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Siding with ‘Dirty Harry’ on the Use of Violence in Movies

Think anyone in the history of movie-watching ever felt sorry for serial killer “Scorpio” in the 1971 Don Siegel policier Dirty Harry? What, no one at all? Not even when Clint Eastwood’s Inspector Harry Callahan tortures the guy by stepping on his injured leg after shooting him on a football field? Or when he stabs…

By Simon Hardy Butler

The Worst 5 ‘Name’ Directors Working in Hollywood Today

How do you define “bad” when it comes to movies? Tastes are so subjective. Some people dig Now, Voyager (1942). I loathe it. Some folks believe Woody Allen is a great filmmaker. Not me. So then why in the name of all that is celluloid would you trust the personal opinions behind what is purportedly…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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Bad Movie Magic: Why the Junk of Yesteryear Tops the Junk of Today

Would you rather watch a bad movie made incompetently or a bad movie done well? Let me be more specific: Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) or 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)? I know which one I’d prefer. And it’s the sad state of crummy filmmaking that validates my decision. Once upon a time,…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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The action movie dilemma: My last stand against 300

Every great film is an action movie. That goes for Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II (1944 and 1958), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and My Dinner With Andre (1981). It doesn’t go for 300 (2006), its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) or any other picture of their ilk –…

By Simon Hardy Butler