My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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…
FILM#72-DECEMBER CHALLENGE 2
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…
Letter Grade: C+
The rating is a bit presumptuous, so just ignore it if you will. I have yet to really make up my mind on whether Carlito's Way is merely a pretty good or great movie, or if it might be De Palma's masterpiece. A lot of that has to do with the structure of the film (spoilers ahoy, matey), by which I, and I assume most others who talk about this film, mean the trick of opening it with where it ends, at Carlito's death. I can't help but feel a little cold when the actual ending arrives some 2 and a half hours later, though I can't really explain why (though in all fairness, it's lingered quite a lot in…
My review -- this film is now on DVD, now every film reviewer around the world that I know of, told me to watch this film because it is something unique and good viewing. The most surprising statistic of this film project is the fact it only made roughly $34 million, which in hindsight and in my opinion this film should have made at least $50 million, but I digress. The storyline is of the genre of basically following the lead role [Al Pacino] on his life journey. What makes this film really excellent viewing is the impactful inner monologue and the in depth script of [Al Pacino,] because as a viewer you cannot help but like this character in…
A powerful tale of a drug king pin without the gratuitous violence of Scarface. And that is what makes it click. It develops good characters that you care for. Some memorable imagery and great monologues from Pacino.
Should See, B+
"I'm reloaded! Okay? Come on in here, you motherfuckers! Come on, I'm waitin' for ya! What, you ain't comin' in? Okay, I'm comin' out! Oh, you up against me now, motherfuckers! I'm gonna blow your fuckin' brains out! You think you're big time? You gonna fuckin' die big time! You ready? HERE COMES THE PAIN!"
With that exchange, which happens about twenty minutes into Carlito's Way it's as if Al Pacino and Brian De Palma are giving a subtle nod to the finale of their previous collaboration, Scarface and letting the audience know they're in for a much more unexpected ride. Instead of blowing away an army of men with a machine gun, Pacino here tries to defend himself with…
Brian DePalma's last masterpiece before his downhill slide into mediocrity. He reunites with Scarface star Al Pacino and just wows us with all around great performances and DePalma's trademark camera acrobatics just make this one great film. Pacino plays Carlito A just released from prison ex criminal who keeps trying to stay out of trouble but forces outside and inside his inner circle drags him back into his past life he wants to just forget. Add to the mix his friend and attorney David played by an unrecognizable Sean Penn who gets Carlito deeper in trouble just by knowing him. DePalma is at the top of his game with his fluid camera movements and the 15-20 minute foot chase is a sheer joy to watch. We need DePalma to comeback in the worst way.
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.
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1. PULP FICTION (1994) by Quentin Tarantino
IMDb: 9.0 | RT: 94% || Points: 3405 | Peak: #1 (27x) |…
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