The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

I thought that since the novel had been published in 1939, and the film came out in 1940, that more than likely the director, John Ford, and screenwriter would have stuck a little more closely to the novel. Well, I was right in some respects; wrong in others.  I’m not going to bother researching John Steinbeck’s role in the making of this film but if … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

King Arthur (2004)

This is an interesting film.  Fuqua does not take the “Pete and Repeat” attitude like others before him have done.  He doesn’t stick completely to the most recognized and overdone Arthurian narrative, and while I commend him for taking the narrative road less traveled (because Arthurian tales DO vary), I also have to say that what Fuqua did to the essence of the Arthurian tales is … Continue reading King Arthur (2004)

Hellboy II (2008)

I have mixed emotions about this film. On one hand, I love the costumes and characters that Guillermo del Toro creates for his films. Pan’s Labyrinth was also great in terms of that.  What I’m struggling with in terms of Hellboy II is the fact that there are many aspects of the film that have been more-than-just-slightly appropriated from at least two other epic stories: The … Continue reading Hellboy II (2008)

Tenth Victim (1965)

A.k.a. La decima vittima in Italian.  Directed by Elio Petri. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen any other films by Petri.  I’m not sure I’ll be running to the video store (or the Netflix queue) to try and find others, to be honest. This film, on the surface, is about society’s acceptance  and perpetuation of violence.  The plot centers around legalized hunting of humans, a.k.a. The … Continue reading Tenth Victim (1965)