Jeremiah Johnson

I watched CBS Sunday Morning. Bill Geist’s segment was about a marbles championship, and Serena Altschul did something about sunflowers. I didn’t get a phone call from my mother, and I wondered about her health these days. I went over to Safeway to buy a few items like ravioli, strawberries, and yogurt. I took the bus over to the Grand Lake Theatre. I decided to see “Jurassic World” again. I thought that the older of the two kids was very obnoxious, and I nearly wanted to kill him. A woman seated to my right laughed inappropriately at a lot of the violence. Apparently, the intensity was too much for one little girl, whose father escorted her out of the theatre. I ran into one of my former students in the lobby as I was leaving the theatre. I was slightly embarrassed to be seen leaving a dinosaur movie. I had heard the end of the A’s game in Cleveland. Stephen Vogt hit a home run, and Sonny Gray pitched a two-hit shutout. I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN. He played songs by Dusty Springfield and Buffalo Springfield. My favorite song during the hour was “I Can’t Make It Alone.” When I got home, I watched “Jeremiah Johnson” on Blu-ray. I would say that it was an improvement over the DVD edition. Those snowy mountains looked impressive. Sydney Pollack must have scouted many locations to prepare for this film. It was all worth it, because nature was never captured better in any other film I’ve seen. Some of the scenes reminded me of Jack London. Johnson could hardly start a fire to survive at the beginning. Also, the animals and the humans live and die, and the rest of the world doesn’t stop. The lack of sentimentality is cold. I wondered how Redford could stand that freezing cold water. He either jumped in or fell in several times throughout the movie. The only actors besides Redford I recognized were Will Geer and Paul Benedict. The part of the movie I liked most was the building of the house. I could hardly believe that three people could do all that work. I noticed that Pollack placed a happy scene with the game with the sticks and ball just before the ominous scene with the men coming to ask for help. Seeing “All is Lost” not too long ago, it’s hard to see Robert Redford as this legendary figure living in the mountains and fighting Crow warriors. It’s difficult to see Redford as some tough guy. I could see Clint Eastwood in the role. If Sam Peckinpah was the director, I wouldn’t be sure that the picture would turn out well. This movie had an intermission, even though the running time is less than 120 minutes. Johnson suffered some serious injuries, and I wondered why Redford wanted to do his own stunts. Of all the movies Robert Redford was in, the ones that struck me as the greatest were “The Candidate,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” and All the President’s Men.” He did very good work during the 1970s. I watched the Columbo episode “Troubled Waters,” which had Robert Vaughn, Patrick Macnee, and Bernard Fox. It all took place on a cruise ship. The suspect made a fatal mistake with the gloves. This morning we’re questioning how secure Mexico’s most secure prison is. They should fire a lot of people. What happened to Jeff Glor’s voice? Some of the people who died on July 13 include Arnold Schoenberg (1951), Frida Kahlo (1954), Red Buttons (2006), George Steinbrenner (2010), and Richard D. Zanuck (2012). Today is a birthday for Cheech Marin (69), Harrison Ford (73), and Patrick Stewart (75). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 13, “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York, was released in 1977. In 1984, “The Muppets Take Manhattan” was released. In 1988, “The Dead Pool,” the fifth Dirty Harry movie, was released. In 2006, Red Buttons died at age 87.

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