Month: February 2016

Major Dundee (1965) Directed by Sam Peckinpah (Part 1 of 5)

In the summer of 1962, a low-budget western was given a general release as the lower half of a double-bill that featured the turgid Italian-made costume drama The Tartars. To the average moviegoer, the western appeared to be just another standard cowboy movie that at the time were still regularly rolled out by most of the Hollywood studios in support of their A-feature films. Indeed close examination of the cast, which included old-time cowboy actors, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, would appear to confirm its B-movie status. However, word quickly spread through critical reviews and amongst cinemagoers that rather...

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The X-Factor

Why we love The X-Files, even if we may never know what ‘the truth’ really is. Everything old is new again on TV as well as at the movies. Doctor Who has been back for almost a decade now, Thunderbirds were relaunched last year, and in 2017 we’ll return to Twin Peaks. But this year, right now in fact, The X-Files have been reopened. Inspired by seventies’ series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, with a liberal dash of The Twilight Zone, Chris Carter’s creepy, conspiracy-laden creation – along with David Lynch’s bizarro Twin Peaks – pretty much defined ‘90s television and changed the way we...

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