Archive for category: Sam Fuller

Blu-ray: ‘The Big Red One’

24 September, 2014 (09:49) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

Director, writer, pulp fiction author, raconteur and all-around maverick character Samuel Fuller was as proud of his military service as any of his artistic accomplishments. Like hundreds of thousands of other Americans, he enlisted in the armed services after Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. He joined the infantry and, as a rifleman in […]

Videophiled at War: ‘The Big Red One’ and World War II on Blu

1 June, 2014 (10:35) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

Invasion Europe (World War II Collections) (Warner, Blu-ray) True Stories of WWII (World War II Collections) (Warner, Blu-ray) The Big Red One (Warner, Blu-ray) Memphis Belle (1990) (Warner, Blu-ray) Memorial Day is traditionally the occasion for studios to roll out their war movies again. This year, Warner upgraded a couple of titles to Blu-ray and […]

Videodrone: Sam Fuller’s ‘China Gate’ and Stuart Gordon’s ‘From Beyond’

27 March, 2013 (20:04) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

I’ve been waiting quite literally for decades for a widescreen release of Sam Fuller’s China Gate (Olive) on home video. Long overdue on disc, it has never been made available widescreen on video of any kind, relegated to pan-and-scan on the long out-of-print VHS release and on every TV or cable showing I’ve ever found. […]

DVD: ‘The Samuel Fuller Film Collection’

9 May, 2012 (17:37) | by Richard T. Jameson, DVD, Sam Fuller | By: Richard T. Jameson

A year after its landmark release of Budd Boetticher’s “Ranown” Westerns, Sony showcases another great maverick filmmaker. Samuel Fuller spent most of his career in B pictures, creating ultrapersonal, formula-defying films that got little notice from workaday reviewers but impressed sharp critics like Andrew Sarris and Manny Farber. His streetwise worldview, his voice, his advisedly […]

At last … the really ‘Big Red One’

9 May, 2012 (06:13) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Richard T. Jameson

[originally published in Steadycam, February 13, 2005; an earlier version of this article was published late 2004 in Queen Anne & Magnolia News] Samuel Fuller—whose credit on his movies always read WRITER PRODUCER • DIRECTOR SAMUEL FULLER with WRITER on top like that—came to Seattle in May 1976 for a special appearance with two of […]

‘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 […]

The Steel Helmet: “I’ve got a hunch we’re all going around in circles”

7 May, 2012 (10:36) | by Kathleen Murphy, Essays, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Kathleen Murphy

[Originally published in Movietone News 50, June 1976] There are two kind of people in The Steel Helmet: those who are dead and those who are about to be; men who have ceased to move anywhere and mean anything, and those whose idiosyncratic, even crazy energy keeps them in motion until they too are stopped […]

“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 […]

Hey, Mom, Where’s My Suicide Note Collection?

2 May, 2012 (08:47) | by Richard Thompson, Essays, Interviews, Sam Fuller | By: Richard Thompson

[Originally published in Movietone News 50, June 1976] Sam Fuller: “You can always tell about a leaper by the distance his toes are from the edge of either the window or the ledge of the roof he’s threatening to jump from. If you’re covering it, watch those toes. If they stick out, he’s not a […]

Creature Contact

1 May, 2012 (09:30) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Sam Fuller | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 50, June 1976] Sam Fuller visited the Seattle Film Society the weekend of May 8 and, among many other things that happened within 46-and-a-half exhilarating, excruciating, mind-boggling, adrenalin-jagging hours, he told a story about Lazslo Kovacs and The Last Movie, in which Fuller played a movie director for director-of-the-movie Dennis […]

Sam Fuller: An Introduction

1 May, 2012 (09:08) | by Sean Axmaker, Essays, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

[originally published in the program for the Grand Illusion Sam Fuller series in 1999] Samuel Fuller straddled two generations: he was the last of that breed of old Hollywood tough guy directors and, along with Orson Welles, one of the first independent mavericks Like Howard Hawks and Raoul Walsh and William Wellman he came from […]

Samuel Fuller: “Film is like a battleground”

1 May, 2012 (08:55) | Editor, Essays, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

“What is cinema?” asks New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Belmondo of Sam Fuller in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Pierrot le Fou.” He answers: “Film is like a battleground: love, hate, action, death… In one word, EMOTION.” It doesn’t matter whether Godard or Fuller wrote the line (regardless, Fuller’s gruff, cigar chomping delivery makes it his). It stands as […]

Guédiguian’s French Resistance, Fuller’s America and Early Corman – DVDs of the Week

18 January, 2011 (12:11) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

Army of Crime (Kino Lorber) Don’t let the title throw you. The heroes of Robert Guédiguian’s based-on-a-true-story French war drama are not The Dirty Dozen unleashed on the Nazis but a remarkably effective resistance cell formed of French Jews, communists and immigrants—the very “undesirables” targeted by the Nazis for the camps. Guédiguian’s previous films—at least […]

Sam Peckinpah by Sam Fuller

2 May, 2010 (06:17) | Film Reviews, Sam Fuller, Sam Peckinpah | By: guest

[Originally published in Movietone News 60-61, February 1979] When he was in Koln, Germany scouting locations for his 1972 film Dead Pigeon on Beethovenstrasse, lifelong newsman Samuel Fuller was invited by a local journal to review any recent picture that had caught his fancy. We are delighted to reprint the result of that invitation here, […]

Review: The Big Red One

24 September, 2009 (08:10) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Robert Horton

[Originally published in Movietone News 66-67, March 1981] Trying to flag down a notion of just how “pure cinema”—Hitchcock’s term—works is tricky. The implication is that there is a level on which film operates which is undetectable by those who are unwilling or untrained. Sounds kinda elitist, I’m sure, but this is probably why many […]