(I cannot now find the Tumblr post with the anti-anxiety shark, but if you feel bad about not actually doing the meme despite having seen the thing, feel free to consider that the anti-anxiety shark has swum past and relieved you of the burden to do anything about it.)
Anyway! Thanks to the #hydratrashparty chat's ongoing collective Robert Redford breakdown, I made myself a list of Robert Redford Movies I Haven't Seen Yet. I think it was a list of twelve when I started, and I have watched three and added one, so I'm still at ten. Uh, and because I am a giant nerd I am watching them in chronological order, so any recommendations for pre-1972 Robert Redford movies I haven't seen yet will have to go to the end of the line or something. Still on the list:
The Way We Were
Three Days of the Condor
All the President's Men
Out of Africa
The Horse Whisperer
(Other Robert Redford movies that are not on the list because I have already seen them: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Up Close and Personal (shut up I was in high school it was super romantic), and, of course, Spy Game.) (And of course of course, CA: TWS)
Barefoot in the Park (1967) - someone on trash chat complained about being bored with this one, but they also complained against Up Close and Personal, so I figured, hey! Maybe it's just that it's a rom-com! I like rom-coms sometimes! And Robert Redford is so incredibly young and pretty in it!
Ahahahaha OH GOD. o.O Here's my actual favorite scene from the movie and also my feeling about the whole movie especially Redford's face in the second GIF (that's main character Paul and his mother-in-law Ethel, reacting to the general hijinks of Paul's wife). I watched a lot of screwball comedies in the general Doris Day/Rock Hudson area as a kid, so I thought I could totally handle 60s screwball comedy, but I was not prepared for the 60s version of the manic pixie dream girl (or the way the storyline totally affirmed the straitlaced guy instead of the manic pixie dream girl, which seemed correct because she was NOT A WELL PERSON but is not at all what I was expecting from the cover image I saw or my general understanding of manic pixie dream girl plots in general).
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) - I 100% watched this because Ben Browder talked about it in what I vaguely recall as a positive way in the actor commentary on the disastrous "Jeremiah Crichton" episode of Farscape. I wasn't paying as much attention as a frequently-silent wilderness movie from 1972 probably called for--I think it's maybe, although obviously not at the same cinematic level, a bit like Lawrence of Arabia, where you really have to strap in and go with the experience without multitasking because just looking up when people talk is not going to do the job.
Anyway, it seemed like the 1972 precursor to Dances with Wolves, and I spent a lot of it squinting at the screen and trying to figure out if it was more or less racist in its portrayal of Native Americans than I would have expected. (Less? I think? Sort of?) Also I was for some reason not expecting it to turn out as grim as it did, so that was just startling.
The Candidate (1972) - SO I HAVE FOUND THE (NEXT) GUY I WANT TO SLASH TJ HAMMOND WITH AND IT IS BILL MCKAY, FORTY YEARS ON FROM THIS MOVIE WHEN HE'S A SEVENTH-TERM SENATOR FROM CALIFORNIA AND TJ IS ABOUT TO GET DRAGGED INTO HIS MOM'S NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. :D :D :D
Anyway, this is a delightfully modern-feeling movie about the machinery of a major political campaign, and the way the idealistic and genuinely progressive Bill gets sucked into it and processed for general consumption. Also I got COMPLETELY DISTRACTED by how far Robert Redford's sleeves were rolled up in the first scene he's in. Like, a solid two inches above the elbow. I think other things were happening right then but I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT.
The thing that made me go "...I guess I blame 1972?" the hardest was actually this tiny visual thread, almost totally unreferenced in dialogue, that indicates that Paul is sleeping with a woman who is... working on his campaign? volunteer? groupie? something? He's married, more or less happily, he seems like a decent guy, but there is also just the totally-unremarked-on scene where he's late for a meeting and walks out of his hotel room after this woman who is not his wife, and... absolutely nothing comes of that. I CANNOT EVEN FIGURE OUT WHY IT WAS THERE. I think it was a sign of his inevitable corruption by The Campaign, but it was touched on so lightly--maybe it seemed more earthshattering in 1972 and just having him walk out of the hotel room was enough to have the audience go Oh Noes He Is Lost To Decency.
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