Where were you in 1970? :: A Throwback Thursday Playlist

Susan Sarandon, 1970, Throwback Thursday, Playlist

Where were you in 1970? :: A Throwback Thursday Playlist
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“Across the Universe” :: The Beatles
“The Only Living Boy in New York” :: Simon & Garfunkel
“O-o-h Child” :: The Five Stairsteps
“ABC” :: The Jackson 5
“Don’t Play that Song” :: Aretha Franklin
“All Right Now” :: Free
“Do You Miss Me Darlin'” :: The Guess Who
“The Letter” : Joe Cocker
“We’ve Only Just Begun” :: The Carpenters
“You Song” :: Elton John
“Band of Gold” :: Freda Payne
“Mama Told Me Not to Come” :: Three Dog Night
“Int he Summertime” :: Mungo Jerry
“Spirit in the Sky” :: Norman Greenbaum
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” :: Stevie Wonder
“Thank you” :: Sly & The Family Stone
“Maybe I’m Amazed” :: Paul McCartney
“Down On the Street” :: The Stooges
“Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)” :: The Temptations
“Who’ll Stop the Rain” :: Creedance Clearwater Revival
“My Sweet Lord” :: George Harrison
“Crazy Love” :: Van Morrison
“Big Yellow Taxi” :: Joni Mitchell
“Lola” (Coca Cola version) :: The Kinks
“Waiting for the Sun” :: The Doors
“Carry On” :: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
“Hold On” :: John Lennon
“If Not for You” :: Bob Dylan
“Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” :: The Velvet Underground
“Wild World” :: Cat Stevens

Test the midnight train headlights :: Random Song of the Day

Watch the Moon Come Down :: Graham Parker & The Rumour
from the album, Stick to Me (1977)

“And hands inside my pockets,
staring at the light sockets,
everyone’s been blown out everyone’s been thrown out.
I said, “Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby”,
I’m going to watch the moon come down.”

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This house is haunted :: My Top 5 Haunted House Movies

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My Top 5 Haunted House Movies

It is no secret that I am a lover of haunted things, ghost stories, hotels full of haunted history, old cemeteries and graveyards, vampire and werewolf lore, Gothic romances, monsters, zombies and all kinds of horror films. Oh, and one of my favorites of all things spooky haunted house stories. There are quite a few to choose from, and some that seem to get added in that do not count (no hotels don’t count, they have their own category, thank you). As we near the spookiest day of the year I thought I’d do a top 5 movie list just for haunted house stories.

What is your favorite? Did I name it below, or is it one I may have missed?

5. The Amityville Horror (1979)

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I was probably too young to see it (ten years old), and I know for certain I was too young to read the book (think I read it the year before, at nine), but I did both, and they both terrified me. That house, with those glowing window eyes, I couldn’t get it out of my head afterwards. That house would haunt my dreams, off and on, for years to follow.

I also think the “based on a true story” really got to me, too.

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4. The Conjuring (2013)

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The most recent film on my list, The Conjuring was full of well-crafted scares, and not just of the “jump-scare” variety (though I did do some jumping). James Wan is one of my favorite current horror filmmakers (though last I heard he left the genre, sadly), and the cast in this is incredible (Lili Taylor, Vera Famiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston). The basement and the bureau, and the game of Hide and Clap (what horrifying game THAT is) are what got to me the most.

I mean really, who plays this terrifying Hide and Clap?

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3. Beetlejuice (1988)

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I didn’t say they all had to be scary, did I? I love this movie in an all-year round kind of way. The cast (oh how I love Winona! Also, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Micheal Keaton and Catherine O’Hara) are wonderful, the wit, the writing, the characters, the special effects, and the Tim Burton magic, the music all so fantastic. I’ve felt a lot like Lydia a lot of times.

Also, I could watch the scene below over and over, and never get tired of it (dare you to not sing and dance along).

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2. Poltergeist (1982)

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This movie was one of my biggest childhood film-scares ever, if not the biggest. This movie terrified me in the best way, delighted me, too, but truly it terrified me. I think part of it was that it played on childhood fears – clowns, closets, trees (I had a tree right outside my big bedroom window), and even the TV (oh the days when stations actually ended for the night and went to nothing but “snow”/static). You can see a longer piece I wrote as part of a “Saturday Night Horror Movies” feature here.

I love JoBeth Williams in this movie – so much.

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1. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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Oh Vincent Price, how I adore you. This movie is campy, witty, snarky, a little bit evil, a little bit scary, and at times unexpected. I am completely intrigued with the house itself, too — especially from the outside (see below). I also wrote a longer piece here as part of a His and Her Drive-In feature.

I would so stay the night there, wouldn’t you?

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I could be here and now

One of These Things First :: Nick Drake
from the album, Bryter Layter (1970)

“I could have been your pillar,
could have been your door,
I could have stayed beside you,
could have stayed for more.
Could have been your statue,
could have been your friend,
a whole long lifetime could have been the end.
I could be yours so true.”

Tramps like us

Born to Run :: Bruce Springsteen
from the album, Born to Run (1975)

Happy Birthday, Born to Run! 40 years!

“Just wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims,
and strap your hands ‘cross my engines,
together we could break this trap.
We’ll run till we drop,
baby we’ll never go back,
oh-oh, will you walk with me out on the wire,
`cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider,
but I gotta know how it feels;
I want to know if love is wild.”

He screams and he bawls

The Jean Genie :: David Bowie
from the album, Aladdin Sane (1973)

“A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city,
strung out on lasers and slash back blazers,
and ate all your razors while pullin’ the waiters,
talking bout Monroe and walkin’ on snow white,
New York’s a go-go and everything tastes right;
poor little Greene.”

Mix Tape Playlists :: The Music of 1978

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Mix Tape Playlists :: The Music of 1978
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Take a Chance On Me :: Abba
Don’t Stop Me Now :: Queen
Baby Come Back :: Player
Jamie’s Cryin’ :: Van Halen
Surrender :: Cheap Trick
Hot Child In the City :: Nick Gilder
Baker Street :: Gerry Rafferty
Hot Blooded :: Foreigner
If I Can’t Have You :: Yvonne Elliman
Got to Be Real :: Cheryl Lynn
Love Will Find a Way :: Pablo Cruise
A Little More Love :: Olivia Newton-John
Because the Night :: Patti Smith
Take Me to the River :: Talking Heads
Pump It Up :: Elvis Costello
Miss You :: The Rolling Stones
Rock Lobster :: The B-52’s
With a Little Luck :: Wings
Sunday Girl :: Blondie
You’re the One That I Want :: Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
Here You Come Again :: Dolly Parton
Is She Really Going Out With Him? :: Joe Jackson
Sometimes When We Touch :: Dan Hill
Hold the Line :: Toto
Werewolves of London :: Warren Zevon
How You Gonna See Me Now? :: Alice Cooper
I Wanna Be Sedated :: The Ramones
So Lonely :: The Police
I Love the Nightlife :: Alicia Bridges
Last Dance :: Donna Summer

1978 :: The year in movies :: Throwback Thursday

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Grease (1978)

1978 :: The Year In Movies
Throwback Thursday

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For part two of 1978’s Throwback Thursday feature is my Top 10 movies of 1978. The list is made-up of movies I saw at the theater, or the drive-in, and may exclude movies from 1978 that I dearly love, but did not see that year because, well, I was nine years old.

That said, I did sneak in a few movies that I as probably too young to see.

What are some of your favorite movies from 1978?

10. Halloween

It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” ~ Sheriff Leigh Brackett

I don’t know how I ended up seeing this one in the theater, though I vividly remember sitting at the City Mall theaters with two of my friends watching it, and being collectively terrified. Thinking back, I think it was a friend’s older sister and her boyfriend who took us all. Despite the scares, I loved it, and it continued my love of horror movies that had started with the classic Vincent Price films I had watched with my Mother.

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9. Ice Castles

Here. There’s a hand in front of you. Grab it.” ~ Nick Peterson

What are you doing here?” ~ Alexis Winston

Came to see you break your ass.” ~ Nick Peterson

Can’t see you very well. I don’t know if you’re kidding.” ~ Alexis Winston

Just listen to my voice. I’m not kidding.” ~ Nick Peterson

This was one of those romantic tragic stories where the hero persists through catastrophe and nearly unbeatable odds to win in the end. This was a favorite of my friends and I, a definite “makes you cry” movie, emotionally manipulative, but we loved it and loved having our heart-strings pulled. This set the stage for so many more movies like this that I would love in the coming years.

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8. Dawn of the Dead

One-stop shopping: everything you need, right at your fingertips.” ~ Roger

Hiding from zombies at the mall, it was really all kinds of awesome. This one I got to see thanks to a friend’s older brother who snuck us into the drive-in. My love of zombie movies started right about here.

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7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

I keep seeing these people, all recognizing each other. Something is passing between them all, some secret. It’s a conspiracy, I know it.” ~ Elizabeth Driscoll

This one I saw with my Mother at the Cinedome theaters. That last scene (see above) with the Donald Sutherland scream – it still creeps me out, and sometimes pays a visit to my nightmares. This movie was one of the many “Sci-Fi” films that scare me more than a lot of the “Horror” genre.

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6. The Cat From Outer Space

My name is Zunar J 5 Slash 9 Doric 4 7.” ~ Jake

A Sci-Fi film of a much different nature. I love these seventies Disney movies so much, they were always so odd and fun and really, there was nothing else quite like them. I wish they did more in this style now.

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5. Return From Witch Mountain

Tony, why are you doing these things? Why are you using your powers against me?” ~ Tia

Tony and Tia back again, and I was there opening night. I loved both films so much. Another Sci-Fi, somewhat obscure Seventies Disney offering that I love.

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4. Same Time, Next Year

You always could see through me, couldn’t you?” ~ George

But that’s okay, because… I’ve always loved what I’ve seen.” ~ Doris

I vividly remember watching this movie in the theater, but I cannot recall with who. I know I was only nine years old, and I honestly am not sure why I loved it the way I did, and why it got to me the way it did, but I was very moved by this movie, and by George and Doris, enough so that the story made me cry at various times, and I never forgot the story. The movie remains one of my all-time favorites.

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3. Watership Down

All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.” ~ Narrator

Heartbreaking, truly and completely heartbreaking. That said, I loved it, almost as much as I loved the book. There was something in it, in the story, that made me feel like I could persist and be clever, and survive, too.

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2. Superman

Easy, miss. I’ve got you.” ~ Superman

You – you’ve got me? Who’s got you?” ~ Lois Lane

The comic book geek in me loved this enormously. To me, Christopher Reeves is forever Superman. I saw this opening night at the Cinedome and was beyond excited – it was my first late night movie (I believe we saw a 10pm showing).

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1. Grease

“I’ve got so many hickies people will think I’m a leper.” ~ Rizzo

Relax… A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best!” ~ Kenickie

I am honestly not sure how many times I went to see this movie in the theater, or how many times I have seen it since – it seems uncountable, really. I loved it so much. Olivia’s Sandy, of course, but really, my heart always belonged to Rizzo.