Film Four & Film Four +1 10-05-08.
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(1955) Glenn Ford plays Sam Dent, a cowboy given the job of delivering a herd of Brahma bulls to a Brazilian ranch.An 1916 silent, with Fairbanks (who, in a sign of how prolific Hollywood used to be, had already made 12 movies that year) as a mining engineer who takes up a job in a small South American country and immediately falls for the President's daughter. However, he has to negotiate prison, blackmail and all manner of bad guys before they can be together. Silents sometimes look awkward, and this one is no exception, but the plot is timeless and Fairbanks' appeal is evident throughout. Worth seeing as a reminder that there was more to early cinema than Griffith and Murnau.
(1954) Robert Wagner plays the eponymous prince, a Viking invited to join King Arthur's court.A young Viking prince heads to Camelot to earn a place at King Arthur's Round Table. Dark Ages epic starring James Mason, Janet Leigh and Robert Wagner, and directed by Henry Hathaway
Prince Valiant Adapted from the comic-strip that launched a thousand terrible haircuts, Prince Valiant belongs to the not terribly noble sub-genre of the historical swashbuckler. The key feature of these films is never to let the facts get in the way of a good yarn. Not that much is known for certain about that bleak time in Britain's past known as the Dark Ages. Still, with the Vikings not coming to prominence until the 8th Century it's unlikely that one of their number would have sworn allegiance to King Arthur, whose mist-shrouded era came to an end roughly 150 years earlier.
(1958) Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis star as two Viking half brothers fighting for the right to rule Northumbria and for the hand of its beautiful Queen.Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh star in an epic tale of rivalry set in Viking-era Britain. Massive in scale, scope and ambition, it's a triumphant blend of fighting, drinking and good old-fashioned manly action
The Vikings A massive box-office hit on its release in 1958, The Vikings blazed a trail for the grand, historical epic. Even now, decades later, it's a remarkably impressive spectacle built around some vast action sequences and equally large performances by a couple of old Hollywood titans.
Home Alone 3
(1997) Raja Gosnell directs this third film is the successful comedy series, written by John Hughes, who directed the first two.A pre-teen fends off thieves in this, the third film in the John Hughes-fashioned franchise
It bares all the marking of a straight-to-video cash-in but Home Alone 3's a bona fide cinematic offering, presumably made to prove that John Hughes's baby could survive the departure of original lead Macaulay Culkin.
(1996) John Woo brought all his Hong Kong martial arts movie knowledge to this film and it positively jumps off the screen.John Travolta and Christian Slater are on fine form in this rattling airforce romp. Ludicrous but rockin'
Broken Arrow A good solid piece of action-adventure entertainment, with John Travolta as a rogue Stealth aircraft pilot who has stolen a couple of nuclear warheads with the intention of blackmailing America to the tune of $250 million. His ex-partner Christian Slater is out to stop him and he's accompanied by countryside ranger Mathis.
(2002) Five youths go to a cabin in the woods but one by one they are infected with a flesh-eating disease.Five youths go to a cabin in the woods but one by one they are infected with a flesh-eating disease. Icky horror film debut from writer-director Eli Roth
Cabin Fever Filmmaker and sometime actor and assistant to David Lynch Eli Roth makes no bones about his influences. He admits to wanting to make a "throwback" to the likes of The Evil Dead and The Thing - films from a time when horror meant genuinely horrifying and scary, and not ironic and self-referential. He's failed on most of those fronts - Cabin Fever is only vaguely horrifying and displays the sort of tongue-in-cheek self-consciousness he was professing to avoid. But it's still a moderately entertaining film that has its moments and is riddled with interesting, dubious subtexts.
(2005) Jean-Marc Valee's coming-of-age film is a cut above the usual fare thanks to its outstanding cast and a tongue-in-cheek feel that keeps it moving along.Time flexes like a whore for a young man coming to terms with his sexuality in 1970s Canada. Luckily, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones are at hand
"As far as I can remember, I've hated Christmas," recalls Zachary Beaulieu (Grondin) in voice-over, and at its most superficial - and C.R.A.Z.Y. is hardly great art - this is how 'The Wonder Years' might have played out if Kevin had grown up gay and French-Canadian Catholic.