2 – The Godfather (1972)

Now i know how Amy Winehouses husband felt.

Now i know how Amy Winehouses husband felt.

Set in 1945 The Godfather is about a mafia family boss who happens to be the godfather to around a dozen kids.It must sting the wallet at Christmas time.This Mafia boss,Don Corleone, is hot shit and can make virtually anything happen with his spectacular offers that no one can refuse.Anyway this guy wants Don Corleone to back him in this new drug venture he’s trying to get off the ground.The Don declines and ends up getting shot.Then there’s a war.The Godfather has a pretty good cast with Brando, Pacino, Duvall and Caan to name a few. I’m sure a few other ones will pop up in part II.The Dons favourite son,Micheal,takes the reigns after the shooting.The Godfather is by no means a fast paced film,its miles apart from Goodfellas or Casino but i guess that’s one of the aspects that appeals to people. I’ve never seen a Godfather film before and it’s seems okay,but just okay.There was a couple of lines that made me laugh,one in particular is when they shoot the guy the car and the guy says “leave the gun,take the canolli”.Right,now to watch the  part II.

IMDB RATING      –     9.2
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  IT’S GOT A GOOD NARRATIVE.

115 – On the Waterfront (1954)

Kayoh.It was the drink that killed him in the end.

Kayoh.It was the drink that killed him in the end.

Did anyone watch that t.v. show The Wire?Well the plot of OTW is a little bit similar.Seacon 3 i think it was,the one with the corrupt union at the shipping yard.The same story is in effect here,there’s a corrupt union and they start knocking off people who are going to inform against them and then the police roll in.Brando plays Terry,his older brother is part of these mobster in the union,and he was a professional boxer and as the line goes “He could have been someone,he could have been a contender” but his mob brother made him throw a fight and the other guy got the shot at the title.Brandos character is the basic brawn over brains but he has a conscience and it gets the better of him.The music can be a bit loud in parts,at around 30 minutes from the end i had to drop it from 100% down to 30% because it just jumped up loud as fuck,so look out if you’re listening with earphones.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  BRANDOS GOOD AND ALL THAT,BUT THE AUDIO FRIED MY EARS TOO MUCH.

217 – A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

CUNT

CUNT

This film got me pretty angry,well the first quarter of it and all because of one woman ;Blanche.She’s conceited ,vain ,narcissistic and a compulsive liar with ideas of grandeur.The films about 2 sisters raised in Mississippi.While one left and moved to New Orleans and had the craic,the other stayed at home and thinks she’s hot shit or a queen.Bitch.Turns out in the end she’s a hooker.Spoiler.Fuck you Blanche.Also she cracks up with herself,seems she can’t distinguish between her stories and reality.Brando is quality in this though.This was wrote as a play,with one set i imagine,and a few things seem off in it as a film like in one scene someone can be having a bath in one room while in the other a bomb goes off and they don’t hear it,while in another a couple are whispering in the house and it can be heard from the busy street.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7
SEEN BEFORE     –    NO
RECOMMEND?     –     MAYBE
OVERALL     –   MARLON BRANDO IS FUCKING EXCELLENT IN THIS.SEE IT JUST FOR HIS PERFORMANCE.