 09:12:26 AM »

I'll take the 40s for good movies (Bogart rules!), the 50s for fun monster movies (Go Godzilla!) and the 80s for sheer volume of entertaining trash (Go, um, well, okay, nothing specific is really coming to mind. *sigh* Guess it's time to do some more movie watching).
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2007, 11:22:29 AM »

The 80s because it is a virtual dumpster of review material. 
Word up.

The home video market was the new drive-in market in the 80's and as such there were thousands of movies produced throughout the decade that served only to cash in on that market.  Lucky for us, a ton of bad ideas were made into movies, soaked in bad acting, nudity and violence and then bought up by every mom and pop shop that didn't know any better and just wanted to stock their shelves with new releases.

Even though a lot of them got limited theatrical runs, they made their names (and money) on VHS/Beta and gave a lot of us something to do on friday nights.  I grew up on a lot of these movies and I've been re/disocvering them ever since.

80's exploitation has such a crappy, poorly aged aesthetic about it and you can track all the pop culture trends from that time depending on what bad movie you're watching.
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2007, 12:14:56 PM »

It's a personal thing perhaps but I find the classic movie stars of yesteryear are the ones I most want to revisit (Bogart, Tracy, Gable, Hepburn, Turner, Karloff, Lugosi, Price, Cushing, Lee, etc...). Once we got to the late 70s, there were just less of them in memorable stuff and honestly I think the loss of the true character actor is a large part of the reason I often feel little need to watch most stuff from the mid-70s on more than once although I do own a lot of stuff from then (it's just seems to be of a much lower quality overall).
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2007, 07:19:53 PM »

I went with the '80s til now, mostly cause I grew up in the '90s.  But it also depends upon my mood and what kind of movie I want.  The '50s had the best for like, the "Giant Spiders/Crabs/Moths/Aliens" type of Sci-Fi/horror.  So it all depends how I feel at the time.
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2007, 10:48:30 AM »

A few years ago I got addicted to watching films made before 1920, particularly those Georges Melies and D.W. Griffith shorts.

I'm largely over it now, but I can still sometimes spend a late evening watching this stuff.


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