A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
What are you prepared to do?
Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
In his excellent review of The Untouchables, Cramer K opens up by asking if there has ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma. You would probably expect a huge fan of De Palma's such as I to launch an impassioned defence of him and state that's not the case.
However, to quote a particular excellent episode of Blackadder (doesn't narrow it down, obviously), De Palma is as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo. I think the way these things work is that if the director in question is a load of crap and you don't particular like his or her work, it is more likely to bother you. Rarely during gushing…
Brian De Palma's crime/mobster film is one of style over substance. One that I won't comment on its historical accuracy due to me not knowing enough about this period.
What I do know is at the core of the story its factual however the story around the times is probably more for engaging the audience.
What makes The Untouchables so enjoyable is the set pieces of the times being spot on for the 30's prohibition era.
Some hammy acting kept me from loving it however enough of the episodic scenes were enough to make it very enjoyable.
It has been over ten years since I last watched De Palma’s Western inspired gangster movie and sadly time hasn’t been particularly kind to this so-called classic. Not that the film is bad, there are too many talented individuals involved for it to end up being a mess, but it also wastes and neuters their strengths.
Based on the ‘60s TV show, and playing very loose with historical facts, the film tells the story of Eliot Ness, his team of ‘untouchables’ and their quest to bring Al Capone to justice. As a slice of popcorn entertainment, The Untouchables is more than adequate, but given those involved there is the nagging feeling that this is a missed opportunity. Mamet’s script is…
You know, maybe I wasn’t the idiot that I thought I was when I was kid.
I’ve just been thinking back to my favourite films when I was a kid, and also my favourite music. My first album was Introspective by Pet Shop Boys. I think that’s a pretty good start. My favourite films were (and mostly are) Jaws, Dirty Harry, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Star Wars, Predator and The Goonies. Again, I don’t think that’s bad. My favourite people in films were Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood and Laurel & Hardy.
I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet or anything but I should have turned out alright, shouldn’t I? That’s a solid cultural start in life. Sure, things might…
I found the Reagan era moral simplicity (mostly stemming, I'd imagine from David Mamet's screenplay) like comfort food in this week of heightened chaos and ambivalence in regards to lawmen. And what lawmen this movie has! Hyper masculine, code-driven, hyper-violent warriors (I mentioned Mamet wrote this, right?) who are Dirty Harry and an Eagle Scout all in one package: the kind of people that only exist in the movies (and the public's imagination). Classic Hollywood.
The Dissolve review (for a Mamet piece). Best damn movie De Palma's ever made, though it should have ended about three minutes after the train station setpiece. Imagine if he'd worked with great writers for his entire career.
Very good, very well played and written mob movie. A world, where everything is either black or white.
Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything within the law.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they're not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.
Ness: I want to get Capone! I don't know how to do it.
Malone: You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way!…
If there is a movie that has a reputation for being a classic almost purely because of its style, The Untouchables would have to be it.
A heavily fictionalized account of Eliot Ness and his team's campaign to take down legendary crime boss Al Capone, The Untouchables has a screenplay that is more concerned with presenting everything with flair than actually delving deep into any of its characters. There's nothing inherently wrong with using broad and simplistic characterization if it improves the story, but beneath all of the action scenes and entertainment value, there's really not all that much to it.
Kevin Costner's standard flat delivery is in full effect, but it actually suits his character, who is a straight…
Mostly pure fiction, but De Palma is a visual master. De Niro makes for a tough low life Capone ( some of his gestures remind of D. Trump). Good script from Mamet, however, it's De Palma's camera movement of poetic violence that leaves you stunned.
A loud yet quiet, violent yet subtle gangster flick that increases with quality as it progresses.
De Palma pulls out full de Palma here and it's great to see classic movie techniques utilized here.
An enjoyable, well paced, well acted, brilliantly directed flick.
P.S. The gunfight in the train station. 100/100
Scavenger Hunt - August 2016 - Film #13
Task #27: A film with music composed by Ennio Morricone
With a cast this great, you should think that it would turn out to be an incredible film. It wasn't. Robert De Niro, who usually plays gangster better than anyone, looks like he parodies Al Capone, and Sean Connery might have the worst accent in the history of film. Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith and Andy García is what makes the cast tolerable.
There's two big plus though: the train station scene and the music. This task was based on choosing a film with music composed by Ennio Morricone, and he once again doesn't dissapoint.
A pretty good gangster flick, from the everybody's favourite guilty pleasure director (who apparently specializes in cinematic adaptations of old tv shows?), this one gets an extra star for the train station scene alone (even if it is mostly cribbed from Battleship Potemkin. But holy shit, is it ever clear it was made in the '80s.
Also, how great is Connery's "Irish" accent?
There are so many great moments in this movie that, rather than talking about them, I think it'd easier to just watch the movie again.
The acting is good, the music is epic and the camerawork is spectacular. I REALLY need to see more of De Palma's films. It just donned on me tonight that I had only seen Mission: Impossible. I could probably name more than half of his filmography off the top of my head but I just haven't gotten my hands on any of his movies I guess. But I got my hands on this one, and I'm going to be on the hunt for some more for sure.
nulla da eccepire eh, però a più riprese è di quel romanzato che spesso fa rima con stucchevole
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…