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November 2011 Artist of the Month: Jim Henson

November 2011 Artist of the Month: Jim Henson
If there’s one artist whose creations have greatly touched my life, it’s Jim Henson. I can remember being enamored with his characters from an incredibly young age, whether it was watching the zany efforts of Kermit the frog and the other Muppets or learning about letters and numbers from the denizens of Sesame Street. As I grew older, Henson’s forays into fantasy caught my attention.... 

October 2011 Artist of the Month: Doc Rotten’s Horror Extravaganza

We’ve tried to keep October as a specialized month, embracing that it’s the month when ghosts, ghouls, and goblins come out to roam the world. Halloween is a favorite holiday among the Widescreen Warrior staff, and not just because of the candy (although that’s nice too!). Movies are where the creatures of Halloween get to come alive, so we’ve tried to embrace it in the past with a look at... 

September 2011 Artist of the Month: Hiatus

We’re playing things loose for the month of September around here. Over the past few months the Artist of the Month has offered some great movies, but has also offered a daunting task when it comes to time-management. Most of the time we’re racing to get a hold of the movies and get them watched before we have to talk about them on air. If you listen to the past few shows, you’ll hear us missing... 

August 2011 Artist of the Month: Bill Murray

This Artist of the Month selection is sponsored by Kim Cady, loyal Widescreen Warrior. Interested in sponsoring an Artist of the Month yourself? Email us (rafe (at) widescreenwarrior.com) for more information! As a child of the ‘80s, I grew up in a world where Bill Murray was one of the dominant comedy players of the time. As a member of Second City, Murray’s name became known between SCTV and... 

July 2011 Artist of the Month: Paul Newman

A major figure and icon in the motion picture industry for over six decades, Paul Newman was not only a charismatic actor, but a born star capable of a wide variety of rolls without ever really changing his looks. After serving in WWII, Newman made his first picture in 1954, The Silver Chalice which flopped, and he apologized publicly for it, taking out a full page ad to do so. This rocky start behind... 

May 2011 Artist of the Month: War Movies

We’re taking a different approach to our Artist of the Month for May, looking at pictures through a thematic lens instead of picking one specific artist to follow. In honor of the American holiday of Memorial Day, Widescreen Warrior is paying tribute to our soldiers and remembering the past through films looking at military action and battle – “war movies,” if you will. I’ll be honest:... 

April 2011 Artist of the Month: Billy Wilder

This Artist of the Month selection is sponsored by Tony Farnborough, loyal Widescreen Warrior and Super-fan. Interested in sponsoring an Artist of the Month yourself? Email us (rafe (at) widescreenwarrior.com) for more information! We encountered a lot of Billy Wilder’s work about a year ago, when Walter Matthau was our Artist of the Month. As we made our way through Matthau’s body of work, it... 

March 2011 Artist of the Month: Sigourney Weaver

For as long as I can remember I have loved Ripley, the science fiction heroine of Alien who fought for her life in horrific circumstances and even torched a nest of baby acid bleeders in the sequel Aliens before teaching the queen who was really boss. Ripley, of course, played by Sigourney Weaver changed the way we see sci-fi films and transformed the stale, structured procedures we were used to on... 

February 2011 Artist of the Month: NAACP Image Recognized Films

Last year we decided to use our February Artist of the Month selection to celebrate Black History Month. Sidney Poitier became our selected artist and it was a phenomenal month of film, both through the silly (Little Nikita) and the poignant (In the Heat of the Night). The month was so successful to us that we decided to do it again, only we ran into a problem: how do you follow up Poitier? Now that... 

December/January Artist of the Month: The Coen Bros.

It’s our annual fan-chosen selection for our Artist of the Month program, and the competition was fierce this year. Everyone played fair, unlike last year’s debacle of ballet-stuffing repeat votes, and three competitors rose to the top quickly. We received more votes on the topic then any other poll we’ve had, with Jackie Chan holding the top for the last few days, before the Coen Brothers got... 
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