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A Very Alexander Thanksgiving.   —   Holidays

Thanksgiving was rather fun this year. We made an extremely easy yet tasty meal which lasted us about three days in leftovers. The only food that we actually had any hand in making was a green bean casserole and the breast of turkey. The rest was rather instant. Pre-made mashed potatoes (country crock makes excellent ones), canned corn vegetable, gravy in a can, stovetop stuffing, and a frozen apple pie. Many of you may grimace but I assure you, I have a rather picky pallet and yet every single food item was delicious. We started sipping red wine around 3:00pm, played many rousing games of Uno, and watched some entertaining 70's cinema. As our first holiday in Oregon, sans family, it was quite lovely.

As you've no doubt observed in the "Doll Enjoyed the Following" section over to the right, I've recently watched quite a few 70's movies. I've enjoyed the hell out of them and it seems to be a craving that hasn't yet been satiated. Next on the list is the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, starring Donald Sutherland. I'm really quite excited. If you have a recommendation for a 70's movie, preferably in the sci-fi, thriller, or horror genre, I encourage you to leave a note in the comments section.

Here's a brief review of recently watched films.

Soylent Green - a rather subdued movie for its sci-fi genre, it offered little in the way of a fresh perspective on a futuristic post-apocalyptic earth. But there were a few interesting gems, like the concept of a concubine (who are referred to as "furniture") being economically attached to fancy apartments, and of course the whole food situation, which is really the entire foundation of the film. A movie one could easily pass up but if you happen to be craving some 70's sci-fi, like I was today, and you can get past the fact that Charlton Heston's teeth are disturbingly distracting, it'll do you just nicely.
A Boy and His Dog - another futuristic post-apocalyptic earth story, this movie was pretty unique, even if their version of the "future" just looked like Nevada. Don Johnson plays an 18 year old boy with a telepathic dog named Blood. They talk to one another, you know, in their heads, and the dog is super smart and continuously corrects the boys grammar and to pass the time gives him history lessons. None of this has to do with the plot of the movie, not really, but it's a movie better seen rather than described. I was a little irritated by how women are treated, rather surprisingly so, but it's an important part of the story and how it works so I was able to overcome my sudden burst of feminist rage. A very satisfying film.
Shock - a friend of mine introduced me to Italian horror a few years ago and for that I am eternally grateful. With directors like Fulci, Bava, and Argento, the genre is a playground of surreal movie making, incredible gore, gorgeous cinematography, and of course, very weird stories. 'Shock' is no exception and while there's some disturbing sexual tension between a mother and her 7 year old son (for reasons very clearly explained in the film), overall it was a very enjoyable horror film with entertaining scenes of an overreacting woman and a malicious child that could easily stand his own next to that Omen kid. Not so much with the Shock value, but big with the fun.
House of Clocks - not a 70's movie, I know, but an interesting little Italian horror movie that felt like a really gory Twilight Zone episode. The old couple are adorable in their maniacal murderous ways, still so much in love after all those years of killing together, and the three teens that serve as their uninvited guests are full of perplexing behavior and irritating morals. Combine all that with self-serving clocks, animal cruelty, and a very unexplained brief zombie situation, you've got yourself one hell of a good time.
Coma - this 70's thriller directed by Micheal Crichton and costarring Michael Douglas, turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Despite Douglas's top billing he doesn't actually star in the film, an actress by the name of Genevieve Bujold stars, (the actress who was originally signed on to be Captain Janeway in Star Trek Voyager until she dropped out and was replaced by Kate Mulgrew). The film centers around the starring character's paranoia about the hospital in which she works. We follow her on her daring quest in finding out the truth, is she crazy or is there a conspiracy, who can we trust, and what is at stake? All of these questions are answered in this suspenseful thriller. The only question that remains unanswered is why god, why did we need a 70's montage scene of the young couple who are very clearly in love as we learn from their running on the beach and rolling in the grass. I think at one point they were even eating ice-cream cones and laughing. That's right, laughing! Obscene.

Well folks, good night, good luck, and pleasant watching.

Posted 11.27.2007 7:44:58 PM

Mr. Space wrote:
Netflix's "Watch Now" has THX 1138: Special Edition. Not as dated looking as the original.


Zardoz - because of this Connery photo:

This guy has a fairly thorough site w/ ratings:
Posted 11/28/2007 8:48:04 AM - Mr. Space's website
CharlieRabbit wrote:
Speaking of the Italian gorehound flicks, which ones have you had a chance to see? The quintessential one really is Deodato's "Cannibal Holocaust". It's so quintessential, in fact, that a shitty movie named "Blair Witch Project" got famous for essentially plagiarizing its concept. Granted, it was released in 1980, but it was certainly shot and produced in the late 70's, so that has to count for something.

Difficult film to watch. Not just for the realistic and inhumane gore, but also for the very real animal butchery. The animal cruelty in it has become so iconic that much of it is often used as stock footage in other similar films.
Posted 11/28/2007 11:54:08 AM
Doll wrote:
Mr.Rabbit, I haven't delved much into exploitation films, as with the ones that I have seen I've found they don't carry a great deal of substance when it comes to character and story telling. I enjoy gore in my horror, but I don't need it in the abundance that most exploitation films provide. But I'll certainly check this one out. It's pretty well reviewed on Netflix.

So far I've watched quite a few Dario Argento, Lamberto and Mario Bava, and Lucio Fulci films. I have various films from directors Umberto Lenzi, Antonio Margheriti, Aristide Massaccesi and Michele Soavi in my queue, and now, Ruggero Deodato as well. I'd be happy to hear further suggestions if you have any.
Posted 11/28/2007 8:44:04 PM
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