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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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No Country for Old Men

Posted by the editors on Monday, 19 September 2011

No Country for Old Men, by Joel & Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men (2007) (DVD) Joel & Ethan Coen (Fargo (1996), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), True Grit (2010)), starring Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), In the Valley of Elah (2007)), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) (2004), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Biutiful (2010)), Josh Brolin (W. (2008), Milk (2008), True Grit (2010)) and others.  No Country for Old Men, described by some as a “crime thriller”, is quite simply a superb movie (receiving numerous awards, including Best PictureBest Director (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh) among others) very closely based on the superb novel of the same name, written by Cormac McCarthy in 2005.  One may call it an examination of destiny and circumstance, a “new western”, even “a masterful evocation of time, place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and fate” (Roger Ebert) and many other things.  The fact remains that Bardem as Chigurh is an extraordinarily compelling villain, the writing and direction are masterful, and one simply must see it, more than once. (PR)

See our posts on other novels by Cormac McCarthy: Blood Meridian, and Outer Dark.

Also see our post on the film by Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood, filmed in the same region as No Country for Old Men.

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