Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Movie Rentals, Week of 8/9/04

It was the 1970s last week at my house—what’s new? LOL! Here is what I watched:

FOXY BROWN (1974). This vintage blaxploitation film starring the incomparable Pam Grier is a follow up to her successful film COFFY in 1973. Foxy has an almost identical storyline: Grier takes her revenge on drug lords who have killed her boyfriend, and must go through much tribulation before she gets her justice. I liked Coffy better, but this is fun to watch nonetheless. Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear!) co-stars as her wayward brother involved with the drug lords.

FIVE EASY PIECES (1970). This film is rightly placed in the canon of great 1970s films. Jack Nicholson gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a Bobby Dupea, a highly talented and mercurial pianist who has rejected that world to work and carouse in western oil fields. Karen Black also gives a standout performance as his frowsy waitress girlfriend. The acting and writing in this film are superb. This is another one of those films that sneak up on you—you may think nothing much is going on as you watch it, only to find yourself savoring its nuances hours later.

BREEZY (1973). This romantic drama is Clint Eastwood’s third directorial effort after his auspicious debut with PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971). Kay Lenz is Breezy, a young free-spirited hippie who drifts into the life of William Holden, a middle-aged divorcé soured on love. The film follows the two as they tentatively fall in love. This is a nice film, and I think it would make an interesting double feature with another great May-December romance of the era, the darkly comic HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971).

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