Saturday, November 15, 2008

Five Easy Pieces

Bob Rafelson, 1970 (8.7*)
This superb and incisive drama put Jack Nicholson on the map as a serious actor to be reckoned with, garnering him his first Best Actor nomination. Director Bob Rafelson came out of nowhere with this terrific script of a washed-up classical pianist now struggling as a blue collar oilfield worker. His 'trailer trash' girlfriend, Karen Black in a career-defining role as the aptly named Rayette DePesto, epitomizes the phrase honky tonk, and serves as a constant reminder that he's now in a culturally-deprived world of beer, country music, and bowling. The heart of the film is a freedom-inspired road trip to his past, where Nicholson faces both relatives and an unfulfilled life. The title refers not to loose women (of which there are some, including a young and randy Sally Struthers, also a very sexy Susan Anspach, a guest at his father's house) but to some easy to play classical piano compositions. Adult drama at its best.
Quote: I think I'll go to Alaska, there's not so much crap there yet.
Quote2: Yes, I want you to hold the chicken - hold it between your knees.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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