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These stories have been around a long time. Some of them I have updated. Many of them I haven’t. This started out when blogs were like, new! 

The Anti-Hero, “Dillinger”

Dillinger (1973), the John Milius film, is not much of a movie---for one thing, it doesn't really care about character---but it is exciting.  Gun battles are battles. The fine Warren Oates plays John Dillinger, and his character isn't sanitized.  Neither is the...

I Have To Leaf It Alone: “A New Leaf”

Elaine May's 1971 film, A New Leaf, is a misfire, notwithstanding it was butchered through cutting by Paramount Pictures, a company May sued.  I'm skeptical of it regardless, though, since some pretty weak May-written comedy dominates the movie's first few scenes and,...

Another French Job – Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.”

Francois Truffaut's French picture, The Story of Adele H. (1975), is a partly fictitious period piece about Adele Hugo's unending pursuit of a British lieutenant with whom she once had a romance.  (Adele was the daughter of Victor Hugo.)  He doesn't want her, but she...

Justice Or No? The Movie, “The Hangman”

Michael Curtiz (director) and Dudley Nichols (scriptwriter) gave us 1959's The Hangman, a riveting Western about a U.S. marshal out to arrest a popular man.  Marshal Bovard (Robert Taylor) is dedicated to his job and distrustful of people, although he becomes a little...

From Down Under, A Movie Called “Winter of Our Dreams”

An Australian film, Winter of Our Dreams (1981), concentrates on a bookseller, Rob (Bryan Brown), who cheats on his wife, and now the two maintain what amounts to an open marriage.  Following the suicide of a former girlfriend, Rob wishes to talk about the woman to...

A Weekday Lover Every Week: “The Five Day Lover”

Jean Seberg is the star of a 1961 French film, The Five Day Lover, wherein she plays the mistress---a married one with children---of the currently unemployed Antoine (Jean-Pierre Cassel), regularly kept by his lover (Micheline Presle). This is a Philippe de...

Straight Shootin’: 1999’s “The Straight Story”

David Lynch  built a G-rated movie, The Straight Story (1999), around the event of 73-year-old Alvin Straight taking a trip by riding mower to visit his stroke-afflicted brother.  The trip, in 1994, began in Iowa and ended in Wisconsin.  A gentle picture with humor,...

Look God-Ward, Angel: The Movie, “Angels of Sin”

In Robert Bresson's first feature film, Angels of Sin (1943), which I saw on YouTube, righteous behavior intersects with the worldly behavior of a desperate soul.  Here, a zealous young nun, Anne-Marie (Renee Faure), tries to Christianly love a female ex-con (Jany...

Crazy About “Gun Crazy”

Bart (John Dall), one of the central characters in 1949's Gun Crazy, has always been obsessed with guns but horrified of killing.  He begins a love affair with a sharpshooter-entertainer, Laurie (Peggy Cummins), who admits to being "no good," by which she means she is...

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