Bruce Dern

Name an actor who never got his due: Bruce Dern. He got typecast playing villains and mentally damaged characters for much of his career. Early in his acting career, Dern made his way through many supporting television and film roles, often in Westerns. Wisecracking and folksy, but menacing, he brought a different game as a … More Bruce Dern

Comfort Movies

On a rainy day or when you’re not feeling yourself, curling up with a movie is good company. Is it Love Story or The Dirty Dozen? In Sleepless in Seattle, there is actually a scene about guy movies, as a response to An Affair to Remember, which is pivotal to the plot of Sleepless in … More Comfort Movies

Rio Lobo (1970)

I can never remember if I have seen this film.  So I turn it on and suddenly I realize that I have, but other than George Plimpton getting shot, it’s a blank.  Yesterday, I watched it again.  There are some interesting parts, but otherwise it is one of the lesser John Wayne films in my … More Rio Lobo (1970)

Big Jake (1971)

I remember when I first saw this film. It was a matinee at the Midland Theater in Coffeyville, KS. I was with a few neighborhood boys, the summer I was visiting grandparents. The Midland is an old one-screen theater like so many in small towns. Going to a summer matinee as a kid was a … More Big Jake (1971)

The Searchers (1956)

Strange how I’d never seen this film before.  It played on TCM and I watched it on-demand. It wasn’t the film I was looking for but took a chance on it.  The Searchers is one of John Wayne‘s most famous film and yet I’ve never seen it.  I’m more of fan of Wayne’s films after … More The Searchers (1956)