Flashbacks: The Year in Movies

When I began reviewing movies I had no adjectives, so I would look around and come up with a few and sprinkle them in. One adjective I noticed other critics saving for special occasions was sublime, and I, too, waited for a chance to use this wonderful word. This comes back to me noticing (once again) that my real favorites were made before the mid '60s. Here is someone who experienced the early '70s (yes, the "sacred" '70s) as a sad falling off—not only from the New Wave but from the Hollywood of Hawks, Ray, Fuller, Siegel, etc. The '80s and '90s, however, have been no worse than the '70s. A level of inspiration, of faith perhaps, left the movies, as it has left books, too. Perhaps it will come again. —Georgia Brown
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