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Old 08-09-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Robert De Niro sucks.

His career is dead.

And Samuel L. Jackson killed him.

Ok, hear me out. There was once a time when robert De Niro would do nothing but spectacular work. There was a reason he was considered the best alive. Personally I'd say this stint was from 1973-1984, from Mean Streets to Once Upon A Time In America.

After that he had a good run of solid roles, and a career ranging from downright awful (Cop Land, Frankenstein) to the mediocre (Backdraft, Cape Fear) to the legendary (Goodfella's, Casino), and everywhere in between. He was still the fucking man, but he was becoming dangerously inconsistent.

Than a bizarre thing happened. He appeared in Jackie Brown. His role as Luis Gara was a peculiar spot for De Niro. He was played a washed-up, no good, worthless shell of the characters he built his career on in the 70's and 80's. And he was wonderful. Tarantino's casting of De Niro in this flick was brutally ironic and beautiful. It's one of my favorite De Niro roles to date. The unfortunate Luis met his maker at the business end of Samuel L. Jackson's 9mm after making a remarkable series of fuck-ups, including a spectacular scene where he kills a bitching Bridget Fonda in the parking lot outside of a shopping center.

But I digress. What I find particularly humorous about this, is that after this ironic role in Jackie Brown, De Niro's career went to shit. All of a sudden he started playing crap roles, appearing in lame mainstream comedies, and accomplishing approxiimately buttkiss as far as quality cinema. Sure, he's had a few decent roles since J.B. (Great Expectations and Ronin were OK for him, but everything else he's done is a damn near-embarassment given his spectacular career. I don't even want to list all the shit he's done in the past 10 years. It's saddening.

It's like he really was Luis Gara, shot dead in a van, a washed-up loser displaced in time. It's almost poetic, isn't it?
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After that he had a good run of solid roles, and a career ranging from downright awful (Cop Land . . . .

Whatever your opinion of Copland as a film, I think DeNiro was amazing in his role in that film. Personally, I liked Copland, but aside from that, I thought Bobby D. did a great job with his character.

You also have to take into account that, as an actor gets into his or her 50s and 60s, the film roles available to them become scanter and scanter. That's not to say there are no good roles for older actors, but I think most would agree the pickings are slimmer.

And so what if his best gigs are behind him. Those were some gigs! Gigs most actors would give their right arm to be able to claim as their own.

If he wants to make happy, safe, comfort-food films now in his golden years . . . ehh, so let him . . . who am I to throw stones.
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Cop Land or no Cop Land, he still has enough stinkers in the last decade to warrant a "wag of the finger".
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When I saw him in Rocky & Bulwinkle, I knew something had gone terribly wrong.
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He's really like the Eddie Murphy of A-list dramatic actors.
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All of a $udden he $tarted playing crap role$, appearing in lame main$tream comedie$, and accompli$hing approxiimately buttki$$ a$ far a$ quality cinema. $ure, he'$ had a few decent role$ $ince J.B. (Great Expectation$ and Ronin were OK for him, but everything el$e he'$ done i$ a damn near-embara$$ment given hi$ $pectacular career. I don't even want to li$t all the $hit he'$ done in the pa$t 10 year$. It'$ $addening.
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Well-played, ma'am.
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what a thread , oh boy ...............

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" a stint " .... horseshit ..........
watch Angel Heart ( 1987 ) , then make posts like that
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I liked him a lot in Midnight Run and Cape Fear is fantastic.
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It is true however that he's gone for the $$$ recently, but look at Pacino.

People forget he was in Gigli.

Gigli!
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Midnight Run, meh. Cape Fear in interesting, but there isn't anything spectacular about it either. It's intentionaly exargerated in almost all aspects, and De Niro is pulling off another one of his famous self-titled "non-performances", which I sort of equate to him putting on a funny accent or attitude, reading some lines, and calling it a day. Like I said, I enjoy the film, but it's average.
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At least he's memorable.
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And I almost feel like giving Winnie a cookie for completely ignoring (failing to comprehend/give a shit?) my point once again...

...almost.
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