Al’s Birthday Movie

 Today is Al Pacino‘s 71st birthday. Happy birthday, Al. To honour him on this wonderful day, I say why not watch a performance he should have won an Academy Award for but didn’t? Exhibit A: Donnie Brasco.

This is what I said about “Donnie Brasco” in a previous post:

Donnie Brasco is one of the best and most overlooked gangster movies I’ve ever seen. It’s an entertaining but sympathetic look at the personal lives of criminals and the cops who go after them. Al Pacino, playing a sad, ageing gangster who is never “called up,” doesn’t get any better than this. Johnny Depp as an undercover cop pretending to be Pacino’s protégé doesn’t miss a beat. He and Pacino are at the top of their game and they complement each other perfectly. It’s an impressive movie all around, and only gets better with each viewing. Movies like Goodfellas glorify the criminal lifestyle. Donnie Brasco shows us gangsters who can barely pay their rent. Maybe that’s why it’s not as well-known. I don’t know. But it should be a classic.

“Donnie Brasco” Should Be a Classic

  Donnie Brasco is one of the best and most overlooked gangster movies I’ve ever seen. It’s an entertaining but sympathetic look at the personal lives of criminals and the cops who go after them. Al Pacino, playing a sad, ageing gangster who is never “called up,” doesn’t get any better than this. Johnny Depp as an undercover cop pretending to be Pacino’s protégé doesn’t miss a beat. He and Pacino are at the top of their game and they complement each other perfectly. It’s an impressive movie all around, and only gets better with each viewing. Movies like Goodfellas glorify the criminal lifestyle. Donnie Brasco shows us gangsters who can barely pay their rent. Maybe that’s why it’s not as well-known. I don’t know. But it should be a classic.

That’s one of the few trailers that isn’t misleading about the movie.

“Public Enemies” is Underwhelming

I saw Public Enemies last night, directed by Michael Mann, starring Johnny Depp. It’s the dullest movie I’ve seen this year. I like the trailer more than the movie.

From FilmJerk.com:

Rarely has a wonderland of hardened gangsters, flighty dames, and widescreen bank robbing been rendered this lifeless… “Public Enemies” is stuck in neutral and it’s difficult to isolate the primary flawed component of the picture. There’s so much inertia and crummy decision making in play here, reducing “Enemies” to a 140-minute-long countdown to nowhere; a film blessed with a massive budget to go damn near anywhere it pleases within a neglected genre, and Mann picks a dead air, faux-cerebral approach to dramatize the (sorta) life and times of John Dillinger.