The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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 haven't 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…
If one approached me and asked how I feel about Brian De Palma, if he or she is a fan then the response would disappoint them. Scarface was one of the dullest films I have sat through, unable to find the appeal in its attempt to capture the American Dream, led by a performance by Al Pacino that puts disgrace to much of his work; I rarely scowl at a film, but Scarface is an easy trigger. However, my exposure to De Palma’s work is limited, explored through only two of his currently 29 feature films, Scarface and Blow Out. The latter has proven to me that there is something wonderful within the filmmaker, and given the right material, something…
"The street is watching, she is watching all the time."
Opening title card plays over Carlito's dying face: the way of Carlito is found in death. A man driven to uphold his ideals even when those he upholds them for abandon and betray him.
A man doubly out of time: with the start of a new era, he has found that he no longer belongs, no longer knows his place, and he's running out of time to figure it out.
The first cracks in the foundation of society's belief in the future are found at the bottom; when criminals struggle to find their morality, the whole world feels its structure shaking. The only "escape to paradise" comes after life has already left.
What the hell, Brian?
"Charlie, where's my cheesecake"
"Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet."
When you think of Brian De Palma and the crime genre the first film that will come to most people's mind is the highly quotable Scarface and although Carlito's Way isn't as good as it's predecessor, the film is still great in it's own right. Although it may be very predictable at times, the characters in the film keep us engaged along with the masterful direction of De Palma. Al Pacino gives another great performance as well as Sean Penn and co. I'd recommend this film to any fan of the crime genre or Brian De Palma fans.
"Ay, you gonna show us a trick shot, Carlito?"
"No trick shot. This is magic time."
Both Pacino and DePalma have made this kind of movie before, and it was done better then.
"I'm Benny Blanco From The Bronx"
That line basically sums up this film and my life.
Although this film gets predictable it's all forgiven because the characters are just so great.
Brian De Palma is a genius for this man. Everyone in this film feels like they can exist and the world feels actually lived in.
The Script is bananas. Everything spoken is so quotable and at times feels very film noir-ish.
I enjoyed this film. It gets 4 SHIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETS out of 5.
I always liked this film. But rewatching it, I really loved it. It might be DePalma's best movie or at least neck and neck with The Untouchables. Scarface as a film is half masterpiece, half garbage and I can't tell which half is which. This is a far superior piece of filmmaking. Great characters and setting and probably one of the first of its era to revisit and help make the 70's cool and glamorous again.
The dialogue and characters are meaty. Frankly, Koepp's script sings at virtually every moment. Pacino is fantastic, giving a layered exciting performance, not the barking parody of his former self he later became. Penn seems to relish his supporting role, sinking into the character…
In 2016, it's pretty obvious that Sean Penn has morphed into his character here over the past couple of years.
That last 20 minutes may be the best thing that DePalma has ever directed. No, it actually is. Best use of an escalator this side of Total Recall.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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