Watched Taxi Driver last night, happened to come across this GIF. haven’t seen many from this film.
I was in a DeNiro mood yesterday, so I watched Mean Streets and it did not let me down. It was clearly a Scorsese movie, you could tell just watching it, so if you’re a fan of him, you’l definitely like it. I was not a fan of Amy Robinson (Theresa) in this, but Harvey Keitel, who I just realised while watching it was the guy with long hair in that one Taxi Driver scene, created a really good character and did a good job. Even though he was a smaller role and he was so young, DeNiro really stood out as being amazing. I was not sure how to feel about his character at times because sometimes I hated him and sometimes I felt like I was on his side. Either way, there was a huge range of emotions and attitudes required for a part and he nailed it pretty much all the time. Its a character based story which can turn some people away if they’re into it for the plot, but I thought it was pretty good.
I’ve been re-watching a lot of movies recently, and decided that I should watch Awakeningsagain because it’s so good. It’s another one of Robin Williams’ serious films (maybe it’s the beard, haha) and he does a pretty good job on that. Mostly, though, I’m always amazed by DeNiro in this. Not only is it different than most of his roles, but it is an extremely unique character that has a lot of motivation and feeling and isn’t even 100% sane for half the movie, he does remarkably well. It’s really sad and since it’s a true story, it makes it even more powerful. I don’t know if Eleanor, played by Julie Cavner, was a real person or not, but I felt like her character was not something that needed to be in the movie and didn’t really like her that much, but if she was real, they didn’t have much of a choice. Anyway, it’s a really touching, sort of powerful story and its made pretty well.
Watched Raging Bull finally last night. It was a lot different than I expected, but it was good. Jake LaMotta is such an awesome character and there is so much going on in his head. Watching DeNiro do this is incredible. That’s all there is to be said about it. Joe Pesci is really good with DeNiro too. They have some really awesome scenes together. Same goes for Cathy Moriarty. I thought it was really good, but some people might not like it because it’s not very exciting for a boxing movie, as n the fights are not the key part of the movie. Anyway, I can’t really post about his and not comment on DeNiro’s devotion to his part. First he got in amazing shape to play the Middle weight champ, then gained 60 pounds to play broken down LaMotta. This is just a really awesome mental movie.
I know, I know. I posted about a DeNiro movie last time, but I’m getting ready for Being Flynn because it comes out today. Anyway I watched 15 Minutes (2001). Nothing with him in it can be bad, but the script for this was really cheesy and it was kind of bad sometimes, especially the villain scenes, I thought it was just kind of dumb and pointless. I liked the directing and editing of it all though, I actually thought it was well put together, especially based on what they were given in the script. DeNiro plays a pretty good cop and Edward Burns does a really good job too. He has a lot of dramatic stuff with a burning building and shootouts and all this fun stuff. The murderers are really creepy and crazy though. I dunno, I had mixed feelings about it. But I was glad that half the cast was at least good at acting. Sometimes the villains were really lame, and other times I was really creeped out and believed them (played by Emil Slovak and Oleg Razgul). Its kind of up to you, Give it a shot, you might like it, the ending was pretty good and there were plot twists and all that, so, you know. It’s a toss up.
I hadn’t seen a good DeNiro film in a while, so I looked up Sleepers last night. I liked it, I was a bit unsure of it at the beginning, but it proved to be extremely dramatic and with good motivation and conflict and everything. As far a acting goes, DeNiro played it really well. Actually his acting in this movie was worth noting because he does have a huge conflict and a lot of thought about not knowing what to do and everything. Kevin Bacon always plays a wonderfully despicable asshole, so he was good. I was pleasantly surprised to see Dustin Hoffman appear in this movie later on. He always adds tiny details into his acting tog et across what he’s trying to portray. It’s great, but he gets hard to understand sometimes because of the voice he uses. The four boys were all good too, but not really worth special mention. same goes for the girl. Anyway, I thought it had a lot of cool metaphors and thought behind it, but it wasn’t the ost amazing as far as editing and script etc.
Ok, I have a confession to make. I love the Meet the Parents series. I know, I know, they’re not even that good, but I find them hilarious. My favorite’s Meet the Fockers, but, I actually like all three a lot. They are acted pretty well, I mean, cmon, Robert DeNiro, Dusitn Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson. I dunno, something about the clash of the families really makes me laugh. I think it’s a really good comedy, but if they had chosen anyone but DeNiro as Jack, it would never have worked. They all have really good comedic acting and timing though, so if you’re trying to work on that, it may be something to consider. At the same time, it feels really awkward and uncorforatble at times just because of the situations…. whatever, Already said, guilty pleasure.
I watched Godfather Part II yesterday, but I had been planning to wait until I saw all three to write something about it since I watched The Godfather last week, but I cant wait now. The whole cast of both movies is amazing, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro and Talia Shire. But really, you could only survive three hour movies if the actors are good. You get such an amazing look into the whole history and life style of the mafia. So if you ever have three hours to kill -> Godfather.
I had been looking forward to King of Comedy (1973-Robert DeNiro) but it wasn’t as good as I had expected. Don’t get me wrong, it was still entertaining and everything, but it wasn’t as well made as most of the Scorsese movies. There were some really funny parts about it and it had an interesting moral and DeNiro, although out of his element a bit, did a pretty good job. Some of it just wasn’t scripted well. It happens. Any DeNiro fan will still probably enjoy it, despite his mustache, but honestly, you get the same ideas watching Taxi Driver and it’s a lot better. Diahnne Abbott was really good in this actually, more notably than De Niro actually because her character was so much more eccentric, however DeNiro did do a really good jobs in his crazy bits. his character is more subtly insane and he does a good job with this. So, It’s going to vary from person to person a lot whether you actually like the movie, so, use your bet judgement I guess.
Although this doesnt have a lot to do with acting, I just thought I should share this with the world.
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, I was doing family stuff, so I’ll be on a bunch today! Anyway, I wanted to Post a De Niro movie on here because I haven’t done that yet so I’ll start with his most well known character.
I saw Taxi Driver for the first tie about a month ago and it was so different then I expected. The movie showed such raw/real subjects and it’s jut really cool and well put together. Most importantly to me though, DeNiro’s acting is incredible, I mean, he plays everything from a hard core crazy guy to a really nice guy trying to get a date and it was all so well done. It’s kind of a weird movie, but its really good and fantastically performed.
I love him, he’s really close to Robert Downey Jr. for me. I think he has an incredible talent. Whoever he’s playing, he has so much energy and realism and character. While he does love the roles of Italian New York Gangsters, I first saw him in Awakenings with Robin Williams and it was absolutely incredible, I practically cried (I’ll have to write a review on that movie later). Honestly, I have yet to see a DeNiro movie I dont enjoy, but here are some of my favorites as of now:
Awakenings, Analyze This/Analyze That (sequel), Bronx Tale, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver.
Also, I’m kind of saving Raging Bull and The Godfather series for a few rainy days, but Raging Bull is supposed to be absolutely incredible and the Godfather.. well i mean, its the Godfather… so…