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  • Buchanan Rides Alone

    Buchanan Rides Alone


    I like all of the western collaborations between director Budd Boetticher and actor Randolph Scott, but this is not one of my favorites. After fighting as a mercenary in the Mexican Revolution, Scott wanders northward over the border into the town of Agry, where he gets into an altercation, thus running afoul of the Agry brothers, who run the town. Without much cause or justification, he is unrealistically sentenced to hang, which sets in motion a confusing cycle of capture…

  • Cry Blood Apache

    Cry Blood Apache


    Cry Blood, Apache is not as terrible as other reviews led me to believe. The worst thing about it is the gratuitous cameo by Joel McCrea. His son Jody McCrea produced and stars in this film. Though made in America, it emulates the spaghetti westerns with its psychotic bad guys and brutal violence. The plot is akin to a sort of western slasher film. A gang of white outlaws suspects that a band of Apaches possesses some gold, so they…

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  • The Lost World

    The Lost World


    Beyond the basic premise of dinosaurs in South America, the plot of this adaptation bears little resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original novel, but it does manage to evoke the general atmosphere of the story. Claude Rains captures the blustery arrogance of Professor Challenger, Conan Doyle's sci-fi hero. Performances by the rest of the cast are pretty dismal, except for maybe Fernando Lamas as a creepy, guitar-wielding helicopter pilot.

    Instead of using claymation for the dinosaurs, the special effects…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon


    Bogart is at his best in this classic proto-noir thriller. For a guy who played so many anti-heroes, his portrayal of Sam Spade may just be his anti-est. It's a joy to watch a movie with so many despicable yet magnetic characters. The rest of the cast is phenomenal as well, and the rapid-fire dialogue is some of the best of its era. If the film has a flaw, it may be that it's TOO talky. Would it have killed…