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Five Easy Pieces

In Film on December 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm


I’m jealous of Jack. Not for his money. Not for his fame. Not for his talent, success with women or his posh Lakers seats. I’m jealous of his temper. I have a temper, but it’s not a very good one. I strive to have a temper as explosive and charming as Jack’s. He’s the best. It reminds me of my dad’s. Like mine, my father’s is also not as good as Jack’s. But when I see Jacky-boy blow his cool, it makes me feel like I did something wrong. Like I should seek shelter in my bedroom closet and pray that he does not remove his belt. I’ve seen him unleash his fury on Faye Dunaway and I bet his spankings hurt like sunuvabitch.

Here’s a my favorite Jack Attack from Five Easy Pieces, recently assembled into America Lost and Found: The BBS Story. A brand new 6-disc set from The Criterion Collection, which chronicles Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider’s Hollywood New Wave of the late 60s and early 70s; Head, Easy Rider, Drive, He Said (Nicholson’s debut as a film director, finally making its DVD arrival), A Safe Place (also making its debut), The Last Picture Show and The King of Marvin Gardens.

Useless Movie Trivia: The house that Bobby Dupea (Nicholson) returns home to visit his family in Five Easy Pieces,was the same house used in the 1986 teen slasher film, April Fool’s Day.