Black Mass (2015)

There wasn’t a mass amount of excitement in this mobster film. I felt like it was just another to add to the body pile. At least with a show like the Sopranos there is some more humor layered in. This could just as easily been just about any other mob movie. It just didn’t stand out. The best thing this film had going for it was the make-up on Johnny Depp. He looked like a completely different person. The cast was also very talented but nobody other than Depp really stood out. I’m getting a little tired of the crime dramas. I’d like to see something more fresh, than this bloated corpse in a trunk.

68/100

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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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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Once upon a time there was a man name noodles, played by Robert De Niro, who starred in a 4 hour long film done by Sergio Leone. I found myself feeling some trepidation as I sat down for this film, because the sheer length of it scared me. It took me two viewings, one day 45 minutes and the other over 3 hours. I finally made it through and I would say it is a really good movie, if you have the patience for it. I think the cast was awesome, especially James Woods, De Niro and Elizabeth McGovern. The story is pretty sprawling and there are some time jumps that I don’t love, but I think the overall story was good and it’s an epic crime drama. The violence is pretty crazy and there are a few scenes that are hard to watch. Some of the music was good, but some songs in the score are overused. There was a scene with a phone ringing for like ten minutes that drove me crazy, so I’m not a fan of the sound effects guy. It is a great movie and don’t let me talk you out of it in any way, just give yourself a full free day or a couple days to get it finished. It’s worth it.

85/100

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Casino (1995)

I wouldn’t bet on this movie. It has some high points and lows but the house doesn’t win this time. I found myself being quite bored through a lot of this. This just feels like every other movie Scorsese makes. A lot of voiceovers and bad people doing bad things while feds listen in and try to catch them in some bungling way. It just feels like a 3 hour re-run that people tell you to watch. Now the acting was very good in it. De Niro is always a talented actor and this is one of Pesci’s best movies. Sharon Stone was crazy as an outhouse mouse in this. She was Sharon Stoned half the time… but it does take some acting chops to be that crazy for that long. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really just don’t like Scorsese films. I put up with them but I’d never rush to a theater to see them. If you seen one, you’ve probably seen most of them. I’m hoping to be proven wrong someday.

70/100

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The Family (2013)

I’m not sure what was going on in this family but I had a hard time deciding if it was fun or not. The plot is pretty tame. A Mob Family hiding after ratting out their friends. Moving to a new city and trying to fit in. Of course none of them can because they are just too (Italian) gangster to quit. I love all the actors in this, I was especially surprised by John D’Leo. I just think Luc Besson was confused when he made this, it’s not much of a comedy and it’s not a real crime movie. It’s just strange.

68/100

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