In February, we want to avoid romance and instead celebrate friendship. Especially weird, wonky, wonderful pairings of oddballs who give each other the comfort and solace that life seem to deny them.
We open with an award-winning classic - Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards 1970 - that launched Jon Voight's career and helped Dustin Hoffman shake the preppy image that stuck to him after The Graduate. "I'm going where the sun keeps shining / Through the pouring rain / Going where the weather suits my clothes...", sings Nilsson, and as pathetic, wretched and deceitful Joe Buck and Ratso Dizzo may be, we do wish them to reach the sunshine.
"Midnight Cowboy makes us a gift of one of the landmark performances of movie history: Dustin Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo, with Jon Voight's Joe Buck a close second. From a cesspool of dark, foul, even taboo material, . . . it rescues a true humanism that need not hide its name."
- Peter Biskind, critic and author