Thursday, 17 November 2011

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Mood 4.5
Anxiety 2.0

I took this blog's title from the book and documentary of the same name. I had the chance to ask Peter Fonda  on Twitter a month ago if it  was true to the story behind the film Easy Rider. Fonda said the author took a lot of material from him without attribution.

Either way, both book and DVD are interesting takes on the cinema history between the classics Easy Rider and Raging Bull. These two films signified the beginning and end of the director driven movie era.

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson starred in Easy Rider. 

Steppenwolf-"Easy Rider"

Midnight Cowboy is one of the saddest films I've ever seen. It was also the first Oscar nominated film that was rated "X" for adult themes. John Voight and Dustin Hoffman gave amazing performances.

Harry Nilsson - "Midnight Cowboy"

I was 8 years old when Star Wars: A New Hope came out. Was Carrie "Bun Head" Fisher a looker or what? This was before she married Paul Simon. Yummmmmm...

John Williams - "Star Wars: A New Hope/Main Titles"

Playwright Neil Simon wrote the book for this fantastic film: The Goodbye Girl. This 1977 film featured Marsha Mason as a divorced mother who had to rent out a bedroom in her apartment to make ends meet. The hitch - not only did she have to rent it to a jerk of a man played by Richard Dreyfus but the woman starts out disliking him while her daughter thinks he's a neat guy.

Neil Simon wrote this script for his wife Marsha Mason

David Gates - "The Goodbye Girl" 

I just can't play a John Williams's song without the shark theme. Discovery Channel thanks me.

John Williams - "The Jaws Theme"

This song has nothing to do with any movie. On the other hand, 
it doesn't get "badder" than this. 

George Thorogood And The Destroyers - "Bad To The Bone" 

Its time for me to take a nap. I only had five hours of sleep today.

Mood 8.5
Anxiety 0.5

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