Archive for the ‘20 shots’ Category

20 shots: Alexander Nevsky (1938)

November 18, 2010

The Battle on the Ice.

20 Shots: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), part 2

April 27, 2010

Reform school riot! With Louise Brooks, Edith Meinhard, Valeska Gert, and Andrews Engelmann.

part one

Soul Power (2009)

February 23, 2010

The perfect companion film to When We Were Kings and a document of a great cross-cultural moment of the 70s. Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte. With James Brown, The Spinners, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Manu Dibango, The Fania All Stars with Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Hector Lavoe and Ray Barretto, B.B. King, Franco and OK Jazz, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, Muhammad Ali, Don King.

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

February 11, 2010

Ralph Nelson, director; written by Rod Serling; Arthur J. Ornitz, director of photography. With Jackie Gleason, Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris.

A noir gem from the golden age of New York cinema.

20 Shots: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

February 1, 2010

Part one. With Louise Brooks and the sublimely loathsome Fritz Rasp.

Part two.

20 Shots: Goin’ To Town (1935)

December 21, 2009

Goin’ To Town starts out as an oater yet somehow winds up among the haute monde in Buenos Aires where the story pivots on a horse race. When former dancehall queen Cleo Borden learns about a plot to sabotage her horse she employs some skulduggery of her own to ensure a happy outcome. Directed by Alexander Hall, screenplay by Mae West.

20 Actors (finale)

November 29, 2009

Some formidable names to conclude the series (now at 100 actors and 100 actresses):

Patrick McGoohan, Orson Welles, David Niven, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Huston, Alan Arkin, Vic Morrow, Peter Falk, George Sanders, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Meeker, Joe Shishido, Broderick Crawford, John Turturro, Charles Bronson, Jackie Gleason, Ben Gazzara, Peter Lorre.

Image sources: IMDb, Dr. Macro, Google Images, and my own screen shots.

(related posts: 20 Actors, 20 (more) Actors, 20 Actors (coda), 20 Actors (encore), 20 Actresses, 20 (more) Actresses, 20 Actresses (grand finale), 20 Actresses (ultimo), 20 Actresses (encore))

20 Shots: Scandal Sheet (1952)

November 17, 2009

Directed by Phil Karlson from a story by Samuel Fuller. With Broderick Crawford, John Derek and Donna Reed. Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Cruel Gun Story (1964)

November 3, 2009


Cruel Gun Story (part of the marvelous Nikkatsu Noir set from Eclipse) is a pitch dark heist caper that builds to crescendos of violence that rival the nonstop mayhem of Dashiell Hammett’s demented, apocalyptic story Nightmare Town. Joe Shishido is the hard as nails ringleader of a group of misfits who commandeer a truck full of racetrack money. It seems to be a foolproof plan to get rich but things of course go terribly wrong …

20 Shots: A Canterbury Tale (1944)

September 14, 2009


“I’ll believe that when I see a halo around my head.”