The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven (1960) Director: John Sturges “The Old Man was right. Only the farmers won. We lost. We’ll always lose.” ★★★★★ The Magnificent Seven is Hollywood's amazing re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa's brilliant Seven Samurai (which was, itself, inspired by classic John Ford Westerns). John Sturges offers a star-studded and grippingly simple tale about seven … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven

The Good Earth

The Good Earth (1937) Director: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming (uncredited), Gustav Machety (uncredited) This is the film version of a play based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 1931 novel of the same name by Pearl S. Buck (she later also won the Nobel Prize). As part of my project to read all of the Pulitzer … Continue reading The Good Earth

Avatar

Avatar (2009) Director: James Cameron Apparently, considerable time and effort went into the massive production for Avatar. When it was first released, the movie caused quite a sensation. James Cameron began production on the film as early as 1994 -it was intended to be released after Titanic, but the technology was not yet available to … Continue reading Avatar

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006) Director: Martin Campbell Casino Royale is the brilliant re-introduction of James Bond in the 21st Century. It is the twenty-first Eon Bond film. It is the first 007 film to feature Daniel Craig as the lead -a controversial decision upon the first announcement as fans questioned whether Craig fit Ian Fleming's description … Continue reading Casino Royale