Top 4 are interesting lesser seen films that need more love.
As a fan of mob movies and particularly Lower-East side and Bronx immigrant locales this has a nicely rendered turn of the century aesthetic. The studio renderings of the streets around The Brooklyn Bridge are very recreated with some excellent mattes. Later Naples is also very convincing as the film portrays it's own version of the murder of Lt Joseph Petrosino.
Gene Kelly is a typically Hollywood casting choice made no doubt for reasons other than is ability to play…
I have never understood the McQueen mythos. His weird roman crop blonde mop makes him stand out amidst the short back and sides of the sixties and then again amongst the long hair and beards of the seventies.
With this in mind I approach the prospect of him playing a sort of amalgam of Johnny Hooker and Henry Gondorff without the confidence tricksterism, with some tredpidation.
Fortunately the New Orleans location really provides a depth and grime to the depression…
The introduction of Mr Spock at the beginning of the second act is very forced and ironically rather illogical. After debating about ship politics for the first act and Kirk using his reputation to re-gain control of the Enterprise, Spock just swans in, co-incidentally, as the Enterprise needs a science officer.
As a non-trekkie it is glaringly ridiculous how much DeForest Kelley is forced into scenes where there is no need for him at all. He is the ship's doctor…
Fourth of fifth watch and it's Ginger that is attracting my attention:
The voiceover is continually reminding us of how charming she is and how everyone associated with the casino love her, yet Scorsese never depicts any of these kindnesses. Beyond the tipping of everyone for everything and knowing everyone's name, this feel like a case of show don't tell.
Ace tells us how special she was and so does Nicky but all we see her do is drink and…