Roger Moore was my Bond.
His James Bond films were the ones doing the rounds more frequently on the TV than the Sean Connery / George Lazenby ones when I was a kid, so I saw them more than what had gone before.
Moonraker, Octopussy, Live And Let Die and, my favourite, The Spy Who Loved Me were the Bond films I watched with my dad all the time when I was young and they were the films that caught…
Truffaut's debut feature, The 400 Blows or Les Quatre Cents Coups earned the prize for Best Director at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1959. The subsequent International success both critically and commercially helped shine the spotlight on the growing French New Wave ( Nouvelle Vague) scene. The 400 Blows was closely followed by similar International success for Jean-Luc Goddard and…
A 70s favourite that I haven't seen in years, until a company (Second Sight) finally bothered to release a special edition Blu-ray over here. Many would claim that Halloween is the film that put John Carpenter on the map. I for one however would have to disagree. Assault on Precinct 13 is that one for me, a tense and brutal urban-western that I'd rank upon the best of 70s action-thrillers.
Set across several hours in a 1-day period, Precinct 13…
¨I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?¨
Talk about a change of pace when you have a director follow up the debauchery of The Wolf of Wall Street with a deeply spiritual film about faith and suffering. The first film is much more engaging and appealing to the eyes, but the second one requires more attention and analyzing from the viewer. Silence is a film that Martin Scorsese has been wanting to make for decades,…
It's entirely possibly that Joseph H. Lewis could become one of my favourite directors very quickly.
Of the three (now four) films I've seen from him, My Name Is Julia Ross was my least favourite but even that had an unusual style to it that made it very hard to ignore or forget. The same could be said of the other films I've seen from him, but once again, this time in the case…
Numerous stick-ups, a femme fatale, erotic love and a trigger-happy duo are brought together in this highly suspenseful film noir.
Gun Crazy opens with a thrilling precursor to the pistol-obsessed mind of a young boy. It's a dark, rainy night and 14-year-old Bart walks toward the screen of a hardware-store window. He sees a gun that is resting on display. He steps back, looks around and hurls an object through the glass to obtain it.
A courtroom sequence follows as…
One of those films that's done no favours by its silly, over-the-top title.
There isn't actually all that much terror in the Texas town in Terror In A Texas Town. Unless you're one of the few landowners that Sebastian Cabot wants to bugger off, hiring iron-handed and ageing gunslinger Nedrick Young to do the removals for him.
But pretty much all the terror in this film is provided by Young.…
I love fifties epics and genre films, and I love this affectionate and slightly cock-eyed spoof of them and the real-life Hollywood fixer, Eddie Mannix. I even got a kick out of George Clooney, a performer I usually don't like.
Everyone looks like someone from the past, every plot point doesn't quite have a point, every backdrop (some used in those classic drama epics like the 1959 Ben-Hur) looks both real, and not real.
This film is fun, and perhaps…
I will never get over how much I love this movie: a film about unrequited love, with Jack Lemmon taking a verbal and physical pummeling to protect the elevator girl he loves, the beautiful Miss Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine).
She's the one left holding the sleeping pills after his spineless corporate climbing – achieved by leasing the titular abode to horny company executives – and her naïve romanticism bring them into the circle of all-time business shitweasel, Mr Sheldrake…
Another Donald Westlake adaptation that sort of wants to be Point Blank but doesn't dare because the original is so magnificent.
And much like with Payback, the slightly uneasy mix of bits of stuff pinched from John Boorman's monolithic crime thriller and its own ideas somehow mesh together into something competent and rather enjoyable. Parker doesn't have the class of the aforementioned two films but it seems to also know its place.
It pales on the dialogue front, especially when…
To tackle a Western as your first film as director is a brave decision. David Von Ancken's accomplished film explores several themes. Primarily a revenge film set after the American Civil War has ended,this features the ruthless pursuit of a former Union soldier.
Opening in the snow capped peaks,this sees Pierce Brosnan casually cooking supper over a open fire. As a shot rings out, he is struck in the arm and the chase is on. A story of survival this…
You can file this one under ‘About Bloody Time’.
American Beauty is one of those films which, if you haven’t already seen it, you probably know the ending of anyway regardless of how hard you might have tried to avoid spoilers for. I’ve talked recently about this sort of subject on my review of A Few Good Men. A film where a particular scene or event becomes so widely known that when you do eventually watch it, you are left…