12 Movies of Christmas 5: The French Connection

The French Connection

Burnt out on all my music I’ve listened to all year, I’ve painted with some familiar movies as background noise. Here’s a log of twelve Christmas movies that I’ve vaguely paid attention to over the past few weeks:

The French Connection

Okay, I’m just going to admit this is a very, very hard movie to half watch while working in studio. I am going to have to give this a second chance sometime after the holidays when life settles back down in a groove, but in the meantime, here’s some stuff about this gritty little ditty. If you watch this and are confused as to how random fires can exist in alleys, well, cities weren’t always clean and safe and, hey, put down that Pokeman Go shit! I’m talking! People born after 1980. What can you do? I won’t say anything bad about millennials, but jeez, their expectations of the universe are so different.

By the way, what I watched of the movie is great.

This is a bummer…

No mention of Gene Hackman should ever go without this bit from an old friend of mine, Brendon Walsh.

Random Notes

  • Eastern Airlines still existed when this movie was made. It was my favorite airline. I also had a favorite gas station (Hess). Sidenote: Eastern Airlines was born out of the ‘Spoils Conference‘ of 1934. Well, that doesn’t sound shady at all. Nope, not at all.
  • A mom get shots dead while walking her baby in a stroller. The 1970’s did not mess around at all.
  • Sit back and enjoy the dirty vistas of Brooklyn and Manhattan, well before gentrification, Giuliani, and any hope of beautification. Every dirty view reminded me of my first visit to Times Square in 1986.
  • Roy Schneider was pretty great in the movie. You almost instantly forgot about his starring role in Jaws a few years later
  • I’ll have to write more about this sometime soon.

Christmas Message

Don’t mess with Santas in the 70’s. Especially in alleys in Brooklyn.