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  • Twilight

    ★★★★

  • The Oklahoman

    ★★★½

  • The Outriders

    ★★½

  • Spiderhead

    ★★

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  • Twilight

    Twilight

    ★★★★

    I'd heard about this film from many LB buddies over the years, but had never managed to track down a copy of it. New channel Paramount+ solved that little predicament, and I'm sure I'll be delving into many more titles on there, especially after a quick scout around threw up several possibilities.

    So there are no vampires in this Twilight, no sparkly cocks, no werewolves, and no Kristen Stewart, and despite being a box office dud back in 1998, this…

  • The Oklahoman

    The Oklahoman

    ★★★½

    Joel McCrea made a hell of a lot of films that would be considered nowadays as family-friendly. The likes of The Lone Hand or Cattle Drive saw him work with child actors who almost took the centre stage away from McCrea, and especially in Cattle Drive where a young Dean Stockwell would shine brightly, McCrea seemed happy to share the limelight. He played down the tough guy image, and showed the charm he'd honed in screwball comedies like Sullivan's Travels…

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  • The Outriders

    The Outriders

    ★★½

    Director Roy Rowland's The Outsiders is another of Joel McCrea's forgotten Westerns. Starring alongside the likes of James Whitmore and Barry Sullivan as three escaped Confederate prisoners near the end of the Civil War, McCrea and his buddies manage to evade a Union posse on their trail and are found by a Confederate militia leader with ties to Quantrill. He sets them a task to travel South to Mexico, where a wagon train of gold is being smuggled into the…

  • Spiderhead

    Spiderhead

    ★★

    Some actors were born to play certain roles, and then find issues breaking away from that role that made them famous. Others use that success as a springboard to other things, and return to their franchise and role at various points throughout its run in popularity. For every Harrison Ford there's a Mark Hamill, with Ford's ability to flex his acting muscle and forge a successful career away from Han solo the polar opposite to Hamill's rather limited success away…

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