If you dig movie soundtracks, you’ll want to read my review of GARDEN OF EVIL today on Cinema Retro.This fifties western in Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound comes with an audio commentary by experts who explain why some of these older flicks outperform some movies today, and why so many soundtracks by today’s film composers sound so much alike.
In memory of Debbie Reynolds, here’s a review of one of her seldom-mentioned films from 1960, THE SECOND TIME AROUND an entertaining comedy-western.
You can read my review of THE GLORY GUYS on Cinema Retro today. The script for this film was written by the legendary Sam Peckinpah. I take exception to some of the comments made on the audio commentary by the “Peckinpah Posse,” who dismissed it as nothing more than a made-for-TV movie.
When the last vampire has been staked
When the wolves howl no more
When the devil dogs cease to run
And the screaming vultures no longer fly
Then will Mordecai take his rest
Then will he lay his rifle down
And no more his shadowy countenance
Be seen on this forsaken Earth.
Far off though that day may be
For him as for all who draw human breath
That day surely comes
As sure as the rising of the moon in the twinkling sky.
But until then
The rifle is loaded, the pistols too
A lonesome figure rides
Remember DEATH VALLEY DAYS? I review the first season of the old TV western series on DVD today on Cinema Retro.
The rich treasures of autumn,
The ruby red, the gold, the sunset orange and burnt sienna,
Waved so bravely in the high branches,
Stirred by the chill breezes of November
Shaken loose and floating to the ground
Racked, stacked and packed
Waiting for the trucks to come
To haul them away
While we wait for winter.
Today over on Cinema Retro I review SEVEN MILES FROM ALCATRAZ, a peculiar little b movie from RKO Radio Pictures. It’s the day after Pearl Harbor and a couple of convicts doing time on the Rock want to escape because they’re afraid the Japanese might bomb the west coast next, including the prison. Two things worth mentioning about it. It’s the first film Edward Dmytryk directed for RKO, and one of the cast members is Cliff Edwards, better known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket.
The wind blows east, the wind blows west
The leaves fly accordingly
The big black rock in my garden
Is moved in neither direction.
A writer sits late at night
Struggling for the right phrase, the right word
A spider waits in a dark corner of his web
The writer pounces just as quickly when the auspicious moment arrives.