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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Groovy Movies!

The old Groovy Agent took time out to catch the AFI special, 100 Years, 100 Cheers, that came on CBS last night. Not a bad program, considering I always wonder what in the world they're going to find 100 of to celebrate next time.

Anyhow, I noticed that about 20% of the movies in the survey came from the Groovy Age (I'll have to define that term for you guys one'a these days, huh? For now, just trust me--the Groovy Age lasted from about 1968 to 1980...) I won't list 'em all, but some Groovy Age faves that showed up on last night's list were Rocky, Star Wars (the 1977 original--I refuse to add all that other junk to the title! It was STAR WARS, doggone it!), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Sounder, Coal Miner's Daughter, and Serpico. A lot of those flicks showed up on their past surveys as well. (If you missed any or all of the other surveys, check 'em out on the AFI link above--you'll be glad you did!)

While I agreed with a lot of the choices, a lot more had me scratching my head. But rather than making a rant out of this column (my goal is to keep the Pad positive!), I'll just list some Groovy Age movies that I think should have made the list of "most inspirational."

1) Superman: The Movie. With all the publicity coming up about Superman Returns, plus the fact that the story of Superman (and the movie in particular) is one of the most inspiring in all of American fiction, I was particularly surprised this flick didn't make the cut. It ranks with Rocky and other films that show someone rising from impossible odds to greatness (from a dying planet to worldwide hero--THAT'S INSPIRATIONAL!)

2) Charlotte's Web. Babe made it--why not the original "some pig", Wilbur? Can anything be more inspiring than a devoted friend who'll risk all to save her friend's life? Charlotte has inspired children for generations, and I think she should've made the cut. (Special note: Did you know Earl Hamner, creator of the Waltons, wrote the screenplay?)

3) Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Like Superman (and Rocky, and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, and on and on...), here's the story of a person who has no future(Charlie Bucket)--nothing to look forward to, but perseverance and some good luck turns his whole life around. And the music! Candyman and Pure Imagination--those songs inspire!

4) Saturday Night Fever! Rocky set to music (loving or hating disco has nothing to do with it!)! John Travolta! 'Nuff Said!

5) The Poseidon Adventure. Yeah, it was a disaster movie. Yeah, a lot of people died. But are there many more inspirational and heroic characters than Gene Hackman's Reverend Frank Scott? "Greater love hath no man..." Sure inspires the ol' Groovy Agent!

How about you? Do you have some Groovy Age films that you think should have been on the list? Let me know!

Until next time...

--Agent Out!


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