The Dirty Dozen: Lee Marvin leads a dozen cutthroats into battle against Nazis in this hard-hitting WWII Actioner

The Dirty Dozen(1967), directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Earnest Borgnine and Robert Ryan, is a violent action film set in the backdrop of WWII, and the first of the countercultural war movies which critiques the military top brass. "One: down to the road block, we've just begun. Two: the guards … Continue reading The Dirty Dozen: Lee Marvin leads a dozen cutthroats into battle against Nazis in this hard-hitting WWII Actioner

Westworld: Yul Brynner’s heroic Gunslinger is reincarnated as a killer android in Michael Crichton’s cult genre mashup

Westworld(1973), written and directed by Michael Crichton, is a seminal Sci-fi thriller that incorporates elements from Westerns and horror movies to tell a chilling tale of robots turning against humans in a futuristic society. The film can be basically summed up as a 'Western' themed 'Jurassic Park' Steven Spielberg once called his friend and frequent … Continue reading Westworld: Yul Brynner’s heroic Gunslinger is reincarnated as a killer android in Michael Crichton’s cult genre mashup

The Train Robbers: An alluring Ann-Margaret and a twist ending adds freshness to this unabashedly traditional John Wayne Western shoot-’em-up

In one of his last outings as the legendary Western hero, John Wayne joins up with a team of adventurers, played by Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, etc. to help out Ann-Margaret's widow recover half-a million dollars worth of gold from Mexico in this Burt Kennedy written and directed 1973 Western. The Train Robbers(1973), written and … Continue reading The Train Robbers: An alluring Ann-Margaret and a twist ending adds freshness to this unabashedly traditional John Wayne Western shoot-’em-up

Magnum Force: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dirty Harry’ battles ultra-vigilantes in this expansive, episodic and very entertaining sequel

Magnum Force(1973), directed by Ted Post, is the very successful sequel to the iconic 1971 crime thriller, Dirty Harry. Clint Eastwood returns as the renegade-cop, Harry Callahan, in its relatively subdued version; the filmmakers have created a quartet of ultra-vigilante super-cops as the antagonists to tone down the criticism that Harry faced in the original … Continue reading Magnum Force: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dirty Harry’ battles ultra-vigilantes in this expansive, episodic and very entertaining sequel

The Electric Horseman: Robert Redford is supercool as the modern-day cowboy who sets himself and a horse free in this enjoyable Romance-Western

Robert Redford and Director Sydney Pollack teamed up for the fifth time for this very entertaining modern-day, Romance-Western that features Jane Fonda, John Saxon and Willie Nielsen in major roles. “For me it was a chance to demonstrate my own particular affinity for horses, but the film is also about a way of life out … Continue reading The Electric Horseman: Robert Redford is supercool as the modern-day cowboy who sets himself and a horse free in this enjoyable Romance-Western

No Way Out: Kevin Costner caught in a deadly ‘ménage à trois’ with Sean Young and Gene Hackman in this thrilling, Neo-Noir take on ‘The Big Clock’

No Way Out(1987) is director, Roger Donaldson's adaptation of Kenneth’s Fearing’s suspense novel, The Big Clock. The film set amidst the political intrigue of Washington features Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young and Will Patton in pivotal roles I love movies which has unique opening sequences; i love movies which sets up its plot economically and … Continue reading No Way Out: Kevin Costner caught in a deadly ‘ménage à trois’ with Sean Young and Gene Hackman in this thrilling, Neo-Noir take on ‘The Big Clock’

Kelly’s Heroes: Clint Eastwood reteams with his ‘Where Eagles Dare’ director to put an irreverent, satirical spin to the ‘Men on a mission’ WWII adventure

Kelly's Heroes(1971), directed by Brian G. Hutton, and starring Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles and Telly Savalas is a satirical take on wartime heroism, with Eastwood leading a band of soldiers on a private mission behind enemy lines to steal Nazi gold. In 1968, Clint Eastwood teamed up with director Brian G. Hutton to … Continue reading Kelly’s Heroes: Clint Eastwood reteams with his ‘Where Eagles Dare’ director to put an irreverent, satirical spin to the ‘Men on a mission’ WWII adventure

Dirty Harry: Clint Eastwood created one of the most seminal and iconic characters in American film history

Dirty Harry(1971), directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood as SFPD Inspector Harry Callahan, is a terrific police-procedural\crime thriller, with Clint Eastwood updating his revisionist Western hero persona for the modern times to create one of the most iconic characters in films. It's a hot, sunny afternoon in San Francisco. SFPD Inspector, Harry Callahan, … Continue reading Dirty Harry: Clint Eastwood created one of the most seminal and iconic characters in American film history

The Appaloosa: Marlon Brando is driven by atonement, pride and revenge to reclaim the eponymous equine from John Saxon in this baroque, eccentric Western

The Appaloosa(1966), starring Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer and John Saxon, and directed by Sidney J. Furie, is a visually innovative, psychological Western that details the physical and psychological duel between two men, an American and a Mexican, to possess the titular stallion. Matt Fletcher: I'm having a little trouble getting started, Father.Priest: You are in … Continue reading The Appaloosa: Marlon Brando is driven by atonement, pride and revenge to reclaim the eponymous equine from John Saxon in this baroque, eccentric Western

The French Connection: Gene Hackman’s dynamic, star-making performance powers William Friedkin’s avant-garde Policier

The French Connection(1971), starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey, and directed by William Friedkin from Robin Moore's book, is a brilliant cop thriller set in New York city, which pushed the boundaries of mainstream filmmaking. In the 1960s, two New York cops, Eddie Eagan and Sonny Grosso, busted a cocaine shipment worth $32 … Continue reading The French Connection: Gene Hackman’s dynamic, star-making performance powers William Friedkin’s avant-garde Policier

Silverado: Lawrence Kasdan’s exuberant, visually resplendent, star-studded tribute to classical Westerns is a tad too overplotted but provides all the pleasures of the best in the genre

Silverado(1985), co-written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Scott Glenn, Kevin Kline, Danny Glover and Kevin Costner, was an attempt to reinvigorate the 'Western' that was considered dead by the mid 1980s. In his attempt to create the ultimate Western tribute, Kasdan throws every genre trope and cliché into the pot, but the result … Continue reading Silverado: Lawrence Kasdan’s exuberant, visually resplendent, star-studded tribute to classical Westerns is a tad too overplotted but provides all the pleasures of the best in the genre

Big Jake: The ‘Dirty Harry’ writers spins a ripping, turn-of-the-century adventure yarn for Duke that’s perhaps the last of the great archetypal ‘John Wayne Westerns’

Big Jake(1971), directed by George Sherman and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Richard Boone, is a deliciously entertaining Western adventure that adds some modern elements to the standard 'John Wayne Western' template. John Fain(Richard Boone): Who are you?Jake(John Wayne): Jacob McCandles.John Fain(Richard Boone): I thought you were dead.Jake(John Wayne): Not hardly.from Big Jake(1971) You … Continue reading Big Jake: The ‘Dirty Harry’ writers spins a ripping, turn-of-the-century adventure yarn for Duke that’s perhaps the last of the great archetypal ‘John Wayne Westerns’

Marathon Man: Method-maestro Dustin Hoffman battles the great thespian Laurence Olivier in this pulse-pounding thriller that’s basically a ‘coming of age’ story and tackles deeper themes like anti-Semitism

Marathon Man(1976), Directed by John Schlesinger from a novel by William Goldman, and starring Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider and Laurence Olivier, is a superbly crafted thriller that tackles deeper themes of Nazism, anti-Semitism and the rites of passage to adulthood. One of the most famous, real-life Hollywood stories of generational clash between actors, which was … Continue reading Marathon Man: Method-maestro Dustin Hoffman battles the great thespian Laurence Olivier in this pulse-pounding thriller that’s basically a ‘coming of age’ story and tackles deeper themes like anti-Semitism

A Bridge too Far: Richard Attenborough’s spectacular, authoritative, all-star cast WWII epic is exhausting but audacious in its depiction of the Allies’ biggest military fiasco

A Bridge too far(1977), directed by Richard Attenborough from Cornelius Ryan's book, is an all-star cast, historically accurate, and spectacularly mounted war epic that truthfully tries to delve into the reasons behind one of the biggest Allied military failures in World War II. Major General Urquhart: I took 10,000 of our finest troops to Arnhem; … Continue reading A Bridge too Far: Richard Attenborough’s spectacular, authoritative, all-star cast WWII epic is exhausting but audacious in its depiction of the Allies’ biggest military fiasco

Friendly Persuasion: Gary Cooper is a non-violent hero in William Wyler’s big, warm, colorful and charming slice of Americana that takes a sensitive look at war and religion

Friendly Persuasion(1956), directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins and Dorothy McGuire is a wholesome family entertainer set during the American civil war and tells the story of a pacifist Quaker family, and how their religious beliefs are tested by the onset of war. Gary Cooper started out in the movies in … Continue reading Friendly Persuasion: Gary Cooper is a non-violent hero in William Wyler’s big, warm, colorful and charming slice of Americana that takes a sensitive look at war and religion

Donnie Brasco: The poignant poetry of Al Pacino and Johnny Depp’s soulful performances elevates this gangster drama to a deeply moving Father-son Tragedy

Donnie Brasco(1997), directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp is a poignant gangster drama that details the true story of working class mafia foot-soldiers in New York as well as the attempts by undercover FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone to infiltrate their organization. In the 1972 gangster epic, The Godfather, director, … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: The poignant poetry of Al Pacino and Johnny Depp’s soulful performances elevates this gangster drama to a deeply moving Father-son Tragedy

The Horse Soldiers: John Ford’s lone stab at a Civil War Western is consistently entertaining and features strong performances from John Wayne and William Holden

Though Director John Ford has been the pre-eminent chronicler of American history, he has never made a film set during the American civil war. The Horse Soldiers (1959), starring John Wayne and William Holden, which came pretty much at the end of his illustrious career was the only film set during that period. Though not … Continue reading The Horse Soldiers: John Ford’s lone stab at a Civil War Western is consistently entertaining and features strong performances from John Wayne and William Holden

Heat: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro came face to face for the first time in Michael Mann’s epic crime Drama

After starring together in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II, where they didn't have any scenes together, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunited for Michael Mann's brilliant Crime drama, Heat(1995), where they shared scenes together for the first time. While watching Michael Mann's Heat, one is tempted to think that making a great … Continue reading Heat: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro came face to face for the first time in Michael Mann’s epic crime Drama

The Godfather Part III\Coda: Coppola’s tweaks to his flawed yet fascinating epilogue to the classic Godfather duology is trivial, self-serving and unnecessary

Francis Ford Coppola's recut version of The Godfather Part III(1990) has an overlong title, Mario Puzo's The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, but his ambitions are limited to that of a petulant child (or a parent), who wants to foist his originally conceived title on the film and to enhance his daughter's performance. … Continue reading The Godfather Part III\Coda: Coppola’s tweaks to his flawed yet fascinating epilogue to the classic Godfather duology is trivial, self-serving and unnecessary

The Bravados: A taut, brooding Revenge-Western that puts a dark spin on Gregory Peck’s heroic persona

The Bravados(1958), starring Gregory Peck and Directed by Henry King, is an intense, brooding Western that finds Peck taking revenge against the outlaws who killed his wife. When one thinks of the great actor-director combos from the golden age of Hollywood, the names that come immediately to mind would be John Wayne and John Ford, … Continue reading The Bravados: A taut, brooding Revenge-Western that puts a dark spin on Gregory Peck’s heroic persona