The purpose of this film is to be disgusted. Robert De Niro’s character makes us cringe. We recoil from the degrading behavior found on 42nd street. The ending makes us face uncomfortable choices. I enjoyed this film, even though it made me squirm through out. There is also a message that challenges how we view people and events: we place so much burden on outcomes and sometimes fail to look at the person themselves. Continue reading “Top 100 Movie Review: #47 – Taxi Driver (1976)”
The most exciting part of this movie was watching Robert De Niro get fat.
American Film Institute Ranking: #24/100 Academy Awards: Nominated for eight while winning two for Best Actor (De Niro) and Best Film Editing. My Rating:
This film has a lot of pieces: a boxing angle, character study, beautiful black-and-white cinematography, artistic flare. All of this is crammed into a predictable trite: the amazing boxer who is both protagonist/antagonist because of his inner demons.
While the individual pieces are solid in their own way, they never really coalesce into something bigger due to the overall narrative missing a hook.
War and life, a series of chance.American Film Institutes Ranking: #79/100 Awards: Nominated for nine winning five highlighted by Best Director, Picture, and Supporting Actor. My Rating:
This movie has a unique canter. It starts with introducing a bunch of people that reminded me of all the people I hated from high school. Then, it sprinkles in a poor plot line involving Meryl Strep that’s made even worse by her acting. The foundation for the story is a confluence of cheap reminders that these people are working class.
It ultimately manages to weave these lesser parts together into something rather substantial.
There, I said it. Godfather’s second incarnation is better than the first, having a cleaner plot and an interesting juxtaposition of past and present.
American Film Institutes Ranking: #32/100 Awards: Nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (De Niro), Adapted Screenplay, & Score. My Rating:
Initial reaction to this movie was divided with many people not liking the two story arcs happening at once. Canby writing for the New York Times described the film as “stitched together from leftover parts.” The film later became a focus of reevaluation with some considering it a better film than the first. Roger Ebert even went as far as to re-rate the movie with his highest ranking retrospectively.
Something about this film caught my eye more than the first, and I think it centers around me viewing the two-story arcs positively; it gives us time to breath from present day events while providing a solid, stand-alone story.
Yes you do Joe Pesci! Along with the rest of this crime film’s cast of characters.
American Film Institutes Ranking: #94/100 Awards: Nominated for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Actor and Actress with Joe Pesci winning Best Actor. My Rating:
Finally, a contemporary movie to review! I actually know some of these guys.
GoodFellas is a great crime film with plenty of gore, curse words and crude behavior. The long scope of its timeline allows you to dive deep into the intricacies of being involved in the mob, following Henry Hill from an outsider admirer, to being one of its main players, to the ultimate down fall.
The arc is bittersweet, almost feeling sorry for the unfortunate endings of the depraved characters you somehow become attached to.