movies are a lot like wines. some years get you plenty of good vintages, some years don't. just as the wine vintage reflects the climate leading up to that year, the movie vintage can capture the social, economic, and political climate leading up to it. 1974 was an amazing year for films. chinatown and the godfather part 2, both films with near-perfect ratings and eleven oscar nominations, were released in that year. it was also a terrible year for the country--dealing with the aftermath of watergate and watching the painful collapse of south vietnam, as well as managing a failing economy mired in an energy crisis. i hope this year will be a bad year for films, but after talking to guys working on both the obama and romney campaigns, i feel sick inside. then i want to fast forward a year and watch the oscars.