Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

Favorite films

  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Fat City
  • Wild Boys of the Road
  • He Ran All the Way

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  • Smoke Signal

    ★★★

  • An Eye for an Eye

    ★★★½

  • Nightwing

    ★★½

  • Slap Shot

    ★★★★

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  • The Burglar

    The Burglar

    ★★★½

    Dan Duryea's subtle central performance nearly elevates The Burglar to classic crime film status, unfortunately the supporting cast for the most part doesn't match his work. It's the three actors who make up his gang that let the film down, Mickey Shaughnessy, Peter Capell and Jayne Mansfield are either overly hammy (Shaughnessy & Capell) or just not good (Mansfield) and grate in contrast to Duryea who is really at the top of his game here. It should be said that most…

  • Carmine Street Guitars

    Carmine Street Guitars

    ★★

    Rick and his mom seem cool and I'm sure his guitars are great but this was more an info-mmercial for a boutique for well-off guitar players than a documentary. Repetitive irritating staged watch me go through my hot guitar store licks segments plus a very cringe full song with vocals make up a good bit of the run time.

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  • The Verdict

    The Verdict

    ★★★★

    Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre's last film together was also Don Siegel's first as a director who said of the duo "these two people, these two incredibly different people, from opposite worlds and with the opposite approach to their work, would make poetry together." The Verdict is a fine Victorian "locked room" (literally) mystery that would not come off as well as it does if not for Greenstreet, Lorre, Siegel and the usual Warner Bros. studios team of actors and technical crew. They really knew how to crank out the quality stuff at that time.

  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    ★★★★★

    The existential French crime film a couple of years before Jean-Pierre Melville made it his thing, Touchez Pas au Grisbi is Jacques Becker's brilliant study of a gangster in twilight. Jean Gabin and the rest of the cast are pitch perfect and what in other hands could come off as pretentious or self-conscious is here played just right. Genuinely great and deserving of wider praise.