Repost, Sam Peckinpah

Sam Peckinpah: A Retrospective

When I told Mark Andrew Edwards that I was going to tackle the filmography of┬áSam Peckinpah, he replied, "That's strong whiskey." I think that may have been a bit of an understatement. This is the man who brought the culturally significant bloodbath at the end of his revisionist Western The Wild Bunch, who filmed the sexual… Continue reading Sam Peckinpah: A Retrospective

Repost, Wes Craven

Wes Craven – A Retrospective

This is the first time I've gone through the body of work of a filmmaker and simply regretted the decision. After having done several foreign filmmakers in a row (Kurosawa, Tati, Melville, and Kobayashi), I decided to search out a more modern, American filmmaker with name recognition, and I quickly settled on Wes Craven. I'd known Craven's name for… Continue reading Wes Craven – A Retrospective

Jean-Pierre Melville, Repost

Jean-Pierre Melville – A Retrospective

Stanley Kubrick saw two crime films and decided to never try and make another one in the genre again because, he said, they were the two best crime films one could make. The second best was Jacques Becker's Touchez pas au Grisbi. The first best was Bob le Flambeur by Jean-Pierre Melville. I last wrote about a foreign… Continue reading Jean-Pierre Melville – A Retrospective