Laurie Bird in Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Esquire, April 1971
Esquire went a little bit crazy back in April 1971, hailing Monte Hellman’s low-ish budget road movie Two-Lane Blacktop as the film of the year and publishing the screenplay in its entirety before it was actually released. It was an unusual commitment to a new release, especially considering the fact that films like Klute, The French Connection, McCabe & Mrs Miller, Carnal Knowledge, A Clockwork Orange and The Last Picture Show, to name but a few, were also released in the same year. ‘We were more than a little premature’ Esquire stated later. Still, it made for a pretty cool cover nonetheless, and in the magazine’s defence the movie has become a cult classic since.