March 17, 2010
One of my favorite movies when I was 10 or 11 years old was the classic “Billy Jack”.
Apparently my parents did not pay close attention to what the content of the movies they dropped me off at the local 4-plex to see included.
Billy Jack was about a “half-breed” American Cherokee Indian, Green Beret Vietnam War veteran, hapkido master who defended the hippie-themed Freedom School and its students from the racist and ignorant townspeople who did not understand or like the school or it’s students.
Though originally released in 1971 I am pretty sure I did not see it until it’s wide and highly profitable re-release in 1973.
It’s Marketing Taglines –
Just a person who protects children and other living things.
You’ve got due process, Mother’s Day, supermarkets, the FBI, Medicare, air conditioning, AT&T, country clubs, Congress, a 2-car garage, state troopers, the Constitution, color television and democracy. They’ve got BILLY JACK
When you need him, he’s always there!
Some Highlights –
The local rich boy jerk Bernard – dumps flour on some students denied in their attempt to buy ice cream because they are indian in order to make them “WHITE”. Billy Jack finds out and goes BERSERK –
There is the scene where the aforementioned Bernard is forcing a very well endowed female student with the nickname “Miss False Eyelashes” in to having sex with him and cuts her bra off and you see her large breasts DROP as the bra is cut away. Trust me very cool when you are a 10 or 11-year-old boy.
Billy Jack forcing Bernard to drive his Corvette in to the water on the count of three and then saying ”1…2….FLOOR IT”. Very cool when you are a 10 or 11-year-old boy. Also worth watching to see how inflation has affected the price of Corvettes.
Billy Jack kicking Bernard in the testicles when he confronts him prior to killing him in an act of revenge for raping the head of the school. Very cool when you are a 10 or 11-year-old boy.
In general it was a very good movie for one that claimed to be about non-violence and acceptance.
Here is the original trailer which will give you a nice overview. Watch for a young Howard Hesseman. At that time a member of “The Committee” Improv group out of San Fancisco but more popularly known a few years later as Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati.
And of course there was THAT SONG –
I wonder if this movie could be considered to have a liberal agenda?
As always –
February 7, 2010
This is my Super Bowl inspired post.
My wife has been a fan of The Who for most of her life. Her brother was a little bit older and was seriously in to their music in the very early 70’s and was her introduction. Now he sometimes acts as if he doesn’t know who they are even though he was the one that took her to one of their concerts when she was probably 12 – 14 years old and there has been a love affair ever since.
She does like their music and we have seen them in concert INNUMERABLE times. In both Stadium and Arena venues.
One of the most unique was in an outdoor amphitheatre setting that was actually a Roger Daltrey solo concert. A torrential downpour let out about half way through and the crowd scattered so we moved from our medium priced seats to the UP CLOSE seats. I will say that it was a near religious experience watching him sing “Love, Reign O’er Me” while the rain came down in torrents.
The last time we saw The Who was probably in the late 90’s in Atlanta they were good but not great.
Tonight’s Super Bowl appearance was good but not great.
She disagrees with me about both of these performances.
I just think when it comes to The Who, she will always be that awestruck adolescent seeing her first major stadium show of some true Rock Legends.
Although she does question – Why is Pete Townshend so desperate for money that he licenses songs from The Who for every TV show and commercial on the air?
She’s delusional not stupid.
As always –
January 29, 2010
I’ve had the @IAMDANDC account on Twitter for 2 or 3 months now and of course the people who follow that account are varied. There have been some writers, comedy clubs (no I don’t do standup) and a wide group of miscellaneous.
Today though was the strangest and or coolest. I got followed by a band called “The Cringe” (Twitter name @thecringe). Now if they were a 70’s cover band I would understand. But they are based out of New York and record contemporary music.
After following them back, I went to their Website – www.thecringe.com and was checking them out and I knew one of the band members looked familiar. I’m thinking where do I know this guy from? So I clicked on the “about” tab on their website and started reading their bios.
One of the names ALSO seemed familiar but 1+1 was not equaling 2 yet. But I assumed the familiar name matched the familiar face. So of course I went to google and googled the name.
This guy who is their lead vocalist and one of the guitar players – IS MARRIED TO RACHAEL RAY FROM THE FOOD NETWORK!!
I knew I recognized that dude.
As always –