Absolutely right about Ox Bow Incident.
Thanks for writing, Lance. Nothing wrong with "manly and macho" movies; check out CHATO'S LAND and THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT, both positively reviewed in this same column.
I guess if the revenant were a musical it would get a better review.
So you don't like The Revenant because it's too manly and macho? What do you expect in this time period? It was a brutal time and brutal setting. I don't understand why you think it has to make some sort of statement to be this way. It's just the way it was back then. Very realistic in my opinion. And probably the best performance by Dicaprio. I'm not saying it was the best picture of the year. But certainly better than 2 1/2 stars.
And of course this week Warner Brothers released Hitchcock's "Suspicion" from '41 -of which I own the original Three Sheet movie poster for.
Personally, to me In Cold Blood is one of the best films ever made.
I was a huge Michael Landon fan when he did Bonanza. I loathed little House.... Nellie and Harriett Oleson were the only two interesting characters... Landon's huge ego was imprinted on every frame of the series.
Just so you know, Spirited Away is *still* Japan's all-time top moneymaker by a large margin.
I'm glad you lied the James Garner "Support Your___________" films Garner was always underrated as an actor/producer.... The supporting cast were excellent especially Jack Elam and Bruce Dern...
On ENTOURAGE, I never understood how Adrian Grenier and Kevin Connolly ever had a career in Hollywood.. To describe them as medicore actors insults mediocrity. It was painful to watch...
I saw Murder, My Sweet when I was a teenager.. I only knew Dick Powell as a song and dance man before this.. I discovered later he was a shrewd business man who along with Charles Boyer, David Niven and Ida Lupino started Four Star Productions which was responsible for a lot of successful series in late 50's and 60's.. Burke's Law, The Rifleman, The Rogues, Big Valley and Dick Powell Theater.
In real life Powell was a compulsive womanizer, a major alcoholic and huge right wing nutbag in same league as John Wayne, whom he directed in the piece of shit "The Conqueror"... Powell contracted Cancer like everyone else did on that film and passed away in 1964...
I loved the documentary about Cannon Films... To be politically incorrect for a moment.. They were not shrewd Israeli film makers, they were almost stereo typical money grubbing Jews. Mel Gibson refused to have anything to do with them in early 80's which was a true story..
I also loved that little dig the producers of the documentary made saying how Golan/Globus never attended lavish Hollywood parties.. The real reason being they were never, never invited and no one wanted any association with them.
I am glad to know that... I liked the film when I saw it in my 20's... I liked the message and still do. 67 was Poitiers year that is for sure.
Thanks for writing, Rob. The studio was indeed worried about how the film would play in the South, but it ended up being a smash here just like everywhere else in the country. Various sources (including IMDb) state that "This film was instrumental in largely ending the marketing consideration of how films featuring African-American characters and themes were assumed to be likely rejected by mainstream audiences in the Southern States of the USA. In that regard, the film was such a major widespread success throughout the entire USA, including the South, that the marketing factor would never again be considered a major problem for any major film release."
Could you imagine the reaction from the South when Guess Who's Coming to Dinner received when it was released? I wonder how it did money wise here. I know it was one of the top 5 grossing films of the year elsewhere.
The scene where Spencer Tracy gives that long speech at dinner where what people will think of an interracial couple in 1967 does not matter. Only what they feel for each other was shot in one take... Spencer Tracy was dying when he made this film. Katherine Hepburn and Stanley Kramer gave up their salary for the film to cover cost in case Tracy died during production... Columbia could not get him insured because of his declining health...
The tears you saw Katherine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier shedding were real, that was not scripted. Some great performers in a poignant farewell to one of the best actors ever.
Unfortunately I'm going to have to disagree with you; "American Sniper" was my pick for best film in 2014 followed by "Selma", "Whiplash", "Boyhood", "Locke" and "The Imitation Game". And that's saying a lot considering the strength of independent films last year. Regardless of one's stance on military operation this picture was an incredibly accurate portrayal of war and the emotional toll it has on a soldier’s personal life. I put “American Sniper” into the same category as “Apocalypse Now”, “Platoon” and “Saving Private Ryan”; structurally and narratively it’s that good and there is great chemistry between Eastwood and Bradley Cooper something that critics often fail to appreciate.
There's always a laughable facile quality to Mr. Brunson's scribbling, and here he certainly doesn't disappoint.
"its fudging of the facts never gets in the way of its sturdy liberal politics".
"a cowed U.S. media afraid of the right-wing hit machine"
Oh, and regarding "which naturally had to run in a non-U.S. paper" - Glenn Greenwald, also in The Guardian, on Obama's NSA, anyone?
Love the line George Kennedy says to an obnoxious brat who won't leave him alone, "Look kid why don't you go fuck a duck" in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot was hilarious to me.. His delivery was second to none.
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