Tag: Sydney Pollack

Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

June 30, 2017 | By

Reviews of two new Blu-rays starring Japan’s inimitable Ken Takakura: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965) from Twilight Time + The Yakuza (1974) from Warner Archives.

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BR: Swimmer, The (1968)

BR: Swimmer, The (1968)

February 19, 2015 | By

More than 20 years after the release of Frank and Eleanor Perry’s adaptation of John Cheever’s short story, Burt Lancaster was asked by an audience member during the taping of a Phil Donahue talk show of his thoughts on the film. The imposing actor paused for a moment, long enough for a smile to emerge, and he responded by saying he knew the film wasn’t going to be a box office, and yet it remained a special film…

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BR: Way We Were, The (1973)

BR: Way We Were, The (1973)

February 27, 2014 | By

When a highly reluctant Robert Redford finally buckled under Sydney Pollack’s pleading and agreed to co-star with Barbara Streisand in The Way We Were, the actor probably assumed the film wouldn’t do little more than maybe nudge his marquee status, given his role consisted of a pretty boy to whom writing comes easy, and life’s conflicts are never truly dire…

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