What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #46


I saw quite a bit this last week and you will hear about most of it very shortly, but for today I only have the one title to talk about.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I bought the Blu-ray for Bonnie and Clyde over a year ago and had yet to actually watch it and for one reason or another it caught my eye on the shelf and I gave it a turn earlier this week. Released in 1967, this is the film that changed violence in movies and to look at it now and to have not seen it when it first opened, it’s impossible to fully understand what that means. For my generation it’s more about the addition of the PG-13 MPAA rating after Red Dawn and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. This is just one of the many reasons I never refer to myself as a film critic when people ask what I do… not in the purest of senses of course. Sure, I write about my opinion of movies, but I wasn’t around for so many of the twists and turns in cinematic history, which is a long way of saying, I have a lot to learn.

I haven’t seen enough of the movies before and shortly after the release of Bonnie and Clyde to properly evaluate film violence and gain full perspective of what it entirely know what it means to say this film “changed violence in movies”. I can read about it and watch the special features that tell me all about it, but I think it will be some time before I can actually see what it means to say that and judge for myself without regurgitating what others have already told me. I just hope I am still running this site and you are still reading when I do. Maybe then I can write a proper review of Bonnie and Clyde and it’ll mean a little something more.

I will say the Blu-ray edition of this film is certainly worth buying if you have yet to add this film to your collection. Warner has been able to preserve much of the film quality with their presentation without attempting to blow out the colors and make it prettier than actually is, which I am sure must have been tempting. Instead it feels like a little slice of film history has been preserved, and it adds a little something more to the movie. If you click on the “Buy Now” link below you will see the two-disc DVD edition is less than $10 and the Blu-ray is only $15.49. Not too bad I say.

There you have it. Now share your weekly recaps and weigh in with any thoughts you may have on the films I saw. And remember to connect with my Netflix queue by clicking here, I have already added several titles from those that have already linked up.