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.
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…
I appreciated Carlito's Way more than the first time I saw it. Seeing it in the correct aspect ratio this time made a big difference; this is one of De Palma's most visually expressive movies, which is saying a lot. The meticulous widescreen compositions and bold use of color (the red brick wall in the first shootout!) reminded me of Nicholas Ray and Vincente Minnelli; it's a movie from 1993, set in 1975, and it looks like it could have been released in 1958. The action sequences are among De Palma's best, Pacino and the supporting cast are excellent (Paul Clark pointed out that Viggo Mortensen's performance is one of the best one-scene roles), and it's fascinating to see Pacino…
Reformed well-meaning stereotypical ethnic fellow vows to stay away from drugs and violence; except when he's directly involved with drugs and violence. This film is also known as That Other Film That Dudes Who Like Scarface and The Godfather Rarely Mention Because "Scarface, bro!" But Still Love. The studio opted to not go with that title, though, because it doesn't fit so great on posters.
Wow, dated a little in places but one of Pacino's best performances and typically excellent steadicam work from De Palma. The 2 hours plus never drags, all leading up to a superb climax. I'd always had this in my head that it was a "lesser" work from the period but its easily as good as the best movies of the era.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Great film. Al did his thing, Penn did his thing. The plot is a little choppy. It focuses on way too many things kinda like Casino. Overall, great film.
Very overlooked film by Brain De Palma, very solid film with great acting from Al Pachino, Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller.
Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet.
A recurring argument I see from a lot of DePalma partisans is that whatever flaws are apparent in a given film of his are in actuality his strengths. I can buy this argument to an extent depending on the film, even if the reasons significantly differ. The flaws of Sisters, The Fury, Raising Cain, and Scarface contribute to how irresistibly bonkers and campy those movies are, not because I read them as underlining some sort of postmodern deconstruction of whatever. I cannot say the same about Carlito's Way. Certainly there are a handful of moments and set pieces that evoke the pleasures of the best DePalma works, but when it comes down to looking at the movie as a whole, I am resigned to thinking that Carlito's Way is pretty bad.
Well this was a very pleasant surprise! Although Carlito's Way can, at times, loose it's way a bit it is an immensely entertaining film, with a thoroughly good performance from Al Pacino at it's heart. I think it was Pacino and the character of Carlito that really made the difference as the plot can feel as though it doesn't really know where it is going at times - Pacino's character and indeed his performance saves this as you have here a gangster genuinely trying to change the way he lives after receiving some good fortune and getting out of prison 25 years early!
Sean Penn's character is also great fun and although he is a bit over the top at…
For all intents and purposes Carlito's Way is a romp and a half. The plotting is a tight piece of work (it almost works in favor of the movie that the narrative spells the next three steps out for the audience) and the performances are all pleasantly campy, and, of course, on a purely technical level, DePalma's directorial skills are front and center for the entire film, implementing action in and out of the forefront of the frame in a way that would've made Tati proud.
Carlito is a classic DePalma character, a man attempting to do his best and falling to his own weaknesses, and Pacino fills the role with an incredible blend of wit and empathy, that makes…
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1. PULP FICTION (1994) by Quentin Tarantino
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The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?