Monthly Archives: June 2017

“The Big Country”–It’s Big, But Is It an Epic?

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” “The Big Country” technically could be classed as range-war western, but while the typical range-war western is big on action and depicts tit-for-tat escalating cycles of violence, “The Big Country”–other than a brief but bloodless skirmish near … Continue reading

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What’s the Buzz?

Much as I try to like Roger Corman’s work, every so often he hits a note so flat it gives me an ear-ache. Case in point: “The Wasp Woman.” This trim 63-minute 1959¬†entry from Corman’s own Filmgroup organization, is a … Continue reading

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Lives of the Gangsters

A while back I wrote about the “outlaw romanzas” that were common in the 1940s following the success of the 1939 film “Jesse James.” Now I would like to discuss what was, in a sense, their follow-up, the series of … Continue reading

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