Archive for Sam Peckinpah

Is ‘Joker’ the Best Film of 2019?

Posted in Film, Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

 

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“Hitler, as the point of convergence for so many nostalgias, resentments and anxieties, became a historical figure.”

– Joachim Fest, Hitler

In the wake of the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012, President Obama gave a press conference during which he beseeched Americans to support the introduction of basic mental health screenings for gun buyers. Continue reading

Drag-Racing in the Desert of the Real

Posted in Film, Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Reading with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

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I had an argument with some friends of mine recently about Dexter. Personally, I think that is a show for which the script is a poorly-written pretext for the violence. Continue reading

John Pilger vs the American Psycho

Posted in Film, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

John Pilger, journalist and documentarian, criticized the film [The Hurt Locker] in The New Statesman, writing that “it offers a vicarious thrill via yet another standard-issue psychopath high on violence in somebody else’s country where the deaths of a million people are consigned to cinematic oblivion.” He compared the praise given to The Hurt Locker to the accolades given to 1978’s The Deer Hunter.[42] Continue reading

Ernest Borgnine RIP

Posted in Film, Real Men with tags , , , on July 9, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

Ernest Borgnine, who co-starred alongside William Holden in Peckinpah’s 1969 masterpiece, The Wild Bunch, has died of kidney failure, aged 95.

 

Biting the Hand That feeds

Posted in Film, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

As a young man, George A. Romero was one of my heroes. Continue reading

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