Friday, October 30, 2009

What Will Be the Halloween Costumes for 2009?

Happy Halloween!

Halloween on Saturday, should prove eventful. What will be this year's big costumes (for us adults)? Some definites from the music world: Lady GaGa, Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle... and (really clever!) Michael Jackson.

What of the summer blockbusters? A lot of retread: Transformers, Harry Potter, etc. Bruno didn't do well enough for anyone to bother, I think. I expect some oldsters will try their hand at Up.

Other movie ideas: Anything Where the Wild Things Are, of course. And will anyone brave a Dr. Manhattan? Julia Child?

I can see "swine flu" getting some kind of treatment....

And TV? Have yet to really see it, but a group showing of 30 Rock or The Office seems inevitable. I wonder if It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has gained enough of a following for a group thing too?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

1970s Films On My Movie Radar

The decade that introduced the Hollywood blockbuster; the rise of "new" Hollywood: Allen, Altman, Ashby, Coppola, Scorsese, etc.; the maturation of several European greats: Bergman, Fellini, Truffaut, to name a few; plus Blaxploitation, disaster flicks, and outer-space! Having seen four of the ten from my list from last year, I'm left with six-- filling up this year's list (as with my '60s list from August, I'm continuing the reduction to a half dozen). These classic 1970s films that have managed to elude me so far, but they're on my radar:

The Conformist - 1970

Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Assssss Song - 1971

Bite the Bullet - 1975

Smile - 1975

Assault on Precinct 13 - 1976

The Tin Drum - 1979