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  • Red Sun

    Red Sun

    ★★★½

    I continue to study the Western genre as I proceed through production on my own 12 Western films for 12 months this year.

    A team up for Bronson, Mifune, and Delon directed by Terence Young, the best James Bond series director? How could this go wrong?? Well, it doesn't. But it also does not nearly live it up to all its possibilities.

    What Young and company deliver is a solid, entertaining adventure. It's half traditional Western, half Spaghetti, held together…

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★½

    I continue to study the Western genre as I proceed through production on my own 12 Western films for 12 months this year.

    I've avoided the original True Grit. Why? Anyone whose taste I trusted always told me it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Were they right? Yes. Was it still worth finally taking a look? Of course.

    Wayne should have won the Oscar for pretty much every role he played but this one. He's better in…

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  • Mute

    Mute

    ★★★★

    The critics are wrong about this movie. Dead wrong.

    What the hell are they seeing (or not seeing) in Mute? The film is original, full of exciting and complex characters, and thought-provoking. I believe they went in with misguided expectations and a very narrow-minded perspective on the movie. Perhaps they were excepting Blade Runner (which Mute was described to be a riff-on for years) and though Mute belongs in a similar universe as the latter, it is very different. Though…

  • Rough Riders

    Rough Riders

    ★★★★★

    This film is often crude and clumsy... and I love it.

    What I mean by crude is that compared to the polished, sophisticated cinema we see on a regular basis, both in the commercial and "art" categories, John Milius has given us the equivalent of a caveman painting. It is not refined or cultivated and for that very reason feels so fresh and good to watch.

    By clumsy, I mean that the movie is often flawed, mostly because it is…