1. PULP FICTION (1994) by Quentin Tarantino
IMDb: 9.0 | RT: 94% || Points: 3405 | Peak: #1 (27x) |…
He's got a good future if he can live past next week.
A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Carlito Brigante, the first drug lord, goes to prison through a legal technique engendered by his lawyer, and vows to lead a dignified life. By accepting the job of manager of a nightclub, he finds his old girlfriend and the promise of a change for the better, they reattach the novel. But his dream is interrupted by his former associates of crime and even new villains who commit homicide only to be recognized and feared by all. However, his biggest enemy is himself. Despite his good intentions, the misguided loyalty Carlito and his old fashioned code of honor will involve him in a violent world of life and death against the relentless forces that keep him from leaving.
Film #31 of Project 90
”Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet.”
An excellent crime/gangster/noir movie from Brian De Palma who teams up with Al Pacino to create a classic hero who will remind you of the lonely and desperate men of film noirs who are trying to find redemption and happiness in a treacherous world of lies and betrayals where you can buy salvation only with blood. Carlito’s Way is without a doubt one of De Palma’s best films, here he narrates an engaging story of love, regret and misfortune without getting carried away or sentimental which makes the overall story more engaging and it becomes easy for us to have sympathy for the central character.
I thought the shootout on the escalator was an amazing bit of action cinema, and the film managed to avoid veering into any offensive territory. It felt like a very strong film for De Palma. It worked to this strengths, which is pretty much epitomized by the disco soundtrack. It's flashy, energetic, and doomed.
One of my main issues with gangster films is the machismo most of them are pervaded with. Even when the film is decidedly illustrating the down sides to a life of crime, the lead character(s) tend to come across as glorified or mythological*, captured by Truffaut's war film paradox as much as any war film's hero would be. The most significant offender here is De Palma's…
Damn, I forgot how much I loved this film. The first time I saw this years ago, I fell in love with it instantly and saw it many countless times afterwards. I have'nt seen it in so long, I forgot I loved it so much and I was reminded just how much this still manages to blow my mind.
First, I gotta talk about the acting, but this mght take a while...
Al Pacino is fucking incredible. Every emotion he expresses and every movement he makes nails it over the head. Even the narration is amazing. Like his narration, this performance helps you believe that Carlito Brigante is this tired, broken down gangster who wants to find peace in not…
Ten years after the perfect combination between Brian De Palma and Al Pacino in Scarface, the duo returned to another crime story, Carlito's Way. While Scarface was a tale about the ascencion of a crime lord, Carlito's Way tells an atempt of life change by one big gangster, Carlito Brigante.
It's needless to say that Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors ever lived, and his role in this movie is for sure one to be among the very best of his career. Actually, the whole cast is remarkable, a fantastic interpretation of a unrecognizable Sean Penn, a terrific and sexy Penelope Ann Miller and lots of great actors in small roles, like Viggo Mortensen in one of his…
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Brian De Palma has made iconic movies for over thirty years now. He is predominantly known for his crime films and making the split screen popular again during his creative period in the late seventies and early eighties. A career littered with great movies, this is without doubt my favorite.
Al Pacino had been a little quiet until Mr De Palma came calling again. A decade after the two had lit up the screen with "Scarface", Pacino would be back as another crime figure with attitude. Set back in 1975, Pacino plays "Carlito Brigante" , a former smack dealer that has had his conviction overturned by the appeal court and been released from a 30 year sentence…
My favourite Pacino performance and a film I will never tire of.
Thank God for this movie to remind me why I like the look of Di Palma's movies so much. His camera movements are some of my favorite in all of cinema.
Brian de Palma's best film (far better than the overrated Scarface remake) stars Al Pacino and Sean Penn, and both are fantastic. This is an intelligent gangster thriller, very watchable, and although it has nasty moments, it is an enjoyable film.
You might be rather scared by Penn's hairdo, though.
Scarface II : The less cocaine, violence and Miami driven one.
Carlito's Way, what a film, Brian DePalma has shown his commitment towards the gangster films; and his second with Al Pacino after Scarface '82.
Loved each frame of it, each dialogue of it, and entire cast of this film, Sean Penn was wonderful in this awesome picture, Viggo Mortenson's character was brilliant with some humor to it.
An absolutely brilliant directorial effort by Brian De Palma along with an engrossing storytelling and knockout performances made of Carlito’s Way one of the most amazing gangster films ever made and a perfect example of neo-noir. I don’t think it has received the praise it deserves because, although it generally has a good reputation, it’s rarely included among the greatest of the genre. Maybe it’s just a matter of personal taste, but for me it was a nearly perfect film.
Al Pacino, in what must definitely be one of his finest accomplishments as an actor, plays Carlito Brigante, a former drug dealer who has been released from prison after 5 years inside from a 30-year sentence thanks to technicalities and…
It's got that trademark De Palma cheesiness, but it also has a prime example of his bravura filmmaking approach, particularly in its awesome climax. Pacino must have played every shade of gangster there is; here, he's trying to go straight, but you know, "every time I think I'm out..." Still, he really gets you to sympathize with him. Pleasurable stuff here. Plus, comically, "Benny Blanco from the Bronx" kept making me sing "Jenny from the Block" in my head. "I'm still Benny from the Bronx!"
Que sí, que la escena del principio y final de la peli son un flipazo. Y que vale, que De Palma es el único tío que conozco que es capaz de hacer el travelling circular de beso y que no rompa la estética de la película. Y sí, hay más planos-secuencia en esta película que en la carrera de muchos directores. Y que, también, que yo a este tío le dejo unas escaleras en Grand Central y me puede rodar 20 escenas más y yo me las veo todas.
Pero... ¿No se podía haber hecho alguna cosilla con el guión? ¿Y bajar a los actores de los satélites, coño, que están todos muy altos? Que Viggo Mortensen actúa como si no hubiera un mañana...
Y no, no me voy a meter con Al Pacino, porque está muy molón toda la peli. Y muy intenso, también. Y tampoco tiene él la culpa de que se suponga que es portorriqueño.
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1. PULP FICTION (1994) by Quentin Tarantino
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