Tag Archives: Martin Balsam

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

A terrific subterranean thriller with a primo cast of shaggy dog stars, the kind who seemed to go extinct once the 70s drew to a close. Owen Roizman’s moody photography is soaked in darkness and shadow, with striking anamorphic lens … Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974) or: How Albert Finney Can Save Your Movie

A great case-study in how one great performance can make a movie worthwhile.¬†Murder on the Orient Express¬†is exquisitely constructed. Director Sidney Lumet handles the sprawling cast with ease and constantly fills the frame with lush period-detail. It’s as glitz and … Continue reading

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