Archive for October, 2009


Review: Shadow on the Land (1968)

October 28, 2009

isfRead about this movie on – read an excellent synopsis there too.

It took some searching to find it, though (try Google) – my copy is on loan from a chap named Kaspar I met at McDonald’s.

It’s well-meaning film, but it’s hampered by the TV movie budget they must have had, even back in 1968, not to mention the anachronisms on display. Get past those, and you’ll find it pretty entertaining.

It’s especially amusing that Gene Hackman(!) is billed third in the movie, after John Forsyth and Jackie Cooper. I suppose you take what you can get early on – three years later, he got The French Connection, so I guess that makes up for it. Hackman is pretty good here, but when is he not?

At least one reviewer seems to think that this was a pilot for a TV show on ABC – I’m tending to agree, since the movie ends rather abruptly. In fact no less than J. Neil Schuman reviewed it there.


Review – Bronson

October 2, 2009


Saw this at the Milwaukee Film Festival (  ). Very entertaining – the short version of the plot – Britain’s most violent prisoner , Michael Gordon Peterson(Tom Hardy) narrates his life behind bars. Charles Bronson is the alias he takes while in the slammer.

Tom Hardy is the standout in this film – he gave a terrific performance in what would be a film without much story. (After all, the man spends years in solitary).  IMDB says chunks of this movie are non-factual, especially a sequence where Bronson is released and earns a living as something like a cage fighter, even fighting dogs at one point.  That’s sad, because I thought that was one of the points of the film where it made Bronson’s life seem little more than an animal’s.  Recommended.