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    Street Kings

    Just rewatched this movie... Forgot how good it was

    Street Kings (2008)
    Directed by David Ayer. With Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans. An undercover cop, disillusioned by the death of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.
    Gotti (2018)

    When I first heard that this movie was being made (a long time ago) I was excited because I am a fan of both mafia movies and John Travolta. Then, as I read more about the movie, I got worried because a lot of reviewers were being pretty hard on the film:

    Travolta clearly put in great effort to play John "Gotti", but he's stuck in an incomprehensible mess of a movie that was shot like a clueless knockoff of a Martin Scorsese gangster epic. — Jeffrey M. Anderson

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    So, what gives? Is this a good movie, or trash? I'd say, a little of both.

    Let me say first that some of the critical reviews are ridiculous. I won't quote everything , but a quick Google search will reveal a lot of people saying things like "They painted Gotti as a good, family man..." and "...[the movie] seems to try to clean up Gotti's image" — the only problem is, that is not the movie that I saw.

    Travolta portrays Gotti as a ruthless killer with no conscious whatsoever. Where they got "cleaning up his image" at, I will never know. If they are referring to the highlighting of the man as both a merciless killer and a devoted family man, then that is a criticism of basically every mafia movie ever made.

    There are, however, many valid criticisms of the movie. It does jump around a lot, but to me, unless you are three years old, it is easy enough to follow. What I found troublesome was the intro, which looked like an E! True Hollywood story. The use of ancient 480p footage in the intro, without any sort of high-resolution overlays or other graphics just makes the whole thing look cheap. My next problem with the intro was the music, but, to be honest, the music was problematic all through.

    A lot of the main scenes were accompanied by a score that in no way fit with the events that were transpiring. Some of the songs were well done, but in retrospect, they were all the kind of songs that are cheap to get the rights to, so I think the main issue was that the budget must have run out and music was a last minute consideration.

    My last crit is the actor Spencer Rocco Lofranco. He doesn't look the part. He overplays his part. He was not a good fit for this movie. An example of his bad acting can be seen in his pre-intro to the mob where instead of listening to his father's instructions quietly and patiently, he nods incessantly at every single phrase before Gotti has even finished talking. This spoils the scene, and I can imagine it frustrated veteran actor Travolta.

    So, what's good about it. Well, it's a mob movie. If you enjoy the action, violence, and intrigue that are staples of the genre, then you will probably enjoy it as I did. There is a strong enough plot to keep it interesting, and although they could have skipped a few of the twelve million trials in the movie, there are actually some good parts of those, as well.

    I won't give it a golden score — in fact, I feel that IMDB and the user score on Rotten Tomatoes has it about right. It is a good time waster, but nothing substantial here, imo.

    Gotti (2018)
    Directed by Kevin Connolly. With John Travolta, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach. The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.



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    Directed by Vince Gilligan. With Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Matt Jones, Charles Baker. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie follows fugitive Jesse Pinkman as he runs from his captors, the law and his past.


    Excellently written. It's a perfect ending to an awesome story. I was not let down. Highly recommend watching this movie!

    TBH, there were episodes and storylines in the series that were more action-packed and thrilling, but the way this movie was done makes perfect sense

    The only spoiler I'll give, which may not be a spoiler at all, is that, that guy Todd is a TRUE sociopath!!!
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    (10-11-2019, 04:08 PM)LZA Wrote:  EL CAMINO

    I didn't realize that it was on Netflix already! Spinning

    I know I'll be watching it this weekend, then Big Grin
    As of this morning 3am EST, 12am Western.

    A few copies already uploaded to TPB
    (10-11-2019, 04:08 PM)LZA Wrote:  EL CAMINO

    Okay. So, I watched it last night and, of course, I fucking loved it!


    Once in a while, you will read a book, watch a movie/show, or some other form of art/entertainment and when it is done, you will wish that there was just one more chapter or story. Nowadays, if you wish hard enough and loud enough, someone will actually make you another fucking chapter to the story. Big Grin

    We have done well. Like
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    Middle Men (2009)

    A story about a groundbreaking idea that birthed eCommerce as we know it. Luke Wilson shines in this film that, while a work of fiction, plays out like it is based on a true story.

    It occurred to me while watching this movie that Luke Wilson is probably one of the most underrated actors working today. The truth is, this guy has some serious chops. I've enjoyed his work in dramas, comedies, and even the occasional horror flick. This movie features a determined character that, while making plenty of mistakes, is always true to himself and ultimately relatable.

    Giovanni Ribisi is in the film as the most bumbling of the two idiots that Jack Harris (Wilson) has to deal with in order to make the opportunity of a lifetime work. Strung out on coke and skag, he and his partner, Buck (Gabriel Macht) make every mistake possible and despite being incredibly rich, are extremely unhappy human beings. As actors, they couldn't have been better.

    IMDB gives this one a 6.8, but I would give it a little more just because I was enthralled from beginning to end by this truly entertaining film, and its almost too familiar get-rich-quick story.


    Middle Men (2009)
    Directed by George Gallo. With Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan. Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals, and struggles not to drown in a sea of con men, mobsters, drug addicts, and porn stars.

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    All the Pretty Horses (2000)

    [Image: 9P1zWe0.png]There are a few movies that I saw a long time ago that hold a special place in my mind. Usually, those movies remind me of something more, like a moment that I had with a group of friends; a summer where all the cards fell into place; or a girl. This movie kind of makes me think of all three.

    Though, I will be honest and say that I obviously have never had a girl like Penélope Cruz! Dear, sweet Jesus.

    I saw that Rotten tomatoes took a rather large shit on the movie, but it wasn't bad, to me. Unlike some of the other movies that I remembered as being much better than they were, this film stood up to pretty much what I remember it being. This is a good time-filler with enough darkness to make the tired trope of two lovers sneaking around behind the backs of everyone to roll in the hay, tolerable.

    Maybe a bit more tolerable because of Lucas Black. He went on to hit it big with Friday Night Lights, but this was the first time I remember seeing his face and hearing that accent — which is extremely close to my own, but much more pronounced. Some of the things he says in the movie could never be as hilarious if his voice was different.

    Overall, I liked it and will very likely watch again, someday.


    Directed by Billy Bob Thornton. With Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz, Henry Thomas, Angelina Torres. Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter.

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    The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

    Matthew McConaughey shines in this courtroom drama. Even though there is nothing groundbreaking in the plot, this movie checked all the right boxes for me. McConaughey is his usual highly-likeable self. Along with his über cool driver, he navigates the justice system like a pro.

    There is a sort of tired trope of the asshole defense attorney that eventually has a change of heart and crosses over to the good side, but even with that working against them, Matt and Marisa Tomei light up the screen with their chemistry. The dynamic of their relationship is sort of convoluted, but it comes off without a hitch.

    Now on to Ryan Phillippe, whom I loved in Cruel Intentions, and as such, am incredibly biased towards him. The reason I bring this up is that his character is only slightly different in this movie. He is great at playing an arrogant, little rich boy and this movie gave him the platform to do it again, to great effect.

    All-in-all: Great movie and one that I could easily watch again, given a bit of time.


    Directed by Brad Furman. With Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy. A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

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    Get the Gringo (2012)

    Whatever else Mel Gibson is, he is an amazing actor. On top of skill in his art, the man is seriously likeable onscreen and very easy to watch.

    Directed by Adrian Grunberg. With Mel Gibson, Kevin Balmore, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jesús Ochoa. A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.

    Get the Gringo is a film that in all honestly is not so believable. A white guy in Mexican prison basically takes over everything within a week or two on the inside. For some reason, though, the fact that there isn't a lot of backstory for "Driver" (as his character is billed) actually helps with the immersion.

    Again, one of my favorite movie tropes is active here: Bad boy does a good thing and helps a woman and a child, somehow exonerating them from the shame of being a shitty person all their lives. I am a sucker for a good-hearted loser every time. Smile

    As to my criticisms, I'll leave them out because they are all petty details and shouldn't bother most sane people. Tongue

    This is a good movie and much more than a time-filler. 👍


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