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Old western (1956) well done with anti-racist message
A very interesting western. George Sherman made good movies, had a clear tendency to make good westerns. And "Reprisal" is a good example of his filmography. Perhaps if the movie were a few minutes longer the characters could have been better developed, especially Frank Madden, the character of Guy Madison, an Indian who comes to town as a white man. Racial prejudice against the Indians is shown here perfectly, I believe only matched in Devil's Doorway with Robert Taylor. and in Cimarron with Glenn Ford, both Anthony Mann movies. Felicia Farr, appears well in the role of the girlfriend of the hero of the Wild West. I consider her one of the best western actresses (Jubal, 3:10 to Yuma, The Last Wagon, always Delmer Daves). At one point, moved by jealousy, she lets out her prejudice. And Neil, the older brother of the three bandits, assaults the young India for no reason, even provoking her brother's hatred. Interesting are the variants shown on prejudice. The old Indian, Madden's grandfather has an excellent participation. Very good western, with an uplifting message about racial prejudice. The scenes of Madden's lynching attempt are perfect, very realistic. And the reckoning in the final duel was very well developed. Worthy of the title: "Reprisal!
Man in the Shadow (1957)
"Man in the Shadow" is a vigorous movie. Maybe an Orson Welles presence in a movie has the maximum temperature level, because, most of the time, having bought a certain effect over the years, Welles started to use roles of irascible, violent, arrogant men, exactly the role which was booked in this great movie starring Jeff Chandler, an underrated actor who lived very little. It's really a violent movie set in a small town dominated by a completely unscrupulous man. Its plot allows a certain parallelism with Arthur Penn's "The Chase, 1966", whose sheriff played by Marlon Brando faces a similar situation. It is a great movie in black and white. But the fact is that black and white only exceeds the violence, the racism and the growing tension that eventually explodes at the end of the movie. Jack Arnold, I think, made a great movie here, and Chandler has one of his best film performances, with Welles showing an all-time skill. Great representative of the 50's, great movie !!!
Edge of Eternity (1959)
Spetacular Don Siegel movie
Don Siegel would become known for his high-impact, well-structured films, with good storylines, and usually got the most out of his actors. One of them, Clint Eastwood, not only had memorable performances under his direction, but fully absorbed the master's lessons and later devoted himself to directing, with the same commitment and grit as Siegel. The film is not only an adventure in the wilderness of the desert, very well filmed, but an above average cop and also an excellent thriller. The protagonist is the great Cornel Wilde, who had beautiful adventures in the 1940s, spanning the 1950s, and a second heavyweight team: Mickey Shaughnessy, Edgar Buchanan and Jack Elam, respectable presences in any film. It's really a thrilling movie, a great show, very good !!!
Night Passage (1957)
Night Passage, coul have been a western by Anthony Mann
I reviewed Night Passage today. It's a western I've always admired, but I confess I've noticed some details that you may not have noticed before, for example: the tiresome and sometimes unnecessary music sung by James Stewart; Audie Murphy's clear discomfort (and choice not appropriate for the role), making a Utica Kid that does not show much credibility; the feminine roles of Dianne Foster and Elaine Stewart, confused, without much transparency, despite the good actresses. But it is a vigorous film, which bears a certain resemblance to other Mann-made westerns starring James Stewart, which leaves me in doubt as to whether Mann's part in the film was no greater than that which film memory records. James Stewart does not have such roles as Bend of the River, Winchester 73, The Man from Laramie, Far Country or The Naked Spur, but he appears as well as ever. Excellent photography values the film. Anyway, we have a western with a good ending, and that brings us Dan Duryea once again as an ironic bandit, role that became his specialty. And Brandon de Wilde, still very young, playing an innocent kid in the same line as Shane's Joey, but director James Neilson might have found another way to keep the money he carries all the time in a cardboard box. Tiring and improbable. A good western but could be better.
Reign Over Me (2007)
A powerful and honest film
It is without doubt a powerful film. It addresses in a highly competent way the drama of one who has suffered a virtually irreparable loss and sees his world collapse without any possibility of recovery. And it also shows another powerful force: the strength of friendship. The friend (Don Cheadle) who stands next to it, without charge, somehow suffering along with it. The performance of Adam Sandler is not surprising because we already know of other good times, but it really is fantastic. He transfigured himself, completely assumed the character. I have no doubt that for this role would deserve an Oscar. Magnificent. Finally, this is a unique moment in the history of cinema: it deals with a very sensitive issue for the American Nation, September 11, and it does so perfectly. Congratulations to the director (Mike Binder) who manages to build a work without reservations, honest, true, constructive and exciting.
The Swimmer (1968)
Great, great, great movie!
The Swimmer is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. The story is simple but unusual. A successful executive - Ned Merrill - (in the end we realize that this is not quite so), in a psychological trance, imagine being in a time before the real and decides to "go home", the metaphor that supports the film. His return happens in a planned way, passing by the pools of his friends and acquaintances, forming what he calls "The River Lucinda", in fact his dream of returning to the woman he lost in his uncontrolled life. In this dream he thinks of his two daughters who would be expecting him too. And by the way he traces he finds people who still consider him and people who despise him, the fruit of what he did of his life until then. It is a very strong metaphor and produces a gigantic film. Burt Lancaster, I think, made the best part of his career here. I think this film could only have been performed with him in the lead role. Each one of us is incorporated into the story, living with Ned all his dramas, every moment of his "return home." The sequence in which he fights a race with a horse is the most perfect that is known, is exquisite. And he finds women who were part of his past not well understood, but that gives us the dimension of a superficial life and frivolities. Actress Janice Rule has here, too, one of her biggest moments in the movies. It's beautiful. The unexpected and perfect ending of the film completes this vigorous story of a man who has lost his way in life and can not find himself again. I watched The Swimmer in 1968 when it was released and I've been watching it regularly over the last 50 years. Each time I discover a detail, a situation that I did not perceive well, it is an incredible experience. Great, great, great movie!
A Magnificent Western
This is a great value western. It is worth to review Arizona, especially Jean Arthur, beautiful, and William Holden early in his career, in a nostalgic and authentic Western. The film shows the colonization of the American West with the intense conflicts between cattle ranchers, cowboys, gangsters and all sorts of adventurers who have moved to that wilderness of the USA, many paying dearly for their daring: with their own lives. What we see in Arizona is certainly no different from what has happened in the vast majority of American states. The images are perfect, people dress with what was possible in a backward and resourceless region. The physical types, all indications, are perfectly displayed, dirty, with ragged clothing. Violence prevailed in a region without law and without a minimum of justice. Everything here was very uncertain, one never knew if it would be possible to return to the place where one was and even if there would be a day after. Relations were too superficial and life too short. But it also shows the spirit realized of the people of the Wild West, and the character of Jean Arthur fully incorporates this spirit of struggle, of achievement. It is a magnificent film, worthy of being among the best westerns of all time. I believe that if it had been produced in color, surely today it would be appearing among the great westerns.
The Snow Goose (1971)
One of the most beautiful films ever made
When I read Paul Gallico's short story in 1966 in a Reader's Digest book publication, I concluded that I was facing one of the most beautiful stories I had ever read. I was 17 years old and now 68 years old, I'm just as sure. I've read hundreds of books, watched hundreds of other movies, but The Snow Goose remains not only the most beautiful story I've ever read, but also one of the most thrilling movies I've seen. It's a difficult story to shoot, as it revolves around a bird almost impossible to control, but the footage is perfect, preserving everything Paul Gallico has dreamed up. Some small parts of the film are different from the book, but we have to admit that for the transposition of a book into the cinema or TV, some adjustments are necessary. It only lacked in the end the destruction of the lighthouse by a German bomber. But it's a wonderful movie. Richard Harris and Jenny Agutter are perfect in their roles of Phillip Rhayader and Frith. For some reason I still can not identify, this story and this film touches me deeply. It is very difficult to contain the tears in the moments of affection between the goose, Rhayader and Frith, and when the goose departs to the North or when it returns. The greater emotion is due to the decision of the goose to accompany Rhayader in the small boat, facing the danger of the battles in the rescue of the wounded soldiers. It is something unprecedented and of unprecedented grandeur, and even at this very moment when I write this commentary, tears flow from my eyes. It's a wonderful story and the film retains the same atmosphere as the book. They are perfect: book and film. I only regret the lack of the film in the commercial market, I have already searched extensively for a DVD and never found it. I watch the movie often on YouTube, it's the only solution. But it is gratifying to watch it, it is good for the soul
Decision at Sundown (1957)
A disappointing western
In my opinion this is the film that Scott should not have done. The script is bad. Scott lives a husband who was betrayed by his wife years ago and seeks revenge the man responsible for it. The film escapes the traditional western line where the hero always has some dignity. Scott's character is a disoriented. Into the church in a way completely meaningless and then hides in a warehouse, taking his friend to death. Their actions do not make sense, despite being shown in history as having changed the lives of everyone in the community. All characters are caricatured, it does not seem that may exist. "Decision at Sundown" does not have the same strength of other Boetticher films and finishes disconcertingly again with Scott disoriented and drunk. I'm sorry those who admire the film, but I consider him very weak. Disappointing.
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Ride Lonesome: a masterpiece
Among the westerns that Budd Boetticher directed com Randolph Scott, I rank as the top three: Ride Lonesome, Comanche Station and The Tall T, in that order. In fact there are three big films with a curiosity: in all three Boetticher put a beautiful woman between criminals creating for the characters of Scott - in each of the films - a situation of permanent stress, in that there was the need to maintain control over the activities of bandits while needed to protect the woman. And the stories have a certain similarity in the sense that women seek approaching Scott settling since the beginning of the relationship a strong sense of confidence in his character. All three are arguably tasteful films, both in photography, as in the development of action with actors properly scaled. And the filming location: Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California has a powerful effect on the outcome of each of the films. Among the three I have greater sympathy for "Ride Lonesome", perhaps by the presence of Karen Steele, perhaps for the great interpretation of Pernell Roberts, perhaps the wonderful final scene of the burning tree ... And not enough these three monumental westerns leased in Lone Pine, Boetticher also performed "Seven Men from Now" also with Scott. And in it we Gail Russell, a story a little different from the three mentioned films, but also a great spectacle. Many consider it the best film of the double Boetticher- Scott. Really Boetticher was a master. And these are his three masterpieces.
Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966)
A great western!
A surprisingly good western in the 60s A nice way to present the Old West where the bartender played by Arthur O'Connell tells the story to the young man played by James MacArthur. And this is a powerful story. Jonas Trapp (Chuck Connors), buffalo hunter, returns home 11 years later and found his wife taking another wedding. But the story becomes even more complicated when it is robbed on the way and marked with hot iron by three men (Michael Rennie, Bill Bixby and Claude Akins) one being the pretender (Rennie) to the wedding with his wife. Jonas Trapp brings hell to the small town. It becomes a powerful avenger nickname in the city of "The Tiger" becoming a legend. It is a great western, maybe a western B but high level, with a well-written script and great performances of the cast. Chuck Connors is perfect in his role transmitted all the bitterness and disappointment of a man who returned home with plans for the future. The fight between Connors and Claude Akins is pure adrenaline, only seen in "Shane" and "North to Alaska". A western that will always be in our memory, still one of the great westerns of the 60s Very good, very good.
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
A man walking to meet his fate
The big, the biggest movie of Kirk Douglas, with a performance worthy of an Oscar. Jack Burns is a misfit, like so many of us. Has no address, no family, no job, and going from one place to another without obligation. Lives only this day, lives what happens now. The film is a true poetry dedicated to the lonely. Burns suddenly appears in the city where he lives the woman he loved but whom he could not devote precisely because it is a solitary being, can not live with someone. This woman married her best friend, making it clear that only married not to be so. And Burns does not measure sacrifices by his friend and his family. You can be arrested only to see him in prison. And flee when their mission is accomplished. Burns is a lot like Shane George Stevens. If it were possible to join the two films, Lonely Are the Brave could be the continuation of Shane, no doubt. It would need only put the two movies set around the same time. Both one and the other, when it comes to loneliness, hopelessness, what they do? They go to the mountains, the only place that can accommodate them. Are heroes out of your time. . Lonely Are the Brave is a powerful film. David Miller made his masterpiece. A wonderful moment in film history.
A great war movie
Surely one of the greatest war movies ever made. Brando and Brynner have both flawless performances. Brynner is a giant in his role. The film addresses a relatively unexplored subject, the need to supply the Nazi army. in this case, with rubber would be transported to Germany in a cargo ship that sets sail from Japan. It infiltrated the freighter a member of the British intelligence (Brando) in order to derail the mission. Brynner is the ship's captain, honest and conscientious man who no longer has illusions with Nazism. Janet Margolin, beautiful, plays a Jew who during the trip is collected along with other refugees on the ship. Film made in black and white has a great shot and was made exactly 50 years ago. It is a powerful movie with great acting of the cast and I think it is a film that did not have the deserved welcome as it is of great value as a cinematographic work. A great movie!
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Undoubtedly, one of the largest McQueen movies
6.4 on IMDb is very little to "Baby, the rain must fall" certainly a great film by Robert Mulligan. I watched for the first time when it was released and I confess that it is impressed. Everything seemed very real. In fact, the little girl Margaret Rose (the little actress Kimberly Block) has an interpretation so close to reality that only lacked exit the screen. It is an intriguing story regarding the character played by Steve McQueen (Henry Thomas) believe very close to the real McQueen, whose life also before he became a first magnitude star was not the most regular and happy. Poor Henry, tortured by her foster mother, which led him to never understand the world, placing itself always against everything violently. Her reaction was nothing more than what you have learned with his mother in punishment for no reason he received a lifetime. I think it was not bad. But the damage was done to her was too large relative to the well he saw. McQueen was a truly magnificent actor. Plays his part very secure and even in scenes where it appears as a singer is very well (your image because the voice is not his). The song he sings to his wife and daughter is very beautiful, exciting. Lee Remick (Georgette Thomas)was a gorgeous actress and extreme competence. The early part of the film in which she appears only with Margaret Rose, his daughter, is of high quality. High level of interpretation. And throughout the film she keeps huge regularity. Never fails. And Don Murray appears discreetly as police Slim, symbolizing balance, calm and tranquility that Henry could never afford to be with him. If there was a continuation of this wonderful movie, there would be great opportunity to Georgette, Margaret Rose and Slim being together, but that would be another story... and, please, where is Kimberly Block?
The Chase (1966)
The Chase - a vigorous and powerful work
The Chase is a vigorous work by Arthur Penn, one of the best. Powerful work. The photograph of the film is perfect. The formidable cast works extremely integrated, allowing the constant action to develop in a natural way; all are perfectly framed in their roles. Of course, at this point it is evident the competence of the director. Some consider exaggerated scenes of violence, especially those involving assaults the Sheriff Calder (Brando), but we know that reality is possibly even more violent, or at least it was in those times. Or they will have forgotten the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination? There is a great similarity between the scenes of the film and what happens and happened in reality. Robert Redford loomed here for his successful career and Jane Fonda, discreet, yet showed their full potential. Angie Dickinson is the faithful companion of Brando, with its lush beauty. And Janice Rule shows the great actress who was in a difficult role, but plays with great naturalness. It's really a story vigorous, violent and intriguing. A great movie.
March or Die (1977)
It is a very good movie. Honest, show faithfully the region, the people and customs of Morocco after the first World War conflict. The actors were well chosen. Catherine Deneuve has a discreet performance and Terence Hill friendly paper, quite suitable for your image shaped by Trinity and later Lucky Luke. Gene Hackman is the greatest actor of all time, safe and with great screen presence. This international cast also stand out Max Von Sydow as apparently forced context archaeologist but that ends up integrating the climate of war, and Ian Holm, very well chosen for the role of the Arab leader. Impressive. The photograph of the film is also excellent. The battle scenes are simply perfect, a few times, we have seen scenes so well prepared. And the Foreign Legion once again produces a beautiful film, as Beau Geste. It is worth watching it.
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Perfect reconstitution of 18th-century to a great movie
It is certainly one of the best movies I've seen. Norma Shearer is perfect in the role of Marie Antoinette and the reconstitution of the 18th-century is something rarely seen in cinema. Tyrone Power has a great performance as Fersen. And Robert Morley as Louis XVI must have come very close to the real character. The beautiful Anita Louise shines in every scene that appears. And Gladys George managed to incorporate all the dislike of Mme Du Barry. I read the book by Stefan Zweig and really the film which was based on the book is perfect. It is a great and stunning spectacle. It is even more valuable considering the time that has elapsed since its production in 1938 is 77 years. It really is amazing. Wonderful movie.
Year of the Gun (1991)
An intriguing film and despised. I do not understand why not give due weight to this film. Already I watched several times and every one of them I realize their best value. The story is very good, comes to political issues of an Italy relatively new, still very much alive in our memory. And the treatment of the film is very close to the reality of the facts. The cast works very competently. Sharon Stone is one of his good moments. Valeria Golino may have done their best work here and Andrew McCarthy surprised with his performance. The action scenes are well done, with some small mistakes, but perfectly acceptable in situations such as those portrayed in the film. In summary this is a great film, but you need to give a little more attention to it.
Trooper Hook (1957)
Great performance of McCrea and Barbara
Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck made several films together, this was the last. And if we look good is a high level of western. The direction of Charles Marquis Warren is safe, in fact he was a great professional, with also numerous successful tours. And the film has a photograph very well made, high profile.The story is written by Jack Schaefer wrote the same as Shane and made possible the great work of George Stevens (1953). Mc Crea had ups and downs in his performances, but remembering Union Pacific also with Barbara we saw an actor of the first magnitude. And as a surprise, a good surprise, Earl Holliman has an outstanding record, perhaps the best of his career. Recalls the role of the great John Wayne in Stagecoach, a pure cowboy and without prejudice. One might compare the role of McCrea with Wayne, but I think the Holliman is closer to him. Anyway, it's a nice and sincere western. And farewell to us all the incredible double McCrea and Stanwyck, wonderful.
Yellow Sky (1948)
An honest and exciting western
One of the great westerns of Gregory Peck in the 1940s when he also "Duel in the Sun" and "The Gunfighter" this almost in 1950. Three western exponents no doubt. "Duel in the Sun" was a film done much to stardom Jennifer Jones to raise the western name. But over the following years it is both. It is an exceptional film. But in the case of "Yellow Sky" very competently directed by William Wellman we have a pure western, exciting, honest. The black-and-white photograph only the values with outstanding play of shadows. Anne Baxter has a performance of the best. She could remain silent in the film all along that we would know exactly what she wanted to say. It was a wonderful actress. And the film dramatic load is intense. Richard Widmark a little outside the box hero who built later have a great performance as one of the bandits. And Gregory Peck is nothing less than the great actor we've come to see. A great movie that deserves to be reviewed as.
Streets of Fire (1984)
An extraordinary film
It is the largest urban Westerns. An extraordinary film, wonderful. Everything about it worked. A plot very well prepared and a fully adherent to the music theme of the film. The direction of Walter Hill is safe and can master the actors in a clearly violent environment and constant action. Join this lush photography that gives great strength to the film. Michael Paré has a great interpretation. Regret is that it was a star who promised a lot and did not have the career that was expected. The gorgeous Diane Lane is at the peak of its beauty, no doubt. Amy Madigan and Willem Dafoe, as always, in great moments. I think Amy Madigan created an unforgettable character. And Rick Moranis was surprisingly perfect for the role. It's a film that sort among the best I've seen. A single moment of cinema.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
A disturbing film
A disturbing film, really. You must separate things: story and film. A story is actually real. The film is unfortunately very bad. And could have made a good movie with a horrible story, but this did not happen. The choice of director was panic by the viewer, showing gruesome scenes of torture and death that need not be shown. At the same time does not show the desperation of parents, the search for the bodies, police action, as if all this had not happened. Even Amy's abduction took place 20 days after Megan's disappearance, Amy continued normally walking around town, going on his bear of hiding and talking to the alleged kidnapper !!! All a big nonsense. Where were the parents and the police? They were doing what? Anyway, the story could have happened exactly as the film shows, in terms of torture, rape and killings, but it could all have been shown differently, with suspense, pain and sadness and not that pure terrorism.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
A perfect movie
It's a great movie. When watching "Fried Green Tomatoes" we get the clear certainty that everything was meticulously planned. The actors are excellent, each encased in its role. Leases are exceptional, as "The Cofee" really existed. The plot is powerful. A nostalgic film that makes us meditate and seek explanations for our existence. Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker are in top form. Play their roles with absolute perfection. The scenes of bees and Ruth's death are two sublime moments in the history of cinematography and certainly will be forever in the memory of those who love the movies. Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates similarly shine in their roles. Director Jon Avnet was an extraordinary competence. Made a perfect job and deserve an Oscar at the height of the result. No doubt a timeless film, magic, awesome.
Angel and the Badman (1947)
A beautiful and nostalgic western
A western the good times with John Wayne showing here that really was the great actor of westerns in the role of Quirt Evans, an out-of-law is delighted with the daughter of a pastor, and radically change his life. The film produced by Republic, was directed by James Edward Grant, also a writer and screenwriter of numerous films, among them: The Sheepman, The Alamo, The Last Wagon, The Proud Rebel, Hondo, McLintock !, and many others. But "Angel and the Badman" had the merit to meet John Wayne and the beautiful Gail Russell, who, for all we know, lived a great passion for years and years. The film, in excellent black and white, has a very simple story, and is masterfully played by Wayne and Russell. It also has the presence of Harry Carey in the role of deputy chasing Quirt wherever he goes, developing a remarkable character and contributing to a film, initially without much pretension, stay forever etched in our memory. It is a nostalgic film that transports us to a very different era and that delights in the simplicity and competence of the actors and director.
The Savage (1952)
A classic and unforgettable western
"The Savage", an unforgettable western directed by George Marshall and starring Charlton Heston in the beginning of his film career, is a sensitive film, which was able to show the Indian in a humane and friendly way. We must consider that the film was when the Indians appeared only as hostile, dangerous and treacherous beings whose life was worthless. Not deserve any respect and kill them anything represented as punishment to whites. Some films have sought to show a more humanized Indians (the optimal "Devil's Doorway" directed by Anthony Mann, with Robert Taylor, and "Broken Arrow" directed by Delmer Daves, with James Stewart, and Jeff Chandler playing the role of Cochise). But "The Savage" is a powerful film pro-Indians, when we observe the course of the plot the immense love that united Jim Aherne, white adopted as an infant by the Indians, and their adoptive parents. It is wonderful to see the relationship between the three, valued for outstanding performance from Charlton Heston and also Ian MacDonald, a great role. The same Ian MacDonald almost simultaneously starred in High Noon, with Gary Cooper, playing the role of villain killer. And yet we can see the beautiful Joan Taylor in the role of Luta, of great expression. I consider "The Savage" a classic, a film of extreme sensitivity and very enjoyable to watch. It's one of my favorite westerns.