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15 Minutes – Starring Robert De Niro & Edward Burns

Posted by the editors on Monday, 16 January 2012

15 Minutes (2001)  Directed by John Herzfeld, starring Robert De Niro (The Deer Hunter (1978), Awakenings (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and many other excellent films) and Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan (1998), Man on a Ledge (2012)).  This crime thriller, a well-merited condemnation of tabloid, sensationalist journalism features a solid Robert De Niro as a sharp, but sentimental, media-star New York City police detective, a correct Edward Burns as a somewhat naive investigative New York City fire marshal and two media- and money-hungry, brutally violent, frankly insane “eastern European” villains; there is no other word for them.  Perhaps simplistic in premise, 15 Minutes, obviously a reference to Andy Warhol‘s famous sound-bite “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes“, is energetically well-meaning with distinctly fast-paced directing by John Herzfeld, good, strong and subtle acting on the part of De Niro, and ridiculous, yet frighteningly plausible villains portrayed with charm and violent insanity by Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov.  The best of intentions, however, do not necessarily make for the best of films, unfortunately, and 15 Minutes falls short of its possibilities:  some shallow writing, stereotypical characters, disappointing ending and perhaps an insufficient mastery of the attempted elevated pace of the film, could be its short-comings.  Nevertheless, there are some wonderfully filmed sequences, some interesting premises, and characters, and an always valid denunciation of the motivations and methods of sensationalist journalism. (PR)

See our previous posts on the films Guilty by Suspicion, starring Robert De Niro, and The Good Shepherd, directed by, and with, Robert De Niro.

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Mean Streets – Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro & Harvey Keitel

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 31 December 2011

Mean Streets (1973) Directed by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and many other excellent films), starring Robert De Niro (The Untouchables (1987), Cape Fear (1991), Meet the Parents (2000) and, of course, many other excellent filmsand Harvey Keitel (Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Piano (1993), U-571 (2000) and many others).  This truly outstanding film, at the time of its release and still today, follows Charlie, portrayed with endearing clarity by Harvey Keitel, a young, up and coming mafioso, confused by the failure of his Catholic religious morality to have credibility in the mean streets ruled by the hard cruelty of gangsters large and small, who, at significant risk to himself, is in love with a young woman ostracised for her epilepsy, and is, as well, and at even greater risk to himself, the grand protector of her cousin, Johnny Boy, portrayed by an inspired Robert De Niro,  a maniacally self-destructive young man in deeper and deeper trouble with loan sharks.  Mean Streets is a gripping and truly original tour-de-force of film-making, shot in New York’s Little Italy, there is a vibrant, fresh, honest immediacy, to the film.  The writing (co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin), the light, the color, the grainy quality of the images, the captivating camera movement and excellent editing and, of course, the superlative acting, all unite to put you with the characters, in their actions, in their world; there is no explaining, there is no need, you are there.  Bursting with a physical, visual, cinematic sensuality, Mean Streets, is a masterpiece and not only worth watching, and re-watching, but a film that you simply must have in your own film library. (PR)

See our posts on the films Guilty by Suspicion and What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd, directed by De Niro, and City of Industry starring Harvey Keitel.

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Limitless – Starring Bradley Cooper, with Robert De Niro

Posted by the editors on Friday, 2 December 2011

Limitless (2011)(DVD)    Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist (2006)), starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011))Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro (The King of Comedy (1983), Cape Fear (1991), Analyze This (1999), What Just Happened (2008) and, of course, many others), based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.  On the surface, Limitless, a thriller, can, perhaps, be summed up as:  Presuming humans use only 20% of their over-sized brains, if you came across a biochemical means (that’s a drug to you and me, pseudo-nootropics to those in the know) to use all of that brain’s capacity, what would you do?  Of course, you’d use it to make lots and lots of money very fast, seduce sexy partners, buy new clothes and a new apartment, order food in the appropriate language when you go to restaurants (Chinese is a Chinese restaurant, Italian in an Italian restaurant, and so on) and become, in the end, an above-the-law politician.  Right?  In fact, Limitless is a concatenation of music videos and televisual advertising sequences in the guise of a thriller with a rhythm for those who, like the protagonist’s ex-wife, are unable to concentrate for more than 10 minutes (though the film reduces that to roughly 10 seconds).  There is, also, an awful lot that qualifies as routine: Russian gangsters, Wall Street greed and maneuvering.   This is not to say it isn’t amusing; like a 10 second ad that, well, lasts one hour and 45 minutes.  Obviously someone thinks, or thought, that Bradley Cooper has impressive charisma and an extraordinarily broad range.  Let’s say that he’s not terrible (he is a comic and TV presence in the US, after all).  However, that Abbie Cornish would get second billing is surely a testimony to her agent and lawyer, at the very least; she’s hardly in the film, and then when she is, one would have hoped for something better.  Robert De Niro, in his brief moments on screen, shows how it could be done, and even then one gets the distinct impression that his heart’s not only not in it, but that he may be late for lunch.  Nevertheless, one could say, as A.O. Scott of The New York Times said, Limitless is a “cynical fable..for an age of greed and speed.”  Perhaps. (PR)

See our post on the film What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis.

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What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis

Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 November 2011

What Just Happened (2008)(DVD)  Directed by Barry Levinson (High Anxiety (1977), The Natural (1984), Rain Man (1988), Sphere (1998)), starring Robert De Niro (Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1080), Cape Fear (1991), Everybody’s Fine (2009))Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way (1993), I Am Sam (2001), Mystic River (2003), 21 Grams (2003), Milk (2008))Bruce Willis (The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Pulp Fiction (1994), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Sixth Sense (1999), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Catch .44 (2011, in post-production))John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000))Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich (1999), Capote (2005), Into the Wild (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008))Stanley Tucci (The Pelican Brief (1993), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Lovely Bones (2009))Robin Wright Penn (Forrest Gump (1994), Nine Lives (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)) and others.  Yes, that is an impressive cast, and, of course, there is some very good acting, and it is well-filmed.  And yet… perhaps it is the concept, despite it being a veritable Hollywood genre, Hollywood satirizing Hollywood; perhaps it’s the screenplay…What Just Happened somehow just doesn’t happen, despite a good number of quite successful comic scenes.  Perhaps a successful satire needs to go beyond the acid observations, into something a bit more profound, and though De Niro’s character has moments where one is touched, one is left just a bit too often with the question, “Yes.  Well.  Who cares?” (PR)

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