Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Bad Day at Black Rock

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Written by Don McGuire and Millard Kaufman.
Based on a story by Howard Breslin.
Directed by John Sturges.
1955.

Nowadays, Hollywood manufactures Molotov cocktails by the twelve-packs, so it’s something special when Spencer Tracy makes just one — with his necktie.

“You’re not only wrong. You’re wrong at the top of your voice.” — John J. Macreedy

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Movie Review: CASINO

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Written by Nicholas Pileggi.
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
1995.

The Marty who made Casino is, without a doubt, the same Marty who cast Larry David as a hard-talking Jew in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Casino is Scorsese at his most playful and reckless: lots of flashy lighting, jump cuts, lots of severe camera angles, and lots of old geezers plugging one another between hits on their oxygen tanks. James Woods as a pimp named Lester? Don Rickles as a no-nonsense pit boss with a shotgun? Marty’s mother as an old wiseguy’s mother, admonishing her son not to talk so dirty?

What’s not to like.

“A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes.” — Nicky Santoro

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