Decade Definers: 1960s

Written by Chris Winterbottom and Jakob Lewis Barnes

Throughout history, cinema has reflected, echoed and even preempted societal shifts that occur through the ages, and that’s where our Decade Definers series comes in. We’ll take a look at the world, decade by decade, and discuss how the films of that era represented the attitudes, fears, desires and innovations of our society.

In this, the first of the series, we take a look at the 1960s – a period which produced some of the most awe-inspiring, revolutionary and shocking moments in modern history. The swinging sixties; what a time to be alive! A time of political upheaval, technological revolution, sexual and ideological liberation and of course, rock and roll. Presidents were killed, people fought and died for freedom and equality, music transcended entertainment, and man even walked on the moon. In our lifetime, there have been many events that have shook the world – both positively, and overwhelmingly negatively – but perhaps not as frequently as the events seen throughout the 1960s. So, which really encapsulate what this fascinating decade was all about?

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Sunshine Blogger Award

We are delighted to accept the nomination of a Sunshine Blogger Award from the wonderful Alicja Johnson AKA Reel Red Reviews (if you don’t already know her, you really should go check out her blog). Thank you very much for the nomination; this is the first time we’ve been recognised for this award. 

For those who don’t know, the Sunshine Blogger Award is a chain-letter style award (similar to the Liebster Award), which is designed to honour those who consistently deliver excellent content which makes readers happy.


Now, our Editor-in-Chief Jakob will answer Alicja’s questions:
1. What would be your dream job?
Well, as you may have worked out by now, I am totally obsessed with film. So, any job in the film industry would make me a very happy man. But, the dream I’m working towards is to be a filmmaker – both writing and directing.
2. What are some of your favourite childhood films?
I was a fiend for Disney films as a child (and still am today to be honest), so films like ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King’ are firm favourites of mine. I also love ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Monsters Inc’ – but who doesn’t?
3. As an ode to Barbara Walters: If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
I have literally never considered what tree I would be before, so thanks for giving me something new to think about. I would love to be a Palm tree, of course, so that I could just hang about in exotic places and do my best to look pretty.
4. What’s your least favourite film genre?
I do love most film genres, but if there’s one genre I avoid, it’s horror. But, that’s only because I’m a bit of a wimp, and I don’t enjoy watching films through my fingers too much.
5. Which sitcom character do you most relate to?
This is easy! I’ve actually just finished watching the brilliant ‘New Girl’, and it’s unsettling how similar myself and Nick Miler are. For those who don’t know Nick Miller, he is socially awkward, easily annoyed and a perennial over-thinker; so yeah, that’s me folks.
6. What’s the last movie you watched, and was it any good?
I watched ‘Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates’ at the cinema last night, and I only watched it because I missed my preferred screening of the new David Brent movie. I thought I would hate ‘Mike And Dave’, but I have to admit it was quite hilarious; dumb, but hilarious.
7. What do you think has been the biggest Oscar snub of all time?
Well, until recently, I would have said any Leonardo DiCaprio snub, but thankfully that’s all in the past now. I’ve started to pay a lot more attention to The Oscars in recent years, and I have to say I was shocked Rosamund Pike didn’t win for her amazing performance in ‘Gone Girl’.
8. Who is your favourite movie love interest?
Hmmmm…am I allowed to say Margot Robbie, in anything, ever?
9. What movie are you most looking forward to in September?
September isn’t looking like an astounding month for new films to be honest, so I will probably spend most of the month catching up with films I’ve missed like ‘Life On The Road’ and ‘The Shallows’. I am keen to see ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ though, which hits UK cinemas next week.
10. What sayings or personal mantra do you live your life by?
I spend a lot of my time thinking up and writing down new ideas for stories that I can tell through the medium of film, so for me, the words of Stanley Kubrick are always in my mind: “If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed”.
11. Are you a cat or a dog person?
Dogs, all the way. I actively dislike cats; I think they may actually be evil creatures who are secretly plotting against the human race.

We nominate HC Movie Reviews, Sarah Buddery, Jason Michael and Movie Rob to answer these questions and accept their very own Sunshine Blogger Award:

1. What is your favourite film of 2016 so far?
2. In your opinion, who is the most underrated actor/actress working today?
3. Name a “classic” film that everyone loves, but you haven’t even seen before
4. If you could be any film character, who would it be and why?
5. What is your favourite film of this decade so far (2010-2016)?
6. If you could meet any famous person, who would it be and why?
7. What is the last film you fell asleep during? And was it due to boredom or tiredness?
8. Which 2017 film are you most excited for?
9. If you could have any super power, what would it be? And would you use it for good or evil, be honest?
10. What is your most prized possession in the world and why?
11. If you had to get a tattoo of someone’s face, who would it be and why?

Watch This Space: May 11 – May 17

Welcome to our newest feature – WatchThisSpace – where we give you recommendations of films to watch in the cinema, on the television and those brilliant films hiding at the back of your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

As most of you are well aware, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ opens this weekend. Charlize Theron has a buzz cut, Tom Hardy dons a mask AGAIN and George Miller is back to his weird and wonderful best after the happiest of ‘Happy Feet’ to bring us dystopian chaos of the most explosive and action-packed variety.

For most, a trip to the cinema this weekend will provide a very clear fork in the road; you either go for an abundance of gore and violence, or warm up your vocal chords and sing at the top of your voice with ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. Luckily for us, we love both, so we get double the fun this weekend.

ON TELEVISION

Monday 23:05 GMT: There are very few directors with such a legendary status as that of Alfred Hitchcock, whose diverse and unusual body of work boasts numerous classics. One of the most disturbing of these films is arguably ‘The Birds’ which you can catch over at Film4.

Tuesday 23:40 GMT: Denzel Washington is now 60 years old, and still an absolute badass. See him at his most formidable and dangerous best, with a hint of emotion in the 2004 great ‘Man On Fire’, again on Film4.

Thursday 22:00 GMT: Every week, there are plenty of war films we could recommend to you. As fantastic as it is, ‘The Great Escape’ is on TV every Sunday, without fail. So let More4 show you a different perspective to the war with Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’.

Saturday 21:20 GMT: Comedy creations don’t come much better than Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge. A timeless character who has improved with age. BBC2 brings us ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’, the feature length follow up that we so desperately needed. 

Sunday 15:00 GMT: The weekend is nearly over, so spend a couple of hours with the family and watch everyone’s favourite wild child, Lindsay Lohan, before she turned bad. ‘Parent Trap’ is delightful afternoon viewing on Channel 4.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

If election week has left you feeling militant, and ready to revolt, instead of setting a couple of bins on fire and engaging in a bit of casual looting, why not fight the man with some anti-establishment viewing:

A Clockwork Orange: Stanley Kubrick delivers a masterpiece in cinema history, with lead character Alex running around trying to defile pretty much everything in sight – so you don’t have to. The ultimate social menace.

Taxi Driver: Robert De Niro’s chilling monologues will say everything you wish you could. And just when you’re feeling disillusioned and frustrated, remember “we’re all fucked”.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: If you were old enough to vote, you probably don’t have to ask the parents for a sick day. Ferris did and look how much fun he had. So either way, run from the doldrums of normal life and have a crazy day.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes and Samuel James