Joy (2015)

This movie didn’t bring me any… Yes, Lawrence did do a good performance and David O. Russell got his tag-along cast together to make another Oscar-esque film. I just didn’t fall in love with this movie. It just has a depressing tone from nearly the start to finish. I felt bad for Joy when things were tough, and I was starting to like her a lot when she was doing well. The bad part is, for most of the movie things are going horrible for her and her new invention the self-wringing mop. I liked seeing what QVC looks like behind the scenes and Bradley Cooper was great in his smaller part, but it just made me cringe what Joy had to go through just to push a stupid mop on to the market… but thank goodness for girl power right? I’m happy I saw it, but it really does have a deceptive title. It’s one of those one and done movies. I do think I might buy her mop the next time I need one though!

52/100

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Normally you’d have to put a gun to my head to watch a 3 hour long Vietnam War movie, but this was pretty good. I would say my biggest problem with the film was the extremely lengthy Wedding scene at the beginning. I didn’t time it, but it felt like it was almost 40 minutes long and it was a lot of shouting, yelling and cheering with bad sound quality so all the lines were pretty much getting lost. Once it got to the war parts the movie gets a lot better. There are a lot of really hard scenes to watch but the acting coming from De Niro and Walken is top notch.It was also interesting seeing Meryl Streep so young in this movie, she was pretty adorable and put on a good performance. I don’t know if I’ll ever watch this movie again, but I am glad I saw it once.

82/100

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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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Taxi Driver (1976)

Love can drive you to do crazy things… like drive a taxi. Robert DeNiro was really great in this film. He can go from charming to psycho in just a few blocks in his cab. You will go from loving this character to wondering if he’s going to kill the entire city. I love the soundtrack of the film, with this smokey jazz tune. Cybill Shepherd is absolutely gorgeous. Jodie Foster plays a pretty controversial role in this movie as a young prostitute. I was also happy to see Peter Boyle and Harvey Keitel. The movie hardly feels slow and you just want to see what Travis (DeNiro) does next. A very gritty movie by Scorsese that shows how New York can be a dangerous place. Not your typical fare.

92/100

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The Intern (2015)

A good, mostly clean, comedy never gets too old and Robert De Niro isn’t too old to intern at a tech company. This movie has some really nice moments. It does seem like it steals from the Devil Wears Prada (especially, funny enough, Anne Hathaway’s part) but that’s not a bad thing. Rene Russo was also an unexpected but welcome addition to the cast. The movie doesn’t really paint a favorable light to stay-at-home dads, but luckily the film doesn’t focus too much on that. I was surprised at a few story-line threads in this movie that start going somewhere and then die off without any sort of warning. The ending of this movie too left me a little disappointed. Still, it was mostly cute and a nice way to spend a cold afternoon.

85/100

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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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The Untouchables (1987)

It was a touching movie for being called the Untouchables. I loved Sean Connery, he had the best lines in this film. Kevin Costner is great as a federal agent. Andy Garcia was a slick gunman/officer. De Niro was great as Capone, I wish he would have had a bigger part. The writing and directing was brilliant and I really liked the film’s soundtrack too. The sets and costumes took you back to the time of prohibition. It’s really cool, it’s bloody and violent. It’s a great and iconic movie, just be sure to grab that baby in its stroller before it hits the bottom of the stairs. Oh man what a great scene!

90/100

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