Jun 282019
The Highwaymen

Rating: ★★½☆☆
When a prison guard is killed during a breakout organized by the outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer is asked to hunt them down. The script works hard to show that Bonnie Parker was a trigger-happy, murderous psychotic in order to justify her death during the ambush at the end of the movie, which requires stretching and mutilating the facts. A personal project for screenwriter John Fusco, his determination to rehabilitate the image of Frank Hamer drives him to ignore the vital contribution made by many small-town sheriffs and FBI agents in order to transform Hamer into an super investigator. Read More…

Jun 202019
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Robin of Locksley, a crusader, returns to England with a Muslim companion and finds himself leading a band of outlaws against a villainous sheriff who is scheming to take the throne. I think that the screenwriters did the least amount of historical research among all of the Robin Hood movies I have seen so far, which is saying a lot. Despite my many complaints, the film is mostly pleasant, if occasionally stupid, but too long. Regardless, Alan Rickman’s performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham is a must-see. Read More…