Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Produced in 2013, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is an exceptionally powerful and well-made movie from director Steve McQueen, with an unblinkingly fine script by John Ridley and a wonderful cast headed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The period details are dead-on and the overall look of the film possesses a realism and a savage beauty that is […]

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FILM REVIEW: KISS OF DEATH

Exploding into view after the epic bloodletting savagery of World War II, the dark and dangerous genre known as Film Noir reached a new height with 1947’s KISS OF DEATH. In possibly his best performance of a quite capable career, Victor Mature stars as a career criminal who ends up in jail when arrested for […]

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Watching “Broken Blossoms”

“Broken Blossoms” (1919) is the latest in a bunch of silent films I’ve recently watched (for free) at the openculture.com website. This one is a true classic from director D.W. Griffith and ace cinematographer Billy Bitzer–a tragic drama of selfless love in the face of crude savagery. Lillian Gish is just fine as a 15-year-old […]

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