A Modern Staging of the Eternal Return

The Fifth Element

There is no complicated metaphysics staged in The Fifth Element. It is actually a concept we immediately relate to, which is perhaps why the movie was so popular from the very beginning. Every five millennia or so, the world comes to a point where the mysterious Fifth Element must be ushered in on Earth in […]

Clint Eastwood and Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Four years passed between Million Dollars Baby and Gran Torino – four years in which Clint Eastwood settled to staying behind the camera. So the question that was asked was whether he hunted for a project like Gran Torino in order to act again. As Clint Eastwood said, he didn’t do that. In his own […]

The Essence of Being John Wayne

John Wayne in True Grit

There is a scene in True Grit which presents the essence of the American hero: John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn faces of with a gang of bad guys, all alone, ultimately managing to defeat them all. It is a splendid shot, in which it is pretty clear who has the best chances of actually getting out […]

Four Elements And A Cabbie

Bruce Willis is Korben Dallas

In The Fifth Element we see two main characters trying to save the world: one is the ever-lovely (and half-nude) Leeloo and the other one is Korben Dallas, the not so average ex-military who is now a cabbie (ex-cabbie starting from the beginning of the film). Leeloo is played by Milla Jovovich, in her biggest […]

Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood's Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood is not the usual type of actor – he is always reserved, always inclined more to action than to words. Probably that is why the fact that he directed many of the greatest films in which he played remains often unnoticed. He is one intelligent actor/director it can be said, and this is […]

John Wayne’s The Searchers

John Wayne in The Searchers

In his first role as an anti-hero, John Wayne surprises all by the direction it gives to his character. Much to everyone’s disbelief, he casts aside all that the viewers loved about his characters and becomes a bigot and a racist, a morally-bankrupt character that is forever sentenced to drift away out of the society. […]

A Few John Wayne Facts

John Wayne in The Searchers

Well, I could just kick start this short list by saying that he was called Marion, a name he obviously didn’t like too much. It just didn’t sound like a name his fans would associate with a rugged, gritty and totally bad-ass persona. Or I could just say that the nickname The Duke was actually […]

The Story of Blondie

They offended his mule

Before the Dirty Harry movies cemented him as a superstar, Clint Eastwood had to start from somewhere. That somewhere is now considered one of the greatest trilogies ever put to film, while also being one of the greatest westerns. I am talking about the Dollars Trilogy, specifically about A Fistful of Dollars, the movie that […]

The Richness of The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element

Many a times it was said that The Fifth Element doesn’t have as much story as action set pieces – and, for all that matters, it may be actually true. Let us not forget that the basis of the movie was set by a teenager and that, even in the later years, this teenager was […]

The Classical Joke

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

When asked about the fantastic world of The Fifth Element and how it came into existence, Luc Besson said that he started writing the screenplay when he was 16 years of age. So it makes sense seeing all those 23rd century futuristic ideas and concepts – there is nothing more creative than a bored teenager. […]