Fuzz

After returning home, I watched a little bit of a Big Bang Theory episode showing the reopening of the comic book store.  I watched the Partridge Family episode “Al in the Family.”  It looked like Laurie was about to eat some pancakes or waffles in one scene.  Al’s jokes weren’t too funny.  Ricky didn’t appear in the episode, and his absence made the episode a bit better.  I watched the 1972 movie “Fuzz,” which had Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch in it.  The movie reminded me of the Barney Miller television series.  It did take place in Boston, though.  I would say that audiences in 2017 would find some of the scenes not very funny.  The sight of Burt Reynolds dressed as a nun is not so outrageous, and it was a reminder of how he has aged in recent years.  The bit with Raquel Welch struggling to get out of a sleeping bag wasn’t hilarious, either.  I wonder if Roger Ebert found it funny because he was hostile towards her for some reason.  She wasn’t the major character in this movie, although she had a couple of decent action moments when she drew her gun.  Tom Skerritt was one of the cops, and his character wasn’t very much.  Jack Weston was funny, or trying to be funny.  Yul Brynner added some energy to the film with his presence as the bad guy called The Deaf Man.  He seemed to be right on the money with his view that the police were behind the times.  These cops are not a top-notch group, although they weren’t on the level of Inspector Clouseau.  The stakeout in the park showed that their tactics weren’t too clever.  The bad guy gave a lot of $5 bills to people to hand his notes to the police.  Peter Bonerz was one of the bad guys, too, which is rather odd if you’re used to seeing him in The Bob Newhart Show.  I was a little surprised that they had explosions and destroyed cars in this movie, considering how low budget it was.  Charles Martin Smith, The Toad from “American Graffiti,” was a tormentor of homeless people.  Reynolds had a scene where he was burned, and it looked like he was really injured.  It seems that if you’re going to hire Raquel Welch, you should photograph her well.  The filmmakers could have done a better job there.  One shot lingered on her so that one of the characters seemed to have no sense at all.  According to what I read about this movie, Reynolds said that liked working again with Raquel after “100 Rifles,” even though they had a falling out during the filming of that earlier picture.  The picture quality of this DVD was not great.  The movie itself is something that most people can skip, unless you really like Burt Reynolds or Raquel Welch.  It is what you would call uneven in quality.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 13, Gary Cooper died at age 60 in 1961.  In 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded “Satisfaction.”  In 1970, the Beatles’ film “Let It Be” had its New York premiere.  In 1974, 50 people were injured when people threw bottles outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, CD.  In 1977, “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl” album was released.  In 1978, Yvonne Elliman reached Number One on the singles chart with “If I Can’t Have You.”  In 1993, the Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” aired, featuring guest stars Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Bette Midler, Barry White, Luke Perry Elizabeth Taylor, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  In 1994, Johnny Carson made his last television on David Letterman’s show.

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