Mar 012012
Viva Zapata!

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Although it is a compressed version of the Mexican Revolution, and John Steinbeck’s script tries too hard to make the revolution stand in for the Russian Revolution, Viva Zapata (1952) is one of the better movies on the Mexican revolution. Read More…

Dec 312011
Villa Rides

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Cramming the highlights of the Mexican Revolution into a movie about a single campaign produces a confusing story, but Villa Rides’ (1968) main problem is a blatant lack of interest by everyone involved. Read More…

Jan 262011
The Undefeated

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Using the French Intervention in Mexico as a backdrop, The Undefeated (1969) shows the reconciliation between former Union and Confederate soldiers, but does not extend that reconciliation to the former slaves. Read More…

Jun 202010
The Untouchables

Rating: ★½☆☆☆
The Untouchables (1987) is a cliche-ridden travesty that gives Treasury agent Elliot Ness all the credit for bringing down Chicago ganglord Al Capone during Prohibition, ignoring the efforts of the IRS agents, state prosecutors, judges and brave informants who actually did all the work. Read More…

May 142010
The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid

Rating: ★★½☆☆
More of a caper film than a traditional Western, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) is an interesting and enjoyable, if not entirely accurate, look at the James-Younger Gang’s final raid. Read More…

Apr 072010
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2010) is a painfully long film and not for the faint-hearted. While it is visually amazing, its historical accuracy is only superficial. Read More…

Nov 122009
The Long Riders

Rating: ★★★★☆
There are many movies on Jesse James. This is probably the best. Definitely the most accurate, since it captures the clannish environment and deep resentment against the North in Missouri after the American Civil War. Read More…

Jun 172009
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Rating: ★★★½☆
Although The Last of the Mohicans (1936) is a bit dated and whitewashes the French of any responsibility for the massacre at Fort William Henry, it is a relatively accurate portrayal of the fighting in North America during the Seven Years’ War. Read More…

Sep 142008
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Rating: ★★★½☆
Although The Last of the Mohicans (1992) provides little background to the Seven Years’ War, it does show that the American Revolution was largely caused by British arrogance, as well as presents the savage and terrifying nature of Indian-fighting. Read More…

Nov 232007
The Alamo (1960)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The Alamo (1960), John Wayne’s directorial debut, is entertaining, but stretches the facts horribly, transforming the Texan Revolution from a rebellion by American immigrants who wanted to continue their practice of slavery into a defence of liberty against tyranny. Read More…