Killing Season (2013)

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Review by jjames Reviews

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With an experienced director, two stars capable of carrying an action adventure and a terrific first scene, Killing Season promises to be a quality film. With a dulled color pallette that is tinted green, the opening immerses us in the horrors of Serbian genocide against Bosnian Muslims, and also in western soldiers’ intervention, an intervention that culminates in United States’ soldiers executing Serbian combatants. It is both horrifying and scintillating.

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Backdraft (1991)

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Review by Tim of Not Now, I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie.

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One of the great mysteries of this film-watching life is why basically every film ever made about fire-fighters is so mind numbingly boring. All the ingredients should be there – fire trucks whizzing through the cities, blokes winding down with a bender after a shift, oh and all the freaking FIRE everywhere too.

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Once Upon a Time in America (1983)

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Review by Abbi of Where The Wild Things Are

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I have to admit when I picked Once Upon a Time in America from the list of available De Niro films I had no idea it was 229 minutes long… and I probably wouldn’t have picked it if I did. I am not a great believer in the idea that longer is better when it comes to films, because it normally isn’t and also I can’t sit still for very long because I have a short attention span. With all of that in mind, I guess the theme of this review is going to be, was it worth the time investment?

But first… a synopsis…

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Cape Fear (1991)

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Review by Smash of Smashing Through Life

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Wow, what a wild ride this movie is. Going into it I had some preconceived notions about what was going to happen based on numerous cultural references, most notably the episode of The Simpsons that parodied it. But I was still pleasantly surprised. Mostly by Scorsese’s pacing, it was a lot quicker than I expected, but also by De Niro’s character. The thing that struck me the most was how intelligent and balanced Max Cady was despite his warped morality and misplaced sense of justice. I was expecting a lunatic stalker, but I got something much more complex and it was immensely gratifying.

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Heat (1995)

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Review by Joseph of The Cinema Monster

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Bobby De Niro, is there anyone with a face more recognizable? How about a voice? One so memorable that it’s assisted countless lines of film dialogue into becoming the most quoted and imitated in cinematic history. This is a man who’s performances on screen have literally transcended their fictitious origins to become part of his aura, you know, his personality and reputation. You can’t mention his name without it sending a deathly chill through your bones, as if he was watching you from a far at that very moment, waiting patiently to quietly end your life. But of course, this isn’t the truth. Robert De Niro merely portrays the mafioso lifestyle and nothing more. It just so happens that he does his job so well that the killer, ruthless mentality has followed him, become entangled and melded to his existence. In all honesty though, we wouldn’t have it any other way. It merely adds to his legend and signifies the unfathomably power of his talent and how he has perfected his craft.

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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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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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