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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Yup, there are literally four from the same year that are all thematically similar: Butch Cassidy, The Wild Bunch, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider. I like Butch the best, but as noted above I can see why someone might prefer the style of one of the others.
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    I'd say they're riffing on Westerns thematically, though they're not actually taking place in the Old West.
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    I like this movie a lot, but it was a bit of a borderline call for me. I think some of that is because this is the fourth or fifth movie the podcast has covered from the same time period (most of them from the same year!) that handle very similar themes: Butch Cassidy Midnight Cowboy The Wild Bunch Easy Rider Bonnie & Clyde So a part of me is wondering if I should really support ANOTHER movie that deals with the Old West and American myth and the deconstruction of such. The thing is that for me, Butch Cassidy is actually the one I like the best. It's not by a huge margin, but I like how it deals with these themes in a kind of interesting and nuanced way: not quite reverent, but not quite ready to burn it all down either. It's probably the most polished of these movies, just in terms of screenwriting and directorial style. I could also see how someone might prefer the messier, revolutionary style of a Wild Bunch or the more modern approach of a Midnight Cowboy. So perhaps that's why all of these movies wound up here: everyone wants something to represent this era, but different people prefer different examples.
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    Jaws

    Never forget.
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul & Amy make a last stand for 1969’s mythic Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! They praise the film’s use of montage, discuss how the unusually light tone sets it apart from other Westerns, and contemplate whether Steve McQueen could have played Sundance as well as Robert Redford. Plus: Author Thom Hatch (The Last Outlaws) tells us the stories of the real life Butch and Sundance he wishes made it into the film. For Casablanca week, send us a quote from the movie in another famous character’s voice! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes on youtube.com/earwolf!
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    Jaws

    Man, I love Jurassic Park, but IMO the dopey "It's a UNIX system!" scene alone drops it below Jaws. I'll agree that it does have better effects and better-choreographed action, but in terms of story/character/dialogue I don't think it's close, Jaws wins hands down. I would keep every Spielberg on the list except Saving Private Ryan. Good movie, but there are enough war movies and this isn't so clearly better than the other ones.
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    Jaws

    I haven't read the book, but knowing that his motivation in the book is that he's trying to avoid getting in trouble with the mob . . . I'm glad the film changed that. It's more interesting that he's just getting pressure from the townspeople who don't want their local economy to crater. There's no outside evil preventing the beaches from closing, just the same kinds of issues we face today with COVID. Anyway, this seems like kind of a no-brainer for staying on the list. Clearly a super-important American film that is also very well-made and iconic. On the jaunty Williams score during the barrel chase scene, I will disagree with Paul and say that actually works well. It reflects a certain false confidence the three men are getting from thinking that getting a barrel attached to the shark will allow them to catch it. That confidence is quickly dashed as the shark pulls the barrel down with him.
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    Jaws

  9. Hmm, that would make sense. How Fred Savage knew from the crowd that the whistle led to a warp zone (when no one has seen SMB3 before) is another question.
  10. At one point the kid uses a warp whistle and that somehow boosts his score, but warps don't actually add points in the game.
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    Musical Mondays Week 95 The Wiz

    That's always been my impression of The Wiz as a movie. The energy of the live show didn't translate to the screen, for whatever reason.
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    It Happened One Night

    I'd never seen this one (not sure why, it won all the Oscars and is a Capra classic, so I probably should have gotten to it by now), and had no trouble getting into the story right from the jump. I agree with Paul that the movie does a great job of setting up the characters so you understand them immediately, like within the few few minutes of them appearing on screen. Then after that the set pieces where they bump against each other and sometimes react in unexpected ways (like Colbert immediately going along with Gable's playacting for the cops in the hotel room) are creative and varied enough to hold you through to the end. Loved it! At certain points during the movie I would start to think, "Oh, that old cliche." And then I'd realize that it actually wasn't a cliche, this movie invented it and all the other rom-coms followed suit. Seems like a natural fit for the AFI list.
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    It Happened One Night

    There is no direct reference, but this is the Simpsons bit that came to mind for me while watching this movie:
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    It Happened One Night

    Paul & Amy piggyback onto 1934’s Frank Capra romantic comedy It Happened One Night! They ask if this script fits the “screwball” mold, praise Claudette Colbert for subverting the cliches of the genre, and learn how Clark Gable inspired Bugs Bunny. Plus: which romantic comedies would Unspooled listeners add to the AFI list? Help make a campaign ad for (or against) the mayor in Jaws! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes on youtube.com/earwolf!
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