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Angel Heart (1987)

Director: Alan Parker.
Starring. Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Robert De Niro. USA. 1h 53m.

In the dark final scenes of Angel Heart, after you’ve picked your jaw up and shaken the last hour and 1 hour 53 minutes out of your system the sweat dries, the blood and dust settles and it’s all quite simple to understand but it certainly didn’t’ feel that way only moments before and you begin to feel silly for not seeing all the warning signs as the detective story turns into a dark occult nightmare. Continue reading Angel Heart (1987)

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Killing Season (2013)

Killing Season

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Woah Robert De Niro AND John Travolta.. seriously!?? That is the only reason why I watched this, just to see if Travolta could possibly match De Niro’s acting ability even at this stage in his career.

Beginning with the atrocities of an Eastern European war, the movie diverts to a grumpy mumbling Benjamin Ford (De Niro) who has isolated himself from his family and his past, he chances upon a stranger one night in the rain. They spend a good portion of the night together (drinking Jagermeister, good product placement there) but they part ways and agree to go hunting the next day. Emil Kovac (John Travolta) turns up early and the pair goes out deer hunting (what’s with De Niro and deer hunting??). So they head out and during a bad nun joke, suddenly  De Niro takes an arrow to the knee (lol) and becomes the hunted. A cat and mouse chase starts and the stakes get higher and more sadistic. Continue reading Killing Season (2013)

5 Selected – Robert De Niro

Roberto has long been a highly rated actor and he has given us some of the best performances of all time, without a doubt if he was cast in a movie it was going to be a hit and certainly unmissable, lately his career has turned into a joke and while I appreciate that it’s easy acting for him I can’t personally see him make a fool out of himself with a lot of these modern comedies but I can still appreciate the older most concrete films. I think one of the reasons why his comic roles don’t always gel well with me is that in most of his films he’s so serious and dark, when he gives “that stare” he makes me quake in my boots… Continue reading 5 Selected – Robert De Niro

Heist (2015)

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Advertised as a “heist” movie and even titled Heist, I would assume the movie would be about a heist, but that’s over in the first 20 minutes of the movie and the rest of it is about a getaway… but I’m not gonna split hairs here. Big names in this film, Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Batista. But that’s the impressive part over.

It’s an ok movie, it pulls at the heart strings and entertains. Robert De Niro plays a craggy ole crime boss who’s been laundering money in his casino, Morgan goes to him to borrow some money to pay for an operation for his Tiny Tim of a daughter, but De Niro refuses, so Morgan robs him. that’s the heist part, then the group leg it onto a bus to make a break for it. Yep they use a bus to getaway.. there is a point to all of this! There is a plan!

There is a reason for this method of getting away but I won’t reveal here as I don’t want to spoil the film. There is a bit of action, motorbike assassins come from nowhere and there’s the odd shoot out all topped up with scenes of baby Morgan fading away in hospital and him crying on the phone, a bit of knife action and what not.

It’s like one of the old school action movies from the 90’s it doesn’t need a reason just sit back and let the action take you away.

I like the movie, it’s not brilliant, but it does entertain and had a few laughs too. De Niro doesn’t really do much, but then he doesn’t have to these days, showing up is enough. There isn’t much else to the film, a decent twist at the end, nothing astounding, but it doesn’t let the film down like so many others I have seen this year. There is a decent amount of action, a little bit of “guy” antics, but not a lot of depth, to be honest it doesn’t need it. It reminds me of the old style action films of the 90’s, including the other bus film, Speed (1994), it doesn’t apologise for it either but it does swim around i sentimental waters and it could have shed that for more bloodshed in my opinion.

The Director Scott Mann is making a few improvements with his films with his newfound budget but I preferred The Tournament (2009).

6/10

full film review to come…

 

 

Ronin (1998)

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Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: J D Zeil
Starring : Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stelland Skarsgard, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, USA 2h 2m

John Frankenheimer continues to thrill us with a detailed insight into the underground espionage business as a host of A-list stars collect together in the backstreets of France to obtain a very important box. It’s a lot more impressive than it sounds,but this has to be one of the all time best action noir movies.

Opening with a damp cold night in a quiet region of France, a parky looking Sam scouts around a soon to be closing cafe, he carefully plants a gun outside and then boom we’re on a whirlwind tour de force, he’s been recruited along with a group of international former secret agents and cold war warriors to obtain a case from some unlucky chap. Continue reading Ronin (1998)

Will Robert De Niro ever make a decent film again?

Robert De NiroI noticed that De Niro has yet another comedy out this year, and I started pondering why the fuck? Has he no shame, why can’t he just make a sensible and decent film again and be like the old De Niro that I love and cherish? Then the Movie Guys beat me to it, while I was still shocked and sickened they got this question out and answered on there awesome blog (https://jordanandeddie.wordpress.com/) each giving their opinion and here’s mine.

Soooooo……

I still don’t really know how to address this. I am still really shocked. De Niro was one of those actors who similar to Harrison Ford, his name alone could guarantee and sell a movie. You knew that if he was in a movie, you’d be certain of something amazing and great to watch. But now it’s a very different matter.

A lot of actors seem to go through this play down up to their retirement, they start making comedies and playing less of the lead, While De Niro is still playing a fairly active leave and making a lot of comedies it’s just getting too much for me. I hate comedies but I have sat through a couple of his just because I was hoping he would give them an edge and in a way he did but it just wasn’t enough, Last Vegas (2013) was actually OK, predictable at every turn and so warm and mushy it made me gag a little but it was watchable, well once…. maybe twice… but even the other actors in the film were able to go on and make some decent movies afterwards, while De Niro is still just doing lame comedies and family stuff.

He seems to have adopted this funny grumpy old man persona, from what i’ve seen, Last Vegas (2013), Grudge Match (2013) and this new movie Bad Grandpa (2016) that already looks cringeworthy. All seem to be his new wiseguy character. And it’s stale now… I’m thinking this and I haven’t seen all of the other movies in between.

Robert De NiroSo if he’s winding down, why can’t we just leave him to his new found acting life? Well I for one really do believe that he’s got something left in him. I think that if he teamed up with director and lifetime friend Martin Scorsese then he could possibly do something amazing. He is a legend of the cinema and I’m sure that he could pull a good performance out of him once again.

But is that just wishful thinking? Maybe.. He seems very set in his ways and there might be no budging him, It’s great that he’s found an area to work in that he skirted around in previous years. Wiseguy movies aren’t really hot sellers like they used to be and any other TV show that might erupt would just be classed as another Sopranos.

Maybe this is proving that he’s an excellent actor, right now he’s proving that he’s a king of comedy? Something that if it were mentioned back in the 80’s or early 90’s would have been laughed at, but here he is proving it to be true.

Christopher Lee is a classic example of being able to keep your corner tight right up until death and beyond. He’s made the odd comedy film but never sold out, he kept on acting and giving blinde performances throughout his blistering career. Maybe De Niro could lend his vocals to a metal album or two, I reckon Death Metal might be his thing, maybe in a follow up Dethklok album?

He certainly has the energy, he did quite a bit in Grudge Match and Killing Season (2013) so physically I’d pass him for bigger and braver roles, I always thought that he should be a Bond Villain, he can do sinister so well, and who isn’t afraid of De Niro?? He could be a super fantastic Moriarity, or even the US President.. I dunno.. Has he ever made a Western?

Being the optimist I will cast my penny into the wishing well and pray that De Niro does smack us with a beautiful detailed and well crafted performance in the near future. I really should look at his IMDb and see what’s in the pipeline but i’m afraid.

Link to Jordan and Eddie here https://jordanandeddie.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/opinion-piece-will-robert-de-niro-ever-make-another-great-film/#like-7331