Free Will vs. Authoritarian Control, Socialism vs. Capitalism, etc. Trumbo-penned B-western with an anticapitalist agenda gets the Joseph H. Lewis treatment. Graphic monochromatic tableaux permeate from start to finish, with architectural structures (mainly posts and stairwells) occasionally creating divisions in the frame, while characters confine themselves to designated spaces; Hayden's idealistic Swede and Young's black-clad Death surrogate (who's also rendered an impotent) are among the few who venture through town and peripheral terrain. Psychological baggage intermittently recalls Anthony Mann and…
Harry Lime Lives
Frequently amusing by-the-numbers creature feature that's ultimately undermined by its torpid first-half. Features some fun jabs at unethical corporate practices, but Lewis Teague (Cujo, ugh) doesn't have the chops or overall political savvy to open up the Sayles script like Joe Dante did with Piranha. Thumbs up to the Sue Lyon and Angel Tompkins cameos. Missed a major opportunity by not laying a zither track over that final shot.
"I'm a cop. You're a drug trafficker. I didn't betray you; I busted you."
First-rate entertainment, and with some profound social commentary (which will be further inspected upon a necessary rewatch) underneath it all. Full proof that meat-and-potato crime/thriller outings aren't synonymous with Z-grade filmic idiocy punctuated by killer one-liners. (Although Captain Zhang's quote [see above] is pretty sick!) Taking the simple premise of a drug lord evading execution by assisting a police unit in taking down fellow drug barons,…
A puzzle box for the ages: seemingly deceptively simple on the surface — it is, after all, the story of a man who succumbs to madness, eventually running amok while spending a winter with his family in isolation — but there’s more than one method of opening The Shining's myriad doors.
What I’ll say is there are few films, horror or otherwise, which effectively portray white male hysteria and the terrifying upshots of such behavior. The movie refuses to explicate…