The Orange Thief (Vinnie Angel, Boogie Dean, Arthur Wilinski – 2007)

Have you ever been impressed by someone’s accomplishment and rationalized it by instinctively pulling out the usual excuses such as oh that most likely took lots of experience, money, contacts and anything else that you can come up with to sooth your ego and inaction? The reality is that we’re all doing it all the… Continue reading The Orange Thief (Vinnie Angel, Boogie Dean, Arthur Wilinski – 2007)

Mafioso (Alberto Lattuada – 1962)

It’s that great excitement you get when you come across a truly rewarding film by a director you have never seen much of his work when everything seems to work exactly how you’d want it to be. And Mafioso by Neorealist director, Alberto Lattuada is simply that perfectly fun film. It’s the same sad story,… Continue reading Mafioso (Alberto Lattuada – 1962)

Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi – 1962)

In this masterpiece classic director Francesco Rosi tells the story of Salvatore Giuliano, a famous Sicilian gangster that during the mid-40’s collaborated with a Sicilian separatist group, Movement for the Independence of Sicily (MIS), with close ties to the Mafia engaging with small-scale attacks on government and police targets. Rosi delivers a poignant documentary that… Continue reading Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi – 1962)

The Escort – La Scorta (Ricky Tognazzi – 1993)

Ricky Tognazzi’s classic anti-mafia thriller is deeply grounded in reality. The film was made a year after judge Giovanni Falcone was murdered as he was on his way to Palermo airport. The judge, his wife, and three police bodyguards were killed. Interestingly the film is not about the judge or the case, but focuses on… Continue reading The Escort – La Scorta (Ricky Tognazzi – 1993)