1960s, 4/4, Drama, Review, Robert Rossen

The Hustler

I love the feeling of a well-adapted novel to film. Scenes have breathing room and the traditional three act structure of a movie gets abandoned for a greater focus on character rather than plot. Even though it's an original screenplay, it's one of the reasons I love Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, which, I think, has… Continue reading The Hustler

1960s, 3/4, Drama, Martin Scorsese, Review

Who’s That Knocking at My Door

#21 in my ranking of Martin Scorsese's films. Martin Scorsese's first film was made in three distinct blocks. The first was when he set out to make a short film about the character J.R. played by Harvey Keitel titled Bring on the Dancing Girls. A couple of years later it was expanded with the story… Continue reading Who’s That Knocking at My Door

1960s, 3.5/4, Comedy, Drama, Fellini, Review

Juliet of the Spirits

#10 in my ranking of Federico Fellini's films. This was born from a place of pain, but not Federico Fellini's pain. Made as a present to his wife, Giulietta Masina, Juliet of the Spirits is the Technicolor parade of the grotesque dramatization of Giulietta's life dealing with the perennially unfaithful Italian director. You see, she… Continue reading Juliet of the Spirits