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The Ten Percent: The Wild Bunch (1969)

Poster for The Wild Bunch (1969)

Poster for The Wild Bunch (1969)

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello, and welcome to “The Ten Percent,” a regular column here on Biff Bam Pop! where every other week K. Dale Koontz and I look at the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law: the ten percent of everything is not crud. This week, we’re dipping into what is perhaps the most quintessentially American film genre: the Western. It’s a broad field, with a history that stretches back at least to Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, and can arguably be traced as far back as the captivity narratives of the 18th and late 17th centuries. In any case, the mythic space of the American west has fascinated filmmakers and movie goers from the very beginning, and America has had an on again/off again love affair with the Western ever since when audiences were amazed by Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery in 1903.

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Saturday At The Movies: Santa Claus 1959

santa1“It’s just not Christmas until you watch the 1959 Mexican Santa Claus.” These are words we say around my home every year right around this time. It’s become tradition, and a fun and hilarity filled evening when we do it. Find out why this surreal bad movie is such a holiday classic in my house, after the jump.

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Now Hear This: Music of the Beach Party

I went to Mexico last week, which was awesome. The music they played on the beach, however, was not. They insisted on blasting Creed, or Puddle of Mudd, or some other kind of butt rock. I had a [largely alcohol induced] fit. “I should DJ beach parties in Mexico! I could do a way better job than this Ding Dong! Where is my tequila!” My fiancé, on the other hand, insisted that I am too much of a music snob to be qualified for any sort of music playing for public consumption.

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Corina’s Cartoon Cuts: South Park, Last of the Meheecans

After an unsobering first episode about Assburgers, the latest episode of South Park takes a look at the good old game of Texans vs. Mexicans… or as the U.S. calls it “Border Patrol”. Even Steven Segal’s been playing lately, and as a Canadian I always enjoy watching anti-immigration attitudes being shot down.

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