100 of Something Encouraging artistic exploration

April 14, 2013  

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid PosterGeorge Roy Hill's classic buddy flick "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is the subject of today's podcast.

Released in 1969 to critical and audience raves, this lil' gem catapulted Robert Redford to super-stardom.

Well deserved, too.

Paul Newman is at his affable, easy-going best as Butch Cassidy, Katherine Ross joins the cast as Etta, Sundance's lover, but Butch's love.

This is one of my favorite films. -@misterbowen

April 1, 2013  

The Silence of the Lambs PosterJonathan Demme's 1991 thriller is a fan favorite but Anthony Hopkins' hammy performance as Hannibal Lector doesn't sit well with @misterbowen.

Join us as we discuss the X-Files template, The Silence of the Lambs.

March 11, 2013  

"They call me... Misterbowen!"

Doesn't have the same ring as Sidney Poitier's iconic line.

But there it is. They do.

We're back!

We had an unintentional month and a half hiatus, but we're roaring back with "In the Heat of the Night," Norman Jewison's slightly uneven film about a murder in a small Mississippi town and the complications brought on when one of the investigators is a black homicide detective from Philadelphia.

They call him "Mister Tibbs!" And so will you.


February 23, 2013  

We've had an unintentional hiatus but we're about to come roaring back!!

-- @misterbowen

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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