Silence - 2016 Director Martin Scorsese Screenplay by Jay Cocks and Scorsese based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Shinya Tsukamoto Silence is a powerful story that will evoke strong feelings for those who absorb its message. What that message is can depend on what you bring to the film. Most … Continue reading Silence (*****) victory in defeat
The Hustler - 1961 Director Robert Rossen Starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, Jake LaMotta, Michael Constantine Screenplay Sidney Carroll & Rossen based on The Hustler by Walter Tevis In an era where film was often an extension of the stage, The Hustler plays as exactly that. It is an exceptional meditation of … Continue reading The Hustler (****) / The Color Of Money (*****): Who owns this place?
A Most Violent Year - 2014 Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks A Most Violent Year is a fascinatingly simple story that underlines the strength of a man and all the things that contribute and detract from it. Oscar Isaac is Abel Morales, the owner of the small but thriving … Continue reading A Most Violent Year (****1/2) is a good story excellently told
Life Itself - 2014 Director Steve James Featuring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay, Gregory Nava, Marlene Iglitzen, Errol Morris, A.O. Scott, Richard Corliss, Ramin Bahrani Screenplay based upon Life Itself by Roger Ebert There is a scene in Life Itself where we see Roger Ebert taking a walk during a vacation with one of his step-grandchildren, … Continue reading Life Itself is a story of success wrestled from a life of obscurity
The Wolf of Wall Street - 2013 Director Martin Scorsese Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin Screenplay Terence Winter based on the book by Jordan Belfort All throughout The Wolf of Wall Street, I wondered who it was exactly Scorsese was appealing to. It made a boatload of money and people … Continue reading The Wolf of Wall Street is a worn out path