1970s Nostalgia2020-12-01T08:58:44-07:00

PAUL MATTHEW CARR

1970s Nostalgia

The Blood Elevator: Its Meaning & Symbol

The blood elevator scene, sometimes called the ‘river of blood’, from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horrifying and disturbing image in a film full of horrifying and disturbing images.  Upon watching it the scene produces in many - myself included - a feeling of dread; an uneasiness that is hard to explain. I’ve often wondered why this is. The scene itself only lasts twenty-six seconds.  Danny, a young boy,

By |October 31st, 2020|

A Brief Discussion About Cults in the 1970s

In the 1970s satanic cults were everywhere. Or at least that’s what popular culture would have you believe. In apartment complexes, suburban planned communities, quiet rural towns – somewhere lurking beneath the all-too-normal exterior was a sinister group ready to induct you – or worse, your child -  into the worship of the devil. Typically it was a handsome leader tucked away in a secluded mountain retreat or hiding deep

By |October 23rd, 2019|

A Funny Story Involving a Portable TV in the 1970s

Do you want to hear a funny story? Not exactly but something like this. When I was a youngster way back in the 1970s my family owned a portable TV. It was bulky and kinda heavy and a little awkward to carry from place to place, but it had a handle on the top and you could carry it from place to place fulfilling the requirement of being

By |September 15th, 2019|

Quick Thought: Is Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings Brilliant or Bad?

I recently re-watched Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings (and mean really recently – like 10 minutes ago) and as I sat blinking at my screen as the credits rolled I thought to myself…was that good? Seriously, I’m not sure. Is Bakshi's 1978 adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings brilliant or just bad? So I fired up my laptop and decided to just throw my

By |June 25th, 2019|

The decade taste forgot. I have a deep, abiding love of things from the 1970s. I love the movies, the TV, the comics, literature, and (for the most part) the music. Hell I even love the whole aesthetic – polyester, avocado green appliances, bell-bottoms, and carpet so deep you need a machete to make your way from the Barcalounger to the TV.


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