In Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us (1974), he shows off his propensity for breaking the rules of genre in updating Nicholas Ray’s noir, They Live By Night (1948).
With 1997’s Jackie Brown, an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, Quentin Tarantino gives us a film that represents the road not taken.
This two minute dive demonstrates how 1941’s I Wake Up Screaming lays down a stylistic marker for early noir, but doesn’t get held in the same regard as that year’s noir classic, The Maltese Falcon.
In three iconic performances, hangdog-faced character actor Harry Dean Stanton’s roles align with the spaces his characters inhabit.
For about five hours of punishing, fire-and-brimstone religious satire, watch Richard Brooks’ 1961 adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel Elmer Gantry, starring Burt Lancaster in the title role, and then follow it up with Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 sort of-Scientology postwar carnival attraction, The Master.
An economically-focused double feature in pursuit of empathy and scorn.
Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska meets David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water.