Tag Archives: Sergio Leone

Five Film Favorites: Music

The idea of this post came to me as I was driving home one day and the new Jimmy Cliff single, “One More,” played over the radio. The single, life Cliff himself, is amazing, and listening to it made me … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Gun Fights

I have not yet worked out the ethical dilemma of how I can find certain forms of violence so mesmerizing and, yes, entertaining in cinema while knowing that those same forms of violence, when they occur in real life, have such devastating … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Openings

When I teach writing, one of the things that I repeat in nearly every class is that introductions and openings matter. They matter quite a bit. I inform my students that if they lose a reader in the introduction, chances grow … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Male Face Objects

A few months back, during the highly successful James River Film Festival, I wrote a small piece about Robert Mitchum.  Without cutting and pasting what I wrote in that post, I will here briefly summarize that I felt that Robert Mitchum met many of … Continue reading

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Family Viewing Recommendation: Rango

I have previously posted about the difficulty of finding quality films made with children as the target audience.  However, I am a sucker for taking my children to the movies, so I inevitably sit through clunkers such as Gnomeo and Juliet … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Charles Bronson

Hollywood first knew Charles Bronson as Charles Buchinsky.  Beginning in 1951, a string of uncredited roles eventually led to memorable turns in a few well known pictures, among them Andre de Toth’s House of Wax (which I’ve had the good … Continue reading

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Violent Style without Ethical Substance: “Inglourious Basterds” and the Italian Western

In F.T. Rea’s post of favorite Westerns, Rea cleverly and accurately assigned each film with a word: High Noon is about honor. Lonely Are the Brave is about freedom. Stagecoach is about survival. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about … Continue reading

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