Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Hickey & Boggs (1972) After the cancellation of their television program, Robert Culp made one last attempt to recapture the partnership with Bill Cosby that never acknowledged race. What arose was a grim portrait of decadent, soulless, and corrupt Los Angeles, with Culp mostly sulking at the bar, and Cosby devastated by the brutal slaying … More Hickey & Boggs (1972)

The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

The Color of Pomegranates (1969) Sergei Parajanov recreates the story of Armenian bard Sayat-Nova through a series of iconographic tableaux. The resplendent colors and austere asceticism of historic locations saturate this movie in ritual. “Actress Sofiko Chiaureli notably plays six roles in the film.” Soviet censors had little understanding or sympathy for such celebration of … More The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Strictly Dynamite (1934)

Strictly Dynamite (1934) A pre-code theatrical farce, directed by Elliott Nugent to promote the “Mexican Spitfire,” Lupe Vélez, only to be upstaged by Jimmy Durante. Nick (Norman Foster), a poet of mediocre talent, agrees to write sophisticated jokes for malapropistic radio ham Moxie (Jimmy Durante). Money goes to the Nick’s head, and he winds up … More Strictly Dynamite (1934)

Thunder Road (1958)

Thunder Road (1958) Stripped down to stark black and white, this noir about Harlan county whisky runners was helmed by Robert Mitchum, who co-wrote, supposedly directed, and starred as Korean War vet Lucas Doolin. The movie aims to capture authentic hill culture, right down to speech patterns. Its country title song, co-written by Mitchum, and … More Thunder Road (1958)

Cartels (2017)

Cartels (2017) Here’s another macho fantasy about U. S. Marshals caught in the crossfire of Eastern European drug cartels. Evil overlord and martial artist Georges St.Pierre plays insane Salazar, confronted by Steven Seagal in a fat showdown. Critics who complain that Seagal’s in this movie only fifteen minutes miss the point. Everybody knows that when … More Cartels (2017)