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70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder

Based on an original script by Elmore Leonard, Richard Fleischer's Mr. Majestyk is the best melon-picking movie I've ever seen. Charles Bronson stars as the titular character, a taciturn yet friendly man who is entirely focused on getting the watermelon...

Friday One Sheet: Design and Posture in A SIMPLE FAVOR

This strikingly handsome design for Paul Feig's latest film, A Simple Favor, feels as much like a teaser as the mainline poster, offering little but a look at its stars in perfect posture, a cocktail, and a staircase in the middle...

Notes on Streaming: A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL Simmers, G.L.O.W. Burns Bright

The most frequent complaint about Netflix is that their flood of new series all have too many episodes that are all too long. Here is my two-pronged solution: (1) try another streaming service; (2) watch shorter shows with fewer episodes....

70s Rewind: THE MECHANIC, Terse Buddy Assassins

I pity anyone who saw Jason Statham's The Mechanic without having first seen Charles Bronson's The Mechanic. Because you didn't even get half the story. And the story's not even the point! In my review of the 2011 version, I...

Have Your Say: Dinosaurs!

Last weekend J. A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell to Earth, and while it was not exactly an extinction event, it did leave quite a deep impact. When I saw it, I liked the film a lot but wondered...

Have Your Say: The Incredible Brad Bird

Last weekend, Brad Bird's Incredibles 2 landed with a thudding 'WHOMP' which was heard across the world. Our Andrew Mack loved it and he was not the only one: with 180 million dollars domestic and a CinemaScore rating of A+,...

Friday One Sheet: FIRST MAN

What struck me most about this poster for the IMAX release of an upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic, is that at first glance it looks less like a rocket launch, and more like a religious pyre for some early Clan of...

Notes on Streaming: THE HOLLOW, Unraveling an Animated Mystery

The opening scenes of The Hollow reminded me of the opening of Zork, one of the first text-based computer games. Back in the early 1980s, I remember eagerly buying the game and staring at the opening line, white text on...

Have Your Say: Sitting Through The End Credits Because The Music Is So Good...

Not everyone is inclined to watch the end credits of a film. Many broadcasting channels even cut them off, a practice I find frown-worthy to say the least. But sometimes a film ends and even though there's no after-joke or...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite CGI-Animated Character?

This weekend Avengers: Infinity War lumbered further across the Earth, spreading shock and dismay in its path while picking up a cool billion dollars. Who says nihilism doesn't pay? Seriously, I think I haven't felt such a "disturbance in the...

70s Rewind: BANK SHOT, George C. Scott in a Broad Comedy Caper

The very idea of George C. Scott starring in a broad comedy caper during his glory years in the early 1970s is startling. Scott himself recalled in 1982: "People still think of me as a heavy actor, but I grew...

Have Your Say: What Are You Looking Forward To, This Summer Season?

Is it me, or is this year's blockbuster season seriously front-loaded? After an incredible hype, Avengers: Infinity War landed with a massive thud, obliterating box office records everywhere. Rampage seemed like ultimate summer fare, but was wisely programmed a few...

70s Rewind: CONRACK, Jon Voight as a Real-Life White Savior

Jon Voight stars as the titular character, a young white teacher who comes to an island off the coast of South Carolina in March 1969. He's been hired to fill in for a teacher on a health leave, only to...

Friday One Sheet: The Legacy of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Stanley Kubrick's timeless masterpiece of science fiction and supreme audio-visual storytelling, 2001: A Space Odyssey, turns 50 this month. Thus, I would like to take today's column as a gallery, to outlay about a dozen posters, from official studio released...

Screen Anarchists On READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is the legendary director's highest-grossing film in over a decade, and audience reception worldwide is pretty kind towards it. Many critics like the film as well, and some herald it as a return to...

70s Rewind: FAT CITY, Broads, Booze and Boxing, Bleakly

To be honest, I didn't feel that good before I finally started watching John Huston's adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel the other night, but afterward, it was only the sheer exhaustion of a long day's work that allowed me to...

Notes on Streaming: WILD WILD COUNTRY Digs Deep Into Fear and Religion

Where were you in 1981? In June of that year, I attended a lonely Saturday morning screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unable to convince any of my friends to accompany me to a movie widely perceived as a...

70s Rewind: THE DROWNING POOL, Paul Newman Makes Me Sweat

A sequel that arrived nine years after the original, The Drowning Pool follows Los Angeles private detective Lew Harper on a case that made me sweat from Louisiana languor. Paul Newman is sterling in the lead role, stepping easily back...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Quentin Tarantino Film?

Today is Quentin Tarantino's birthday, and the writer / director / actor turns 55 already. Over the years, he has been portrayed in the media as a visionary filmmaker, a rebel, a thief, a genius, a liar, a copy-machine, responsible,...

70s Rewind: SCORPIO, Cynical Spies Like Us

Cynical times prompt cynical films. The early 1970s were a cynical time for many people. The bloom and possibilities of the 1960s were rapidly fading. In 1972, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon easily won re-election, even as the Watergate investigation...