John Struges’ Bad Day at Black Rock is a lean 81 minutes, largely set in one sparse locale, and driven by perhaps the most basic of narrative conceits: a stranger comes to town. While the film is not a golden age Hollywood “message” movie per se, it does indeed have something to say. After viewing it in 2017 and reflecting on its origins as a short story first published 70 years ago, what’s most remarkable is how malleable that message turns out to be.
By: Daniel Reynolds One of my favourite acting types in movies is the aging tough guy. You know the type: the actors that look like they just dragged themselves through […]
By: Daniel Reynolds Since we’re in January, the time of the year where bad movies go to die, Daniel will be rolling out a series of retro reviews of some […]