Archive for category: by Rick Hermann

Movietone News contributor

Days of Purgatory (1978)

25 December, 2012 (07:27) | by Peter Hogue, by Pierre Greenfield, by Richard T. Jameson, by Rick Hermann, by Robert C. Cumbow, Links | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 60-61, February 1979] You know and I know, and each knows that the other knows, that 1978 was the worst year for movies since sound came in, so let’s not belabor the subject. Living through it was labor enough. Apart from the superfluousness of such a gesture, one reason I […]

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Slap Shots (1977)

24 December, 2012 (07:26) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Peter Hogue, by Richard T. Jameson, by Rick Hermann, by Robert C. Cumbow, lists | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 57, February 1978] I felt a little off-balance throughout film year 1977, and it took me most of that time to figure out why. Even eccentric filmwatchers fall into patterns of expectation, and my Platonic Ideal of eccentricity was taking a beating. Too many of the big, heavily financed productions […]

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1976, Which Will Be Charitably Forgotten by the Year 2000

23 December, 2012 (11:25) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Peter Hogue, by Richard T. Jameson, by Rick Hermann, by Robert C. Cumbow, lists | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 53, January 1977] 1976 is a year I’m very pleased to see the back of. Several especially nice things happened to me during the past twelvemonth, but an oversupply of cloaca also insisted on hitting the fan with dispiriting frequency, and a good deal of it was cinematic cloaca. Any […]

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Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

25 September, 2012 (08:12) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 48, February 1976] In just about every Jack Nicholson performance there is a moment (often more than one moment) when Nicholson’s face reflects something suddenly and deeply wrong with the universe. In Milos Forman’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest one of those moments of both recognition and profound confusion […]

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Review: The Magic Flute

12 September, 2012 (08:05) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews, Musicals | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 48, February 1976] While in the past I’ve been struck by a certain, sometimes openly self-conscious interplay between roles and “reality” in Bergman’s films—and while I’ve often felt sorely put upon to endure its exposition—it’s a similar sense of an interface between what is real and what is staged in […]

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Review: Breakheart Pass

27 June, 2012 (09:34) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 49, April 1976] Right off, one should say that Lucien Ballard is one fine cinematographer, even though he didn’t get a chance to point his camera at anything very interesting in Breakheart Pass, a suspense ripoff dressed up as a quasi-Western. We just get a quick taste of the sort […]

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Review: The Man Who Would Be King

4 June, 2012 (09:11) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 49, April 1976] It’s hard not to think about Huston’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre after seeing The Man Who Would Be King, for reasons that range from their broadest similarities as adventure yarns involving men balancing vision against obsession and finally losing everything in their efforts to get everything, […]

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‘Run of the Arrow’: Birth Pangs of the United States

8 May, 2012 (06:52) | by Rick Hermann, Essays, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 50, June 1976] As with many of Fuller’s films, Run of the Arrow is finally about nothing less that the United States, even though it is “just” a Western. As a matter of fact, it is perhaps the most conventionally “Western” of Fuller’s Westerns, the only one that really utilizes […]

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“When it’s night time … “: Myth and the Geography of the Unconscious in ‘I Shot Jesse James’

3 May, 2012 (09:07) | by Rick Hermann, Essays, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 50, June 1976] “I wanted the camera to tilt slightly in one direction and the picture to tilt in another. So when it evens out, we have death. I wanted something weird in the beginning, but when it’s over, dead men are usually horizontal, and everything is simple, on one […]

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Review: The Missouri Breaks

24 April, 2012 (08:31) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 50, June 1976] More than a fair share of iridescent, long-shadowed mornings and ghostly blue, otherworldly evenings mark the twilight of an era in The Missouri Breaks, Arthur Penn’s end-of-the-West Western. Penn’s Little Big Man was also an elegy of sorts, an iconoclastic and morally allegorical taking-apart of a corner […]

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Review: Stay Hungry

10 November, 2011 (09:16) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 52, October 1976] Bob Rafelson’s two previous films, Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens, were both unequivocally downers as far as the types of characters he chose to depict—uprooted failures, emotionally crippled losers—and their respective destinies on bleak, severely shrunken horizons are concerned. Nicholson’s wasted vitality in […]

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Review: The Outlaw Josey Wales

31 August, 2011 (13:06) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews, Westerns | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 53, January 1977] Clint Eastwood’s latest movie covers a lot of territory and glimpses a large enough cross-section of Western character types, Leone-ish villains, and just plain folks to fill an album of rare and intriguing daguerreotypes. People getting mixed up with and along with one another travel through raw […]

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Blood and Ashes

22 August, 2011 (05:19) | by Rick Hermann, Film Festivals, Westerns | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 53, January 1977] Don Siegel, a man with an impressive history of making competent, toughminded, fast-moving films, admits that he’s trying to alter his “image” as an action director. In his most recent film, The Shootist, we can feel the tug between action and reflection, violence and elegy, present and […]

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Review: Rocky

2 August, 2011 (08:46) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 54, June 1977] Sylvester Stallone’s meticulous job of screenwriting—street-poetry dialogue coupled with a healthy sense of humor and a sharp attentiveness to odd colloquialisms and fight-ring dialect—is largely responsible for making Rocky such an interestingly compassionate treatment of big guys against little guys. You might not think so as the […]

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Review: Bound For Glory

14 July, 2011 (08:04) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 54, June 1977] The forces of freedom and spontaneity have a way of dominating foregrounds in Bound for Glory: kids, in closeup, singing a Guthrie children’s-ditty whose beat seems slightly out of sync with the mechanical rhythm of the motion their parents make as they stoop and pick vegetables deep […]

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