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

“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

“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