HELL IN THE PACIFIC – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-03-12T15:38:15+00:00March 12th, 2018|CINEMA|

Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune are the stars of Hell in the Pacific, and there’s nobody else in the movie — just this American soldier and this Japanese soldier stranded on a Pacific island during the Second World War, and neither speaking a word of the other’s language.

DELIVERANCE (1972) – Review by Richard Schickel

2018-02-20T16:12:34+00:00February 20th, 2018|CINEMA|

I suspect that James Dickey, who adapted his best-selling novel Deliverance for the screen, and John Boorman, who directed it, are trying to tell us something fairly important by subjecting four sober, settled, middle-class gentlemen in their thirties to a series of wilderness trials that test their courage and cunning in a manner we usually associate with the initiation of adolescents into primitive tribes.

Excalibur (1981) – Review by Pauline Kael

2019-08-13T07:43:52+01:00December 26th, 2017|CINEMA|

Boorman doesn't bother with episodes that don't stir him; there’s no dull connective tissue. The film is like Flaubert’s more exotic fantasies—one lush, enraptured scene after another.