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MOVIE REVIEW | The Hustler (1961)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Not only does Newman have the amazing charisma to personify Felson at his cockiest when on top, there’s also a vulnerability to Newman that shines through when we see cracks in Felson’s cocksure facade.”

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“No trouble losing when you got a good excuse. Winning… that can be heavy on your back, too, like a monkey.”

Robert Rosen isn’t a name that jumped out at me as a director whose work I know and love.  When I looked into it, I saw that he only directed 10 movies in his entire career.  But he was definitely a quality over quantity kind of guy, because of those 10, he made one pretty great movie with All the King’s Men, and one undisputed classic, with The Hustler.

‘Fast’ Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) hustles his way across America playing pool.  Along with his partner Chalrie (Myron McCormick), they scam and win decent money from locals before moving on to the next town, but Felson has his eye on a bigger prize.  The legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) hasn’t been beaten in 15 odd years, and Felson walks into Fats’ home ground pool hall hell bent on taking the legend down.  At one point $18,000 up, Felson’s ego gets the best of him, and after 25 hours straight at the table, he loses the lot. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Patton (1970)

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“Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

Before he was regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time, Francis Ford Coppola was already an Oscar winner. And the fact that he wrote a screenplay for Patton, won an Oscar for it, and that is well down the list of reasons people remember this movie, is a testament to just how may reasons there are to watch Patton.

It‘s 1943 and the Americans have officially entered the Second World War. After their first salvo into the fray is a massive defeat in Africa, General George S Patton (George C Scott) is given command and tasked with whipping them into shape. He does this through a strict regime of zero tolerance when it comes to soldiers acting like soldiers, and soon the American have their first major victory over the Germans. With old friend and fellow General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden) by his side, Patton leads his units through Africa and is a major force behind an important win in Sicily. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #39. Dr Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

“Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.”

Stanley Kubrick was film making genius.  But as several past reviews have noted, I’m not a big fan of Stanley Kubrick.  I can recognise his brilliance, while finding a lot of what he does too showy, cold and generally more interested in showing off than telling a story.  A Clockwork Orange is all style and no substance, and one of the downsides of this AFI Top 100 countdown is that it means I will have to endure 2001: A Space Odyssey again at some time in the near future.  But there’s one movie in Kubrick’s filmography that even I think more than lives up to its classic status.  That movie is the gloriously titled Dr Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

It’s the height of the Cold War, and while his squadron of bombers are in the air on a training exercise, but none the less loaded to the hilt with nukes, Brig. Gen. Jack D Ripper (Sterling Hayden) uses a military loophole to order them to attack Russia.  With their radios turned to a secure frequency, the only thing that will bring the pilots back is a secret code.  A secret known only by Ripper.  When a visiting English officer, Peter Sellers as Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake, tries to get the codes from Ripper, he realises that Ripper has gone completely insane.  Soon, the soldiers on base are fighting off allied Americans who they believe are undercover Soviets (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***A.V WEEK 2*** They Might be Giants (1971)


“He thought that every windmill was a giant. That’s insane. But, thinking that they might be, well… All the best minds used to think the world was flat. But what if it isn’t? It might be round.”

Sometimes there’s a movie that’s hard to define. What genre does it fall in? What other movies can you compare it to? Sometimes there’s a movie that makes it hard to justify why you did, or didn’t like it. Well, here’s a movie that I have no idea what genre it falls under. Here’s a movie that I definitely liked, a lot. Here’s a movie that I will attempt to articulate why I liked it, but I make no promises that I’ll be able to. Here’s They Might Be Giants.

George C Scott is Justin Playfair, a widowed millionaire who deals with the grief of losing his wife by descending into denial and becoming Sherlock Holmes. How much is an act? How much is insanity? No one really knows. But his brother (Lester Rawlins as Blevins) does know one thing, if he can have Justin committed to an institution, he can get power of attorney, and Justin’s fortune. Enter Mildred as Dr… Wait for it… Watson. A legit psychologist, her coincidental name is enough for Justin to bring her into his delusional world. (more…)