Tag Archives: Robert Mitchum

Mud, madness and masculinity: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

Perfect films usually only ever appear so in retrospect. A case in point is Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 reimagining of the Henri-Georges Clouzot 1953 classic, The Wages of Fear. The gloriously remastered print of Sorcerer, showing as part of the Melbourne International Film … Continue reading

The heist always goes wrong, part 1: ten of the best heist movies ever made

I love a good heist film. I love the genius and intricacy of their plots and the variations they come in, whether it be the all star team assembled for a job or the desperate ex-cons trying for one last … Continue reading

Psycho preacher alert: Heath Lowrance’s The Bastard Hand

Ever since seeing Robert Mitchum as Harry Powell in the 1955 classic, Night of the Hunter, I’ve had a thing for itinerant unbalanced evangelical preachers. Which is one reason I enjoyed Detroit-based writer Heath Lowrance’s debut novel, The Bastard Hand, … Continue reading

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Of the crime films coming out of the United States in the early seventies, it’s hard to think of one that’s tougher and grittier than the 1973 neo-noir, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Set in Boston’s criminal milieu, The Friends … Continue reading