This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Journey Into Fear bears the heavy fingerprints of Orson Welles, who cowrote, produced, acted in, and designed the film, but did not direct. Some reviewers will bring up the idea that Orson Welles may have ghost-directed this film, taking the reins from credited director Norman Foster. In fact, Welles' IMDb page lists him as an uncredited director on the project. I'm willing to take Orson at his word, though, when he says that everything was directed by his friend Norman.…
Deadline at Dawn is a surprisingly light hearted noir from 1946, about a newly enlisted sailor who takes the fall for a woman's murder, and tries to prove his innocence in time to catch the bus that will be taking him to basic training. We as the audience know immediately he is innocent, because we see the woman alive after he has already left her, and we have a more likely suspect in her ex-husband, to whom she owed a…
A highly entertaining look at the Australian exploitation cinema of the 70s and 80s, with equal time given to sexploitation, action flicks, and gory horror pics. The documentary does a great job of capturing the joyous sense of anarchy that comes from a group of young punks breaking the rules. Extra points for treating even the sleazy hucksters only in it for the cash as groundbreaking pioneers in their own right. A few points off for how it glosses over…
This film is atrocious, and my ranking represents a clear-eyed, objective view of this film's merits. My personal, subjective rating would be around a 4. This movie is fascinating, and very entertaining. There is nothing in this film that accurately represents human emotion or behavior. Nothing in this film represents reality, and that is awesome.