Excellently shot movie dealing with the power of the mob and the rule of law. I'd guess Lang had a lot to say both about his native Germany and the precariousness or even hypocrisy of rights in his adopted home.
I'm not much of a fan of either lead but they work well here. Sidney isn't really required to be much more than a pained face and she does this extremely well, a genuinely beautiful actress she is given a…
I'll give them a chance that they didn't give me.
Fritz Lang making his American film debut here sounds incredibly epic, more so then the film itself despite it being an outstanding drama. How could it possibly live up to expectations when Lang was making epic films before talkies even existed and was a major influence on Hollywood directors before he ever set foot on U.S. soil.
Still though, Lang makes the transition to English speaking films with…
“They call me MISTER Tibbs!”
-Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier)
I remember the very first time I was made to watch this, a good few years ago in an English class. Back then, it’s fair to say I didn’t have the appreciation for ‘classic’ films, such as this, as I do nowadays. I can recall it being good, enough for me to remember certain scenes vividly, but hardly spectacular.
Forward three whole years, after watching it for just the second time…
The one thing that I think is overlooked about In The Heat Of The Night is that it is not just about racism.
Even back in 1967, a time of desperately needed political and social upheaval, director Norman Jewison was keen to make this film more than just 'Sidney Poitier sorts out some racists in a small Southern town'. It was quite a brave decision, really, and I don't think anyone could possibly have blamed him if he had made…
Despite the industry's liberal reputation on race, especially in light of 12 Years a Slave's best picture win, Hollywood has never been one to portray minorities in the best light, ranging from the shucking and jiving portrayal of African Americans and "savage" portrayal of Native Americans of yesteryear, to the embarrassingly anachronistic portrayals of Asians in today. So for Hollywood to put out a movie like In the Heat of the Night is a pleasant surprise. Unlike the squeaky clean…
An underrated classic. A film noir with a twist, an unusual but smart one. It starts with maybe one of most intriguing lines to open a thriller.
"I shall never forget the weekend Laura died."
Who is Laura? Who is the man speaking? How did she die?
These are just some of the questions racing through my mind as the movie opens on a swanky New York apartment. After this opening the scene the movie will take you through a…
There are movies that you watch and wonder why it took you so long to get to them. This is one of those. I heard about this film years ago, was told it was a classic, but just never got around to watching it. What did I find when I did watch it? A nearly perfect film noir - tight, stylish and to the point, it goes by way too quickly and never disappoints.
The story is this: Police detective…
Otto Preminger's Laura is a film I have had my eye on for a long time, based on its reputation and genre. Dana Andrews plays Detective Mark McPherson, who is assigned to the investigation of the murder of Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney). The primary (and indeed only, really) suspects include Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), an older prominent writer who helped Laura greatly in her career, is deeply in love with her, and seems to claim some sort of ownership of…
Laura was a film far ahead of its time. An incredibly entertaining whodunit with a menagerie of fascinating characters to keep the audience guessing, Otto Preminger's mystery centers around the question of who murdered the titular woman, a beautiful and intoxicating figure who enchants all of those who come into her orbit. David Raksin's iconic music helps greatly in creating the kind of enchanting whirl that illuminates the way Laura (played by Gene Tierney) draws all of these people towards…
Elegant, sexy and wonderful, Otto Preminger’s film looks on the surface to be a typical murder mystery – Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) has been murdered by a shotgun blast in the face at her flat, and Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) has been assigned to the case.
There are a handful of likely suspects including Laura’s mentor and friend Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), her fiance Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), and friend Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson). The film was started under the…
What did they do for food?
I do wonder if a lot of the interest and acclaim that surrounds Escape From New York is purely based around the character of Snake Plissken and considerably less on the film that he is in.
I would venture to guess that it probably is, although I don't get it personally. I love Kurt Russell and John Carpenter obviously, but…
Thought-provoking, inventive, influential, stylish & full of philosophical n religious allegories, The Matrix is a groundbreaking cinema that set a new bar for science-fiction filmmaking while also redefining the action genre with its thrilling action sequences & revolutionary visual effects. But it's the remarkable balance between its in-depth philosophy, stunning action & gripping plot that makes The Matrix a breathtaking experience of the highest order.
The film tells the story of Thomas Anderson, a software engineer whose secret life is lived in computers…