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MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #12. The Searchers (1956)

“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.

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“Figure a man’s only good for one oath at a time. I took mine to the Confederate States of America.”

I like westerns in general. I recognise that there is probably no duo who has influenced the genre more than director John Ford and actor John Wayne. I’ve known of The Searchers and its amazing reputation for years. Even Martin Scorsese, my own hero in the world of cinema, rates at as one of the greatest movies ever made. So why have I never seen it until now? Maybe that reputation was a little overwhelming.


It wasn’t that I thought it couldn’t live up to the hype, it was exactly because I was sure it would. You can only see a movie for the first time once, so when I was all but certain it was going to be amazing, I got a bit anxious about that first time. Sort of like every female character in every 80s movie about high school kids. Then I bought a new telly. A glorious 55 inch bastard with all the fruit. That was when I knew it was time to tackle the Johns, Ford and Wayne, and The Searchers. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #51. West Side Story (1961)

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.
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“Even a greaseball’s got feelin’s.”

Watching old movies can be great for getting an idea of how the world looked or thought or behaved at a certain point in time.  Sometimes it’s literally there on the screen and in the stories being told.  Sometimes it’s more about the behind the camera attitude of the film makers and writers who are inadvertently giving us a look at that time through their subconscious story telling.


But sometimes, I’m just perplexed by why a movie looks the way it looks, or depicts people and society the way it does.  Sometimes, I really wish I could go back and watch a movie with the same eyes as people did back when it was new.  Because I have no idea how people saw West Side Story in 1961, but with my 2015 eyes, it is impossible to fathom. (more…)