Archive for tag: Raoul Walsh

Blu-ray/DVD: Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ and the silent spectacle of ‘The Thief of Bagdad’

20 February, 2013 (08:14) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Argo (Warner), the third feature from actor-turned-directo?r Ben Affleck, was released early in October, just before the traditional roll-out of high-toned dramas and Oscar-bait showpieces gets aggressively competitive, and debuted to glowing reviews, enthusiastic audiences, and impressive box-office. Pretty good for a real-life drama about the stranger-than-fiction rescue of the six Americans who escaped capture when Iranians stormed […]

“The World in His Arms” – Gregory Peck Goes North to Alaska

6 April, 2011 (15:02) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

In the 1952 adventure The World In His Arms, Gregory Peck is a boisterous sea captain in the Pacific Coast, circa 1850, who has a plan to buy Alaska from the Russians… if they don’t kill him first. It’s not the kind of role that we immediately associate with Peck. He’s the man of principle, […]

“The Man I Love,” “Road House” and Ida Lupino: The Noir Heroine

18 February, 2011 (10:15) | Actors, by Sean Axmaker, Film Noir, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

If Barbara Stanwyck was the Queen B of film noir (as she dubbed in an iconic issue of Film Comment), Ida Lupino was its tough cookie, a beauty with brass and a dame who knew the score. She was a romantic heroine who could hold her own against the brawny heroes and rough villains of […]