Tag: Charles Bronson

Career High Points: The Hospital (1971) + The Valachi Papers (1972)

Career High Points: The Hospital (1971) + The Valachi Papers (1972)

January 23, 2018 | By

Two career peaks are profiled via Twilight Time Blu-rays: George C. Scott in The Hospital (1971) + Charles Bronson in The Valachi Papers (1972).

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BR: Valachi Papers, The (1972)

BR: Valachi Papers, The (1972)

January 23, 2018 | By

Released the same year as Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, The Valachi Papers is based on Peter Maas’ 1968 book which chronicled the real-life testimony of Joseph Valachi, a driver for the Genovese family whose federal testimony in 1963…

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Bronson the Boxer: Kid Galahad (1962) + Hard Times (1975)

Bronson the Boxer: Kid Galahad (1962) + Hard Times (1975)

September 5, 2017 | By

Charles Bronson coaches Elvis Presley in the unlikely musical-drama-comedy Kid Galahad (1962) on Blu via Twilight Time + a comparative review of the extras between Twilight Time & Eureka’s Masters of Cinema Hard Times (1975).

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BR: Kid Galahad (1962)

BR: Kid Galahad (1962)

September 5, 2017 | By

Kid Galahad was billed quite loudly in the campaign posters as a musical, but similar to Follow That Dream (1962), you feel undercurrents pulling him towards differing material that with any other screen performer might clash and contradict, but Elvis had such a magnetic, likeable screen persona…

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Charles Bronson’s The Stone Killer (1973) + X-15 (1961)

Charles Bronson’s The Stone Killer (1973) + X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Two of Charles Bronson’s career pegs are reviewed: Michael Winner’s The Stone Killer (1973) from Twilight Time + Richard Donner’s X-15 (1961) from MGM.

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BR: Stone Killer, The (1973)

BR: Stone Killer, The (1973)

June 16, 2017 | By

Reportedly the only film among the Charles Bronson-Dino De Laurentiis films never to make it to DVD, The Stone Killer took the cops uncovering a mass-criminal training scheme from John Gardner’s novel, replaced the multiple bank heist finale with a multiple mob hit, and swapped London for Los Angeles, but still leaving New York City as a key location where Dirty Harry variant Lou Torrey (Bronson) hops back & forth…

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DVD: X-15 (1961)

DVD: X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Richard Donner’s feature film directorial debut is a mixed blessing, an attempt at docu-drama that combined nascent space exploration through NASA’s early pilot-controlled, rocket-powered spacecraft and the fetishizing of aircraft gear & procedures…

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Charles Bronson’s From Noon Till Three (1976) + Murphy’s Law (1986)

Charles Bronson’s From Noon Till Three (1976) + Murphy’s Law (1986)

January 21, 2017 | By

Reviews of two very interesting genre variants starring Charles Bronson – Frank Gilroy’s odd black comedy From Noon Till Three (1976) and J. Lee Thompson’s cop thriller Murphy’s Law (1986), both on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

January 21, 2017 | By

Frank Gilroy’s novel may have flowed from comedy to romance, black comedy to semi-tragedy, with an absurdist finale, but his own adaptation and direction resulted in a most peculiar western which was an impossible sell…

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BR: Murphy’s Law (1986)

BR: Murphy’s Law (1986)

January 21, 2017 | By

It’s hard to decide if J. Lee Thompson’s final years making movies for Cannon could be branded a reprieve from retirement for the veteran writer / editor / director, or the nadir of a skilled filmmaker who peaked with two magnificent back-to-back classics: the WWII epic The Guns of Navarone and the brutal revenge thriller Cape Fear…

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