Mark & I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us with our first Robert De Niro themed blogathon. We appreciate all the views, likes and comments from you all, and a special thank you must go to the talented writers who found the time to submit a review for our project.
We now have a special page with links for all the great reviews, so please give it a look and hunt out some thoughts you may have missed. Or go correct the fools who scored Raging Bull so low……
Once again, thank you all for making this project so much fun. I must apologise to Mark for making this blogathon last so long, or for making you do the majority of the work. As most of you know my time has been taken over by a beautiful new life into my world, and my blogging took a back seat. And to those reviewers whose work I took forever to post, thanks for being so patient. I hope it doesn’t put you off working with us again for our next blogathon (if Mark agrees to working with me again that is). This gif below is for you all 🙂
Reviewed by V from The Verbal Spew Review
I’m a fan of director Robert Rodriguez so I had a sneaking suspicion that I would enjoy this. At the very least I knew I would love the soundtrack; you can add musician to Rodriguez’s laundry list of skills as he never fails to deliver pleasure to my ears with delicious mixes of mariachi and cool, cool guitar (his Grindhouse Blues track from Planet Terror being probably my favourite). Throw in some gratuitous violence and I’m more than game to sit back and let this one envelope me for a couple of hours.
For the eagle eyed readers of our blog, you may notice this is actually the second (and third) review for Raging Bull in our blogathon. Not only did I find 2 (3 – as you’ll soon see)
idiots people who haven’t seen this masterpiece, along with our good friend Table9Mutant (check out her review HERE) they weren’t wholly positive thoughts. To each their own…….. Anyway, please read on for this double feature review, and try not to fill up the comments welcoming me back and overlooking the incorrect excellent write up on display.
Reviewed by Mojo’s Work (and his wife)
Here’s my thoughts on Raging Bull, and my wife’s, although she doesn’t know I keep track of her ridiculous commentary. In 3…2…and we’re LIVE…
Reviewed by Kerry from Screaming Gargonauts
Killer Elite (2011)
I put the year in the title so you wouldn’t think I was going to write about the 1975 Sam Peckinpah film and get unduly excited. Nope. This is not that.
Jason Statham stars as an international super secret mercenary on a mission to free his friend and mentor, Robert DeNiro from an exiled Arab sheik. The sheik captured DeNiro as leverage to coax Statham, now retired (after nearly killing a child during a mission) to hit the men responsible for killing his sons. They contact Statham in the boondocks somewhere rebuilding his childhood home and falling for his childhood friend. Yup, that’s the premise. Never been done before. I know.
The crack team of Statham, Aden Young (Rectify), and some other guy plot to infiltrate the SAS (Elite British Navy Seal-like group) in order to discover the identities of the killers, kill them, and get DeNiro out of stir. Of course, the men they’re assigned to kill are crack British troops so not only do they avoid getting killed rather well, but also our three don’t really want to kill them.
The Killer Elite boasts an impressive cast of leads. Aside from Statham and Young, Clive Owen does his usual admirable job as the leader of a group of ex-SAS operatives bent on stopping Statham and his crew. DeNiro soars above the rest of the cast in his few scenes however. He has a terrific presence in this film and they give him a few fun bits. That’s it though. I liked seeing DeNiro in his few scenes, but I could have done without the rest of the film. As simple as the plot seems, I found it hard to follow. A lot of scenes started with ‘You know what to do.’-type dialogue. Apparently they did and felt no need to fill the audience in on any of it. The actors just tailed each other, had lots of really nasty fights, said things like ‘This guy’s a pro.’ and other cool expository things like that so we’d all know how hard this mission was and be really impressed and stuff. A sub-plot with a powerful shadow group of ex-mercenaries bent on controlling wars and oil and money and ponies (OK, not ponies) went absolutely nowhere. Statham also had a girlfriend who they feared would be killed by bad guys so DeNiro watched her for a while and we got to see him and then that was over and we had to get back to the main part of the movie which was no fun. Another sub-plot about another ex-SAS officer writing a book about the assassinations of the sheiks’ sons appeared quickly and went away just as fast.
According to imdb, this film is based on a true story and took place in 1980. This surprised me completely after seeing it so I forced myself to watch the beginning again. They do indeed state, in writing, “This is 1980.” They must have known that no one would ever guess it by watching the movie.
The Killer Elite clocked in at one hour and 56 minutes. It felt a lot longer.
Reviewed by Cez from Backlashcomix
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?
Reviewed by Nostra from My Film Views
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.
Reviewed by Brian from Hard Ticket to Home Video
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.”
Reviewed by Table 9 Mutant from Cinema Parrot Disco
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Running time: 129 minutes
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.
Reviewed by Jesse from Film Reverse
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.
Reviewed by Rob from Guys Film Quest
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.
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.