Micro-Genres revisited

From Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View

Continuing with my theme of poaching relevant material from previous social network discussions, I hope this is of interest…

I enjoyed this article from the AV Club, where they asked their staff about their fave micro-genres in music and film. I’m really on board with Zack Handlen’s appreciation for later movies in genre franchises and Josh Model’s hitman movies.
 They’re all worth seeing.

My personal micro-genre obsession is with action movies of the late ’60s and ’70s, Men on a Mission Movies. Tarantino sort of tried to do one of these movies with Inglourious Basterds, but it mutated into something else.

I believe this micro-genre started with The Guns of Naverone, The Magnificent Seven and even The Great Escape, but it really came together with The Dirty Dozen, Kelly’s Heroes, Where Eagles Dare, The Wild Geese, Raid on Entebbe and The Dogs of War. In recent years its returned with The Losers, The A-Team and The Expendables.

I also love Paranoid Thrillers of the 1970s, such as Marathon Man, Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View. All still awesome. 

I’d be interested in other micro-genres people are interested in, if you’d care to comment here or offer your own.


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Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.