Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan died 45 years ago, so I remember him mostly when he was late in his career.  He was mostly playing generals by then in big budget films.  Cranky and demanding were his characters.  He was usually listed as the second or third lead, his name added prestige to the films.  Robert Ryan was … More Robert Ryan

The Wild Bunch

In 1969, Sam Peckinpah and Warner Bros. released one of the most talked about films of the year, and the most influential Western ever made.  Most people focus on the film’s violence, because its presentation and relentlessness was shocking and something film goers had not seen before.  If we remove the violence factor from the … More The Wild Bunch