My Brilliant Career (1979)

At one point (and I may have written this before!) I decided that I needed more Sam Neill films, considering I claim him as my favourite actor. I dug through his filmography and nothing really jumped out, but a person requesting of me a musical piece from the film (likely the chunk of Schumann’s “Scenes […]

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Munich (2005)

I own three films related to the events surrounding the 1972 Munich Olympics. One is a documentary (One Day in September), one is a TV-movie about the events of the massacre itself (21 Hours at Munich), and this one is about the response of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to those events. I’ve not seen […]

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The Mechanic (1972)

After seeing Once Upon a Time in the West, I had a hankering to see more Charles Bronson flicks. Obviously the first stop was Death Wish, and the sort of “proxy” choices I got to anyway (The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven). This one caught my eye because it fit the image […]

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Monster (2003)

Ah, the biopic. Generally reviews end up being either, “This movie is so intensely terrible, Aileen Wuornos was a remorseless piece of shit and deserved to die!!” or “This is such a true portrait of the horrific events and unstoppable events that tragically led Aileen Wuornos to her awful end, painting a faithful picture of […]

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1942)

Michael Shayne is allegedly the “quintessential private investigator”–or perhaps the alleged quintessential cliché of one. He was the star of several Lloyd Nolan B-roll pictures in the 1940s, which consistently did their job as secondary films in a feature. Michael Shayne (Nolan) is still the smart-alecky Irish detective we know from his title role in […]

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A Man for All Seasons (1966)

I’ve seen my handful of 60’s period films, plenty dealing with English monarchs, and something always rubs me wrong about the production design. Somehow the costuming always ends up looking like a well-budgeted high school production to me. I’m not sure if the clothes are too clean–how is that possible for a monarch anyway? surely […]

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