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Western Impressions: Ulzana’s Raid (1972)

January 8, 2015

As a precursor to our film project, 12 Western Feature-Length Films in 12 Months, produced by our company Running Wild Films and 5J Media which will begin production in 2016, I have decided to share my thoughts on films from the genre as I study Westerns in preparation to make our own.

This series of short blogs is titled “Western Impressions”.

Ulzana’s Raid (1972)


It wasn’t what I expected. Sharp’s writing is there but overshadowed by a sentimental and overabundant need to question the “Apache’s” intention. Aldrich’s tough cinema isn’t quite as tough as I always hoped it would be. The best part was the end, Lancaster under a wagon, getting shot and shooting Apaches and wanting to just die out in the desert.

Lasting impression: The final shot of Lancaster licking the cigarette paper.

100 CRIME FILMS: Video Blogs #5, #6 and #7

September 20, 2012
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Here are the newest entries in our video blog series 100 CRIME FILMS where I discuss Night Moves, Jackie Brown and The Big Sleep.

Night Moves

January 19, 2010
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“I think Harry would like me to leave.”

“I don’t think that’s necessary.”

“I think Harry thinks it is.”

“Harry thinks if you call him Harry one more time he’s going to make you eat that cat.”

-Alan Sharp, screenplay.