Seven Men from Now: Lee Marvin steals the show in Bud Boetticher’s first and probably finest Western with Randolph Scott

Seven Men from Now (1956) is the first of the seven collaborations between Director Bud Boetticher and star Randolph Scott. This terrific Western, which set the template for the rest of the films in the series, features a scene-stealing performance by then up & coming Lee Marvin. "A man oughta be able to take care … Continue reading Seven Men from Now: Lee Marvin steals the show in Bud Boetticher’s first and probably finest Western with Randolph Scott

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

The Big Heat: Fritz Lang inverts gender archetypes to create the first ‘Homme fatale’ in this great film noir

The Big Heat(1953), Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame in lead roles is a great film noir that both expands and inverts a lot of Noir tropes and archetypes. "In the city of "Kenport", a police sergeant, Tom Duncan. commits suicide. Investigating the incident, fellow detective Sgt. Dave … Continue reading The Big Heat: Fritz Lang inverts gender archetypes to create the first ‘Homme fatale’ in this great film noir

Monte Walsh: Lee Marvin and Jack Palance at their melancholic best in this elegiac Western

Monte Walsh(1970), Starring Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Jeanne Moreau and directed by renowned cinematographer, William A. Fraker, is an elegiac tribute to the death of the old-west. "Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever"Chet Rollins tells friend, Monte Walsh as their 'cowboy' way of life is coming to an end Set during turn of the … Continue reading Monte Walsh: Lee Marvin and Jack Palance at their melancholic best in this elegiac Western

The Man who shot Liberty Valance: In his final Western with John Wayne, John Ford subverts the myths of the Old-West that he himself created

The Man who shot Liberty Valance (1962) was the last western 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 … Continue reading The Man who shot Liberty Valance: In his final Western with John Wayne, John Ford subverts the myths of the Old-West that he himself created

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

Lee Marvin has done some of the weirdest and wildest movies of his time, but nothing comes close to Prime Cut(1972). At first glance, the film, directed by Michael Ritchie and co-starring Gene Hackman, appears to be just a typical Lee Marvin 'tough guy' action thriller, but the film is layered with some truly dark … Continue reading Prime Cut: Lee Marvin takes on Gene Hackman in this lurid, satirical gangster thriller that epitomizes the eccentricity of 1970’s cinema

The Professionals: Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin are at the top of their game in this rousing ‘Men on a Mission’ Western adventure

Director Richard Brooks' all-star cast 1966  film, The Professionals, starring  Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster is the kind of  intelligently written, beautifully photographed, western adventure that just isn't made anymore. The Professionals is a rousing adventure story set on the Mexican-American border in the year 1917. It's  about four mercenaries who … Continue reading The Professionals: Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin are at the top of their game in this rousing ‘Men on a Mission’ Western adventure