Great Expectations (1998)

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Review by Fernando Rafael of Commited to Celluloid

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It’s funny that I watched Great Expectations on the same week as Gravity, through no plan of my own. Both are directed by Mexican filmmaker extraordinaire Alfonso Cuarón, and while his latest movie is also probably his best, 1998’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’novel is quite possibly his very worst.

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Raging Bull (1980)

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Reviewed by Table 9 Mutant from Cinema Parrot Disco

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Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring:
Robert De Niro
Cathy Moriarty
Joe Pesci
Nicholas Colasanto
Theresa Saldana
Frank Vincent
Mario Gallo
Frank Adonis

Running time: 129 minutes

Plot Synopsis:

Raging Bull follows the story of Italian American middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta between the years of 1941 to 1964 and how his life was plagued by violence & anger inside as well as outside of the boxing ring.

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A Bronx Tale (1993)

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Review by Chris Walker of ClockWalkerOrange

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After watching a production of Chazz Paliminteri’s autobiographical one-man show, Robert De Niro approached Paliminteri about purchasing the film rights and directing a film based on his play. Paliminteri agreed provided he could write the script and play Sonny. This would be Robert De Niro’s first venture behind the camera and he would prove that he is just as adept behind the camera as he is in front.

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Sleepers (1996)

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Reviewed by Jesse from Film Reverse

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When a harmless prank takes a turn for the worse, four close friends are sent away to serve time at the Wilkinson Home, a prison for boys. The Home is a disturbing place where its guests are tortured, sexually assaulted and live day to day at the mercy of the guards. Traumatized upon release, the boys have no choice but to attempt to move on with their lives and forget their experience. However, one day they run into an old friend that gives them an opportunity for the revenge they desire.

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Everybody’s Fine (2009)

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Review by Ruth of FlixChatter

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I saw this film as part of Mark and Tyson’s Robert De Niro blogathon and I was drawn to see this one as I like the premise. De Niro plays a widower Frank who realizes that his only connection to his family was through his wife. He then sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.
The beginning of the film shows how Frank is anticipating his kids home for a family reunion. He mows the lawn, clean his house, buys steaks and expensive wine, etc. But as he sets up his barbeque in his yard, one by one his children calls and tells him they can’t make it. Frank is devastated, but promptly decides to pay each of them a surprise visit. Ignoring his doctor’s advice that he has to rest, Frank packs up his small carry-on and takes his first train ride to New York City to see his artist son David.

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Taxi Driver (1976)

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Reviewed by Rob from Guys Film Quest

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There’s no doubting the quality of the movie in terms of acting and directing, but the flow of the film just detracted from the overall experience for me. It would have worked better as a mini-series.

Memorable Performances:

There’s a reason people praise Robert De Niro for his work in this film. It’s certainly top notch. Apart from that, there’s no one in the film long enough to make much of an impression.

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

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Review by Chris Thomson of Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop.

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Trying to follow up perhaps one of the greatest films of all time in The Godfather must have been a somewhat daunting task. It’s almost a perfect film. Sure, it might have a few issues here and there, but they don’t in any way stop it from being a simply wonderful film in practically every way.

I’ve seen The Godfather a fair few times but for some reason had never got around to seeing Part 2, despite often hearing how amazing it is, with some even ranking it above the first. When Mark and Tyson announced this blogathon, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally check it out.

I’ll start by stating that I don’t think it’s as good the first, but it definitely is a contender for best sequel of all time (or at least of those that I’ve seen).

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The Score (2001)

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Reviewed by Tom from Digital Shortbread

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Given that the goal here is to come up with a post about a Robert De Niro film, one that I haven’t seen before, my options were wide open. Shame on me, I know, for having such limited experience with the great DeNiro’s extensive catalog. However, it provided the perfect opportunity for me to give Frank Oz’s turn-of-the-21st-century caper/thriller, The Score a whirl. The film, also starring Edward Norton and Marlon Brando, was widely touted as a project to feature “three generations of legendary big screen performers.” I suppose this relatively bland affair needs some kind of distinction, and that seems to be about as good as any.

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The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)

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Review by Mark Walker of Marked Movies

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As a co-host for this Blogathon, I like to begin by stating – for the record – that there will be no bias from either myself or Tyson regarding the movies of DeNiro. We may be massive fans of the actor, himself, but there’s no denying that some of his films just don’t cut it. As I have seen a great number of DeNiro’s movies, I was, unfortunately, left with ones I’d rather avoid but in keeping with the rules of the Blogathon I still had to choose. I did, however, hope against hope that I might have misjudged and that I’d still be treated to something unexpectedly good. Alas, my preconceived opinions proved to be correct. This is, quite possibly, the very worst cinematic experience of my life.

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