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Logan's Run (1976)
Great movie - lousy and horrible cinematography
First off, I first saw 'Logan's Run' in 1979 at the age of 3 1/2. This is a movie that has stuck with me ever since then. Here's why - The actors' ability to convey their characters so well, and the chemistry between them. You really believe Michael York and Richard Jordan are Logan and Francis, and that they are best friends. And it's absolutely heartbreaking to see this friendship deteriorate as the movie progresses. And this chemistry is very different from the chemistry that York and Jenny Agutter have. She's great as Jessica; inquisitive and intellectual. Roscoe Lee Browne, is at first comical then positively unnerving as Box, a robot, a true character role for anyone.
Although much was changed from the book, this is still a great movie. One addition that wasn't in the book that I've always enjoyed is Carousel, and the extreme spectacle (particularly the costumes) that goes along with it. The sets and costumes were great (I particularly like the Sandmen costumes as they really stand out), the writing was pretty good, as was the score. But the cinematography was so horrible! It's as if whoever the producers had hired had only done television or something. If they had hired a better cinematographer, this would have been a truly amazing movie.
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Not as sappy as you might remember...
I grew up watching 'Little House On The Prairie', as well as read some of the books on which the program was based. As a young kid, I was aware that some of the issues on the program were very serious, but I still considered it, like many of you, to be a 'family' program; sweet, sappy, and moralistic. As the years have worn on, I've watched the program in reruns. Lately, for the past 2-3 months, I've been watching back-to-back reruns nearly everyday, and have been extremely surprised at the darker layers to 'Little House' that I guess most people never picked up. Here's some of the darker subjects tackled on 'Little House' - murder, corruption, child rape/abuse/endangerment, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, accusations of adultery, etc. From this list you'd think you I was talking about a show you couldn't watch with your family. 'Little House' also dealt with death, destruction of one's home, the evils of gossip, alcoholism, divorce, kidnapping, racism/xenophobia/religious persecution, personal crisis, loss of faith, etc. Sure some episodes tried to have a resolution at the end of 60 minutes, but most did not. The characters were not perfect by a long shot; not even the main character Laura or even the Reverend Alden. I highly recommend 'Little House' to adults wanting to try something different out. A much better show than other 'family' shows of the time, like 'Eight Is Enough' (good but not as good as LH), and much, much better than the 'family' shows of the past decade including 'Dr. Quinn' and '7th Heaven'.