Film Friday… week 92

The Godfather

Yes, I know it’s a shocker that I’ve never seen The Godfather, but better late than never, right? After the godfather (Marlon Brando) of one of the major Sicilian mob families in New York is shot by a rival, his GI son, Michael (Al Pacino), takes revenge sparking a mafia war, that can only end with him taking control of the family. There is so much richness to this saga that every minute of its three hour length seems vital. Michael’s struggle between his desire to go “straight” and his overwhelming sense of responsibility to his family plays out against a world changing faster than its inhabitants can keep up. Featuring a cast that went on to become the iconic actors of their generation this is the original, ultimate mob movie and 100% worth all the hype. 5/5

What do you mean he refused my offer?

Zombieland

Following a zombie apocalypse, geeky Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is attempting to make his way across the country to his hometown of Ohio. When his car gives out, he is forced to team up with loose cannon, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) who challenges all of the rules Columbus carefully lives by. When the two travellers cross paths with scam artist sisters, Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and Wichita (Emma Stone), Columbus falls in love but Tallahassee is more interested in finding a twinkie. What makes this good is not the zombies but more the relationships that develop before the four very different characters and there’s a hilarious encounter with Bill Murray to boot. 3/5

Carneys – small hands, smell like cabbage…

Street Kings

Vice cop, Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is finding coping with life difficult after the death of his adulterous wife. After his former partner, Terrence, (Terry Crewes) gets in the way of one of his investigations he goes to confront him but finds himself in the middle of a robbery that ends in his Terrence’s death. Now a potential suspect of the murder, he teams up with a rookie detective (Chris Evans) to investigate but soon they discover that the corruption and political machinations under the façade of the LAPD are beyond what Tom could ever have imagined. I get the feeling that if the dialogue hadn’t often veered into cheesy territory and the acting hadn’t occasionally been just a little wooden, this could have been quite a tidy little police thriller but as it is, it falls short of the mark. 2.5/5

I swear officer, it wasn’t me that stole the black and white check shirt

Coco Before Chanel

This biopic follows the early life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (Audrey Tatou) before she became one of the most famous fashion designers of all time. Taking us through Coco’s life from when she and her sister were left in an orphanage by their father, though their time as singers and seamstresses to her arrival in Paris, her love of simplicity and uncluttered elegance is brought to the fore through a study of two of her prominent affairs with wealthy Baron Balsan (Benoît Poelvoorde) and his friend Arthur “Boy” Capel (Alessandro Nivola).  Tatou is as charming as ever and although she is kept from both of her great loves through privilege and marriage, there is always a sense that Coco had all the power. Ultimately I left this hoping that someone decides to commit the rest of Chanel’s life to film because I’m dying to see what happened next. 4/5

Coco couldn’t understand why she kept finding burn holes on her new designs

3 Comments

  1. 🙂 Ah, I was seriously thinking the other day of starting the Godfather movies again… sorely tempted!

    I am a massive Zombieland fan, it was highly entertaining!

    1. Abbi

      I still need to watch the third one.

      1. Well, it really isn’t on par with the first two, which were AMAZING. It’s not the worst film ever, just didn’t have the same wow factor I suppose… plus it came out a really long time after Part II.

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