M. Montag

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  • WUSA

    WUSA

    ★★½

    Paul Newman drifts into New Orleans and gets a job at WUSA, a right-wing radio station peddling The New Patriotism. Faith, flag, and family are its motto. Along the way he meets a working girl (Joanne Woodward), a bleeding heart liberal (Anthony Perkins), and a charlatan preacher (Laurence Harvey). Unfortunately, the picture is a plodding, self-serious affair.

    There’s a conspiracy involving a welfare survey that is so poorly developed it doesn’t even qualify as a McGuffin. Of course Anthony Perkins…

  • Brewster McCloud

    Brewster McCloud

    ★★★★

    Robert Altman was hitting the jazz cigarettes hard during Brewster McCloud, and to my eye this is the original madcap stoner comedy. In typical Altman fashion, we are dislocated from the start. A disembodied voice says “I forgot the opening line” over the famous MGM logo as the lion’s roar is silenced. During the credit sequence that follows the Wicked Witch of the West (yes, Margaret Hamilton) sings the national anthem no less than two times in the Astrodome. It’s…

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  • Sudden Impact

    Sudden Impact

    ★★★★½

    Sudden Impact is the only picture in the Dirty Harry franchise directed by Clint Eastwood, and it’s the only one as good as the Don Siegel original. It’s Eastwood’s tenth directorial effort, and his most accomplished up until that time. He wouldn’t make a better film until almost ten years later with Unforgiven.

    The picture is as unrelenting as it is unpredictable, something of a surprise for a Dirty Harry Callahan vehicle. It’s a revenge tragedy that sidesteps its genre…

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★★

    The Mule is more than a testament to Clint Eastwood's professional achievement as both a director and star; at 88 it seemed inevitable that this would be his last outing in both roles. The fact that Cry Macho is arriving in October of this year is (for me at least) simply staggering. I don't think anyone anticipated we'd be seeing Clint return yet again in his dual roles as a filmmaker.

    There's an elegiac quality to The Mule; its tone…