ACTOR - Al Pacino

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The films of Al Pacino

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Me, Natalie 1969,  PG)
The Panic in Needle Park 1971,  PG)
The Panic in Needle Park
Al Pacino's first, and perhaps grittiest film. You can see why he got so popular so soon, he is fantastic in this bleak classic!
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
The Godfather, Part II
It's funny how well this film worked so well after the departure of Brando but that's where both De Niro and Pacino stepped up in a film that really made their careers. Even though the pair never have a scene together, its almost like their in competition. This is a far superior film than Godfather Part 1 but for me, It will always be the late great John Cazale who makes part 2 so damn good.
Scarecrow 1973,  R)
Serpico 1973,  R)
Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino at their finest. This is a very slow paced but utterly cool police drama that has often been mimicked but has never been bettered. Brilliant.
The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
The third greatest gangster film ever made with a fantastic cast and directed at a perfect pace. The Godfather is always a joy to watch, and when a three hour film does that, you know its good!
Dog Day Afternoon 1975,  R)
Dog Day Afternoon
This is one of Sidney Lumet best. Pacino and Cazale are brilliant together and no one plays the desperate but understanding cop like Durning. A fantastic film. ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTICA!
Bobby Deerfield (Heaven Has No Favorites) 1977,  PG)
...And Justice For All 1979,  R)
...And Justice For All
This is a great film, often copyed from its still relatively unknown and very underrated. The acting is of the finest quality. Brilliant.
Cruising 1980,  R)
A decent 'cop goes undercover and possibly goes mad' film with a gay theme. It?s full of suspense and intrigue but it is a little confusing towards the end. Good performances by Pacino & Sorvino and great direction by Friedkin.
Author! Author! 1982,  PG)
Scarface 1983,  R)
'Say hello to my little friend! '
One of Pacino's finest performances, it's certainly more his film than DePalma's.
Revolution 1985,  PG-13)
Sea of Love 1989,  R)
The Local Stigmatic 1990,  Unrated)
Dick Tracy 1990,  PG)
The Godfather, Part III 1990,  R)
The Godfather, Part III
The Godfather part 3 isn't as bed as everyone says it is but when you compare Marlon Brando's heart attack in the vineyard scene and Pacino's falling off his chair scene, its clear that its on a different level and could have been a hell of a lot better.
Frankie & Johnny 1991,  R)
Frankie & Johnny
I love this film, my kind of chick flick! Believable and beautiful.
Glengarry Glen Ross 1992,  R)
Glengarry Glen Ross
This is acting at its finest with a dream team cast. Glengarry Glen Ross is captivating and utterly brilliant. The script, delivery, dialogue and chemistry are all there and it?s glorious! Jack Lemmon we miss you!
Scent of a Woman 1992,  R)
Scent of a Woman
This film is just stupid, Chris O'Donnell did my head in, even Pacino couldn?t save it for me! An attack on intelligence!
Carlito's Way 1993,  R)
Carlito's Way
Peer pressures a bitch ain't it! Pacino and Penn on great form and one of DePalma's best.
Two Bits 1995,  PG-13)
Heat 1995,  R)
A great film in which we see Pacino and De Niro first act opposite each other (almost. it's quite dark). A scene movie fans had been waiting a long time for, which was ultimately a little disappointing. It's still a good film though, although I prefer the original, LA Takedown.
City Hall 1996,  R)
City Hall
A political thriller done good. It's all about the performances and it's all about New York, in all its seedy glory. All of the performances are good but you'd expect nothing less from such a talented cast. Pacino does however steal the show. The ending lets it down somewhat but it's easy to watch and it will be having you do the accent for hours later.
Looking for Richard 1996,  PG-13)
Donnie Brasco 1997,  R)
Donnie Brasco
A good gangster film but it's a little overrated. Pacino and Depp aren't really at their best but overall, this is a very entertaining film with a good supporting cast.
The Devil's Advocate 1997,  R)
The Devil's Advocate
Good film, I liked Pacino?s Satan better than De Niro?s! Charlize Theron is really good too but Keanu Reeves is, Keanu Reeves if you catch my drift.
Pitch 1997,  PG)
The Insider 1999,  R)
The Insider
A powerful and important film, beautifully shot!
Any Given Sunday 1999,  R)
Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday is one of those rare sports films were you don't have to be into the sport in question, or any sport for that matter, to understand and enjoy. I have absolutely no interest in American Football but I really enjoyed this film. It's got corruption, politics, regret, arrogance..a long list of human traits that really makes this film more about life lessons with sport as the metaphor. The cast is great with everyone on form, in retrospect, this is one of the films that the 90s will be remembered for.
Chinese Coffee 2000,  R)
Insomnia 2002,  R)
Nolan proves he?s a great director in this intelligent remake.
Simone 2002,  PG-13)
Interesting idea, I thought it was much better than everyone seemed to think at the time.
People I Know 2003,  R)
The Recruit 2003,  PG-13)
The Recruit
This film has its moments but it is basically a ?Frankenstein film? put together from parts of other, superior war films.
Gigli 2003,  R)
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 2004,  R)
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
I've got a bit of a love/hate thing going on when it comes to Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice is one of his that is in the middle for me though because I don't like the story and It comes under the 'Women pretending to be men' category which is firmly in the 'hate' section but then I really like the character of Shylock. I have always thought the story should end with the court scene and watching it on film only confirms this for me. So in some respects it's an honest adaptation. It looks good most of the time although I spotted a couple of unforgivable fake moustaches (and I don't mean on the women). The acting is also very hit and miss. Jeremy Irons is classically trained and he knows how to do Shakespeare justice, as does John Sessions and a few others who are well practised in the Bards work. Al Pacino's performance is very good to, although I wasn't so sure at first. His does end up being the only good reason to watch though as others stink up Shakespeare to high heaven. Kris Marshall makes it look like a pantomime but then look what happened to his much hyped future career. Joseph Fiennes was obviously cast as a safety net after the success of Shakespeare in Love but his performance was about as safe as an asbestos gum shield. I can only imagine Lynn Collins was cast because Gwyneth Paltrow was busy. Not my favourite Shakespeare play with an equally unlikable film -stating that persecution of the Jews was rife in the 1600's doesn't make me enjoy watching it or make me feel like I'm watching an important piece of history, so for those reasons I can't recommend.
Two For the Money 2005,  R)
88 Minutes 2008,  R)
Ocean's Thirteen 2007,  PG-13)
Ocean's Thirteen
Wow, third time lucky! This is easily the best of the three films, its just unfortunate that you have to endure Ocean's 12 to really understand/appreciate it. Steven Soderbergh can be great at times but he seems to get lazy every other film. Not that I credit him for this being a good film, the cast pulling their socks up and the new writers are what saved and sealed this trilogy. At least I hope its a trilogy!
Righteous Kill 2008,  R)
Righteous Kill
Oh. We wait years for a proper Pacino and DeNiro film and this is it? And this is the same Jon Avnet who directed Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe? Really? Well Pacino and DeNiro are ok, they can play stereotype quite well but I don't blame any of this film's nonsense on them, in fact they do a great job of a bad script and an even worse idea. It was pretty predictable as well, so even the big twist was a bit shambolic. I do hope the two actors work together again, I just hope it's with the right director and with the best script/story.
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009,  Unrated)
You Don't Know Jack 2010,  PG-13)
The Son of No One 2011,  R)
Jack and Jill 2011,  PG)
Wilde Salomé 2013,  R)
Stand Up Guys 2013,  R)
Stand Up Guys
Fisher Stevens's Stand Up Guys seems to have flown straight under the radar. It was poorly advertised and what little publicity I did see was misleading. A real shame because the film is quite good. Not necessarily what you'd expect from an Al Pacino/Christopher Walken/Alan Arkin 'Gangster' collaboration but that's no bad thing. Opportunities are missed and not all of the story, or indeed some of the scenes, work or are as effective as they were meant to be but there is a whole lot of heart in this film that doesn't go unnoticed. It's not just about three old guys complaining about the aging process either, there is depth to the ideas of faith, friendship and trust and not in the bull-shit way you might see in many action/gangster films. The tender moments make the film worth watching for, it gets a little silly towards the end but at least when it's not being sensible it is being fun.
Phil Spector 2013,  Unrated)

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