Monday, May 10, 2010

The Untouchables

  • Genre : Crime/Drama
  • Written By : Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness
  • Directed By : Brian De Palma
  • Release Date : June 2, 1987
  • Running Time : 119 Minutes
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro).

My Review
Brian De Palma really turned this movie into one of the most memorable and greatest gangster film ever. Kevin Costner played his part as federal agent, Eliot Ness, and he did really well I must say. You also shouldn't miss Sean Connery as he is the sole reason why the movie turned out to be great as his role helping Costner out in the movie. Sadly Robert De Niro had a so-so performance but still it was good.
As for the scenes in the movie, Brian De Palma did one hell of a job directing as he kept the gun fighting and the drama scenes at a good level. One scene right before the end with all the gun fights was my favorite in particular.
Overall it was a very exciting movie.
My Recommendations
  • Gangster fans must see
  • Excellent film

Rating : 3.5/5

Friday, May 7, 2010

And Justice For All

  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson
  • Directed By : Norman Jewison
  • Release Date : June 29, 1979
  • Running Time : 119 Minutes
Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Christine Lahti

Al Pacino is Arthur Kirkland, a sharp defence lawyer with a heart, who is dealing with a witch-hunting ethics tribunal, crazy and arrogant judges, an ill grandfather, a law partner (Tambor) on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a new relationship. He definitely did not need the crazy new case that lands on his lap in the form of his least favourite judge, Henry T. Fleming. Soon, Arthur is faced with some decisions that will challenge his beliefs and affect his future.

My Review
I was deeply moved by Al Pacino's portray of Arthur Kirkland as he defends his clients through the hardships and corruption of the court.
The movie was interesting on my part, just if u are looking for a "Court Drama" movie, this is not it because this is a movie telling the immorality that could happen in court and anywhere else, it also shows how it could affect people's lives.
Well in this movie, Al Pacino had his finest acting moments and truly define acting in a way that I could say MAGNIFICENT.
You might also recognize one of Al Pacino's most memorable line, "You're out of order! This whole trial is out of order!", definitely a must watch scene.
The only downside to the movie for me was, I thought it was gonna be a "Court Drama" type movie and so I just wasn't satisfied that the movie didn't show on him getting enough evidence on his cases but all and all, it was a fantastic movie

My Recommendations
  • Two Thumbs Up
  • Astonishing Performance
  • Al Pacino Fan's Must Watch Movie

Rating : 4/5

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gangs Of New York

  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Jay Cocks (also story), Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
  • Directed By : Martin Scorsese
  • Release Date : December 20, 2002
  • Running Time : 168 Minutes
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, and Liam Neeson

Set in New York City between 1840 and 1863, this is the story of a young man named Amsterdam (DiCaprio) who seeks vengeance against Bill "The Butcher" Poole (Day-Lewis), the man who killed his father as a result of warfare between the powerful Manhattan gangs.


  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : David H. Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
  • Directed By : Ridley Scott
  • Release Date : May 5, 2000
  • Running Time : 154 Minutes
Russel Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, and Djimon Hounsou

Before Maximus (Crowe), the heroic Roman General, can honor the wishes of his dying emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris) by assuming the emperor's role, the emperor's cruel and corrupt son Commodus (Phoenix) orders the execution of Maximus and his family. Escaping death, Maximus assumes the life of an anonymous gladiator, fighting his way back to the Roman Colosseum where he seeks revenge and a return to justice for Rome.

Me, Myself & Irene

  • Genre : Comedy
  • Written By : Peter Farrelly, Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly
  • Directed By : Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  • Release Date : June 23, 2000
  • Running Time : 116 Minutes
Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Anthony Anderson, and Robert Forster

A state trooper (Carrey) has a split-personality, one of which is mild-mannered and one violently aggressive. Comedy ensues when both personalities fall in love with the same woman (Zellwegger).

The Hurricane

  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon, Sam Chaiton (book Lazarus and the Hurricane), Terry Swinton (book Lazarus and the Hurricane), Rubin Hurricane Carter (book The 16th Round)
  • Directed By : Norman Jewison
  • Release Date : December 29, 1999
  • Running Time : 155 Minutes

Denzel Washington, Garland Whitt, John Hannah, David Paymer, and Liev Shreiber

In Norman Jewison's moving biopic, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Washington) is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1967 while steadfastly maintaining and professing his innocence. After being contacted by an admiring teenager living in Canada (Shannon), a series of events leads to the assemblage of a legal team which gives him hope for release.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Donnie Brasco

  • Genre : Drama/Thriller
  • Written By : Paul Attanasio, Joseph D. Pistone (book), Richard Woodley (book)
  • Directed By : Mike Newell
  • Release Date : February 28, 1997
  • Running Time : 127 Minutes
Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, and Zeljko Ivanek

Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI mole who integrates himself into the Mafia pecking order by posing as "jewel man" Donnie Brasco. He finds his loyalties divided when Lefty Ruggiero, a jaded hit man, takes him on as a protégé and places real trust in him. The two men form a friendship--and a criminal partnership--that jeopardizes Brasco's mission and obscures the boundaries between the law and the underworld. The film is based on the autobiography DONNIE BRASCO, MY UNDERCOVER LIFE IN THE MAFIA by former undercover agent Joseph D. Pistone.

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