I find the birth of sound to be the most fascinating point in movie history. Things like widescreen cinematography and color eventually ended up dominating cinema after their introduction, but those were slow and gradual processes. Simplified, movies went from silent in 1928 to sound in 1929. It was a sea change and it happened… Continue reading The Black Watch
I had no idea what this movie was about beyond the very brief description on its IMDb page, and I thought it was going to be a little drama about the Irish poor trying to make the rent. Boy, was I wrong. It's almost a remake of Kentucky Pride in plot and structure except told… Continue reading The Shamrock Handicap
#2 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. I'm going to get so much shit for this. I mean all the shit. 100% of the shit. Oh, well. Here goes. I love this movie. I unabashedly, unironically, and unashamedly love this movie. I think this is one of John Carpenter's best films, and I think… Continue reading Escape from L.A.
There's something evidently different about this film from Ford's previous surviving feature films, something from the very beginning. It's bigger and grander in feel from its opening scene than anything he had made up to this point, and that feeling continues through its runtime as The Iron Horse manages, not always the most gracefully, to… Continue reading The Iron Horse
This is a fifty minute long movie that's missing ten minutes, a full fifth of the runtime. That's unfortunate, because what survives is an amusing little adventure tale from John Ford, thrusting the action into the great white north of Canada instead of the American Old West. Like most of his early feature length films,… Continue reading North of Hudson Bay