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

The Driver: Director Walter Hill’s minimalist Neo-noir thriller is an exhilarating exercise in pure genre cinema

Director Walter Hill's 1978 film, The Driver, starring Ryan O'Neal and Bruce Dern, is the ultimate exercise in pure, minimalist cinema that just keeps getting better with age. "Boy you got it down real tight. So tight that there's no room for anything else." This is what 'The Detective' played By Bruce Dern tells Ryan … Continue reading The Driver: Director Walter Hill’s minimalist Neo-noir thriller is an exhilarating exercise in pure genre cinema

The Third Man : Mr. Welles, Mr. Lime and Mr. Wu

Carol Reed's 1949 classic Film Noir The Third Man, based on Graham Greene's screenplay, completes 70 years. its famous for its unique atmosphere, zither music, and Oscar winning camerawork. Above all it provided Orson Welles with his most iconic role.   You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, … Continue reading The Third Man : Mr. Welles, Mr. Lime and Mr. Wu

North By Northwest : Cary ‘Hitch’es one Bloody ‘Grant’ Ride

Alfred Hitchcock's Cary Grant film North By Northwest(1959) completes 60 years  and its still fresh and exciting as ever   It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men on a train. One man says, 'What's that package up there in the baggage rack?' And the other answers, 'Oh, that's a MacGuffin'. … Continue reading North By Northwest : Cary ‘Hitch’es one Bloody ‘Grant’ Ride

Stagecoach: John Ford’s Western classic turned John Wayne into an American icon

John Ford's classic western, Stagecoach(1939),  proved to be seminal on many counts , most of all for the birth of a movie icon named John Wayne. ‘When in doubt, make a western’John Ford (1894 – 1973) John Ford is considered the greatest American director ever. He is also the greatest director of Westerns. His "Stagecoach" … Continue reading Stagecoach: John Ford’s Western classic turned John Wayne into an American icon

Virumaandi: This brilliant reimagination of Rashomon is the ultimate Kamal Haasan meta movie

Even after 16 years, Kamal Haasan's Virumaandi packs a visceral punch, and for all its debt to Rashomon, it is his ultimate meta movie that analyses Myths, Movies, Truth and Reality. Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas are two of the greatest films ever made. They are also the greatest movies made … Continue reading Virumaandi: This brilliant reimagination of Rashomon is the ultimate Kamal Haasan meta movie

Bullitt: Peter Yates’ gritty, seminal cop thriller gave Steve McQueen his most iconic role

Bullitt(1968) finds Steve McQueen at the peak of his powers. As a film it isn't much, but It's a perfect example of what we call a 'Star Vehicle': A very generic film with a very convoluted plot and very little characterization that's elevated to another level by the charisma and Screen presence of its iconic star. Steve McQueen … Continue reading Bullitt: Peter Yates’ gritty, seminal cop thriller gave Steve McQueen his most iconic role