For his birthday, I decided on the non-violent / lighthearted films of Sam Peckinpah:
151. Sam Peckinpah’s The Ballad of Cable Hogue: Filmed between two of the most violent and controversial films ever made, The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, Peckinpah created this minor masterpiece of a Western Comedy Romance. Much like most of his Westerns, it’s about the death of the West, but only a tiny bit of violence and no slow motion (oddly enough, a few scenes are sped up). This is hilarious, touching, and sad. Peckinpah’s favorite of his own films.
152. Sam Peckinpah’s Junior Bonner: Made directly after Straw Dogs, this is Peckinpah at his most tender. About an aging Rodeo Cowboy trying to fit into the end of the modern West with the rise of Capitalism. (Slow motion use: bulldozing of a house in order for preparation of a new housing development) Steve McQueen at his silent best, but Robert Preston and Ida Lupino steal the show in supporting roles as his separated parents. A hugely underrated, but incredibly pleasant film.