The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Martin Scorsese's début feature has just the slightest bit of story line, but the movie is a fascinating portfolio piece: a black-and-white blueprint for "Mean Streets."
Zina Bethune, as the girl, is believable but Harvey Keitel, as the anti-hero, is alternatively boorish or bewildered.
In the aggressive self-confidence, the use of rock music, and the perceptive observation, Scorsese reveals an anthropological feel for street life and the attitudes of male adolescence.
The director, who also wrote the original story and screenplay, hasn't succeeded in making a drama that is really much more aware than the characters themselves.
As a film, it has something to say to everyone. As a technical achievement, it brings together two opposing worlds of American cinema.
[It] can be read as a rather rough draft of Mean Streets.
Inevitably, not all of this works, but there is rarely a dull moment.
Who's That Knocking at My Door is simply (and finally) unable to wholeheartedly establish itself as more than just a run-of-the-mill, far-from-accomplished student film.
The crude semi-autobiographical film is a forerunner to Scorsese's powerful Mean Streets.
A rough yet hyper-sensitive film forever luxuriating in sensation
Problems aside, this film is a fascinating look at the creative development of one of the new American cinema's most important directors and well worth a look.
Like all his films, Scorsese's debut, about an Italian-American youth (Keitel) caught between an affair with upper-crust blonde and the lure of gang life, has strong personal elements; the milieu and characters would reaappear in the classic Mean Streets
scorsese's first feature length film is largely experimental, but the film had wonderful dialogue and possessed a certain charm to it that helps us to recognize the things about this film that are really the roots of scorsese's future greatness. really only truly engaging to the hard core scorsese fan, but the film is benefited by the short running length and solid performances.
A convoluted mess, but still visually interesting.
Harvey Keitel yapping on about The Searchers and other westerns was worth the entire movie, not to mention that it's Martin Scorsese's most cultured film. It's sort've brutal for being a light-hearted drama/romance. The shot after the opening credits of Keitel's gang beating up a teenager was interesting in that it is horriftingly nonchalant. A great debut in short.
Almost like watching two different movies, Scorcese's debut isn't too memorable other than that fact. It's like two different siblings each vying for your attention with no cohesiveness whatsoever. Even a young Keitel is fantastic in this and Scorcese seemed to fine tune his films better and better as time went on in his career.
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