- Michael Shields
In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosts Michael Shields and Christian Niedan celebrate the contributions to cinema by Edward Bunker. Bunker was an author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon, and an actor. He wrote the scripts for — and acted in — Straight Time (1978) (adapted from his debut novel No Beast So Fierce), Runaway Train (1985) and Animal Factory (2000) (adapted from his sophomore novel of the same name). He also played a minor role in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992). This episode explores Bunker’s troubled upbringing, marvels at the way in which his writing realistically depicted the life of criminals and the American penal system, and comprehensively two of his most prominent cinematic offerings — Straight Time and Animal Factory.
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