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Movie Review: No 3. The Godfather: Part II

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Movie Review: No 3. The Godfather: Part II

♫ Been spending most our lives living in the gangsta’s paradise ♫
♫ Keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta’s paradise ♫

Well, I might as well embrace it right? The imdb Top 100 list is certainly a gangsta’s paradise… and I feel like I’ve been spent most (of the past year of) my life living in it!

I’m 29 now, but will I live to see 30 (oh)
The way things are goin’ I don’t know 

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Movie Review: No 2. The Godfather

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Movie Review: No 2. The Godfather

I have two words for you.

False.

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All these years I thought ‘The Godfather’ was going to be all about “the Don”. Marlon Brando at his best, enunciating at his worst, gently scratching his chin and making all sorts of offers that no one in their right mind would refuse.

Sure, the movie had all that, but will someone please tell me why the entire movie-going world failed to mention the real star of this film: the Don’s son, Michael? The Don himself is bedridden for around 80% of the film so why, then, does he get all the press? Michael is the real Godfather (something that I assume will be revealed in full in the second film). I thoroughly object to Al Pacino being forced into Marlon Brando’s shadow when it is clearly his star shining.

Alright, now that I’ve got that out of my system I’ll try to review this movie (without offending the countless people who’d nudge it all the way to number 1 if they could).

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Movie Review: No 66. Reservoir Dogs

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Movie Review: No 66. Reservoir Dogs

Mr. Blonde: You ever listen to K-Billy’s “Super Sounds of the Seventies” weekend? It’s my personal favorite.

Surprise, surprise, yet another gangster film!

I’m very nearly running out of things to say about gangster films. I mean, Reservoir Dogs is a good film. My Dad says it makes his Top 10. It’s nowhere near my Top 10, but I’m sure it would rank in my Top 10 gangster films at least.

Let’s put it this way: If a Quarter Pounder is a “Royale with Cheese”, then Pulp Fiction is Reservoir Dogs… with cheese.

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Movie Review: No 31. Leon: The Professional

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Movie Review: No 31. Leon: The Professional

Mathilda: You killed my brother.
Stansfield: I’m sorry. And you want to join him?
Mathilda: No.
Stansfield: It’s always the same thing. It’s when you start to become really afraid of death that you learn to appreciate life. Do you like life, sweetheart?
Mathilda: Yes.
Stansfield: That’s good, because I take no pleasure in taking life if it’s from a person who doesn’t care about it.

Jean Reno plays the eponymous ‘Leon’ and, if you ask me, there hasn’t been a “sleeps sitting up” character this lovable since the Elephant Man.

A 13-year-old Natalie Portman plays Leon’s sidekick, Mathilda, and together they hit ‘Milo and Otis’ on the unlikely-friendship-meter.

The films opens with… you guessed it! Gangsters. I braced myself for the  worst…

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Movie Review: No 4. Pulp Fiction

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Movie Review: No 4. Pulp Fiction

I’d love to include a quote from the movie as I normally do, but there are children present and it’s hard to pick one out among the litany of F-bombs (265 to be exact) that punctuate this film.

Then again, there is this line:

You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?… They call it a Royale with cheese.

Apparently this was voted as the #81 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007, which should bring me some solace after crying out for a quotable quote with ‘The Departed’.

You have got to be kidding me.

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Movie Review: No 28. The Usual Suspects

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Movie Review: No 28. The Usual Suspects

Verbal Kint: The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

The ‘Usual Suspects’ falls into line appropriately with the cavalcade of gangster films in the imdb Top 100. I’ve seen more gangster films than any other genre so far and there are yet more to come! ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘LA Confidential’, ‘Pulp Fiction’… the list goes on and on and on!

Those gangsters are definitely up to something… and I know exaclty who’s behind it all…

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Movie Review: No 100. The Sting

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Movie Review: No 100. The Sting

Hanging on by the skin of its teeth there at number 100 on the imdb top 100 movies of all time list is ‘The Sting’ starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford (although, as I look at the list today it has miraculously risen to number 99).

Yet another gangster movie. Can you hear my teeth grinding with frustration from here?

The prevalence of gangster movies in the Top 100 is starting to look very suspicious to me. How many rom-coms had to get whacked to make that happen? How many Hollywood heart-throbs had to get punched – POW! – right in the kisser?!

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