This will be the last Weekly Reel for the year. I am currently in Oregon with my family for Christmas. So, here we go:
The first time I saw this film I hated it. I couldn’t stand Sharon Stone’s character, which I don’t think you’re supposed to sympathize with and it ruined the film for me. The constant voice-over narration also bothered me and it was hard for me to get into the film. But years later I saw it again and it was a completely different movie to me. For whatever reason I am fascinated with gangsters, I read books about them and watch films. The first movie I could remember saying was my favorite was Mobsters starring Christian Slater as Lucky Luciano. This film is another great gangster film that shows the greed and the imminent fall these types will have. De Niro in one of his last great roles is great when teamed with Goodfellas co-star Joe Pesci. The cinematography for the film is great as is every set piece. It may not be Scorsese’s best film, but it does have his flare and style that draws you in from the first explosion. 3 stars out of 4
As mentioned above, this was my first favorite film. I remember getting it from my grandma for my birthday after I had seen it in the video store as a previously viewed video. I wore that thing down as I watched this movie multiple times. I wasn’t the professional film buff I am now because obviously this movie’s ridiculous when one just thinks about it for a minute. Young actors playing the roles of the most influential gangsters in the history of America might not have been the best bet. Richard Grieco as Bugsy Segal, seriously? The best acting chops in the film belong to the guy who would eventually become Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris and the late great Anthony Quinn. The accuracy of the film may not be the best, but to be accurate you would need a much longer script and a different cast. Regardless, I still enjoy the film if not for nostalgic reasons. 2 stars out of 4
The long awaited prequel to the incredible Lord of the Rings trilogy is almost here…this time next year. The teaser trailer came out earlier this week with this teaser poster. The trailer may seem weird at first, but gets better after another viewing. This poster whets the appetite and gives us a thrill that we will once again visit Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth.
Articles of Note