Movies: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

So, I stumbled across this site which lists ‘great’ movies by year. I poked around a bit and found my way to 1967, a year which gave us these classics (amoung others):

  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • The Graduate
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • In Cold Blood
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • The Jungle Book
  • Two for the Road

That’s 10 (count ’em, ten!) amazing pieces of cinema in one year. Compare this to the dreck that Hollywood is churning out now. I’d wager we haven’t had 10 movies of this quality in the last five years, and certainly not in any single recent year.

Life’s too Short…

…to drink cheap coffee! A while back I decided that I was going to invest in some premo coffee. Of the various coffees I’ve sampled through the years, Jamaican Blue Mountain is my favorite. So, I embarked on a quest to find JBM online at a (somewhat) reasonable price. I found bluemountaincoffee.com which has prices a bit lower than most.

“What the heck?” I thought, “even ‘cheap’ Jamaican Blue Mountain” is bound to be good.

So, I ordered myself a pound of their Blue Mountain Peaberry. It came a few days later, and as I expected, it wasn’t the best/freshest that I’ve had, but DAMN! It makes one fine cuppa joe!

Almost everytime I fix a pot, my mind replays the kitchen scene* from “Pulp Fiction”.

“Damn Jimmy! This is some serious gourmet shit!”

Thankfully, I never have to dispose of a bloody car and a headless corpse after I enjoy my cup of coffee!

* AKA: “The Bonnie Situation”, DVD fans.

Reason # 3267 Why I love the Internet

So…
I was having this conversation about the 35th anniversary special edition DVD release of “Easy Rider”. The DVD comes with a CD “songtrack” from the movie, not the actual soundtrack (which is 2 CD’s full of goodness) but an 8 tune collection of the essential tunes (some of which aren’t on the soundtrack).
I was puzzled by this song:

Smith – The Weight

Yes, “The Weight” AKA, The Cingular Wireless song (If you’re unsure on my opinion of such matters this post from Dec. 5, 2004 should clear make it abundantly clear).
I could have sworn I remembered it being The Band’s original version in the film.

Gentlemen, start your search engines!
I discovered here that my recollection was correct, that it is, in fact, The Band’s version in the film, but that they refused permission to be included on the soundtrack album, thus it was recorded by this elusive “Smith” character (I’ve yet to find out who, exactly, this is; perhaps when I purchase the DVD all will become clear).

Anyway, here’s where the tale takes a turn for the surreal. I also came across a page by Paul Fleming, no, not the Paul Fleming I went to high school with, whom my wife married after divorcing me… a different one! This Paul Fleming lives in Canada, is not married to my ex-wife, and in addition to being a lawyer and musician, is quite a gifted painter. I immediately fell in love with several of his watercolors, specifically this one of Levon Helm (of The Band) playing a mandolin.

Oh what a World Wide Web we weave… or something.