Airport ’77

I watched CBS Sunday Morning, which began with a segment about Chuck Berry.  My parents phoned me to talk about income tax and computers.  My father said that he had back pains.  I bought a pizza at Trader Joe’s and listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on the radio.  After the record store opened, I looked around and bought a copy of the Get Back album on CD.  I walked over to the theatre to catch an early showing of “Kedi.”  Some of the shots of the cats were beautiful, but I wished that someone would wipe the area around their eyes.  When I returned home, I finished watching “Airport ’77,” which was really terrible.  Somehow, Jack Lemmon and James Stewart were persuaded to appear in this film, along with Olivia de Havilland and Joseph Cotten.  Lee Grant was the woman with the negative attitude who came close to killing everybody.  Christopher Lee tried to help out Lemmon, and Robert Foxworth was a bad guy.  The idiotic plot involved valuable paintings and the Bermuda Triangle.  A hijacking to steal the paintings goes awry, and a crash landing result in the plane sinking to the bottom of the ocean.  I couldn’t see how the Navy ship could get to the site so quickly, or how they could get the plane to float.  It would take a massive effort, and those passengers had a short time before they would either run out of air, or the plane would be flooded.  Would much does a 747 weigh?  The damn plane had a piano and all sorts of cargo.  I wondered what happened to the paintings.  Darren McGavin was one of the helpful passengers, while Brenda Vacarro was about to panic.  I kept thinking that James Stewart was in World War II, but by this time he couldn’t do anything physical, and so his part was reduced to a lot of reaction shots.  He had to be thinking that the whole story was unbelievable and ridiculous.  It was terrible that the actors got soaked with a lot of cold water in those late scenes.  I wondered how the older ones reacted to it.  Olivia de Havilland looked like she was in good shape at about sixty years of age.  On the other hand, Joseph Cotten wasn’t the lively figure he was in “Citizen Kane” and “The Third Man.”  It’s obvious that the Airport series should have ended with “Airport 1975.”  Some people like Roger Ebert actually thought that the second movie was better than the first.  At least that second film did have some kind of spark to it.  This one just didn’t have very much.  The first Star Wars movie and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” were also released in 1977, and they really made this disaster movie look like garbage.  How many of the disaster movies from the 1970s were actually worth seeing.  I would say maybe three or four.  I fell asleep with “Boeing Boeing” on television.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  The songs were from Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.  The first Columbo episode of the night had Dobermans and Kim Cattrall.  The other two had Jack Cassidy and Robert Culp.  I wasn’t looking forward to the rain that we were supposed to have this week.  Some of the people who died on March 21 include Pocahontas (1617), Cole Younger (1916), Robert Preston (1987), Chinua Achebe (2013).  Today is a birthday for Matthew Broderick (55), Rosie O’Donnell (55), Gary Oldman (59), and Timothy Dalton (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for March 21, the first episode of the serial “Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars” was released in 1938.  In 1964, The Beatles had the Number One single, “She Loves You.”  In 1973, the film adaptation of “Godspell,” starring Victor Garber as Jesus, was released.  In 1975, “Escape to Witch Mountain,” starring Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, and Kim Richards, was released.  In 1976, David Bowie was arrested after a concert in Rochester, New York for possession of marijuana.  In 1980, CBS aired the famous cliffhanger episode of “Dallas” in which J.R. was shot.  In 1981, the Number One single was REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You.”  In 1994, “Schindler’s List” won the Best Picture Oscar.



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