I recently decided to watch some of the films I’ve never seen from the second golden age of cinema, ie the seventies.
In pursuit of this goal, I have contrived to watch Easy Rider (1969) and The Shining (1980).
Easy Rider is a nice film, lovingly made. OK a lot of it is dialogue-free panning shots of the American landscape set to stoner rock, but that’s quite pleasant. The main dramatic interest is the contrast between the laconic but quite conventionally mannered Wyatt and the perma-monged, expressive and edgy Billy. Fonda is great, he never really found another role even half as good. It’s kind of lost something over time, but still good.
The Shining was scarier than I expected but at the same time slightly disappointing. You can kind of guess most of the plot twists but it still works. The “here’s Johnny” bit isn’t as good as expected. Room 237 is scary as fuck. 4.5/5, the only problem being I’d expected it to be a super-5.