the wild bunch

Scene Is Believing: The Wild Bunch

A hundred and more bullets for the General Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch is the film alliterative praise was made for: bold, balletic, ballistic, and bloodily beautiful. If Sir Christopher Frayling described Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West as “something to do with death” then add “life” to that imprimatur and slap […]

seven samurai

The Code Of The East : Seven Samurai

With Seven Samurai in 1954, Akira Kurosawa sought to elevate Japanese Samurai films of the day, chambara, essentially B-movies, to the level of an epic: at three hours and twenty seven minutes, he succeeded in not just shining a light on his country’s past, but crafting a mythic fable that symbolises Japan’s struggle to live […]

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