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.
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…
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…
A matured Scarface, Carlito's Way is an often overlooked Al Pacino-Brian De Palma gem. While Carlito's philosophical voice overs in the movie's first half do start to grate, once the plot with Sean Penn's cocaine-addled, afroed lawyer kicks in, things get really fun. De Palma utilizes intriguing camera work (skewed angles, long takes) without calling attention, a pitfall of his. The climactic sequence in Grand Central is a tense classic, capped off by a genuinely shocking reveal, a great laugh ("Nah you stay here"), and some serious pathos.
The performances definitely make the movie. Pacino is in top form, it doesn't matter what his ethnicity or accent is suppose to be, he is powerful and makes it look effortless. Sean Penn is fantastic as the smarmy, frazzled, coked up lawyer. Then you have a handful of great small parts filled by Luis Gusman, John Leguizamo, and Viggo Mortensen. De Palma is in fine form, you definitely see influences from Scarface. The pacing is a bit uneven at times but really ramps up for the final third, which is dramatic and thrilling. I'm a bit torn on how I feel about the narration that gets sparkled throughout. It's where Pacino's awkward accent really sticks out.
Extravagant tracking shots set to disco music is like my crack.
Brian De Palma teams up with Al Pacino again after 10 years since Scarface.During that period,Al seemed to have mastered the role of a gangster in films.Here he plays a drug lord who tries to reform and leave his violent ways only to be drawn back to it due to his enemies and his past that comes back to haunt him.What we have is an explosive action packed crime thriller with Al Pacino once again in a stellar role.Sean Penn does a wonderful job who plays his lawyer initially but later undergoes changes in character.
Carlito's Way is a powerful, action-packed ride all the way to its explosive conclusion
328/365 (365 films in 365 days)
Al Pacino does a great job portraying Carlito. The story is interesting and thrilling and portray's the characters' struggles in an realistic and exciting way.
This is the second disappointment of the day. What a bugger.
Al Pacino gives a surprisingly restrained performance as the eponymous hero. This is the best I've seen him since The Godfather which was nice. Apart from that there wasn't much else I liked.
Although the film was set in the 1970s, the aesthetics were pure nineties so everything had aged pretty badly. The music remained dodgy throughout (a love scene to "You Are So Beautiful" sung by Joe Cocker had my toes curling) and Sean Penn was incredibly annoying, sporting one of the daftest haircuts I've seen on film for a long time.
A big let down.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a ridiculously cool thriller. With the perfect backdrop of New York in the 70's. Add in Al Pacino and Sean Penn as your lead actors, And this has got to be Brian DePalma's best film. Beautifully shot, capturing the time period perfectly. And with one of the most tense real time chase sequences I've ever seen!
"Here comes the Pain!"
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1. PULP FICTION (1994) by Quentin Tarantino
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