Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco (1997)Finding movies from my wishlist is getting harder and harder and I get to watch lots of crap. Sometimes though I get lucky. Like today, when I finally watched “Donnie Brasco“.

Directed by: Mike Newell
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, Zeljko Ivanek, Gerry Becker, Robert Miano, Brian Tarantina, Rocco Sisto, Zach Grenier, Walt MacPherson, Ronnie Farer, Terry Serpico
IMDB raintg: 7.6
My rating: 7.0 [rate 7.0]

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Blueberry (2004)Random choice of a movie for today – “Blueberry“. The only thing I knew about it before watching is that Michael Madsen is in it.

Directed by: Jan Kounen
Genres: Adventure, Western, Action
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Juliette Lewis, Michael Madsen, Temuera Morrison, Ernest Borgnine, Djimon Hounsou, Hugh O’Conor, Geoffrey Lewis, Nichole Hiltz, Kateri Walker, Vahina Giocante, Kestenbetsa, Tchéky Karyo, Eddie Izzard, Colm Meaney
IMDB raintg: 5.1
My rating: 8.0 [rate 8.0]

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Sin City

As some of you may remember, I had some really high expectations for “Sin City“. I went as far as forecasting it to be a movie of the year. Today I finally got a chance to see it. I spent close to one tenth of a second considering if I should wait for the local cinemas to catch up with the world or to watch a mild quality cinema screener that was in front of me.

Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl, Powers Boothe, Rutger Hauer, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Jaime King, Devon Aoki, Brittany Murphy, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino
IMDB raintg: 8.3
My rating: 10.0 [rate 10.0]

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Thelma & Louise

I just watched the DVD with “Thelma & Louise“. This is an excellent criminal drama.

While the movie itself is very relaxing and enjoyable to watch, it does stimulate for some thinking on the subject of equality of men and women and “head of family” issues. I do believe in the equality in the relationship. I don’t mean a blind equality. Men, from one to another, are way too different to make them equal, not to mention equality between men and women. But I think that neither of them are better. They are just different. And so they should relate, like equals but each allowed to their own differences. Repressing and framing other half will not go unnoticed and will eventually go out of control. And when it will you better be somewhere else.

Anyway, I got carried away… The film is nicely done, with a good story, acting, sound, camera work and photography. Don’t go see it just because Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, or Brad Pitt play in it – there are parts are rather small and unimportant. But go see this film because both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis delivered excellent performance.

If you are still not convinced, I’ll tell you that this film was directed by Ridley Scott, the same guy who produced “Matchstick Men“, “Black Hawk Down“, “Hannibal“, “Gladiator“, and few episodes of “Hire” with BMW. Does that ring any bells?

8 out of 10.