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White Hunter Black Heart – directed by and starring Clint Eastwood

Posted by the editors on Friday, 25 November 2011

White Hunter Black Heart (1990)(DVD)  Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Dirty Harry (1971), Pale Rider (1985), Unforgiven (1992), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Mystic River (2003), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009), and many other magnificent films, as actor, director and/or producer), with Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror (2007) and many others), George Dzundza (The Deer Hunter (1978), Streamers (1983), Grey’s Anatomy (2006)), Marisa Berenson (Death in Venice (1971), Cabaret (1972), Barry Lyndon (1975),  I Am Love (2010)) and others.  In this drama, based on the eponymous novel by Peter Viertel which in turn is based on Viertel’s personal experience as final screenwriter for the legendary film The African Queen (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, Clint Eastwood plays a Hollywood film director, John Wilson, clearly based on the notoriously difficult and self-centered John Huston, director of The African Queen and many other iconic cinema masterpieces.  In fact, if the small steamboat used in the whitewater scene in White Hunter Black Heart seems familiar, it’s no coincidence:  it is the same boat that Bogart’s character captained in The African Queen!  White Hunter Black Heart, a critical success and a box-office disaster, is a complex film, dealing with antisemitism, racism, and, of course, John Huston’s complicated and disagreeable character.  Eastwood’s directing is quite good, as is his acting, of course.  However, despite having played self-centered characters previously, in many of his westerns, here, it is somehow difficult to accept Eastwood’s posturing; perhaps it’s just the accent, and the character John Wilson’s affectations.  Nevertheless, for Eastwood fans, and fans of the legendary films of John Huston (especially The African Queen), White Hunter Black Heart is a film to be seen. (PR)

See on post on the Clint Eastwood-directed film Invictus.  See our posts on director John Huston’s film, The Misfits, and his final film, The Dead.

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Here is a link to Roger Ebert’s review of White Hunter, Black Heart, in the Chicago Sun Times.

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Miller’s Crossing, by the Coen Brothers

Posted by the editors on Monday, 17 October 2011

Miller’s Crossing (1990)(DVD)   Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, produced Ethan Coen and directed by Joel Coen, starring Gabriel ByrneAlbert FinneyJohn Turturro, and others.  In Miller’s Crossing, a gangster film set in the 1920s, the Coen brothers (Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit (2010), (!!!!)) have created what Time critic Richard Corliss called a “noir with a touch so light, the film seems to float on the breeze like … a fedora sailing through the forest.”   And it’s true.  A tough, violent, and intelligently light and complex film, with very good, wonderfully non-sensational, performances by most all of the cast, Miller’s Crossing offers hard reality and ambiguity in just the right balance.  Watching it more than once is all that more rewarding. (PR)

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The Hunt for Red October

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Hunt for Red October theatrical release poster

The Hunt for Red October (1990) (DVD) Directed by John McTiernan (Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988); Last Action Hero, (1993)), starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, and others.  In this submarine thriller, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy, set in the mid-1980s during the Cold War, Connery plays Marko Ramius, a decorated Soviet Commander of a new, silent-running nuclear missile submarine, whose intention to defect, or attack the US, is not clear.  Baldwin plays a CIA analyst, familiar with Ramius’ history.  The Hunt for Red October, which won the Oscar for Sound Editing in 1990, is an efficient, slightly claustrophobic, thriller and worth watching, if you don’t mind Connery wearing a hair-piece. (PR)

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Boiling Point (Jugatsu)

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 19 February 2011

Takeshi Kitano as Uehara in Kitano’s Boiling Point (Jugatsu)

Boiling Point (Japanese title Jugatsu), 1990, directed by Takeshi Kitano; with Iizuka Minoru and Beat Kitano.  Boiling Point, Kitano’s second film, thought perhaps to be weaker than more recent films (Sonatine, Zatoichi), treats some of the subjects important to Kitano (e.g., Japanese culture) in ways that were to become Kitano trademarks, notably, black humor and violence and, as such, is important viewing in order to understand the development of Kitano as a director and as an actor.  Dream sequence, crime film, baseball story, Yakuza film, the choice is yours, as is the pleasure of watching a director find his marks. (PR)

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