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MOVIE REVIEW | The Color of Money (1986)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says:The Color of Money is three masters of their craft at work.”

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“You gotta have two things to win. You gotta have brains and you gotta have balls. Now, you got too much of one and not enough of the other.”

Once actors reach real mega stardom, it becomes easier and easier to take them for granted, or even dismiss them completely.  But more often than not, the reason they became mega stars in the first place is that they’re really good actors.  Good looks and natural charisma only take people so far, but to really breakthrough, they have to have some chops.  Tom Cruise has been one of Hollywood’s biggest mega stars for three decades, and he’s often tossed off as an empty vessel.  But there’s a reason that Tom Cruise has been one of Hollywood’s biggest mega stars for so long, he’s a really good actor.  Which is something I’m reminded of when I watch his older work, movies like The Color of Money.

A quarter of a century after The Hustler, ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is back.  No longer playing pool himself, he hustles by financing and mentoring the next generation, people like John Turtorro’s Julian.  One night, Julian is convincingly beaten by a new face in town, Vincent (Cruise).  Immediately, Felson realises this kid has raw talent that can make them both more money than ever before. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #96. Do the Right Thing (1989)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

Do the Right Thing

Love his movies, hate his movies, think he can be a bit hit and miss, never actually seen one… No matter what your experience with the work of Spike Lee might be, there’s no denying that he’s one of the most important film makers of the last few decades. Of the twenty odd feature films he’s made, I’ve seen around ten, and liked maybe three or four. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the impact and influence he’s had on the industry, and other directors and writers who’ve come up since. But even if every single other movie he made was undeniably terrible, he would still deserve a revered place in cinema history, purely for Do the Right Thing.

It’s a sweltering day in Brooklyn, and Mookie (Spike Lee) makes his way back and forth across the neighbourhood, delivering pizzas for Sal (Danny Aiello). Set over a single day, this small community slowly unravels under the oppressive heat. A small community made up of characters like Carlos Esposito’s hot headed Buggin’ Out, Bill Nunn’s Radio Raheem, Sal’s sons Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson), Ossie Davis as the local drunk ‘Mayor’, and Rosie Perez as Mookie’s girlfriend Tina. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Fading Gigolo (2013)


“Yeah, she’s my doctor, but in today’s world she could be a psychopathic axe murderer.”

John Turturro is one of the few “interesting” looking character actors who managed to make the jump from “that guy from that thing”, to an actual, recognisable name. In supporting roles, he’s managed to steal movies from much more famous leads in things like Do the Right Thing, Miller’s Crossing and Rounders. While I love him as an actor, and while I know he’s made a few movies as director, it took the addition of Woody Allen in an acting role to make me finally watch a John Turturro joint.

John Turturro is Fioravante, a working class florist and gentle soul. His best friend is Murray (Woody Allen), the owner of a small second hand book shop that is closing down. There’s a quick reference to Murray saving a young Fioravante from a life of crime, but really, that little bit of back story is unnecessary. Turturro and Allen make their friendship seem so real and lived in, you don’t need any history to make it believable when Murray suggests Fioravante becomes a gigolo, and Fioravante eventually agrees. (more…)