The Magnificent Seven (1960) – John Sturges

That music, that cast… It’s no wonder that Sturges’ Americanisation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is one of my all time favourite westerns, and the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Wild Bunch. Elmer Bernstein’s rousing and memorable score supports Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli…

Black Moon Rising (1986) – Harley Cokeliss

My time with John Carpenter continues as I delve further into the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around it’s an action thriller that Carpenter penned and sees Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton and Robert Vaughn caught up in the action. Jones is Quint, a professional thief, who is hired by the FBI to gather evidence…

Superman III (1983) – Richard Lester

  My time with Kal-El (Christopher Reeve) continues during my exploration of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and where nostalgia will forgive a lot of the things in Superman II, it can’t even pretend with Superman III; though, admittedly, there are a few sequences and story threads I like. However, if director Richard Lester’s version of…

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) – Jimmy T. Murakami

With the advent of Star Wars in the late 70s, every studio, almost every writer, wanted to get in on the sci-fi band wagon, including Roger Corman. Known for his exploitation films with incredibly low budgets, Battle Beyond the Stars, was his biggest budgeted film, and was my introduction to the story of the Seven…

The Delta Force (1986) – Menahem Golan

Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin take on cardboard cut out bad guys led by Robert Forrester and terrorists in this 80s action flick. It’s one of those ones that you don’t realize how bad it actually is, until you watch it. And let’s get this out if the way, whether they have or not, no…

Trailer Tracks: The Magnificent Seven (1960) – John Struges

One of those remakes that totally works! Based on Kurosawa’s fantastic Seven Samurai, the story was transplanted to the west, where a group of hired gunfighters, including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn, are hired to fend off bandits. I don’t know about the song featured in the trailer though…  

The Towering Inferno (1974) – John Guillermin

The 101 Action Movies brings me to the heights of the 1970s disaster movies with this all-star epic, produced by and some sequences directed by Irwin Allen. I’ve never been a fan of the disaster film sub genre, but with a cast like this it’s hard not to settle in for the adventure, even with an…