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

Tom Horn (1980) was Steve McQueen's penultimate movie and was released just a few months before his death on on November 7 1980. Though it's not a film that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of McQueen, the film features one of his most deeply felt performances as the legendary gunfighter in the old … Continue reading Tom Horn: Steve McQueen transcends his cool persona and delivers a deeply moving performance as the legendary Western folk hero

The Getaway: Steve McQueen’s cool charisma powers this highly entertaining action-romance from Sam Peckinpah & Walter Hill

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 action-romance from Sam Peckinpah & Walter Hill

Nevada Smith: Steve McQueen’s dynamic star turn makes this a highly enjoyable Western adventure

Nevada Smith(1966), starring Steve McQueen, is an episodic Western revenge drama directed by genre veteran Henry Hathaway. It's one of McQueen's most successful outings, with the star in top form, elevating a very generic revenge movie with his dynamism and charisma. "I don't see nothing, except my father laying on a covered-floor all burnt and … Continue reading Nevada Smith: Steve McQueen’s dynamic star turn makes this a highly enjoyable Western adventure

The Magnificent Seven: John Sturges set the template for the all-star cast, Men-on-a-Mission adventure with this exhilarating adaptation of ‘The Seven Samurai’

John Sturges' iconic 1960 Western, The Magnificent Seven, is the remake of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa classic The Seven Samurai, and stars, among others, Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. The film set the template for the ensemble, 'Men on a Mission' Adventure that was replicated in many films thereafter. Japanese movie maestro Akira Kurosawa is … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven: John Sturges set the template for the all-star cast, Men-on-a-Mission adventure with this exhilarating adaptation of ‘The Seven Samurai’

The Towering Inferno: At the height of new-Hollywood, two golden age studios joined hands to create the ultimate film spectacle that remains the crown jewel in Disaster film genre

Though 1970s is considered to be the height of dark, serious auteur-driven cinema, Two old-Hollywood studios, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century-Fox joined hands to make the big budget spectacle, The Towering Inferno(1974). The spectacular disaster film brought Steve McQueen and Paul Newman together on screen for the first time,  along with an assortment of stars … Continue reading The Towering Inferno: At the height of new-Hollywood, two golden age studios joined hands to create the ultimate film spectacle that remains the crown jewel in Disaster film genre

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