This special edition of Movie Essentials has been written and contributed to Hammervision by friend and fellow Essentials guru, DAVID BECKER:
In 1977, the world's first "personal computer," the Commodore PET, was demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. The death penalty was reintroduced in the US with a Utah firing squad. Jimmy Carter was sworn in as President and pardoned all Vietnam War draft evaders. Roots was aired on ABC. Apple, Inc. was incorporated and the Apple II was released for sale. Elvis Presley died at 42 and, three days later Groucho Marx passed. Pele joined the NY Cosmos and people thought Americans would start to care about soccer -- that lasted about as long as Pele was on the NY Cosmos. Most of the members of Lynyrd Skynrd died in a charter plane crash as they were on tour in support of their fifth studio album, Street Survivors, an event that was later the cause of lament in the Drive-By Truckers' song Let There By Rock which, if you've never heard, you really should -- http://www.drivebytruckers.com/records.html#. 1977 had several spectacular films and the best movies of 1977 are, in my humble opinion, among the best movies of all time. Now on to the "essentials":
Editor's note: I agree with Becker about 90% on this year's list. The only one I might exclude is High Anxiety, an utterly disposable Mel Brooks comedy. Instead, I'd go with Dario Argento's Suspiria, one of the finest horror movies of the last few decades. The music by Goblin creeps me out just thinking about it.