Tombstone: A Commanding Kurt Russell and a mesmerizing Val Kilmer leads the charge in this stylish, action-packed Western

Tombstone (1993), (officially) directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, is a thoroughly enjoyable western that recounts the events leading up to, and following, the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral. Of all the actors who played Wyatt Earp on screen, a mustachioed Kurt … Continue reading Tombstone: A Commanding Kurt Russell and a mesmerizing Val Kilmer leads the charge in this stylish, action-packed Western

Hour of the Gun: James Garner at his very best in John Sturges’ revisionist take on the ‘Wyatt Earp’ legend

Hour of the Gun(1967), directed by John Sturges and starring James Garner as Wyatt Earp and Jason Robards as Doc Holliday, is a quasi-sequel to Sturges' own Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957). This is a more gritty, revisionist take on the story that concentrates on the aftermath of the famous gunfight "This Picture is … Continue reading Hour of the Gun: James Garner at his very best in John Sturges’ revisionist take on the ‘Wyatt Earp’ legend

Deewaar: Amitabh Bachchan’s career-defining performance is deeply moving in its truthfulness and electrifying in its theatricality

Amitabh Bachchan, India's greatest movie superstar and one of its greatest screen actors, was born on October 11, 1942. Celebrating Bachchan's 78th birthday with some thoughts on his greatest screen performance from Deewaar (1975). Amitabh Bachchan's performance in Deewaar (1975) is one of the greatest in mainstream Indian cinema, if not the greatest. When i … Continue reading Deewaar: Amitabh Bachchan’s career-defining performance is deeply moving in its truthfulness and electrifying in its theatricality

Lawman: An intelligent, ultra-violent 1970s Western that raises tough questions about Law and justice

Lawman(1971), directed by Michael Winner and starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Lee J. Cobb is a stylish, intelligently written Vietnam-war era Western that deals with themes of Law & Order and justice. Before i come to the themes and characters of Lawman, i would like to discuss the visual style of this film, which … Continue reading Lawman: An intelligent, ultra-violent 1970s Western that raises tough questions about Law and justice

Breakheart Pass: Charles Bronson stars in a highly entertaining hybrid of Western adventure and mystery thriller

Breakheart Pass(1975), directed by Tom Gries and starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Ben Johnson and Richard Crenna, is a very enjoyable thriller, which combines elements from a John Ford western and an Agatha Christie mystery. "I'm not a man of violence" The words are spoken by none other than Charles Bronson, perhaps the last actor … Continue reading Breakheart Pass: Charles Bronson stars in a highly entertaining hybrid of Western adventure and mystery thriller

Gandhi: Ben Kingsley breathes life into Richard Attenborough’s cinematic monument to the saint of non-violence

2nd October 2020 marked Mahatma Gandhi's 151st birth anniversary. So it's a good time to look back on Sir Richard Attenborough's monumental 1982 motion picture, in which Ben Kingsley gave an astonishing performance as Gandhi. It took me 20 years to get the money to get that movie made. I remember my pitch to 20th … Continue reading Gandhi: Ben Kingsley breathes life into Richard Attenborough’s cinematic monument to the saint of non-violence

GoldenEye: Pierce Brosnan reinvigorated James Bond for the post-cold war, politically correct, digital age

GoldenEye(1995), that marked the debut of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, is completing 25 years. The film, directed by Martin Campbell,  revitalized the Bond franchise and established Bond's relevance in the Post-cold war era. When the seventeenth James Bond film, GoldenEye reached movie theaters in 1995, The fictional MI6 agent, James Bond created by Ian … Continue reading GoldenEye: Pierce Brosnan reinvigorated James Bond for the post-cold war, politically correct, digital age

A Fistful of Dollars: The Birth of an Icon

Clinton Eastwood Jr  was born on 31 May 1930, but Clint Eastwood, the cinema icon was born in 1964 with the release of A Fistful of Dollars. Sergio Leone's  seminal western launched Clint Eastwood to stardom and created a new film (sub)genre of the spaghetti western.  A Fistful of Dollars is 56 years old. It's … Continue reading A Fistful of Dollars: The Birth of an Icon

Red River: John Wayne and Montgomery Clift battle it out in Howard Hawks’ classic western

Red River(1948), starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, was the first western directed by Howard Hawks. This film was Clift's debut movie and was a major turning point in John Wayne's career.   I didn’t know the big son of a bitch could act John Ford after watching John Wayne in Red River   Director … Continue reading Red River: John Wayne and Montgomery Clift battle it out in Howard Hawks’ classic western

McLintock!: This exuberant comic Western is the ultimate John Wayne meta movie

Though John Wayne has never shied away from propagating his socio-political views through his films,  McLintock!(1963), co-starring his favorite heroine Maureen O'Hara, is perhaps his ultimate meta movie, where his reel and real life persona are so seamlessly mixed up. This is the perfect film to watch on Duke's birth anniversary which falls on May 26. … Continue reading McLintock!: This exuberant comic Western is the ultimate John Wayne meta movie

Bite the Bullet: Gene Hackman heads up an all-star cast in this underrated, highly entertaining, high-spirited Western adventure

Bite the Bullet(1975), written and directed by veteran Richard Brooks is the last of the magnificent old-fashioned westerns. It eschews traditional cowboys and Indians narrative to delve deep into the relationship between man and his horse and man and the western wilderness to create an exhilarating adventure story. "In 1906, a newspaper promotes a 700 … Continue reading Bite the Bullet: Gene Hackman heads up an all-star cast in this underrated, highly entertaining, high-spirited Western adventure

The African Queen: A titanic director brings together two great screen legends and the wild African landscape to create the ultimate romantic adventure

The African Queen(1951), starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, was director John Huston's adaption of C.S.Forester's 1935 novel of the same name. The film had one of the most difficult shoots in movie history, but it resulted in one of the most endearing romantic adventure films of all time, with Bogart winning an Oscar for … Continue reading The African Queen: A titanic director brings together two great screen legends and the wild African landscape to create the ultimate romantic adventure

Tom Horn: Steve McQueen transcends his cool persona and delivers a deeply moving performance as the legendary Western folk hero in his penultimate movie

Steve McQueen would have turned 90 on March 24. He died rather young due to Cancer, at the age of 50 on November 7 1980. Tom Horn was his penultimate movie and was released just a few months before his death, and though it's not a film that immediately comes to mind when one thinks … Continue reading Tom Horn: Steve McQueen transcends his cool persona and delivers a deeply moving performance as the legendary Western folk hero in his penultimate movie

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid: Paul Newman and Robert Redford gives timeless portrayals of the legendary outlaw duo in this quirky, delightful Western Classic

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid(1969), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and, Directed by George Roy Hill, is one of the most popular Westerns ever made. The film made a star out of Redford and revitalized the Western genre,but, it is writer William Goldman who leaves the strongest imprint on the film, with his … Continue reading Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid: Paul Newman and Robert Redford gives timeless portrayals of the legendary outlaw duo in this quirky, delightful Western Classic

The Getaway: Steve McQueen’s cool charisma powers this highly entertaining, two-fisted action-romance from Sam Peckinpah

The Getaway(1972) starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, was the most commercially successful film that revered director Sam Peckinpah ever made. Though not as personal as his other works, the film still bears his stamp, both visually and thematically. The Getaway is Sam Peckinpah's least personal work and, his biggest commercial success; he made it … Continue reading The Getaway: Steve McQueen’s cool charisma powers this highly entertaining, two-fisted action-romance from Sam Peckinpah

Major Dundee: Charlton Heston gives a towering performance in Sam Peckinpah’s flawed yet fascinating near-great Western

On great director Sam Peckinpah's birth anniversary, i thought i would write about the director's 1965 Western Major Dundee. The film, with a heavyweight cast headed by Charlton Heston, was Peckinpah's first big studio film. But he lost control of the film and it was ultimately released in a version which the director never approved … Continue reading Major Dundee: Charlton Heston gives a towering performance in Sam Peckinpah’s flawed yet fascinating near-great Western

The Man who shot Liberty Valance: John Ford dismantles the mythology of the West, the Western and John Wayne in his most melancholic, pensive and political film

The Man who shot Liberty Valance(1962) was the last western that John Ford made with John Wayne. The film, also starring James Stewart, Lee Marvin and Vera Miles, is Ford's most political film that subverts a lot of myths about the American West as well as the John Wayne persona that Ford himself created "This is … Continue reading The Man who shot Liberty Valance: John Ford dismantles the mythology of the West, the Western and John Wayne in his most melancholic, pensive and political film

Point Blank: John Boorman’s avant-garde Noir masterpiece gave Lee Marvin his most iconic role

John Boorman's Point Blank(1967) is one of the greatest and most unusual crime\noir thrillers ever made. Apart from being an extraordinary hybrid of American and European film sensibilities, the film also provided Lee Marvin with his most iconic role. 1960's was the decade of revisionism in American society and American cinema. Every movie genre was … Continue reading Point Blank: John Boorman’s avant-garde Noir masterpiece gave Lee Marvin his most iconic role

Prime Cut: Lee Marvin takes on Gene Hackman in this lurid, satirical gangster thriller that epitomizes the eccentricity of 1970’s cinema

Remembering Lee Marvin (born:February 19, 1924) on his birth anniversary; i thought i would write about one of Lee's truly weird movies, and Lee has done some of the weirdest and wildest movies of his time, but nothing comes closest to Prime Cut(1972), directed by Michael Ritchie and co-starring Gene Hackman, which on the surface … Continue reading Prime Cut: Lee Marvin takes on Gene Hackman in this lurid, satirical gangster thriller that epitomizes the eccentricity of 1970’s cinema

Murder on the Orient Express: ‘The Grand Hotel’ of murder mysteries is a grand tribute to the golden age of Hollywood

Murder on the Orient Express(1974) , based on Agatha Christie's famous novel, is a glossy, star studded murder mystery directed by Sidney Lumet. The film boasts an all-star cast consisting of Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and others, topped off by a highly enjoyable performance by Albert Finney as detective Hercules Poirot. When the … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express: ‘The Grand Hotel’ of murder mysteries is a grand tribute to the golden age of Hollywood