The 1970s is by and far my favorite decade in cinema. I love more movies from the ‘60s but the incredible evolution of genre and style the next decade heralded, in particularly for the waning Hollywood market, cements it for me as the greatest set of 10 years the medium has ever endured.
One of its most admirable traits is definition: You can’t always place flicks from other decades. The lines blur and you wonder if you’re watching something from the 50s, 40s, maybe even 30s. On the contemporary end I couldn’t tell you if something that came out a week ago was actually from 2006. But when you watch a 70s movie… you know you’re watching a 70s movie. It’s as simple as that.