Hit Me With Your Best Shot!: The Best of the 1977 Best Shots

While I agree with Oscar on selecting Zsigmond’s work for Close Encounters as the overall winner, does it have my choice of best Best Shot? Let’s review the Best Shots from the past week…

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Vilmos Zsigmond

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Islands in the Stream – Fred J. Koenekamp

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Julia – Douglas Slocombe

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar – William A. Fraker

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The Turning Point – Robert Surtees

And best of the Best Shots is…

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot!: “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”

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Had I heard that Looking for Mr. Goodbar wasn’t very good or that it was just dated? For some reason, I remembered it carrying a certain scattered and hokey reputation that the film proved wrong when I caught up to it.

The feminist themes of the film may be more eloquently discussed today since the film is closer to the women’s liberation movement’s infancy, but it’s passionate observations still connect to our contemporary point of view. Even if it seems passe to have a film hinge on a woman’s sexual liberation, that’s only a sense of contemporary entitlement convincing you that women don’t have it as bad as they always have. The conversation may have evolved, refined, and gained nuance, but we’re still fighting for the same old crap.

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