#9 in my ranking of Carl Theodor Dreyer's filmography. If anyone tried to say that Carl Theodor Dreyer's final film wasn't heavily inspired by Ingmar Bergman's 50s and early 60s output, I would call that person a dirty liar. This movie is infused with a Bergmanesque sensibility and would have felt right at home in Bergman's… Continue reading Gertrud
#18 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. I think that the commercial and critical failure of Red Line 7000 made Howard Hawks simply retreat. He effectively remade his most successful film of the previous twenty years, Rio Bravo, using some of the same cast, another established movie star, and the same basic premise for most… Continue reading El Dorado
#36 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. When talking about Red Line 7000, I think it's required to talk about both Rio Bravo and Hatari! because the earlier two films point to what Hawks was surely trying to do in the latter. The two adventures with John Wayne were loose collections of character moments brought… Continue reading Red Line 7000
#16 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. This is both a return to an older form of comedy for Howard Hawks as well as something new. This is almost as much a remake of Bringing Up Baby as A Song is Born was of Ball of Fire, and it would have been made even the… Continue reading Man’s Favorite Sport?
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