Yep, it's that time again folks! Time for me to start making life choices for you again if you haven't seen these films. Seriously.
Now, before I go on a tirade, how could you do this to my heart? This may be singularly my favorite movie and for you to have not seen it, I consider it a crime. Tarantino, if you're reading this, it is a crime! So, bring me on set of the next movie because I wanna meet Sam Jackson, like...YESTERDAY.
The long and short of of the movie is some people manage to redeem themselves and some don’t, but they all meet endings appropriate to their choices made through out the movie. One of the main stand out features of this cult classic is the razor-sharp dialogue that was expertly written for the people delivering it. One person in particular had a knack for their character’s way with words, and clearly the director thought so as well as they have since returned for every other Tarantino film since. Who on this blessed earth could I possibly be talking about? Samuel L. Jackson in case anyone was struggling, that’s who. His turn as Jules marked the beginning of a beautiful partnership between himself and Tarantino, and it’s not hard to see why. Jackson was mesmerizing as the philosophical mobster whose whole story reached a climax when he had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of 'clarity', and he decided through witnessing a miracle that the gangster life was no longer for him. He just knows how to say the stuff that Tarantino pens, and you can’t help but find yourself laughing at him with the way he says some of his lines – that dry wit is always there and I love it.
Described as "It's an artfully wicked vengeance. Unforgiven is the most provocative western of Eastwood's career, and with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris along for the ride, it's also the most potently acted." by Travers of Rolling stone, is Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. Make no mistake folks, this is not cliche, "ride into the sunset" western and it definitely does not try to be.
I suppose the them of today's list is going to be redemption that doesn't really stick. More so, those who do, get dealt with - in all meanings of the phrase. It doesn't matter quite what you do, so long as the deed is equalized. Which is painstakingly made clear in this film. I remember growing up watching my grandfather (and everyone else's grandfather) watch westerns and I never got the appeal until I saw this movie. It sets the tone as outlaw turned hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) and Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) goes on what I like to call an "equalizing" spree on those who done wrong by a woman (a provider, if you will lol), which he never intended to do, but he needed the money to keep his family's head above water.
If you haven't seen this film - do so. Seriously, I shouldn't even have to say this.
Not going to start with the fact that Robert De Niro is.......deep sigh. Which reminds me, Taxi driver is going to be on the next Installment of this series. Don't let me forget! >_>
Anyway, GoodFellas - three decades of life in the mafia by Scorsese, what can I say? I love the villainous point of view. Sometimes I can stand a good anti-hero (Unforgiven) but to go pure mad and run amok, that's it. That's "what gets the people going" as Will Ferrell said in Blades of Glory.
Scorsese is the right director - the only director - for this material. He knows it inside out. The great formative experience of his life was growing up in New York's Little Italy as an outsider who observed everything - an asthmatic kid who couldn't play sports, whose health was too bad to allow him to lead a normal childhood, who was often overlooked, but never missed a thing.
If you've watched these, congratulations, you and I are on the same page, if you have not, watch them. Now. Until then, let me know what you think on Twitter!