Tag Archive | Mafia

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte

Release date: January 27 (US).1984, August. I went outside to watch the Perseid meteor shower; next day I had turned an odd shade of grey and couldn’t move. I was convinced it was an alien contagion; it was in fact ‘Indian’ flu. Took me out of circulation for a fortnight but at least my chest remained intact. Review may contain neuroses and spoilers…

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Biehn Season, Vol. 2: 3. American Dragon (1998)

 

Director: Ralph Hemecker

Starring: Michael Biehn, Joong-Hoon Park, Don Stark

Bit late, sorry about that, I know you’re all pining for The Biehn. In wrapping up Vol. 2, I’m breaking new ground. After the dreaded draw was made and the Post-it unfurled, I was forced to raid Lovefilm for this one…

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Jarv’s Birthday Series: Married to the Mob (1988)

Day 10 in the Birthday Series, and for the most part, I have to say that it has really been going rather well. I had a remarkably easy run into it, and although this patch is a bit sticky, it hasn’t been too much of a challenge. For a recap: this series was devised by Droid in a fit of madness and optimism last year. His rules are simple, using the US release date only, he’s reviewing one film released every year as close to his date of birth as he can. For me, I’ve widened it slightly, and gone with released anywhere (although the vast majority of them are US dates), as I don’t want to write a lot of “samey” reviews and this gives me a wider selection to choose from. The only caveat is that if I have a choice I have to go with the one I haven’t seen. So, with no further ado, here’s my Birthday review of Married to the Mob (release date 19th August 1988 in America). Read More…

The Underrated: Donnie Brasco

Back when I started this series, a little more than a year ago, Donnie Brasco was one of the titles I had in mind. It’s a hard one to describe as underrated, as almost every review of it is seriously laudatory, and yet, if you ask people to name mafia films it’s never mentioned. It feels as if the film is being forgotten, and I don’t for a second think that is a remotely just fate for a film as good as this. I can’t really think of any good reason for this omission, perhaps it was released at the wrong time, or perhaps it just doesn’t resonate, but this really is a shame as Donnie Brasco is a genuinely truly fantastic film, and one that marks a career high for several of the cast, not to mention Mike Newell. Nevertheless, Donnie Brasco is being so overlooked that a brief search of WordPress (looking for pictures) finds not one hit on the words “Donnie Brasco”.

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Back on Form: A History of Violence

Can I get a “Hallelujah”? How about a “Praise the Lord”? Finally, your intrepid reviewer has cleared the forsaken films and moved onto Cronenberg’s two most recent films. The first is the much praised A History of Violence. Based on the funnybook by Jack Wagner (creator of Judge Dredd), A History of Violence tells the story of Tom Stall, a humble diner owner in nowhere USA, and his violent past catching up with him. Read More…

Mini Review Forever: Gomorrah

This is a mini review, because I’m stumped as to how I’d categorise this film. It’s clearly not underrated (award winning, big following etc), certainly not schlock and it’s too late for the lists. So, I’m left with a mini review.

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Good Vampire Movies: Innocent Blood

Next up for what I hope will be a weekly series until the next installment of Twilight slithers its way on to screen is 1992’s grossly underrated and unfairly overlooked Innocent Blood. This film doesn’t have a UK DVD release, and this strikes me as very strange as this is an excellent film from an icon of horror with a cast that would be universally recognised as superb. Innocent Blood is a sexy, violent, and comical vampire film; an unusual and inventive hybrid in a genre that has been stale for some time.

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Bottom Feeders: Jarv’s worst of the decade (REVISED)

I’m going to do a best of the decade in late December, along with my best and worst of the year. However, as I’ve been useless recently, and Xi and Wolf have got their lists started I thought I’d chip in with my bottom of the decade list.  Which I feel I can do because I don’t think I’ll see anything worse than this lot before the year end. Read More…

Jarv’s Schlock Vault: Sharks in Venice

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Sharks in Venice

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“We don’t have sharks in Venice.”

I don’t know what it is about fish movies, but they seem to be much harder than you would think, or at least they must be considering the relatively low hit rate. Read More…