Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Man of the West (1958): A fabulous near-Greek tragedy of a Western, and possibly the greatest film in the genre I have ever seen; a fascinating, complex piece of work with a fascinating, complex performance from Gary Cooper. It's a bit stagy, especially in the form of Lee J. Cobb, but, yeah, damn good. B+ [#3 of the Eight of '58]

Ace in the Hole (1951): Another fascinatingly complex tale, but this time, about the decisions one makes and about what constitutes acceptable morals, and whether one would sacrifice all morality for a good story. B+ [#5 in the Twelve of '51]

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