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Friday, May 3, 2013

Smokey and the Bandit

1977 has long been my favorite year for movies. In most notable saw the release of Star Wars but is also saw the release of Pete's Dragon and The Spy Who loved Me as well. Each movie was considered to be a favorite of mine at one point in my life and I have seen them many times. This film was also reloaded in 1977. It is a feature I have long since heard about and always wanted to se but the right opportunity never came up. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw it on Xfinity under the free movies list. I jumped at tit right away and enjoyed it from start to end. If anybody out there is a fan of the Dukes of Hazzard (TV show) like I am you may see many familiar elements in this movie. This movie came out two years before the Dukes debuted on Television and may have been the jumping board for many of its ideas. First of all we have fast cars and a stupid sheriff, both elements alike in the two formants. You may also notice however a basset hound in both stories as well as a character named Cledus. (It was spelled Cletus in the Dukes.) The movie was good in it's own regard as well. It spawned two sequels in less then ten years and was even nominated for an academy award. (Best Editing) and it scored Sally Field A Golden Globe Nominee. It made Burt Reynolds a household name and added a pretty impressive notch on Sally Field's career belt. Jackie Gleason was great as well and he even got the chance to have fun making big buck. This is a review however and I have not really told you yet if I like the film or not. Well guess what I did. It was a fun film to watch on a rainy Monday morning and simply have fun with a movie. I cheered for the right people and laughed in the right places. The characters were all fun and zany and this is just what the doctor order after seeing so many disappointing films this month. My blogspot GPA is at an all time low of 1.85. (for the month of May) So maybe I just needed a little pick me up. This movie did just that. It not only picked me up. It ran down the street and jumped me over the river. Grade A

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Hi Matthew,

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm