Captain Walter Anderson – “New York City, an architectural jungle where fabulous wealth and the deepest squalor live side by side. New York, the busiest, the loneliest, the kindest, and the cruelest of cities. Three hundred and eighty new citizens are being born today in the city. One hundred and ninety-two persons will die. Twelve persons will die violent deaths. And at least one of them will be a victim of murder. A murder a day, every day of the year, and each murder will wind up on my desk.”
Continue reading “Side Street (1950) Temptation Brings Pain And Misery!”
I discovered this tense, well crafted thriller after being impressed by the performance of Neville Brand in director Don Siegel’s brilliant titled and extremely taut prison drama Riot In Cell Block 11. He played the lead character, James Dunn who rebels against the prison system, demanding better living conditions for the inmates. Flicking through his filmography I noted the intriguing Kansas City Confidential directed by Phil Karlson. Neville might not be the lead in this film but he does get to play one of three great quirky bad guys.
Tagline – The Picture That Hits With BULLET FORCE And BLACKJACK FURY!
Continue reading “Kansas City Confidential (1952) Exploding! Like A Gun In Your Face!”
I always manage to leave just enough time between viewings of Outland for it to still give me an exciting fresh feeling. Probably watch it every six years since my first viewing in the late 80’s. Actually, I could watch it on Earth, then squeeze myself into the Galileo spacecraft, go into hypersleep for the six year trip to Jupiter I, wake up and watch it on the space station, return home and repeat.
Continue reading “Outland (1981) Sean Connery In Space With A Shotgun! Nuff Said!”
Oh here we go, this is what I’m talking about, first top film buzz of 2018 straight out the gate. Humphrey Bogart plays tough assistant district attorney law enforcer Martin Ferguson taking on the gangsters of New York. A guy so badass he can turn up rocking a dickie bow tie down at the precinct with not one raised eyelid, not even a little giggle. Continue reading “The Enforcer (1951) Cops, Contracts, Hit Men, Gangsters & Dickie Bow Ties”
Director Basil Dearden and writer Janet Green team up together for another bash on British social prejudices. Two years before they had hit on the racial tensions on the streets of London in the late 1950’s in the excellent drama Sapphire. This time they hit the controversial bar high again, for at the time, this film gave the British Board of Film Censors kittens and proved to be way too risque for the US Motion Picture Production Code.
Tagline – A Daring Picture About the World’s Most Un-talked About Subject.
Continue reading “Victim (1961) Basil Dearden Directs More Social Controversy & The Alan Turing Law”
Stanley Baker plays Paul Clifton, a man with a plan. An ultra-careful plan he painstakingly put together, every angle researched to perfection, no stone unturned. This plan is rock solid, no way the rozzers going to get wind of this plan. Hey! by the time the old bill get wind of this job we are going to be high and dry and fancy free. Ain’t nothing that could go wrong!
Tagline – Who says crime doesn’t pay? 3 Million pounds says it does!
Continue reading “Robbery (1967) The Great Train Robbery”
I’ve had this soundtrack since I was bout 16 years old. Bobby Womack writes and sings the title anthem Across 110th Street with just so much heart and passion that it’s not surprising it got picked up to feature on future soundtracks later on down the line. Most notably and incredibly well used in QT’s Jackie Brown but it also turned up in American Gangster with Denzel Washington. Continue reading “Across 110th Street (1972) Bobby Womack To Jackie Brown”
Jack Palance is one of those actors that I know so well. His voice is so recognisable and that unique face of his seems to have played nothing but bad guys. He is probably best known to a certain generation for playing old badass rancher Curly Washburn alongside Billy Crystal in the 1991 comedy adventure classic City Slickers. But he’s popped up in a string of 80’s films which included Batman, Hawk The Slayer and Tango & Cash, to name a few, usually doing his panto villain role. Continue reading “Attack (1956) Badass Chiseled Cheeked Curly Costa”
Massive fan of Pam Grier for obvious reasons, she is a tough iconic action star with a strong screen presence and of course that fist biting incredible body that brings an old wolfman like me out in a hot sweat. Had to sit with an ice pack down my trunks to make it through the viewing!
Tagline – She had a body men would die for – and a lot of them did!
Continue reading “Coffy (1973) – Pam Grier Jiggles Whilst Roy Ayers Plays”
In good old depressing 80’s action revenge style you know what to expect from this here movie. Like Death Wish, you know what’s coming but unlike Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) having to go it alone on his one man bad guy mashing mission our Vigilante hero Eddie Marion (Robert Forster) gets a little help from the neighbourhood fixers.
Tagline – If the law won’t get them… we will!
Continue reading “Vigilante (1983) – Headhunter Smashers”