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28 February 2013


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Steve Colton

Thought I was going to hurt myself (urf, urf!). Please Lord, let this man write many more wonderful reviews!

William R. Cumming

Thanks as always for the memories!

Charles I

Thanks Alan A large-scale truant ....man you really know how to cut a terrorist down to size. Thanks for recco of WH's Warrior, haven't seen it yet, but certain it will fit the entertaining formula you have revealed for us in your research. Looking forward to seeing MCClane use a car to bring down a Hind unless he's moved on to bigger game.

Your reviews, especially since Shoot Em Up, have increased
my ability to suspend judgement when our Hero makes it from say, a park bench to bailing out of a burning Air Force One, freeing me from the surly bounds of armchair directorship for a purer appreciation of the art. urf urf indeed.

Now to google the dark meaning of Walpurgisnacht. . .

Maureen Lang

For an indy film aficionado whose lifetime roommate answers every suggestion to "go into town for a movie" with "Find one this time with car chases in it," your review really hits the sweet spot.

Bravissimo, Alan Farrell!

FB Ali

Alan, loved it -- as usual!


"The appeal of these guys things ..."

Think local WalMart on a family shopping day when dads are there with consort and kiddies. "These guys' things" provide vicarious/symptomatic relief.

There is a line in Zardoz ...



Thanks goodness Hollywood can still do the tight jeans and pouty lips. Hopefully they remember to put some framboise and crevasse seeking spandex in the next one.


I have a soft spot for "Taken 2," in which sexagenerian Liam Neeson whacked half of Paris while rescuing his daughter and nobody seemed to notice. Yes, it was more entertaining than Daniel Day-Lewis freeing the slaves.

Dashiell Hammett wrote a scene in "The Glass Key" where the hero sustains a beating that would put a normal man in the hospital. In a bold move for an action writer, Hammett then put the guy in the hospital. (The Alan Ladd movie is very faithful in that regard.) I often think of that whenever I see this kind of picture.

Luis Guzman has a nice part in Out of Sight, too.

Medicine Man

Your description of the Colt Dragoon just about slew me. Salut, Mr. Farrell.

Medicine Man

There is an interesting question buried in there regarding the differences between the "larger than life" approach to action heroes and the "everyman" approach. If Bruce Willis' career is any indication, I would say the everyman approach has more legs but perhaps I'm just biased in that regard. I like the action/comedy hybrids myself, with Army of Darkness and Big Trouble in Little China being two of my favorites.

Maureen Lang

Got a bias for the hybrids also, MM.

Another case in point- "everyman" Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Lose the slapstick cartoon humor & Valiant would make a great screen version of The Continental Op.



Did any of you see the HBO series based on FMF's "Parades End?" I thought it was grand even if they did trifle with the ending. pl


Catch Valdez Is Coming. AFF

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your ipad? pl

Maureen Lang

Yes indeed, definitely worth a re-watch in the context of this post/thread.

Maureen Lang

I missed it, unfortunately. On the strength of your recommendation, the material, plus Cumberbatch & Hall playing leads I've added it to On Demand dvr queue.

Charles I

With Susan Clark as the female cast the whole family can know the frontier violence will be as wholesome as it it is entertaining!


Valdez is Coming is a good movie and Elmore Leonard has had more novels adapted for the screen than any other writer. I just started his western ,Gunsights.

I just Netflixed The Sorrow and the Pity, a 1969 documentary about the German occupation of France. The diversity of the people interviewed (from French Resistance to French SS volunteers) makes it as an objective a film history as is possible to make. The aristocrats tended to collaborate while the working class tended to resist. Things don't change. That is why our media today accepts prnouncements without indepth criticism of our governments more onerous programs and why Flyover country believes in the 2nd amendment.

Medicine Man

That's interesting; if there is a parallel to be drawn between today's compromised DC media and yesterday's collaborators, I would say they are/were both more concerned with protecting their status, privileges, wealth, etc. That actually tracks fairly well.


The term treasonous for a congressman that places Israeli interests above American never seemed accurate. I'm beginning to think of them as collaborators, and it designates the US as the client state and being more precise.

Medicine Man

I prefer "influence peddler". Most of them are just selling the leverage of their position to whomever is buying, foreign or domestic.


"The Sorrow and the Pity" also suggests that people in the resistance were often misfits or outsiders in one sense or another, less likely to have a stake in going along to get along. But the general lack of finger-pointing in the film adds to its greatness IMO.



Yes, one of the members of the resistance said many railroaders joined the resistance. I can attest to the fact railroaders are misfits--I was one. With that, I recommend The Train with Burt Lancaster.

That does seem to be their job description.


He's ahead of me on the Curve, Col., sir.

Am still usin' a 2008 cellphone from the Bucketheads.

Medicine Man

Oh, you're a railman? My step-father just recently retired from CP. He ran the radio shop (Signals and Communications) in Coquitlam, BC.

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