• Arrow in the Dust

    Arrow Dust

    Unfulfilled promise, is there anything more disappointing? I'm talking about movies here, of course, and not life in general. This may not be the most enticing... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Rough Shoot

    Rough Shoot

    Hitchcockian is a word that ought to be reasonably common for anyone familiar with the movie reviewing/commentary world. Mind you, time was the term got recycle... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Reprisal!


    I get a kick out of looking at the way trends and perspectives develop and evolve. Anyone who has followed along on my journey through cinema over the last... Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Pillars of the Sky


    Over the years there has been a good deal of ill-informed, and one might even say uninformed, material written and spoken about the classic western, and the... Read more

    Posted on 12 August 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Spin a Dark Web

    Spin Dark

    How essential is the femme fatale in film noir? Sure her presence is one of the characteristics you will hear mentioned time and again should you ask people... Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Ride Back

    Ride Back

    I've never been a success at anything I tried to do. Anything I ever tried to do ever, failed. I've been a failure and that's all, a plain old failure. But I'm... Read more

    Posted on 23 July 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Floods of Fear

    Floods Fear

    There's drama to be found in extremes, which may be of the economic, political, social or emotional variety. The latter is, of course, the most engaging and... Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Three Steps to the Gallows

    Three Steps Gallows

    Last summer I spent a long time trawling through a range of British crime movies, and had a most enjoyable time in the process. I can't promise to devote the... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • This Side of the Law

    This Side

    Years ago, when I took my first tentative steps into the world of blogging, I wanted to find some means of talking about the movies which I found interesting.... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Four Guns to the Border

    Four Guns Border

    Generic and predictable - aren't those terms we've all seen tossed casually and in derogatory fashion towards westerns before? Yet generic is no sort of... Read more

    Posted on 17 June 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

    Slaughter Tenth Avenue

    Graft and gangsters on the waterfront probably evoke thoughts of Brando, Kazan et al, but there was more than one movie to make use of that particular milieu.... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Indian Uprising

    Indian Uprising

    So many things seem to be connected. And once you move into the field of the arts, and particularly cinema, this becomes all the more noticeable. Film fans ten... Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Outcasts of Poker Flat

    Outcasts Poker Flat

    If there's one thing that turns my stomach, it's respectability. By the 1950s the western itself could be said to have attained something very close to... Read more

    Posted on 01 May 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Turning Point

    Turning Point

    Organized crime, corruption and graft became increasingly common features of film noir as it moved into the 1950s. Those unattractive yet perennial problems... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Price of Fear

    Price Fear

    Hybrid movies, or those which blend and mix genres, can be fascinating when done well. When the recipe is a winner the results can be stimulating, the unexpecte... Read more

    Posted on 01 April 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Glass Web


    There's something interesting about looking at the shape of a filmmaker's career, what they were doing at certain points, whether there were overlaps or... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Warning Shot

    Warning Shot

    As a fan of film noir, I'm always a little saddened to think of how it gradually faded from cinema screens. Then again, that very briefness is part of its... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Silver City

    Silver City

    Watching movies again after a long gap can alternate between the rewarding and the disappointing. Any conclusions reached are, of course, entirely subjective... Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion Body Snatchers

    At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't. Something evil had taken possession of the town. There's something powerfully compelling about stories... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Violent Men


    Quality is a hard thing to define with any degree of precision. It's something we all know when we see it but try putting it into words, creating a label for i... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2019 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES