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streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: wurm
Date: June 02, 2022 07:51PM
Earlier thread here.

The good news is I picked it up at the local library about 6pm. Had some dinner, watched Jeopardy, cleaned up the dishes, poured myself a glass of wine and fired up the dvd.

I bailed after about 35 minutes, wishing I had bailed after 15. What the hell was I thinking.
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Re: streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 02, 2022 08:05PM
Bailed? On American Graffiti? What are you, a Communist? smiley-laughing001



It is what it is.
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Re: streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: pdq
Date: June 02, 2022 09:07PM
Not really my cup of tea either, but a real touchstone and seminal work of the 70’s. George Lucas (and Harrison Ford!) before Star Wars. Ron Howard and Cindy Williams before Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, both of which were direct descendants of this movie. MacKenzie Phillips as a child actress before One Day at a Time. Suzanne Summers before Three’s Company. Richard Dreyfuss!

Produced by Coppola; I could have sworn that Spielberg was involved too somehow, before Jaws and ET.

Yeah, personally, I hated the whole 50’s/early 60’s craze of the 70’s, but it was what it was. And AG launched a dozen careers. Some movies you just have to grit your teeth and see because they are pure cultural zeitgeist.
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Re: streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: wurm
Date: June 02, 2022 09:52PM
Yeah, I know it launched a lot of careers and it was a big deal at the time. I think I've just become so used to better picture quality in newer films that when I watched older stuff I can't get past that washed-out look. Plus, in this case the whole thing was dark; not mood-wise, but visually. I remember reading that Lucas shot most of it at nighttime for that look, but it was bugging me. Then finally, as much as I know it's a big part of the film, I can take only so much of that early 60s music. They should have set it after the British Invasion. ;)
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Re: streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: Rolando
Date: June 02, 2022 10:44PM
I guess we will have to disagree. I love that movie. It was set on one night of cruising, so of course it was dark.

My parents had the soundtrack LP, played it every Saturday Night in the 70s. I still love that music.

When I got job as a teenager, I bought my first CD player. I plugged it into my dad's console stereo's aux input and gave them the Double CD version!

After my father followed my mother into the light, I took that CD home with me. It was in his car.



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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 03, 2022 12:34AM
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pdq
Not really my cup of tea either, but a real touchstone and seminal work of the 70’s. George Lucas (and Harrison Ford!) before Star Wars. Ron Howard and Cindy Williams before Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, both of which were direct descendants of this movie. MacKenzie Phillips as a child actress before One Day at a Time. Suzanne Summers before Three’s Company. Richard Dreyfuss!

Before Jaws!



It is what it is.
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Re: streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 03, 2022 12:34AM
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wurm
Yeah, I know it launched a lot of careers and it was a big deal at the time. I think I've just become so used to better picture quality in newer films that when I watched older stuff I can't get past that washed-out look. Plus, in this case the whole thing was dark; not mood-wise, but visually. I remember reading that Lucas shot most of it at nighttime for that look, but it was bugging me. Then finally, as much as I know it's a big part of the film, I can take only so much of that early 60s music. They should have set it after the British Invasion. ;)

The Blu-ray likely has better picture quality than the DVD.



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Re: streaming rant Pt. 2
Posted by: blooz
Date: June 03, 2022 09:47PM
Pre British invasion music has its charms, especially if you were there, as I was, to dance to it in the high school gyms on Friday night.



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
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