100 of Something Encouraging artistic exploration

January 24, 2013  

Forrest Gump poster Forrest Gump.

A movie about love.

A movie about simpler times.

A movie about a whole ton of coincidences.

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January 13, 2013  

All the President's Men poster In 1972, Richard Nixon brought us a scandal of the highest order.

In 1976, Alan J. Pakula brought us Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in "All The President's Men." A thriller in which no one is shot, stabbed or poisoned. Or blown up. Or thrown out of a building. Wait a minute... What the hell kind of thriller is this? A guy gives vital information to a protagonist and is alive two scene's later to talk to the protagonist *again*??

Oh how little they knew in the old days...

Or, maybe they just knew how to do it right. Do it without crutches like speeding trucks, buses or sniper rifles.

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December 28, 2012  

Modern Times, PosterCharles Chaplin wrote, produced, directed, scored and starred in this 1936 silent picture.

A classic in its own right, it also stands as the last film of the silent era and features the first words Charlie Chaplin spoke, or rather sang, on film.

There are classic moments in this film starring Chaplin as "A Factory Worker" (but really, The Little Tramp) and Paulette Goddard as "A Gamin."

The film does have a full score (written by Chaplin) and sound effects and includes voices of other characters--but only as recorded or transmitted.

Join us, won't you?

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December 16, 2012  

The Wild Bunch, PosterSam Peckinpah directed this 1969 Ketchup Gun extravaganza starring William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ben Johnson and Ernest Borgnine.

The thing is, there's a good story here, too.

A little hard to follow at points with flashbacks and repeated dialog loops, but it's there!

Join us, won't you, for a story of scorpions in a world of ants.

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December 11, 2012  

The Apartment, PosterBilly Wilder's "The Apartment" was nominated for 10 Oscars, It won 5, including Best Picture. I think it could do so again today.

Jack Lemmon gives a fantastic performance as C.C. "Buddy" Baxter, a put-upon bachelor who is caught up in a never-ending cycle of loaning out his apartment to executives in his company, so that they can cheat on their wives.

Baxter appreciates the popularity until he takes a shine to Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) an elevator operator at Baxter's company.

Complications ensue.

Oh, and if you've ever wanted to see an actor cast against type, Fred MacMurry's (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-minded Professor, My Three Sons) performance as Jeff Sheldrake is a real piece of work.

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December 2, 2012  

Blood and sandals again?! Aw Mom!

But Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960) is a true epic, a cast of 10,000 including Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Lawrence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov (who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Batiatus) Tony Curtis and the Spanish Army.

This version of the film even contains the banned Oysters and snails scene!

It does? Well ok, then, we'll try it!

Spartacus Poster

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November 27, 2012  

Originally I had thought to do something a little more artsy with this podcast, maybe something themed to go along with the film we were watching.

I couldn't come up with something better than 45 minutes of dead air for the silent films on the list, and since we're working only with audio, instead of that you get loads and loads of us talking about how much the film says without saying anything.

F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust) directed George O'Brien (whose career effectively ended when silents did) and Janet Gaynor in this 1927 Oscar winner.

Sunrise, A Song of Two Humans, Poster

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November 22, 2012  

Oh James Cameron, you scamp! Retelling the tragic story of the unsinkable ship through the lens of a pair of young lovers caught between worlds...

He's so very modern in his free and easy manner; she, so staid and proper.

...sigh...

Then the boat sinky sink sinks.

NEAR

far

Wherever you are, please listen to this podcast, we spent a lot of time watching this film... a lot.

Titanic Poster

And like the movie, this podcast is a long one...

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November 13, 2012  

And so... Easy Rider, we meet again.

College days, hippie chicks delusions of artistic understanding...

Today, a mess of a film, shot from a skeleton of a script... a noble effort or a windmill for tilting?...

See how easy artistic prattle is?

Anyway... Dennis Hopper co-wrote (with Peter Fonda) and directed this 1969 meditation on living the free life, what it represents and stab at a post-modern western...

... ellipsis...

Easy Rider poster

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November 5, 2012  

Folks, the comedy Gods have answered our prayers and have sent us respite from the harrowing brain-plague that was Bringing up Baby...

Spilling forth into our cups is the veritable ambrosia of the 1935 Marx Brothers' "A Night at the Opera."

Their first MGM picture, their first picture with a plot that included actual points, their first picture without Zeppo--who left the team to become an agent.

Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera (1935) poster

Co-starring opera singer Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones in a bona-fide sub-plot fit for the most dramatic of films!

Ladies and gentlemen I give you--a please don't forget to give them back when you're finished with them--the Marx Brothers...

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