Archive for category: by Rick Hermann

Movietone News contributor

Review: ‘Middle of the World’

16 September, 2014 (09:37) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 44, September 1975] A thin mist covers an eerily silent, seemingly uninhabited countryside; a car carrying two men seeps into view and, without warning, tumbles off the road and into a field. We suddenly realize that we have viewed what is perhaps death (we never do find out what happens […]

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Review: Black Christmas

25 August, 2014 (12:04) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 45, November 1975] Black Christmas starts to get interesting in the last two minutes. After a series of killings in a college-town sorority house at the beginning of the Christmas holidays, the supposed murderer, in a scene we don’t actually get to see, has been done in by his own […]

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Review: ‘Capone’

23 July, 2014 (09:53) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] While the gangster genre has its fair share of anti-heroes portrayed as psychotic delinquent types (perhaps a fair working definition of the cinematic hood), and while those types help define an aspect of the genre, they certainly aren’t confined to the set boundaries of its form and […]

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Review: ‘Hard Times’

8 July, 2014 (09:32) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] The beginning of Hard Times comes close to successfully evoking a sensitive feel for rundown Thirties landscapes and the forced freedom of men on the move to the next city in hope of something better than what they left behind. Charles Bronson rides into town in an […]

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Review: Winterhawk

23 June, 2014 (10:28) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews, Westerns | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] Most of what is at all worthwhile in Winterhawk has little to do with Winterhawk (Michael Dante), a mysterious Blackfoot leader who captures a white woman and boy and asks that he be given smallpox remedies in exchange for their return. No smallpox remedies are ever forthcoming; […]

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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 Ken Eisler, 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 Ken Eisler, 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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