Tag Archives: 1970’s

Charley Varrick

Powerhouse’s new Blu-Ray of Don Siegel’s 1973 thriller Charley Varrick comes with the impressive set of extras this label has set as standard for their reissues of cult films. Sometimes, though, the information you get from those extras doesn’t quite tally up. The feature-length making-of

The In-Laws

For all the wonders of the 1970s New Hollywood, it’s not rich in classic comedies.  Newly reissued by the Criterion Collection, 1979’s The In-Laws remedies that, while also standing up well against the comedy subgenres and styles of the decades before and after.  Its premise – a

The Cold Day in the Park

Robert Altman is one of Cinema’s most interesting voices, with his dense overlapping dialogue, compelling female leads, ensemble casts etc; of course, many would group these trademarks with his 70s productions. Through Nashville, M*A*S*H and McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Altman was pivotal in defining the tone and outlook of Hollywood’s

Grey Gardens

What are the building blocks of a cult movie?  Uniqueness and a certain quotability both help, but also it needs the sense of a world to explore, an impression that every casual reference to an off-screen character or brief appearance might lead to a life

Three Days of the Condor

Even with them being the source of consternation for critics and audiences alike, tropes are an invaluable resource for the film writer – either as a framework to subscribe to or one to rebel against. A film responsible for the installation of many tropes is

A New Leaf

There is a great joy to be gleaned from the current golden age of boutique home video labels in their discovery of films previously lost to time; enter Masters of Cinema with their release of Elaine May’s A New Leaf. As expressed in the featured


There aren’t many measures by which Sean Connery’s career could be considered a failure, but he has his Achilles heels, chiefly his self-admitted failure to understand science fiction and fantasy. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a project which persuaded him after nearly half a century