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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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Television, I hereby promise to never leave you again

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Television, I hereby promise to never leave you again

After two full months of television avoidance I can now say that I am officially back on the juice!

My 1-year-old nephew helped me break the drought yesterday morning when he was chewing on the remote and accidentally turned on the TV. Upon the realisation that I could (finally) watch TV again, I came rushing to the lounge – toy zebra in arms  and eyes glued to the screen.

TV Time

They were showing ‘Family Ties’, which seemed rather apt.

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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.

Advertising.

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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That’s the end of that chapter!

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That’s the end of that chapter!

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do one thing every day that scares you”.

Today, for me, that one thing was starting my book!

Yes, I finally put key to board and wrote the first words of what will become my answer to third life crisis challenge number 24, ‘Write a book’.

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A vegan cockfight and a shed-load of sheep shit

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A vegan cockfight and a shed-load of sheep shit

“One can measure the greatness and the moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals”. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

But how shall my own greatness and moral progress be measured?

On Saturday, with Andy’s help, I finally ticked off the tenth item on my “List of 30 things to try before I’m  30“, Number 17: ‘Volunteer at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary‘.

Edgar's Mission

Pick the odd one out…

I am now officially a third of the way through my Top 30 challenge, which (coincidentally) places me perfectly on track as the first third of my year-long journey comes to a close.

How, then, shall my own greatness and moral progress be measured?

I’d hazard a guess and say “By the shovel-full”.

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Movie Review: No 35. Apocalypse Now

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Movie Review: No 35. Apocalypse Now

Kurtz: The horror… the horror…

Honestly, I could just leave my review at that… but I won’t.

I feel compelled to provide you all with a sterner warning as to why you should not waste 3 hours of your lives on this film.

Apocalypse Now Martin Sheen

Sheen enjoys his Vegemite for breakfast, lunch and… MURDER.

Then again, I’m starting to get the feeling that these movie reviews are saying more about me than the quality of the films I’m watching. Surely the imdb Top 100 list can’t be as bad as my reviews are making it out to be?

To test the theory, I’m going to approach this review a little differently…

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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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