Archive for tag: John Huston

Blu-ray: ‘The Wind and the Lion’

19 July, 2014 (17:17) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

John Milius occupies a curious place in the culture of American filmmakers of the seventies. In the age of new, young, maverick voices, he’s the rugged American individualist with conservative politics and iconoclastic heroes. He’s fascinated with military culture and imperialist adventure, caught up in the tension between American isolation and intervention, in debt to […]

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 […]

Review: The Man Who Would Be King

13 November, 2012 (19:28) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews, John Huston | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 48, February 1976] John Huston said recently he has made only three good films in the past decade: Reflections in a Golden Eye, Fat City, and The Man Who Would Be King. Though I’m still holding out—more or less alone, I think—for The Kremlin Letter to be included among his […]

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, […]

New on Blu-ray: Hitchcock, Huston and the First Oscar Winner

1 February, 2012 (17:50) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

Hitchcock / Selznick: Rebecca, Notorious, Spellbound (MGM) Hindsight is 20/20, but teaming of British perfectionist director Alfred Hitchcock and American iconoclast producer David O. Selznick was doomed to conflict. Selznick, who brought Hitchcock to Hollywood with an exclusive contract, was a director in all but name. He micromanaged his pictures down to the shot, rewriting […]

It’s Twilight Time: The Kremlin Letter and Violent Saturday debut on DVD in limited editions

5 May, 2011 (13:27) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Noir, Film Reviews, Industry | By: Sean Axmaker

The DVD debut of John Huston’s sprawling, globetrotting 1970 espionage thriller The Kremlin Letter is also the debut release of Twilight Time, a new boutique DVD label (that’s actual pressed DVDs, not DVD-R or MOD) featuring limited run releases of select titles from the 20th Century Fox library. The creation of Warner Bros. veteran Brian […]

When noir was noir

14 February, 2011 (08:35) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Film Noir | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Seattle Weekly, July 21, 1999; written in anticipation of a noir package on Turner Classic Movies] The great French director Jean Renoir, obliged to become a great American director by the German occupation of his country, records in his memoirs a moment around the end of World War II when his two […]

The Maltese Falcon

11 November, 2010 (08:16) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, John Huston | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally written for the National Society of Film Critics anthology The A List: 100 Essential Films (2002)] In 1539, the Knight Templars of Malta, paid tribute to Charles V of Spain, by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels – but pirates seized the galley carrying the priceless token and […]

DVDs of the Month: The African Queen and Bigger Than Life

25 March, 2010 (16:34) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, John Huston | By: Sean Axmaker

One of the most beloved and cherished Hollywood adventures ever made and long the top of every list of DVD requests, The African Queen (Paramount) makes its much anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray simultaneously. It was worth the wait: this is a stunning presentation, but more on that later. The pedigree is impeccable: Sam […]