Bonnie and Clyde

I awoke and watched CBS Sunday Morning with its segments on John Grisham and Phil Collins.  I went out grocery shopping and watched the game between the Raiders and Jaguars.  My conclusion was that the Jaguars were a bad team.  When did sports broadcasters start using the term “explosive play”?  I went out to see “Eight Days a Week” again.  I sat there wondering what the ice cream at Shea Stadium tasted like.  I returned home and listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN.  He played songs by Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, and Sting, or at least I think he did, because it seems that the playlist got scrambled.  I watched a bit of the Columbo episode “Publish or Perish” with Jack Cassidy, Mickey Spillane, and Mariette Hartley.  Steve Buscemi could have played the killer.  I then watched the Blu-ray edition of “Bonnie and Clyde,” a movie I’ve probably seen too many times over the years.  Now I’m not too sure about Warren Beatty’s and Gene Hackman’s attempts at a Southern accent.  I tried to imagine what the movie would have been like with Natalie Wood or Tuesday Weld.  Blanche was an incredibly annoying character.  She was like the Jar Jar Binks of this movie.  It seemed that food signaled trouble throughout the movie, right until the end with the pear.  The 1930s were a long time ago if you could still run from the law for so long.  I thought that Faye Dunaway was very good in this movie.  She would do a really remarkable job in “Chinatown,” and she won an Oscar for “Network.”  I shudder when I think of her in “Mommie Dearest” and “Supergirl.”  With Gene Wilder’s recent death, I paid more attention to him this time.  It was funny how he was intent on pursuing these people who stole his car, only to learn that he should have just called the police.  The scene with Bonnie and her mother was so memorable.  It feels like there is a generation gap between some characters, the most obvious one between C.W. and his father.  Bonnie and Clyde are like the youth of America, and the law is the older generation.  It looks like Bonnie was the only one with any writing skills, but she’s not remembered today as a poet.  C.W. did some stupid things, like parking the getaway car and revealing his gun.  I thought that in some parts of the South, it would have been no big deal.  Even without Blanche and C.W., the law surely would have caught up with Bonnie and Clyde, so you can’t really point to their stupidity for what happened at the end.  Some of those shootouts must have brought to mind the Vietnam War to everyone in the audience in 1967.  I thought the ending is still incredible, even though it wasn’t true to what happened in real life.  The two had a happy moment together, showing that the happiness was fleeting.  The quality of the video wasn’t a huge improvement over the DVD version.  One shot either had some missing frames, or the editing was slightly off.  It was when Wilder was seeing that his car was being stolen.  I thought this movie was a real classic, and one of the most meaningful movies ever made.  Arthur Penn also made “Alice’s Restaurant,” “Little Big Man,” and “Night Moves,” which were pretty strong movies, too.  I can hardly believe what Warren Beatty managed to do in the fourteen years between “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Reds.”  Some of the people who died on October 24 include Jackie Robinson (1972), Edith Head (1981), Gene Roddenberry (1991), Raul Julia (1994), Rosa Parks (2005), Marcia Strassman (2014), and Maureen O’Hara (2015).  Today is a birthday for Kevin Kline (69).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 24, “The Alamo,” directed by John Wayne, was released in 1960.  In 1969, Ali MacGraw married movie producer Robert Evans.  In 1975, Elton John’s “Rock of the Westies” album, featuring the hit “Island Girl,” was released.

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