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.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at

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