A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
Although Carlito's Way in a sense represents the falling motion to Scarface's rising action, it lacks the nervous, overstuffed agitation of Scarface, replacing it with a kind of wistful, elegaic burnout, a paean to uninvolement, to not-doing, or doing other-than. Carlito's Way is more of a piece with The Untouchables, both sweeping historical epics which have the time and space to collect themselves, develop characters, build whole worlds in which to enact tensely clever set-pieces, some of the best of De Palma's career. Carlito's Way and The Untouchables also share a grand, constructed artificiality. They know they are movies, hearkening back to an older-school vibe, when movies had to span the whole of what cinema could do, to offer suspense…
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…
michael mann's Scarface
ESCAPE TO PARADISE
*que tears, bafflement, wonder, awe.*
Currently my top De Palma film. It’s unabashedly heartfelt and visually airtight, with Al Pacino infinitely more interesting here than in ‘Scarface’. His Carlito has natural bravado, but he's also a self-aware enough guy to modulate his charm, to lean back when the situation calls for it.
De Palma’s favourite pastime is condemning characters to a fate and forcing us to watch through proxies on-screen, and ‘Carlito’s Way’ is his most expanded version of that experiment. Beyond just the bookends, Carlito is paying for a past life that we never get any glimpses into – it’s cinematic baggage we’re forced to accept because all we see is present-day Pacino. It's true to life, it's tragic, and it's a…
The strong performance & charismatic narration by Pacino, sentimental approach taken regarding the gangster genre, fantastic execution of Carlito's perspective, Patrick Doyle's heartbreaking score, and De Palma's gorgeous visuals & stylization overall prove that Carlito's Way is an underrated gem.
Sidenote: Probably one of my favorite opening scenes - just everything about it is so right.
A god-dream. Every apocalyptic beat of this tragic masterpiece sends tremors through my body.
I've always been a bigger fan of de Palma's horror and thrillers, so I don't think I had seen "Carlito's Way" since the mid-'90s when it was relatively new to video. I'm pleased to report that it holds up nicely despite a very slick '90s look to everything. This is a natural role for Al Pacino one decade after "Scarface" - he's tired, he's old, and he's trying to fly right...but he just can't do it. Sean Penn steals the show as the cokehead lawyer who manages to get him back into a life of crime, where he finds that his oldschool ethos no longer hold sway with ruthless up-and-comers like Benny Blanco from the Bronx (John Leguizamo). I always…
An intriguing and engaging character study of a reformed gangster's inevitable returning into his old way of life despite his relentless resistance to do so. Al Pacino's performance is fantastic here and the direction by Mr. De Palma is nothing short of masterful in nature.
This is by all means, a goddamn masterpiece.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.