1970s nostalgia

Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is the mysterious, smart, well-read favorite uncle of his teenage niece Beth (Sophia Lillis) in early 1970s South Carolina. She can’t figure out why her grandfather (Stephen Root) is so hostile and dismissive towards his oldest son, while the rest of the sprawling family avoid asking Frank too much about his …

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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever has one of the most iconic title sequences in movie history. It is a pop-culture snapshot of the disco-era 1970s: As soon as the opening funky bass of the Bee Gees’ monster hit “Stayin’ Alive” starts, the camera shows John Travolta’s feet walking on the sidewalk, keeping step with the song, then …

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Rain (2001)

The setting is a lazy beach community in New Zealand, where the adults throw drunken house parties at night and sleep through the day, while the kids pretty much are left to take care of themselves. Janey (Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki) is at the age where she is on the cusp of becoming a woman, all budding sexuality combined …

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Lovelace

Arguably the first porn superstar, Linda Lovelace shot to fame in mainstream America when the goofy 1972 porn film Deep Throat became a bonafide hit. Linda was a girl next door who happened to have an extreme talent, and the feature-length porno was watched by everyone from celebrities to suburban couples on date night. Lovelace …

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Funkytown

There is something satisfyingly cinematic about seeing glittery, decadent characters stumble and fall, becoming mere mortals that sometimes wake up in a ditch like anyone else. The disco era of the late 1970s is ripe for such a story, as we’ve seen from the good (Boogie Nights, Saturday Night Fever), the bad (54), and the …

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