I watched The Hustler back in 2015, which was a most excellent film. So, I had to watch this.
What I completely forgot was that Martin Scorcese directed this, so when I saw his name in the opening credits my expectations rose. And it was a classic Marty film with it’s sweeping, snappy, and busy shots. It never really felt like a Marty film though.
Paul Newman was great as usual, he carried most of the film, and deservedly won an Academy Award for best actor. The Cruiser was his usual self, and he had made Top Gun in the same year, so he was on a buzz. His performance was actually quite good, although he was basically playing the nine ball player version of his role in Top Gun. He did a lot of the pool shots himself, just leaving the tricky shots to a pool stuntman. Did you know that before deciding to become a famous actor he had aspirations to be a Catholic priest? Yep.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio played Tom’s girlfriend, and she was equally fabulous, she held her own well against Paul and Tommo. She hasn’t acted in a film since 2004 which is a shame, although she continues to work in television and on stage.
So this was good stuff to watch. The cast was great, and the story engaging but not overly thrilling. Marty did his thing well, but this can’t be included in a top ten of the best films made by him.
Date watched: February 2nd
Film count 2017: 25
The best way to ensure I watch something decent again is to watch a Scorcese film, so last night I re-watched Mean Streets.
A search on this site revealed that I have not re-watched this since beginning this blog, so that means I have not seen this for at least eight years. I barely remembered the story, so catching up again was a good thing, and reminded me of just how good this is, especially considering that it is Marty’s first proper motion picture.
Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro were very young looking, but stellar, and there was a great supporting cast. Some camera shots were fabulous, especially this scene with Harvey Keitel. Most of the filming for this was actually done in Los Angeles. There was a great soundtrack too, mostly 50’s and 60’s music, and this film was apparently one of the first to start the whole trend of having decent music soundtracks (it also took up almost half of the film’s budget in music fees).
I can’t quite give this a full ten, Marty went on to make even better films, but it is still a most fabulous film.
Date watched: October 6th
Film count 2016: 152
Another snowy day film here.
I was not really aware of this Scorcese directed film until I started watching it. It doesn’t feel like a Martin movie though.
Still, it was entertaining, even though it was a bit over-done in places. Bad Brains had a song in it.
Date watched: February 15th
Film count 2014: 30
Here is a making of:
My 150th film this year.
I am not sure if this is the 3rd or 4th time I have seen this, but no matter how many times I have seen this it is always a fab film.
Robert was absolutely fabs in this, as were the rest of the cast. Martin Scorcese’s little part was freaky and funny. The cinematography was great, the grotty New York streets of the day were well shot, especially the night shots. And the scene where Travis went berzerb in the shootout scene was great, especially the panning shot from above looking down on the mayhem.
I’ll defintely be watching this again.
Date watched: November 30th
Film count 2013: 150
After writing the Goodfella review I watched this documentary about Henry Hill.
Very interesting to watch, not only because it was about the real Henry, but also because it showed how true ‘Goodfellas’ was. There were interviews with Martin Scorcese about Henry and the film, and the Federal Organised Strike Force guy who actually had a part in the film near the end, playing himself.
Goodfellas was reasonably accurate on the story telling, but softened most of the characters, they were in real life much more vicious, especially Robert’s character. And the film stopped before the full story was told, quite a bit more happened after Henry Hill ratted on the mob, but I think the film ended at the right place.
Date watched: December 9th