- Casino Royale Review
- Carrie (1976)
- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Targets (1968)
- An Education (2009)
- Mirror, The (1974)
- Fargo (1996)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Do The Right Thing (1989)
- Report (1967)
- Is "The Sting" The Best Gambling Film Ever Made?
- Pink Flamingos (1972)
- Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943), Or 28 Angry Men
- Rome, Open City (1945)
- Spring in a Small Town (1948)
- Drive (2011)
- Vinyl (1965)
- Seconds (1966)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968)
- A Hollywood Invasion of Casino Halls
- Thin Man, The (1934)
- In The Heat of the Night (1967)
- All In: The Poker Movie, Player’s Best Tricks
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- 1001 Club - Skyfall (2012)
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Searchers, The (1956)
Genre: Adventure Western
Overview: After a Comanche raid has claimed the lives of those dear to him, Ethan Edwards devotes years to the search of the nomadic tribe that killed them in hopes to rescue his two kidnapped nieces.
While reviewing my last Wayne Western, I commented on how, in this day and age, the Western needed some darkness to truly appeal to me. While putting The Searchers Blu-Ray disk into my player, I expected to be graced with a feature film directed by Kurosawa's favorite filmmaker, John Ford, as well as enjoy the cinema of the 50s. Nothing more.
What a surprise it was to find a strong streak of darkness in the protagonist Ethan Edwards, played by John Wayne.
The Searchers is a story about a man of many secrets. Subtext screams early on about his contempt for the law, about his hatred towards the Comanche, and not necessarily only those who killed his family. With early acts such as shooting fleeing Indians in the back, we know that the search Ethan has embarked upon is not one that will end quietly or bloodlessly.
One must remember of course that this is a 50s Western and as such, audiences should not enter expecting nihilistic behaviour, but there are indeed a few perverse twists and turns - rich streaks of the inhuman that go against what John Wayne is used to portraying, and certainly a refreshing change from the happy-go-lucky pioneering spirit common of this era's Westerns.
The Searchers is a film that surprises in its storytelling because it is a film that delves far more into the nuances of the rugged environment these men live in, giving a deeper reality to the tale... even though some of the Indians are painted white guys.
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 9 Script: 8 Plot: 8 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 82% (Don't Look Any Further)
I should be ashamed... well, I'm not anymore.
One more drop in the culture bucket.