Car Wash (1976)
There’s a rusty old petrol station over the street down below me and attached to it is a hand-job car wash. When I’m feeling a bit down or flat I look out there and think Well at least I’m not working at the Car Wash. Although I’m sure that it’s possible to work there and be happy with a beat kind of simple lifestyle too. It made me think of the disco song, Car Wash by Rose Royce. I do have it amongst my voluminous music files but not the version that was in my mind’s ear. There was another version on yootoob and thereupon I discovered that it was also connected to a 1970s LA movie.
I watched the movie. Nothing earth-shattering – just depicting life in the 70s being a black person working at the car wash. There was no real main character, it had about 15 characters it’d switch between. It made it a little difficult to connect with. Richard Pryor does a cameo as do the Pointer Sisters.
Point Blank (1967)
An action film starring Lee Marvin. Good quality action films, when you can find them or be recommended them, are really worht the time. The action genre got dragged down badly in the late 80s but when it’s good it can be one of the purest forms of film in that it emphasises action over dialogue. (sideways: interdesting article on action films <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/magazine/how-the-american-action-movie-went-kablooey.html?_r=1″>here</a>)
There was some unusual editing and cinematography in it and it alludes to The Man but calls it The Organisation. I might have to check out what else Lee Marvin did after seeing this and _Violent Saturday_.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
is one that J-e wanted to watch, I think because she’d read this was the movie that has Marilyn Monroe in the famous scene where she’s standing on top of a subway air vent. I didn’t think it’d be my cup of tea but I was surprised with how modern the writing was considering the year it was from. It’s called farce style, with the main guy alongside Marilyn imagining all kinds of absurd daydreamings. Very Ally McBeal. And Monroe is one person whose image really does live up to the hype.