A classic civil war-based western starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. I don't consider myself a huge western buff, but Outlaw Josey Wales is probably one of my favorites of the genre, and one of Eastwood's best outside the Dollars trilogy.
He plays a Missouri farmer quickly driven to vengeance after his family are brutally killed by a group of Union soldiers, later finding himself on the run from bounty hunters after an attack on a Union squad after joining…
Geoff T's Dirty Harry Marathon #4
Sudden Impact (1983)
The Dirty Harry series enters a new decade, this time Clint Eastwood himself both directing and starring for the first and only time in the series' history. This chapter is very much a "love it or hate it affair" with some considering it one of the worst in the series or the best of the sequels. While I disagree with both, I have to say I enjoyed it a hell of…
Geoff T's Dirty Harry Marathon #3
The Enforcer (1976)
I barely remembered anything from this third entry in the Dirty Harry series, and I was hoping a rewatch would give me a more positive view on it. Sadly, not so much. I will say that The Enforcer is another enjoyable outing for the San Francisco detective, but compared to it's predecessors it seemed a bit forgettable, especially for one that claims to be the "dirtiest Harry of them all".
Geoff T's Dirty Harry Marathon #2
Magnum Force (1973)
Dirty Harry returns, in this bigger and badder sequel that's better than I remembered. Don Siegal is filled in by director Ted Post, who also directed the Eastwood western outing Hang Em' High. Sequels are either hit or miss, but Magnum Force manages to be a very solid follow-up that has enough charm of the original without being a complete rehash.
With Harry back on the force, San Francisco this time…
Geoff T's Dirty Harry Marathon #1
Dirty Harry (1971)
I have a soft spot for this one, mostly because it's one of the first R/18-rated movies I saw. Dirty Harry still continues to be a personal favourite of mine in Clint Eastwood's filmography and of 70s films in general.
Eastwood is Detective Harry Callahan, a hard-edged SFPD police detective who plays by his own rules, dealing out justice to street trash with his 44 Magnum pistol. When a serial killer…
Geoff T's Dirty Harry Marathon #5
The Dead Pool (1988)
The final chapter of the Dirty Harry saga and an enjoyable one if you can suspend your disbelief, being more absurd and over-the-top when compared to the gritty realism other instalments carried. I didn't think too much of this one on my first viewing but was mildly entertained on a rewatch. It's probably the weakest in the series but it has it's moments.
The Dead Pool focuses on Harry investigating…
Who said romance was dead? The late great Tony Scott is the director of this Tarantino-scripted crime thriller that for me easily stands among the best works of either of the two. With plenty of style and humour along with a great ensemble cast consisting of Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt and Dennis Hopper and many others, this is one viewing that I'm glad I went with.
Slater plays Clarence Worley, a Elvis fanatic with a huge…
Geoff T's Bourne Marathon #1
The Bourne Identity (2002)
With the latest Bourne film up and coming, I thought it would be ideal to do some catching up and view previous instalments of the series. Adapted from Robert Ludlum's novel, this first instalment details Bourne's (Damon) recovery after being rescued by a ship crew and suffering from severe memory loss, as he travels across Europe (from Zurich to Paris) attempting to find clues to his identity while being pursued by…
I've not had a very good week. It turns out, weirdly, that Carl Reiner's ultra-80s holiday comedy was just what I needed to make me smile.
Summer Rental is a film of two halves. It starts out as a "decent but unlucky man takes a break from his awful life to have an awful holiday" film, fairly standard John Candy fare. The jokes are telegraphed from miles away (which…
Death Spa is like a thesis on shlocky 80's horror sensibilities, and the only argument you need in defence of movies being an art form. Scene after scene it is gorgeous, interesting to look at, and moves at an impressive pace. This shit is so in line with what I look for in a movie it's scary.
Also Michael and his lawyer were 100% fuck buddies.
"All right bitch, I'll show you fried chicken."
DEATH SPA is one of those films where basements and stairwells get lit with the same 80stropic purples/greens/pinks as the discos. It's also one of those films where people talk to each other like they're in that Two Ronnies sketch where the Mastermind contestant answers the question previous to the one he's currently being asked. A bit like THE VISITOR was being ironically remade by the person who runs the House Of Self Indulgence blog site. Start writing your new…