Dismissed as "trash" in their day, Charles Bronson films Rider on the Rain and Cold Sweat belong to a Golden Age of internationally co-produced Euro-thrillers that combine pulp storytelling with stylistic elegance and intense emotion.
It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.
"I think that, except for its ludicrous violence toward the end, the Death Sentence movie does depict its character's decline and the stupidity of vengeful vigilantism." Death Wish creator Brian Garfield talks to PopMatters about remakes, sequels, writing, and the meaning of vengeance.
Charles Bronson's character wears a Chesire grin throughout Honor Among Thieves that makes it seem like he knows everything about everyone; apparently, he's the only one who knows what this film is about, too.
Every staid situation needs shaking up, none more so that the labored Hollywood studio system. The titles chosen for this section stand out as reasons why things had to change, the results of those seismic stylistic shifts.
Roy's story is riveting stuff and would've made a great honest documentary or at least an amazing '70s crime picture. Instead, we get a series of "dramatic" recreations all photographed on cheap video processed with a "film look" filter which insures that the image will look even cheaper on video.