Author Archives: James River Film Society

THE HIRED HAND: Peter Fonda’s Haunting Arthouse Western Masterpiece Hollywood Couldn’t Sell

By Robert Morgan In 1969, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, two young actors who had begun their careers in slick studio fare but eventually found themselves detouring into exploitation movies as the old Hollywood studio system collapsed, were on top … Continue reading

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THE BLACK HOLE: Disney’s Strangely Entertaining Journey Into The Unknown

The jaw-dropping critical and commercial success of the original Star Wars (or Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope if you’re a purist, or George Lucas), a film that was being written off as a flop before its release even … Continue reading

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In Defense of Robert Altman’s Quintet

This summer saw the return of George Miller’s post apocalyptic anti-hero Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road. It was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. That franchise started out as an Australian exploitation film in 1979. I ask you … Continue reading

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CALVARY (2014): A Review by Ethan Dunlap

In a confessional, a sexually abused parishioner threatens to murder Father James, a good and kind-hearted priest. In the ensuing week, he must face the darkness seeping through the cracks of his quaint Irish village before ultimately confronting his very … Continue reading

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Modern Cinema: Open For Interpretation

Two new DVD/Blu-ray releases that push the boundaries. It’s hard to find a film that sticks with you several days after you see it. This is the case with two recent new releases on DVD/ Blu-ray . First up is … Continue reading

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Charlton Heston + Ben-Hur = Liza Minnelli + Cabaret

There exist a multitude of constraints that prohibit me from witnessing first-run films in theatres. Time and finances are the strongest of those constraints. And when I do have the time and money, more often than not I see films … Continue reading

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Labor On Film: Screenings In Solidarity

By Michael Jones For May Day, the international holiday commemorating the working class everywhere, or America’s Labor Day, a rough chronological selection of films in the workers’ honor. This list is composed of fiction and nonfiction films, domestic and international … Continue reading

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THE SWIMMER: Burt Lancaster Journeys Upriver Into The Dark Heart of Suburbia

On a warm and beautiful autumn afternoon Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the peaceful woods of an upper class Connecticut suburb wearing nothing but a pair of dark swim trunks and dives into the swimming pool of old friends. … Continue reading

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Esther Williams: A Woman Pursued

By Tarquin Mandrake Esther Williams was a star who exploded out of Louis B Mayer’s Warner Brothers studio system in the 1940s. A swimmer who was on course to compete in the Olympics until the Second World War intervened. She … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Underrated Films by Woody Allen

By Ted Salins This article was first published on August 29, 2013 at Bijou Backlight. It has been reprinted here with the express permission of the author and editor. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine has opened bigger than any of his … Continue reading

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