Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II(1974), starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Lee Strasberg, is an extraordinary continuation to the director's magnum opus, The Godfather(1972). In many ways, the film is even better than its predecessor, and marks the height of auteur-driven New-Hollywood cinema of the 1970s. The Godfather … Continue reading The Godfather Part II: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro redefines screen acting with their astounding performances in Francis Ford Coppola’s ultimate American epic
Donnie Brasco(1997), directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp is a poignant gangster drama that details the true story of working class mafia foot-soldiers in New York as well as the attempts by undercover FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone to infiltrate their organization. In the 1972 gangster epic, The Godfather, director, … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: The poignant poetry of Al Pacino and Johnny Depp’s soulful performances elevates this gangster drama to a deeply moving Father-son Tragedy
After starring together in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II, where they didn't have any scenes together, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunited for Michael Mann's brilliant Crime drama, Heat(1995), where they shared scenes together for the first time. While watching Michael Mann's Heat, one is tempted to think that making a great … Continue reading Heat: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro came face to face for the first time in Michael Mann’s epic crime Drama
Francis Ford Coppola's recut version of The Godfather Part III(1990) has an overlong title, Mario Puzo's The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, but his ambitions are limited to that of a petulant child (or a parent), who wants to foist his originally conceived title on the film and to enhance his daughter's performance. … Continue reading The Godfather Part III\Coda: Coppola’s tweaks to his flawed yet fascinating epilogue to the classic Godfather duology is trivial, self-serving and unnecessary
Martin Scorsese's latest crime drama The Irishman , starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, finds the master director on familiar territory, only this time, a little less flamboyant and a lot more introspective. Martin Scorsese may be the greatest director ever to walk the earth, or maybe, he is not. But … Continue reading The Irishman : Martin Scorsese comes full circle with this mournful eulogy to a lost era
Once upon a time in Hollywood, featuring an all star-cast of Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino etc..., is Quentin Tarantino's most satisfying and most personal film since Pulp Fiction. He has gone beyond his quirky Tarantinoisms to craft a technically competent, mature film that expands his range as a filmmaker (Mild spoilers included) … Continue reading Once upon a time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to 1960s Hollywood is his most satisfying film since Pulp Fiction.
On Al Pacino's birthday, here is looking back at his grandest and most popular performance from the 1983 gangster epic, Scarface, written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma. “ Al Pacino's performance in the 1983 gangster classic, Scarface, is an instance where the lead star\actor takes over a film completely with his … Continue reading Scarface: Al Pacino’s electrifying performance powers this brutal and uncompromising Gangster epic from Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma