All posts by Tom Barr

  • Best of the West

    Thanks to the success of Dances With Wolves and Unforgiven, the western has saddled up and is riding again, bringing studios a fist full of...

  • The Killer B’s Return

    Back in the days of the studio system, gangster films were moviemakers’ bread and butter. Although they seldom won awards, they were cheap to make,...

  • Bit Men and Hitmen

    You know they’re part their prime when a Roger Corman movie receives a degree of critical acclaim, Diane Ladd ends up in a Jurassic Park...

  • Citizen Cotten

    In the title of his autobiography Joseph Cotten said Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. Talent, and possibly vanity, took Cotten from his birthplace in Petersburg,...

  • Another Getaway

    When he died in 1977, Jim Thompson left as his legacy a handful of crime novels. Never popular during his lifetime, he died-not forgotten-but virtually...

  • A Touch of Welles

    The last couple of years have been pretty good for Orson Welles, even though he hasn’t been around to enjoy them. Following the discovery of...

  • Triumph and Tragedy

    In 1954 two exceptional films on organized labor were produced. Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront worn innumerable awards and is often recognized as one of...

  • The Friend or Dafoe?

    Prior to Body of Evidence‘s theatrical release a rumor floated that if the film did not perform well, the producers had an NC-17 version waiting...