The Mission (1986)

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Review by Dirk of The Dirk Malcolm Alternative

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The opening moments of The Mission are one of those scenes that are often described as ‘iconic’, like “you talkin’ to me” or Marilyn’s frock blowing up. It features a priest strapped to a cross floating through white water rapids. The waters become more intense as eventually the priest ‘tombstones’ over the impressive Iguazu Falls. The Christian image of crucifixion is dwarfed by the mighty torrent of natural forces. Its an image that sets up the thematic concerns of the film perfectly and is so enduring that it was recently used by Steve Bell to illustrate David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative party conference.

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Hide and Seek (2005)

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Reviewed by Cez from Backlashcomix

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I’m sure that this movie ranks highly amongst all De Niro fans for featuring his greatest performance to date. Only joking, but Hide and Seek isn’t an entirely awful film either, and in a way we do get two De Niros for the price of one. He plays widowed father David Callaway, who has decided to take his mentally disturbed daughter away for a spot of relocated quality time. Still traumatised after witnessing her mother lying dead in a bath, the girl is disenchanted to the extent that she even fails to show the slightest amusement at her dad’s dinnertime impression of a bullfrog. How could she? 

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New York, New York (1977)

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Review by Mark of Three Rows Back

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The long and fruitful partnership between Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese has spawned a multitude of enduring classics forever etched in our collective cinematic consciousness.
In the four years between the release of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, De Niro and Scorsese collaborated on New York, New York, the oft neglected offspring of their remarkable relationship.

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The King of Comedy (1982)

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Reviewed by Nostra from My Film Views

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With a title like The King of Comedy I had some expectations about this movie. The biggest one was that this was a comedy movie starring Robert de Niro which was directed by Martin Scorsese. With my lack of investigation about a movie before seeing it (which basically comes down to looking a poster and an IMDB score) it turned out that my assumption was incorrect. It’s more Taxi Driver than Taxi.

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

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Reviewed by Brian from Hard Ticket to Home Video

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A few months ago, I was sitting in a local Starbucks, enjoying a watermelon-spice latte and watching The Deer Hunter on my iPad. The second the movie finished, I heard someone say, “I’ll get you another watermelon-spice latte.” I looked up, and who did I see but Robert De Niro himself! Too stunned to say anything else, I simply replied, “…OK.” and he said, “It’s a good coffee, it’s the best around.”

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Stanley & Iris (1990)

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Review by Cortney of My Nerdy Pony

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I found Stanley & Iris a few months ago while searching for something to watch on Netflix- I’m sure alot of you know how frustrating it is. The movie sat in my queue for a long time because the premise didn’t sound too exciting: a romantic drama about a widowed, working class mom who finds love with an illiterate man.
I finally sat down and gave it a try, and although I don’t think this movie is a must-see, I believe die-hard De Niro fans may find his performance enjoyable.

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The Untouchables (1987)

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Review by Luke of Oracle of Film

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Plot: When Federal agent, Eliot Ness (Costner) realises his case against crime lord, Al Capone (De Niro) is going nowhere, he assembles a team of cops prepared to go outside the law to catch him.

When looking back at the classic movies, the genre that really sticks out for me is Noir. Noir movies are important for American cinema and often become the landmark films of long ago (Double Indemnity, Chinatown, LA Confidential). Many films look up to the clever direction and writing of these classics. It took me a while to get around to checking it out, but The Untouchables is up there with the best of them.

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Ronin (1998)

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Review by Eric of The Ipc

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So, I have to be honest here, since I am an honest guy and admit that I fudged a little bit when it came to this blogathon and I volunteered to do Ronin. The specs for entry were that it had to be something with DeNiro in it that you’ve never seen before. But I had seen this. I remember the day fondly. I was still working at that fucking restaurant, seven days a week, 16 hours a day, but I finally had a day off for the first time in a month so, I was friends with one of the bartenders there and we decided to hang around and drink beer all morning. Later, when his girlfriend got off work, we all decided to go see Ronin at the theater.

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Casino (1995)

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Review by ckckred of Cinematic

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Few directors, if any, can move a camera the way Martin Scorsese can. Scorsese is a filmmaker who has always exhibited incredible energy in his pictures, marking him as one of cinema’s greatest figures. In 1990, Scorsese delivered the decade’s best movie with GoodFellas, a film that defined an era of fast-action crime dramas. Five years later, Scorsese returned to the mob genre with Casino, but this time instead of examining the life of a young gangster in New York, Scorsese turns his eye to a high-profile mafia man based on Frank Rosenthal who ran a big casino in Las Vegas for a decade from 1973 to 1983.

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