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84 T10 Law of Vengeance Law of Vengeance (1933) - 22 Apr 2011
"Brooding and impeccably paced. Shot like a silent, with some great camera movements and among the absolute coolest credits sequence I'm aware of - the names appear at the bottom third during the actors' first shots. It's well-written, well-acted (who knew Buster Crabbe had it in him?), and well-shot, and unlike so many of these oaters, it has heart and style."
75 T5 The Hunters The Hunters (1958) - 10 Sep 2011
"Practically unrecognizable when held against Salter's novel. The gut-wrenching fear of failure which permeates every page is replaced with two-fisted punchin' and killin', and it's a shame because they threw away a lot of good stuff to juvenilize the story. On its own terms, though, it's a pretty routine wartime melodrama marred by embarrassing Anglo-centrism, but buoyed by some stone cold BEAUTIFUL and deeply exciting arial photography, the caliber of which I have never seen matched."
72 T4 Shatter Dead Shatter Dead (1994) - 03 Jul 2011
"Terribly acted, weakly shot, and unimpressive gore effects even for the standards of no-budget film, but it feels fresh and hypnotic through sheer audacity of premise and commitment to mood. Dirty and inarticulate poetry."
65 T2 Rufus Jones for President Rufus Jones for President (1933) - 14 Sep 2011
"This is an extraordinary cultural document. Like Alice Guy's "The Results of Feminism," it's a jokey send-up of a social "absurdity" that was really a historical inevitability. Little Rufus' campaign is a catalog of racist trash - "free pork chops with each vote" and a "dice president", but then all of a sudden Ethel Waters starts singing a cutting and heartfelt ballad about the American dream. It's a shocking moment of raw passion and hope for the future."
76 T6 The Horse Soldiers The Horse Soldiers (1959) - 17 Mar 2011
"Ford's mastery over the little things makes up for this movie's failures at the big things. A few indelible images - the drummer boy getting yanked out of ranks by his mom, the conversation shot through reeds, and the Searchers-esque ending."