The Beguiled: This overheated, Gothic melodrama is the strangest and the most ambitious Clint Eastwood film ever

Based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel, originally published as ‘A Painted Devil’,and directed by Don Siegel, The Beguiled(1971), is Clint Eastwood's strangest, boldest and most surprising film as an actor Take warning by me, don’t go for a soldier, don’t join no army For the dove she will leave you, the raven will come And … Continue reading The Beguiled: This overheated, Gothic melodrama is the strangest and the most ambitious Clint Eastwood film ever

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday in this slick, star-driven, Horse opera

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral(1957), directed by John Sturges and starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, is perhaps the most popular and flamboyant version of the events leading up to (and occurred during) the legendary Gunfight On October 26, 1881, Dr. John “Doc” Holliday, allied with the Earp brothers … Continue reading Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday in this slick, star-driven, Horse opera

Only Angels have Wings: Cary Grant epitomizes the tough, existential Hero in this prototypical Howard Hawks classic

January 18 marks Cary Grant's 116th birth anniversary. So it's good time to look back at one of his most memorable performances in one his greatest films: director Howard Hawks' 1939 film Only Angels have Wings, which has now completed 80 years. The film was, perhaps, the first time Grant broke from the mold of … Continue reading Only Angels have Wings: Cary Grant epitomizes the tough, existential Hero in this prototypical Howard Hawks classic

Cape Fear: Gregory Peck battles Robert Mitchum in this gripping psychological thriller

Director J. Lee Thompson's Cape Fear(1962), starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, is a gripping post-noir Psycho thriller in which Mitchum, playing vicious Psychopath Max Cady, gave, perhaps, the greatest performance of his career. "An upright lawyer's life becomes a nightmare when a sadistic ex-con he helped send to prison returns seeking revenge. No simple … Continue reading Cape Fear: Gregory Peck battles Robert Mitchum in this gripping psychological thriller

El Dorado: Duke teams up with Robert Mitchum in this funny, poignant and highly entertaining remix of Rio Bravo

Howard Hawks' 1967 western classic El Dorado , starring John 'Duke' Wayne and Robert Mitchum, was a loose remake of his own 1959 film Rio Bravo. But it plays out as a different kind of film that becomes a a poignant , and often funny, meditation on aging and mortality. "The Western takes, really, a … Continue reading El Dorado: Duke teams up with Robert Mitchum in this funny, poignant and highly entertaining remix of Rio Bravo

The Big Country: Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston square off in this Off-beat Western that’s intended to be an allegory for the cold war

The Big Country(1958) starring, among others, Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston, is an all star-cast, visually sumptuous Western drama from director William Wyler. Apart from subverting a lot of the Western myths and genre tropes ,the director intended the film to be an allegory of Cold war, which was at it's peak at the time. … Continue reading The Big Country: Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston square off in this Off-beat Western that’s intended to be an allegory for the cold war

The Magnificent Seven: This magnificent adaptation of ‘The Seven Samurai’ remains as exhilarating as ever

John Sturges' iconic 1960 Western, The Magnificent Seven, is celebrating it's sixtieth anniversary. The film is the remake of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa classic The Seven Samurai, and stars, among others, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Japanese movie maestro Akira Kurosawa is considered one of the greatest (if not the greatest) film directors ever. His … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven: This magnificent adaptation of ‘The Seven Samurai’ remains as exhilarating as ever