We’re really back in the past, now! My look into the history of film releases has taken me all the way back to May 1970. That’s 50 years ago. The world of film was so much different then. The summer blockbuster hadn’t been invented yet. That happened in 1975 with Jaws, by and large. I decided to take an overarching look at 1970 before diving into the month of May. Patton won Best Picture. It’s a good movie. George C. Scott is great, but it feels maybe too on Patton’s side. The movie version of MASH came out. I’m not really a fan of the movie or the TV show. We got some early Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. And just before October came the awful horror film Trog. It starred Joan Crawford in her last film role. The movie isn’t good, but it shows up in the great FX miniseries Feud: Betty vs. Joan. Watch that, but don’t watch Trog. OK, so let’s check out May of 1970.
There’s nothing particularly bad, but also nothing particularly good. The only movies worth talking about are ones I would call noteworthy, but that’s not a measure of quality. For example, Taste the Blood of Dracula, which is one of the Hammer horror films starring Christopher Lee as Dracula. There’s also the second Planet of the Apes movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Oh, and Pufnstuf, a movie based on the bonkers, trippy kids show H.R. Pufnstuf. The only notable, possibly good, movie that I see is The Landlord. That’s a Hal Ashby movie I’ve never seen, but I’ve heard positive things about. Maybe I should check it out.
Well, I guess May 1970 is just a shrug of a month. However, 1970 sort of seems like a shrug of a year for films. I decided to check out the Best Picture nominees. They are Patton, MASH, Five Easy Pieces, Airport, and Love Story. Yeah, hopefully 1965 will be a more interesting year for films. At least May of 1970 gives you a few movies for a trippy marathon.