Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

I don’t want to dog on this movie, this afternoon but I do have a few complaints about this movie. First and foremost it has some bad spots where it really drags on. I watched this right after the exorcist (which really moves at a good pace) and then this movie. They are both about the same length of time to watch, but Dog Day Afternoon felt like a MUCH longer movie. I also think the twist about his lover was a little weird, and was confusing at first. I’ll get to the good stuff now… Pacino was pretty amazing in this. I loved how he whipped up the crowds outside the bank. The crowd was it’s own character too in the movie. They made me laugh over and over. I also just loved the whole cast, especially the ladies inside the bank. The head teller was really great. The start of the movie is really strong, and the end is quite shocking. If you can make it through the sluggish middle you won’t regret watching this bungled heist. I should also note that John Cazale was really good too, he just has such a unique and strange look.

79/100

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Mama mia! This movie was also really good, and I may be unpopular with this opinion, but the sequel wasn’t as good as the original. I did love that they went back in time and gave us a glimpse of the Godfather in the past. De Niro was excellent as Don Vito. Al Pacino and Diane Keaton had some powerful scenes together. I finally recognized Robert Duvall in this movie (he needed to lose his hair to be recognizable). I like all the filming and the story, but something felt missing in this sequel. I can’t put my finger on it, but unlike the last film, this one felt longer and I kept checking the time to see when it was over. It was just less enjoyable. I also thought John Cazale stepped out and did a fantastic job in this movie. Both Godfather film’s are excellent but I think the first will always be the Don of the two.

92/100

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The Godfather (1972)

This movie was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I don’t know why it took me this long to see this classic film, but I finally did. Luckily it doesn’t have to sleep with the fishes. This movie is a horse head above the rest. I really enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching all the characters develop (or die). After watching shows like the Sopranos, I’ve felt like old mobster movies have lost their shine, this movie still holds strong even to this day. It’s filmed wonderfully, has great music and I just love all the characters and drama that goes on. It’s the quintessential film on crime. So even if it’s the day of your daughter’s wedding, you should probably not turn this film down.

97/100

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Danny Collins (2015)

Don’t let the name fool you, this movie is more than just one name. First of all, it has a lot of big name actors in it… Al Pacino, Anette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer and Supergirl herself Melissa Benoist. The film main plot is this, a drugged out, deadbeat father who is a famous musician is inspired when he finds out John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote him a personalized letter when he was less famous. This pushes him to rethink his drug addled self and seek out stronger relationships with everyone around him. I thought the whole movie was really sweet, and I teared up a little at the end. It’s a very cute movie and even though it has some very rated R scenes, it had some ooey-gooey melt your heart moments. The little girl in this had me cracking up and I thought Pacino and Bening had great chemistry. It’s easy to sing this movie’s praise.

81/100

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Scarface (1983)

Say hello to my little review! Well this was a coked-out 3 hours of my life well spent. By the way, I wasn’t the coked out person, everyone in the movie was… Al Pacino has a great performance as Tony Montanta. He had a lot of highs and lows. One second he is really happy and on top of the world and then next, he is crying over a dead body. Michelle Pfeiffer was pretty good in this but I’m not sure what Pacino saw in her, she really sucked the joy out of every room she was in. Excellent directing from De Palma and great writing by Oliver Stone. I can see why this film is so well loved, it has everything you want from a Gangster movie but it has a bit of a twist seeing it from the Cuban perspective instead of the usual Italian perspective (not that we don’t love those too!). The movie is hip and has a lot of twists and turns in this lengthy crime drama. Check it out meng, you won’t regret it.

86/100

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Heat (1995)

What should have fired me up, left me cold. Heat had some good moments, especially when Pacino and DeNiro were face to face but then the rest of the movie happens. This movie is almost 3 hours long and you will feel it. The movie just goes on and on, when you just want it to stop. Every once in a while a nice scene is peppered in and then you deal with Natalie Portman, stealing the show again with her drama that she brings to every film unnecessarily (See Thor 2). The whole Val Kilmer plot should still be on the cutting room floor… and really, please do a special cut that only makes this an hour and a half. I could see myself giving this a perfect score with a much shorter film to deal with.

65/100

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Devil’s Advocate (1997)

I don’t mean to be the Devil’s Advocate but I think Keanu Reeves is a great actor… ok, I honestly can’t type that out without feeling like a total liar. He was pretty bad in this film. A lot of over-acting and a very bad accent, he was probably the worst part of this film. Otherwise, this film is fantastic. Al Pacino was born to play Satan. His little laugh and his weird tongue movements really sold the role. Charlize Theron was beautiful and crazy in this film. It has some good writing and keeps you glued to the screen with it’s story. Just try to ignore poor Keanu, he’s trying his best.

84/100

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