Friday, March 16, 2012

Saturday, March 16th, 1974

HURRAH! Not much books today (although I did get a new king-fu paperback and a vintage Steffie GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. paperback) but I managed to see the first real movie I've seen all year! BLACK BELT JONES at the Albee. And boy, was it good! I gave it a  "9." Hopefully there'll be more movies to be seen now that the slump has broken.

Otherwise I saw Roddy on TV tonight and got to ride in Dad's new car for the first time!

NOTES: I use the word "new" but I should point out that we never once had an actual NEW car. This one was, I believe, a 1972 model.

Funny how tastes change. Looking at BLACK BELT JONES now I think I'd give it a 5. As a blacksploitation film, it's better than some but still badly directed and with some really badly choreographed stunt scenes where you can tell the stuntmen's hands and feet never make contact with Kelly or vice versa. 

Seen above is the U.N.C.L.E. book I got that day. I didn't realize it yet but it introduced me to the concept of the hack writer--in the best sense of the word--one who writes a dozen or more books a year on whatever subject required, often series titles or novelizations.

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