Category Archives: James Woods

M Emmet Walsh and Blood Simple

“Well Ma’am if I see him, I’ll sure give him the message.”  The late Roger Ebert called it the “Stanton-Walsh Rule”. Any movie “featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M.Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can’t be altogether bad”. I’ve … Continue reading

The heist always goes wrong, part 2: reader picks and other favourite heist movies

My recent post The heist always goes wrong – ten of the best heist movies ever made, generated some great reader feedback. The best thing about the response was that it pointed me in the direction of a number heist … Continue reading

Hunger and other films about doing time

I haven’t spent a lot of time in prisons and don’t want to. But I won’t deny they make tremendous story settings. This was brought home to me again over the weekend after watching Hunger, Steve McQueen’s 2008 depiction of … Continue reading

Split Image: James Woods and how to do sleaze redux

It’s taken a while, but last night I concluded my James Woods festival by finally watching the 1982 film Split Image. I won’t say what I had to do to track down a copy of this little known gem. Let’s … Continue reading

Fast Walking: James Woods and how to do sleaze

Ever since I posted on the underrated movie Cop a few months ago, I’ve been engaged in my own James Woods film festival. As I wrote at the time, Cop is a great little neo noir that combines the rogue … Continue reading