Classic Movie Reviews with Snark by John

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Why am I writing about drive-in movies? Well, you really have to understand the place of the drive-in in Americana. World War II and the Korean Conflict were over and Vietnam was still over the horizon. American were raising their car crazy families in suburbia and were looking for good family entertainment. Well, the drive-in provided this with a car full of kids and a bag of food and everyone was ready for a good time. The kids could play the play ground near the projector booth and the adults could watch the movie in the relative privacy of their car. Just a green mosquito coil burning on the dash to keep out the little pests. Of course, you could always bring a bottle or a six pack. Young lovers on dates would park on the front row where you couldn’t really see the movie but were somewhat alone.

It was social and private at the same time. If someone turned on their lights the community honked their disapproval. But the movies are what is important. Single, double, triple features. The quality of the movies when down proportionally as the night continued. So while the first movie might be a mainstream hit the second or third feature could be a horror film, a biker flick, or a low-grade skin movie. So with this beginning, I learned to love movies of all types. Not necessarily the best movies but just movies.



My other hobby is bonsai trees. This hobby is about growing regular trees in small pots. Since the trees are cared for, they have the potential to live forever.

Shiloh 09.15.2003.056


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