Archive for tag: Harry Dean Stanton

Review: Wise Blood

28 November, 2012 (09:00) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, John Huston | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in The Weekly, May 28, 1980] I preach that there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else’s, but behind all of them, there’s only one truth and that is that there’s no truth…. Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and […]

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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: The Missouri Breaks

14 December, 2011 (10:02) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews, Westerns | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 51, August 1976] I was prepared—by Tom McGuane’s insipid earlier scripts and by Brando’s increasingly self-indulgent performances in recent years—to dislike The Missouri Breaks, and so was considerably surprised to find myself enjoying it. Now I’m just as surprised to find that I am relatively alone in having liked the […]

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Paris, Texas on Criterion

29 September, 2010 (07:52) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Wim Wenders | By: Sean Axmaker

Winner of the Palme D’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, Paris, Texas (Criterion) was not Wim Wenders’ first American film—that would be Hammett (1982), which proved to be a dispiriting experience when producer Francis Ford Coppola decided to step in and re-edit Wenders’ vision to something more commercial (so much for the creative freedom […]

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Review: Straight Time / Short Eyes

4 August, 2010 (08:46) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 58-59, August 1978] I saw Straight Time on a double feature, and didn’t know quite what to make of it. Next day, I remembered the second feature vividly and Straight Time almost not at all. Yet I had trouble finding anything specifically wrong with this Chinese dinner of a movie. […]

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Review: The Rose

20 November, 2009 (07:12) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews, Musicals | By: Robert Horton

[Originally published in Movietone News 64-65, March 1980] “You know, I’m so tired of the road,” sighs Bette Midler into a telephone near the end of the film. There’s a hesitation in her voice on the word ‘road’ as if she were going to say, “I’m so tired of The Rose” instead. This would not […]

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Review: The Black Marble

11 November, 2009 (12:18) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 64-65, March 1980] The second of his books that he has personally seen to the screen, Joseph Wambaugh’s The Black Marble might have been a better movie if Wambaugh & co. had not so assiduously aimed for a PG rating, and included more of the novel’s amusing raunch, verbal and […]

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Review: Alien

10 November, 2009 (07:51) | by Tom Keogh, Film Reviews, Science Fiction | By: Tom Keogh

[Originally published in Movietone News 64-65, March 1980] As a horror movie, Alien is appropriately concerned with collective nightmares (being chased and caught; the monster is below us, now above us; someone we know is, in fact, not human), and lustfully derivative of the genre’s white-middle-class fears that give rise to the nightmares (loss of […]

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