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Old 08-10-2007, 01:22 PM   #46
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Don't bother with The Good Shepherd.

If the movie had a 90-minute runtime it would have felt too long. Unfortunately it has an 167-minute runtime.

De Niro is basically a non-entity in the film, and the movie itself aint that hot.
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He did direct A Bronx Tale, too. I haven't gotten around to seeing that film but I heard it's very good.
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i've heard fantastic things about A Bronx Tale as well. Haven't gotten around to it yet either. My parents love that film though.
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Apparently De Niro's good in that movie Stardust, that opens today.
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We'll see. I probably won't get around to see Stardust in theaters though.
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Me neither.

If I see anything else this month it's gonna be Superbad.
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Gotta agree about The Good Shepherd. Major Snoozefest!
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Old 08-10-2007, 03:27 PM   #53
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De Niro has given some of the finest performances in some of the best American films from the last 35 years and for even just a few of them he's a cinematic legend. Sure his recent output hasn't been anywhere those heights and neither have the films overall, but very few artists of any field can sustain such brilliance over a whole career. Back in the day the amount of prep work he did for films was above and beyond the call of duty (moonlighting as a cabby, uprooting to Italy, piling on 60 pounds) and the level of intensity he had in them all was scary. Now he's older I can't blame him for relaxing a little and taking some roles for the money, but a look at him filmography shows that even if the films aren't the greatest he's still taking some serious dramatic roles.

I would love to see him team up with Scorcese ad Di Caprio though, that lad just gets better and better with each film.

As for Pacino, I thought he was one of the best things in Ocean's 13 but that's faint praise. To be honest his recent career path has been similar to De Niro's but with better quality control (he hasn't been in any real crap, just some mediocre and forgetable flicks). Looks like he's doing a remake of Rififi too, I've been meaning to rent that once I renew my subscription (or when they offer me more freebies to, lol).

As for Harrison Ford, I'm not holding my breath for Indy 4. In fact I don't even care at the moment. It could be good, but even if it's not crap it'll be tough to not be a huge disappointment.
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He just likes his chicken spicy that's all...

II have always found him a rather odd actor, I mean he has had a very "eclectic" set of roles throughout his career, does anyone remember his roles in Brazil or We're No Angels or Awakenings or Mad Dog And Glory?
How about "tThe Mission" with Jeremy Irons? He was fantastic in that
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The Mission was very good, I had to watch that for school.

Now I really want to watch Jackie Brown again.
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I read somewhere he is working with his old pal Scorsese on a script... From Wikipedia:

"De Niro has said that he is working with Martin Scorsese on a new project. "I'm trying to actually work..Eric Roth (screenwriter) and myself and Marty are working on a script now, trying to get it done."


I liked him in Meet the parents and especially Analyze that, and he was good in Ronin and The Score. Not close to his best moments but still enjoyable work. His last great role was probaby in Goodfellas.

Harrison Ford was good in ROTJ right up until they escaped Jabba the Hutt. I'm curious how he will work as an aged Indy.
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i've heard fantastic things about A Bronx Tale as well. Haven't gotten around to it yet either. My parents love that film though.

Going against the grain here, but . . . I hated A Bronx Tale. I thought it was pretty bad. The acting was decent, but the story and plot was so cliche, contrived and melodramatic. Ugh! What a waste of 2 hours! I'm just glad I didn't pay to see it.
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Apparently De Niro's good in that movie Stardust, that opens today.
I saw it
he was pretty good
more of a supporting character role

this is also a chick flick
I would recommend it
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I loved A Bronx Tale.

I looove Bobby D
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Go get the G-dfather on DVD, and watch the extras.

Watch De Niro's screen test for the first film. He's got so much fucking power, it's unreal. And it's just a screen test. Coppola did not think he was subdued enough to play Michael, but, he obviously kept him in mind and put him in the sequel.

I know this thread's main point is to lament the man's choices for the past decade or so, but, I forgive him all trespasses. Most of you have named all the brilliant films he's been in, but, I think you left a few out.....Mean Streets, his first collaboration with Scorcese. Amazing performance. The King of Comedy, another great performance. Bang the Drum Slowly, good lord. Once Upon a Time in America. Wag the Dog. Ronin (Which was released after Jackie Brown and is a fun, exciting movie, with my man Reno in it as well). Hell, The Score was not a great film but I loved his performance and loved seeing him on screen with Brando. If anyone named these already, my apologies, but, tack these onto the already mentioned films and you have a staggering body of work.

He's easily the greatest actor of my lifetime, and, if people dislike his choices now, they can easily not go to see his films, he doesn't owe any of us shit.

And, wow, to say "meh" to Midnight Run, I don't get that, sorry.
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