Posts Tagged ‘movies’


Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Tonight I watched, for maybe the 50th time, one of my favorite movies. It is called “Overboard”, and stars Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. There is an inferior movie made from a very good book of the same title.

It is amazing to me that 25 years have passed since this movie was made. Goldie Hawn first came to my attention in Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-in in the 1960s. It is just amazing to me that she is still going strong.

Here she is at 67. God, I wish I could look that good at 67 !

Since the making of Overboard, she has been in a permanent relationship with Kurt Russell. Russell’s principle film role, as far as I am concerned, is as Wyatt Earp in the move “Tombstone.” He was a child actor and has made a number of movies but none that are interesting to me.

Goldie has two children from an earlier marriage, one of whom looks like her and is an excellent actress.

The movie was not well received at the time as it was a bit of a change from the usual movies that each would be expected to make at the time. With time, it has become a much more accepted film.

Hawn and Ruth Buzzi were prominent members of the cast of Laugh-In.

Here they are in 1968. Goldie Hawn is still beautiful at almost 70.

Cultural dropouts.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Victor Davis Hansen has another timely column today. This one is on dropping out of the popular culture. Some of this is age, of course, but one comment really struck me.

Dr. Hanson, you are not alone in your withdrawal from the post-modern.

I do not own a television, no longer read any print journalism, and the radio antenna on my car was snapped off three years ago by vandals and I haven’t bothered to replace it. The only reason I am even vaguely familiar with the current crop of celebrities comes from standing in supermarket checkout lines and glancing at tabloid magazine covers. In the recent Rush Limbaugh-NFL dustup, I was shocked to learn that the Rams aren’t in Los Angeles anymore. The only movie theatre complex in my community went under this summer, and I didn’t know it for months.

I watch old studio system-era movies on DVDs. I plug my iPod to my car stereo as I drive and listen to music no longer welcomed on a radio station’s playlist. I’m reading a lot more these days: histories, novels and poetry.

What makes this all slightly sad, slightly humorous is that I write for the entertainment industry (thankfully not the Hollywood portion of it). Only the fact that the verities of life are eternal even in fiction and that online social networking (Facebook, Twiter, etc al.) allows me direct contact with my actual audience affords me the ability to still function in near-isolation.

I feel like Edward Grey sometimes. The lights seem to be going out all over Western culture, and I wonder if they will be lit again in my lifetime. The boomers’ lifelong goal of completely obliterating their parents’ world is nearing completion.

It may be that people like you and I are doing the right thing by withdrawing. We are the monks cloistering ourselves in our monasteries with our Latin texts ahead of the coming darkness preserving the old knowledge for the better days that will surely come. And unlike those medieval monks, we have the world’s libraries at our fingertips and the samizdat of the web to connect us in our isolation.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Wow ! I feel almost exactly that way.

Last night, I watched Red Dawn, the new super duper edition. I had always been annoyed at the ending of that movie. After the brothers, Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, had been killed, the narrator’s voice came on and said “The war ended, as wars always do.” I thought that was a very weak and pusillanimous ending for a war movie. In the Collector’s Edition I watched last night, the ending is different ! The weak comment is gone. I suspect some studio wuss added it after the film was finished. Now it’s gone. Enjoy.