ArizonaJim

I watch films and write a one paragraph review. I have been doing this for several years and have now started putting them on this site.

Favorite films

  • The Crime of Monsieur Lange
  • The Cobweb
  • Night Moves
  • Beyond the Hills

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  • The Plague of the Zombies

    ★★½

  • Texas

    ★★½

  • Cat People

    ★★★★

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

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  • The Plague of the Zombies

    The Plague of the Zombies

    A pre-Romero zombie movie. Also a mid-1960s Hammer horror. The central evil or horror is not really the zombies, but voodoo. There is only one big zombie scene and that is a dream…or nightmare. The Plague of the Zombies is very similar to Hammer vampire films, with voodoo replacing vampirism, Cornwall replacing Transylvania. There are mysterious deaths among the villagers. The main threat is to young women, Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) and Sylvia (Diane Clare). There is a transference of blood…

  • Texas

    Texas

    For most of the 1930s the big Hollywood studios didn’t make westerns. With a handful of exceptions, 1930s Westerns were made by small B Movie specialists such as Republic. This changed early in 1939 with the success of Jesse James, Dodge City and Stagecoach. Texas is a Western made by Columbia starring a young Glenn Ford and an even younger William Holden. I presume it was a small budget A feature, but it feels a bit uncertain where its ambitions…

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  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    This film had a big impact on me when I was a teenager. My response to films was still largely intuitive, but I was trying to figure out what directors did and while I was swept away by the epic narrative of The Searchers, I also became aware of the film’s epic style, the imposing landscape and, more importantly, the figures within it. There was a time in my late teens that I would have placed this as my favourite…

  • Gunman's Walk

    Gunman's Walk

    ★★★★½

    In the 1960s the big controversy in English speaking film criticism was about the status of the Hollywood film industry: a new bunch of polemical critics had turned up claiming that many Hollywood directors who had previously been seen as professional hacks were ‘auteurs’, artists whose work should be treated with the same seriousness as the European masters. The older critics shook their heads in disbelief, despair and derision. The proof of the ludicrousness of these auteur critics was when…