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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

Cinema

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. 295 more words

Cinema

Two-Lane Blacktop

This semester I am enrolled in an American films of the seventies course at my school. The class is basically about how and why this strange time in American cinema came about and the landmark films that came out of it. 1,160 more words

Review

Peckinpah, Hellman, and Thanatos

In 1974, Warren Oates starred in two uncompromisingly gritty films directed by two of the greatest directors of revisionist westerns of all time. “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” by Sam Peckinpah. 530 more words

Philosophy

The Warren Oates Factor

If you have been a regular visitor here over the past year then you should know by now that Warren Oates is one of those actors I love to champion. 331 more words

Daily Take

Criterion: Ride in the Whirlwind, Monte Hellman, 1966

While Ride in the Whirlwind sbould be compared with the film that preceded it, The Shooting, it is not a carbon copy. It shares many elements in common with the companion film. 1,786 more words

Criterions

The Shooting & Ride in the Whirlwind

Films naturally reflect the times in which they are made, there’s no getting away from that. As an art form they of course focus on certain themes, frequently timeless ones at that, but there’s no divorcing the artistic ambition from the current circumstances. 1,518 more words

Westerns