Archive for 1967

The Dirty Dozen

Posted in Action, Adventure, Drama, War with tags on April 10, 2010 by Mark Hobin

PhotobucketPhotobucketThe quintessential all male action-adventure film.  12 prisoners convicted of violent crimes, can save themselves by volunteering for a suicide mission. Innovative and influential, this war film was rather progressive for its time in both attitude and brutality.   Actor Lee Marvin as Major John Reisman is not your typical OSS officer.  Cynical and rebellious, he’s placed in charge of a rag tag group made up of murderers and psychopaths that he champions.  What’s interesting is how director Robert Aldrich somehow manages to balance this depraved lot with enough good old-fashioned fun to make an entertaining bunch that we actually root for.  The cast is uniformly excellent.  John Cassavetes received the Oscar nomination, but Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Trini López, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker all contribute significantly to the film.  A rousing adrenaline rush.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Posted in Comedy, Musical with tags on May 31, 2009 by Mark Hobin

PhotobucketBright, splashy film musical about an ambitious young window washer who rises through the ranks of a large corporation following the advice of a self-help book. Textbook example of how to do everything right in translating a musical from stage to film. Features a wonderful Frank Loesser score including the songs, “I Believe In You” and “The Brotherhood of Man”. Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee reprise their original Broadway roles. Film debut of Michele Lee.

Bonnie and Clyde

Posted in Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller with tags on July 21, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Classic film encourages audience to root for the bad guys. Morally questionable drama plays fast and loose with historical fact, but is endlessly entertaining.