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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Made by late director Mr.Robert Altman : One of his greatest films !!!!
Despite some horses and odd scenes of fighting, "Mccabe and Mrs.Miller" is not at all a western in the real sense of the word. It cannot be called a western in the traditional sense of the word as its motives are not similar to those of standard westerns. Those who prefer to call it a western ought to know that there are different types of western where the hero is not a hero. He is an ordinary man with certain strengths and weaknesses. In this film, Mccable is no ordinary man with just some ambitions. He has a business plan and a revenue model. Things change a lot when an experienced madam comes to the village. The muddy town setting of the film helps to give an air of authenticity but it must have created a lot of problems while shooting. For a film which deals with brothels, puritans might raise objection to a film about a small American town where people seem to be more interested in god, wine and brothels. For the end result, Altman chose to depict that the overconfidence is not at all good. There are times when even circumstances compel a macho man to collapse. Finally, it is evident that 'To call it a western or not to call it a western is a very vital query. This is something of an essential question which would be on the mind of every viewer who decides to watch American cinema's most intelligent director Robert Altman's classic film.
Sudden Impact (1983)
Clint Eastwood's film 'Sudden impact' does make an average impact on viewers !!!!
It is common knowledge that multitasking is an extremely risky proposition. For this reason, it is hard not only to act in a film but also direct it efficiently. Clint Eastwood manages to pull off an important coup by being in absolute control of his film. In 'Sudden Impact', his troubles seem to start as he is too intelligent to obey other people's orders. However, there is nobody in the police force who can stop a man who can get results come what may with unusual methods.This gives rise to a new situation wherein a clever inspector is assigned to a homicide case in a small town where some random murders start to create panic in the hearts and minds of people. It is not so often that suspense is maintained in a revenge film. This film is an exception as it is about an ordinary yet bad girl who is determined to avenge her and her sister's brutal rape by some hoodlums. As the retribution comes at regular intervals, a great deal of suspense is maintained. Director Clint Eastwood doesn't dig deeper to find out reasons for men raping hapless women. However, some hope for justice is established when a criminal realizes the wrongs which he did. This is too late a development.This has a lot to do with the fact that the hero has to win in the end. There is some twist in the story as bad guys collapse due to over confidence in their abilities.
Luis Buñuel ensured that his actors continued to walk on a long empty road !!!!
One does not know to what extent is the French film 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' influenced by famous psychologist Sigmund Freud and his groundbreaking book "The Interpretation of Dreams". This film presents some absolutely weird dreams disguised as real events. They throw light on different protagonists and their miserable lives. It is due to this innovation that director Luis Buñuel is able to create a very thin line between dreams and reality. Bourgeois hypocrisy in France is also depicted in order to reveal weaknesses which can be found in any country or any civilization. Some elements of this film would get repeated in later films directed by Buñuel. One can cite the issue of terrorism as the best example which is shown in "Cet Obscur Objet Du Désir". From a screenwriter's perspective, 'The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie' is an easy work for creative people. They would just have to create some unlimited situations for limited characters. This would enable everybody to watch this film without any preconceived notions.
Hard Times (1975)
Walter Hill shows that a tough man can survive any type of tough times !!!!
'Boxing pictures' is one of the most popular genres in American cinema. This genre aims to depict class and the tensions arising as a result of the boxer's desire for individual glory and the wider socio-economic forces that shape the fighter's identity. Hard Times has achieved a unique position in the realm of this genre for its effective use of a popular sport to depict tough times in American history and their impact on ordinary people. For his début film, director Walter Hill chose to delineate hardships faced by ordinary people in Louisiana during the Great depression. It was during such depressing times that men were instantly hooked to boxing which provided necessary thrills aimed at entertaining a public which had means to pay for bare knuckle fights. Although it can be said that actor Charles Bronson carried the film on his shoulders, there are some good performances by James Coburn too. Watching their team succeed, one is led to believe that a man has to use his hands as effectively as his mind. One thing which can bother some viewers especially the weaker gender as there are some absolutely negligible roles for women.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Actor Spencer Tracy never shows his left hand in the entire film !!!!
American film 'Bad Day at Black Rock' begins with an express train running through Mojave desert in California.It makes an unscheduled stop at a small town which has not seen any train stop there for the last four years.This brief yet interesting description is enough to guarantee ample thrills to viewers.However,director John Sturges and his leading man Spencer Tracy contribute a lot to ensure that their film also discusses some issues of supreme importance especially the hypocrisy of small town people who would do anything to let some secrets remain buried in the ground.This is plenty of action in the film with imaginative use of hands and mouths.Apart from some good performances by Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, it is actor Spencer Tracy who completely dominates the film.It is said that a leading man doesn't lose cool easily.However, no hero would keep quiet when unjustly provoked.It is precisely for this reason that he emerges as a true hero despite having a severe physical handicap.
This Yves Robert film makes good fun of spies and their funny methods !!!!
In many ways, French comedy film "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" parodies and lampoons espionage films. Its success is guaranteed on two key principles involving spies. Firstly, spies can also be spied either by their juniors or seniors as every spy has to have the honor of having a dossier written about him/her by another spy. It is for this reason that no secrecy can be guaranteed as almost anybody is vulnerable to lack of secrecy. Trust is the difficult thing to be had for spies as it is betrayed at regular intervals. For this film, it is evident that director Yves Robert has been in the favor of 'common man' as any ordinary person can be easily converted as an easy target for an espionage organization. This film's tone is light and situations depicted are highly plausible. It is this quality which makes adventures of the tall blond man with one black shoe very appealing to viewers.
Le retour du grand blond (1974)
Actor Pierre Richard is such a joy to watch that one is compelled to state that fun would never cease to end !!!!
The fun which audiences had due to Yves Robert's ingenuous story telling methods in "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" continues without any break in "The Return of the Tall Blond Man". Much of the action concentrates its focus on the notion that if a spy is created for some specific targets to be met, this person can also be allowed to die once those targets are achieved. French actors Pierre Richard as a spy and Mireille Darc as the spy's girl friend travel to Brazil as love birds where they are able to escape danger by being vigilant during all times. A key aspect of this film is about how a bureaucrat would try to do anything possible in order to please a minister ? This sub plot brings a fresh twist to the story wherein direct political involvement in matters of spies are brought to the fore. This situation gives rise to a minor yet decisive conflict between a secret agent and his contemporary.The fun does not seem to end as a lot of comic situations are added in the film to depict the futility of espionage.
Crimes of Passion (1984)
Director Ken Russell shows that it is not possible to separate sex and religion !!!!
It is no secret that since the beginning of civilization sex and religion have always been able to maintain a unique "love hate" relationship with each other. The story of Adam and Eve is also viewed in the same context. Wherever there is religion, sex is likely to be found and vice versa. No religion has been able to free itself from the influence of sex. This has always been a trend and it would continue to be so in near future too. "Crimes of Passion" might turn out to be mild for many viewers according to today's standards but it was viewed as an absolutely shocking controversial film upon its initial release in 1984. Words would fail to describe actress Kathleen Turner's impeccable performances as 'China Blue'- an expensive hooker who is also leading a double life. Apart from some kinky sex scenes, China blue's character allows viewers to get a glimpse of tough lives faced by hookers. The religious side is presented by actor Anthony Perkins as a crazy priest whose only obsession seems to rescue china blue from damnation at all costs. He is able to succeed to a very large extent but a sudden event completely changes the course of action. Director Ken Russell has been honest with his depiction of people with dual identities. They have been presented as they are in real life without any embellishment. 'Crimes of Passion' has a lot of hilarious lines which denounce hypocrisy, falsehood and dishonesty. They are absolutely essential for viewers' comprehension in order to give them better ideas about a marriage which is on the verge of collapse due to lack of sex and how mean are societies to create and promote fallen women like "China Blue" for their selfish interests ?
French actor Gérard Jugnot plays an important role in this 'seventh company' film !!!!
French film 'The Seventh Company Outdoors' is the last film of the seventh company series.This series was launched in 1973 with the making of "Mais Où Est Donc Passée La Septième Compagnie ?".As far as this film is concerned,one might receive mixed reactions from viewers.On the one hand there might be viewers who like this film for bringing the action from the forests into the personal lives of the ordinary people.One cannot ignore the fact that the threat level present in the film is genuine as the story takes place in the times of war.On the other hand there might also be viewers who are ready to view this film as a simple, intellectual exercise in narrating an entertaining tale of three French soldiers who get separated from their army.There are moments in this film where it becomes a complete family affair.For example : There is a brother who is not liked by his sister's husband.Actor Gérard Jugnot is perfect in his role as a French man who makes secret arrangements to hide a resistance fighter. Finally,more than a military film,'The Seventh Company outdoors" is an adventure film where Germans continue to be depicted as idiots.
China Moon (1994)
Good performances by Ed Harris and Madeleine Stowe make 'China Moon' a good cinema experience !!!!
China Moon had a limited run when it was released in 1994.It was resurrected when television channels started to show it on regular basis in 1995.The success of this film proves that television can always be considered as a viable alternative to cinema for certain films.This gave a new lease of life to this film about an experienced cop who is destroyed due to overconfidence in trusting a rich girl friend and a junior colleague at office.There are plenty of good moments in this film which can interest viewers.It is with great interest viewers can watch how actor Benicio Del Toro's character is developed.He gets trained by working under a nice boss but his outsmarting his boss is a complete shock to viewers.Ed Harris is cool in his role as a cop who doesn't know much about imminent dangers when he is part of a romantic relationship with a rich woman.Actors Charles Dance and Madeleine Stowe provide good support to the story as the couple whose marriage has crumbled due to differences of ideas.