Scarecrow, Starring Al Pacino and Gene Hackman, this is a very interesting film for many reasons, many many reason. You have a method actor, in Pacino, a totally night and day approach to Hackman’s acting style, so they clashed often throughout the film shoot. This was a very small film, and did very poor at the box office, with after this film Gene Hackman just solely focused on highly commercial films. Which I think was a questionable move, since 1974’s Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation which he starred was a similar in the small movie vein, but did much better at the box office.

What I wanted to focus on, was Al Pacino’s performance which was very good, and intense, as usual, now Pacino’s, and Hackman’s characters were homeless hobos traveling across the country correct from California to Michigan. I kind of get why Hackman is homeless. It looks like he has an alcohol issue, and some major anger management problems as well, and has a degree of frequency to blaming all others for his problems, mistakes, and down falls.


On the other hand Al Pacino, was a sailor I think, on a boat that was described to Hackman, but what really drove Pancio’s character to be out in the street, he was not an alcoholic, or a drug addict, and by his mannerisms, and diction he on all accounts seems fairly smart, no rocket scientist by no means, but seems to have pretty good common sense. So what put him in the position he was in, which I had a problem with, not a big issue, but questionable. Maybe the director didn’t want Pacino’s character to be a drug addict to avoid type casting since that was the kind of role he was in while staring in 1971’s The Panic In Needle Park, only a few years earlier also directed by Jerry Schatzberg.

Who Directed Scarecrow Jerry Schatzberg

The story was pretty simple Gene Hackman’s Character who is Max, has to get to Pittsburgh to get money he has in a bank, so he can open a car wash, and runs into Pacino’s character Lion,who is on his way to Detroit to see his child who he has never seen, and give him or her, a gift of a lamp, which he carriers around in a white box.


I love Schatzberg’s gritty style of shooting a film with the amazing cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond , these guys can give a hot summers day, a very cold dark cast. Director Jerry Schatzberg had the same kind of look in the film The Panic in Needle Park. I just wish he directed more films.

What year did Scarecrow come out 1973

Gene Hackman’s Max has a very violent temper, and watching him kind of has you on edge, when will he explode, which was good ,he has a very hard boiled personality. I’m not going to give anything away in the movie. I want you to see it like I did with the element of surprises I got as the film went along. What threw me off. There was a few roles, that had some pretty significant parts in the film, and these to people seem to just disappear, and were never seen, or heard from again, which was odd, because I liked those two people, and had an important part in the films development.


The most incredible think about Al Pacino he never allowed himself to be type cast. Al Pacino has had an interesting start to film, starting with The Panic in Needle Park, to playing a cold blooded gangster Michael Corleone in the Godfather, then jumping into playing an honest cop trying to do the right thing in a very corrupt New York City police Dept in Serpico, to his character Lion in Scarecrow, then back to Corleone in The Godfather Part II.


There was some good hobo life depicted, they occasionally found work when they needed money, and kept moving. There is some violence, that change the direction of the movie, but I liked Scarecrow. I had seen it recently on cable, after not seeing it in many years. It holds it’ own, some what dated, since its an almost 45 year old film, its just the changing of the times of course. These two guys today would have cell phones, and Max would have had online banking, and a debit card maybe so this would be a much different film in 2017


There are some great supporting roles, Richard Lynch, Eileen Brennan, Penelope Allen, Ann Wedgeworth, and Dorothy Tristan. Directed by Jerry Schatzberg






Panic In Year Zero, was released in 1962; this is an interesting film on several levels. Its borderline a B film, since there are no major current mainstream actors or actresses in the film. This is not something Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, or Burt Lancaster, Katherine Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Audrey Hepburn, or would see Gregory Peck signing up for. I’m sure the producers asked some of these big stars. Instead what we get is a well past his prime English Oscar winning actor well past his golden age of the Paramount picture heyday is Ray Milland in the lead as the father, and as the mother Jean Hagen who’s biggest role of her career was about 10 years earlier in Gene Kelly’s Singing In The Rain, as Lina Lamont by far the biggest role for her before or since, but by now shes firmly planed in B movie status.

Now for the teeny boppers, we have Frankie Avalon as the son, now hang on this is not a musical, and there is no singing. This is a serious drama, about what would happen if our enemies, dropped nuclear weapons on the U.S.

The Baldwin family of four were heading out on a camping, and fishing trip, leaving early in the morning. The family gets maybe an hour in the drive then a massive nuclear weapon is dropped on there home town of  Los Angeles, CA  and we follow there survival through out the movie.

Other than Milland, and Hagen along with Avalon there are no other reconcilable actors who even have supporting roles. What I did notice is how mean, and selfish people were back then, a real all for himself kind of society. Instead of having some degree on all for me none for you. There dosnet seem to be much of helping thy fellow man or woman. We perhaps are just in a different time in America now thank god, and sadly we see a lot of this is older films.

The film is fairly predicable, and there are no surprise endings. If the Twilight Zone were to be offered a 2 hour TV movie, and since the show was still very popular around the time this film was release. I can see this as a Twilight Zone TV film. In the early 60’s we were at a time of a major Russian cold war, with other films due out around the same period, Seven Days in May, and the black comedy Dr Strange Love, so all movie companies were kind of on the band wagon, pushing out there nuclear movie. I personally liked the movie it was kind of fun very dated of course, got to see some early 60’s nostalgia, and great Lex Baxter jazz music through out the film.

Panic Iin Year Zero was directed by Ray Milland


This film Stars Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, and Mary Mitchel, black, and white rated G running time 93 minutes



































































Hermes Birkin bag, all celebrities got this from Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, to Kim Kardashian, Hidi Klum, Kate Olsen, Ashley Tisdale, and many more to numerous to list, but here is a collection of photos of some of your favorite celebrities.


Hermes Birkin bag is named after English actress, and singer Jane Birkin





















Record Players, a blast from the past. In my opinion the record player reached its zenith, possible in the 1960’s with the popularity, and the help of  the British invasion, Motown, and the rise of the great folk artist like Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez.

















Melania Trump Born April 26, 1970  the first first lady born in the 1970’s, although not the youngest, but the first born in the decade of the 70’s and the second behind Michelle Obama to finish high school in the 1980’s, Ms Trump if born in L.A could have been a valley girl.







The Mother Of All Bombs, Massive Ordnance Air Blast, GBU 43 Is the largest, and most powerful non nuclear bomb, its also know as the bunker buster. This bunker buster as its also called is more than 21,000 pounds. This bomb was dropped on an Isis location of caves, and tunnels in a remote area in Afghanistan April 13, 2017