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My Favorite Scene: The Godfather Part III (1990) “Just When I Thought I Was Out”

Just as The Godfather Part II was a pioneer in showing what a sequel could do in terms of equalling (in some minds surpassing) the original film, The Godfather Part III is one of the first instances of what is all-too-common now: an unnecessary franchise film.  Made 16 years after the second installment, the ground The Godfather Part III treads is unnecessary to fleshing out Michael’s character.  If you take the trilogy as a whole, I think it diminishes Michael’s story arc to see him in his dotage trying to avoid damnation while being dragged back to his true nature.  The second film showed the consequences of his choices without having to check back in on him as a senior citizen.

Making the film in the first place was a misstep, but Coppola made an even bigger one when in the most famous case of film nepotism he cast his daughter Sofia as Michael’s daughter when Winona Ryder had to drop out of the film.  Though she’s proven to be a chip off the block in the directing department, Sofia is not an actress and her painful inability to act robs the plodding film of what should be its most poignant moment.  What IS unforgettable and iconic about the film is Al Pacino’s monologue about being dragged back into the real family business.  Pacino’s made a career out of iconic monologues, and whatever your other problems with the third Godfather, no one can deny the greatness of this scene.Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III

 

Trailer Time: Geostorm Trailer #1 (2017) *The Weather is Angry!*

Ok.  So I watched this.  Within 5 seconds I was waiting to see “FROM THE X OF INDEPENDENCE DAY”.  And sure enough, there came Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich’s partner in using huge things to blow up huge things over over 20 years.  This is a tentpole fall release for WB, not an August dump.  This releases in October, and basically the plot is we’re controlling the weather now with satellites and the satellites get angry and start throwing weather at the Earth.  And ONLY GERARD BUTLER can stop it.  Nothing can stop me seeing this lol.

Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014) ADVANCE REVIEW

lets-be-copsLast night I attended an advanced screening for Let’s Be Cops, which will open nationwide August 13th.  Advanced screenings are always a little weird.  There’s no trailers.  Someone from the studio is always there to remind you that during the entire movie police officers wearing night vision goggles will be making sure that you aren’t YouTubing their film.  Then, afterward, there’s always someone asking what you thought (because they could totally change it at this point).  I sped past the opinion taker on the way out because my feedback for Let’s Be Cops was, “you’ve made a decent rental”. Continue reading Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014) ADVANCE REVIEW