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RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND (1966) BLU-RAY CRITERION

Monte Hellman’s‘s two 1966 Westerns, The Shooting and Ride In The Whirlwind, have finally received due recognition in a Criterion edition. For years, Hellman’s “existentialist” Westerns (as they are often termed) have languished in execrable transfers on Z-grade DVD labels. 355 more words

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THE SHOOTING (1967): AMERICAN-STYLED DISSONANCE

Several years ago European avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez dismissed the cranky, experimental music of American composer Charles “take your dissonance like a man” Ives as “having come from an insurance salesman.” By contrast, Boulez’ own music is tinkly Euro-avant, a musical tradition that was given freedom towards academic experimentation by old money. 761 more words

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Don't You Be Terrorfied

Y’know that feeling when you’re watching a movie late at night or on a lazy Sunday afternoon where you keep dozing off and missing little chunks…and eventually you wake up and it’s a completely different movie? 163 more words

Flashback: on 1966's Ride in the Whirlwind

It’s that time of year again…Happy 78th Birthday to the great Jack Nicholson! It’s beginning to look as if he’ll never work in motion pictures again…five years dormant since 2010’s “How Do You Know”. 482 more words

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REVVED REALISM OF MONTE HELLMAN'S TWO-LANE BLACKTOP

During the early to mid 1960’s, when director Monte Hellman didn’t have very much clout, he used talented actors, from struggling no-names like Jack Nicholson, semi established character-actors like Warren Oates and Harry Dean Stanton, or faded leading men like Cameron Mitchell. 537 more words

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JOURNEY THROUGH THE SHOOTING & RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND

Welcome to director Monte Hellman’s Mild West, where it takes a good ten minutes for outlaws and cowpokes to become situated around a cabin in RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND or a mining post camp-out in THE SHOOTING: To some fans of the conventional Western, the pace is far too slow, while to others, this double feature is authentically realistic and truly remarkable. 1,035 more words

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PRE EASY JACK NICHOLSON IN BACK DOOR TO HELL

BACK DOOR TO HELL, an early Jack Nicholson low-budget war programmer, actually stars real life singer Jimmie Rodgers as one of three soldiers, including Nicholson’s radio operator Burnett, who, during one conversation with the square-jawed, old school militaristic type, Jersey, played by co-writer John Hackett (who sporadically worked with Nicholson till 1996), discusses Rodger’s character, Lt. 298 more words

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