A Look Back at Deliverance on Its 50th Anniversary
The movie Deliverance opened at a theater near you 50 years ago this weekend. Or maybe you had to wait until later in the summer to see it, because movie distribution was different in 1972. Deliverance become the fifth biggest film of that year and won two Academy Awards. In Deliverance, four men from the city (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ronny Cox, and Ned Beatty) ride the rapids in a beautiful Appalachian valley that is doomed to be flooded by a dam. They encounter local people with varying levels of fear and violence. The two scenes that viewers remember best are "Dueling Banjoes" and the rape scene, at opposite ends of the scale. At its most basic level, it is one of many in the genre of "strangers encountering horror from the locals" movies.But the movie overall is an illustration of the violence done to nature and her revenge against man, layered with a metaphor for that struggle carried out by the people in the film. Read about those themes and more as we remember Deliverance, at BBC Culture. -via Digg #Deliverance #movie #anniversary
Pollution Monster Hedorah Kaiju is Now a Dust Mop
In 1971, Japan’s King of the Monsters, Godzilla, faced off against one of his toughest foes, the pollution monster Hedorah. Then, modern environmentalism was young and Hedorah was meant to be an embodiment of humanity’s difficulty in controlling pollution.But now, Hedorah can now wipe out dirt as he wipes out people, for 3520 Yen or $32 you can have a piece of this tokusatsu history with the Hedorah Desktop Mop. You can now preorder through the Premium Bandai online shop, with deliveries expected in December.The mop takes Hedora’s flying form as its shape and will wipe out dust with extreme prejudice using its polyester tendrils. However, much like the real Hedorah, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will weaken the mop.This is one of the many items released this year to honor the 50th anniversary of Godzilla vs. Hedorah. For 5000 Yen, Japan post is selling a collection of items including a framed set of 10 Godzilla vs. Hedorah stamps, foldable stamp mount, pin, poster, 10 postcards, and also a groovy looking face mask case. You can also go out in style while paying respects to the Smog Monster in the Hedorah T-Shirt from Amnibus for 3,800 Yen or $35.There’s definitely a lot of Hedorah to be had this year, and we have done so little to act on the environmental problems Hedorah tried to warn us 50 years ago, so he may very well be poised for a comeback to the silver screen in one of the current Godzilla reboots going around.#Hedorah #Godzilla #Japan #Anniversary #GodzillaMerch #Godzilla2021Image Credit: Toho Co.,LTD.
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