The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

You know what's great? Travel movies. The kind of film where folks move from city to city, country to country, enjoying the sights, talking with the locals, researching people they don't know, getting involved in sordid tales of crime, espionage, murder, and eventually ending the matter in a filthy, condemned apartment in Paris with a … Continue reading The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

The Professionals (1966)

Lee Marvin, Woody Strode, Robert Ryan, and Burt Lancaster are hired by Texas millionaire Ralph Bellamy to enter Mexico and take his kidnapped wife, the lovely Claudia Cardinale, back from Jack Palance, a Mexican bandit. While this is basically a Wild West heist film exploring themes of love and jaded adventure seekers, the team-building aspect … Continue reading The Professionals (1966)

Execution Squad (1972)

1969 brought a nearly two decade reign of terror in Italy known as the Anni di piombo, the Years of Lead, during which both far left and far right terrorist groups(supposedly supported by the Soviet Union and US respectively) carried out bombings, assassinations, homicides, arson, kidnappings, intentional maiming, and executions against police officers, journalists, government … Continue reading Execution Squad (1972)