ACTOR - John Turturro
I didn't want to be an actor who played Italian thugs. I'm not even interested in those guys really, unless it's a great part. And I knew that movies were predicated on how you look. But a few people gave me the opportunities to do other things, and I just took it and ran with it.
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Raging Bull 1980, R)
In my opinion, this is Scorsese's best film from a directional point of view. It's beautifully lit and the camera tricks are awesome (I refer to the different sizes of boxing ring, depending on how well the main character is fighting). The script is sharp and witty and De Niro & Pesci make the first of many fantastic double acts together. Brilliant film.
Exterminator 2 1984, R)
The Flamingo Kid 1984, PG-13)
Desperately Seeking Susan 1985, PG-13)
To Live and Die in L.A. 1985, R)
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986, PG-13)
Gung Ho 1986, PG-13)
Off Beat 1986, PG)
The Color of Money 1986, R)
Five Corners 1987, R)
The Sicilian 1987, R)
Do the Right Thing 1989, R)
Miller's Crossing 1990, R)
Miller's Crossing has always been overlooked in my opinion as being one of the best gangster films of all time The scene in the woods with Byrne and Turturro is an absolute classic! It funny how they won the Oscar 16 years after making this film for No Country for old men, they've been making masterpieces for years!
Mo' Better Blues 1990, R)
State of Grace 1990, R)
Men of Respect 1991, R)
Barton Fink 1991, R)
Jungle Fever 1991, R)
Brain Donors 1992, PG)
Mac 1992, R)
Fearless 1993, R)
Being Human 1994, PG-13)
Quiz Show 1994, PG-13)
The Search for One-eye Jimmy 1996, R)
Search for One-Eye Jimmy 1996, R)
Search and Destroy 1995, R)
Unstrung Heroes 1995, PG)
Clockers 1995, R)
SugarTime 1996, R)
Girl 6 1996, R)
Box of Moonlight 1996, R)
Grace of My Heart 1996, R)
La Tregua (The Truce) 1997, R)
Lesser Prophets (The Last Bet) 1998, R)
I found this film in the bargain bin. It?s UK title was The Last Bet. It?s actually quite a good and quirky gangster film. The cast is superb, and the balance of serious drama and comedy is brilliant, but for me the best thing about this movie is the script. Worth checking out, and certainly worth more than the £1 I bought it for!
Animals and the Tollkeeper 1997, Unrated)
The Big Lebowski 1998, R)
Only the Coen brothers (and Bridges of coarse) could make an unemployed, scruffy, old hippie type of 'dude', the coolest film character of all time, whom every man on this planet aspires to be like. Another great comedy from the Brother Coen, possibly their funniest and definitely their coolest! Brilliant!
All Revved Up 1998, R)
He Got Game 1998, R)
Illuminata 1998, R)
Rounders 1998, R)
Cradle Will Rock 1999, R)
War, censorship, politics and corporate art. This is an extremely entertaining and informative look at how the art world both survived and changed during unrest in New York in the 1930?s. It may not sound like a barrel of laughs, and it can be a bit theatrical at times, but this is a great film, Highly recommended!
Summer of Sam 1999, R)
The first film of a new direction from Spike Lee. Summer of Sam deals with a dark chapter in American history, focusing on American society. It's certainly Lee's most engaging film, the slow but sturdy build up to the explosive finale is so intense its exhausting. A brilliant and powerful film, Brody & Leguizamo are also, on top of their game. This is probably my favourite Spike Lee joint, just above Clockers.
Company Man 2001, PG-13)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000, PG-13)
I remember at the time, the decision to cast Clooney seemed an odd one as there were plenty of Coen regulars who seemed quite suited to the part. How wrong, Clooney steals the show in what I believe is his best work to date. Based loosely on Homer's odyssey, O' Brother is an instant classic that I never tire of watching.
The Luzhin Defence 2000, PG-13)
The Man Who Cried 2000, R)
Monkeybone 2001, PG-13)
13 Conversations About One Thing 2002, R)
Monday Night Mayhem 2002, Unrated)
Collateral Damage 2002, R)
Mr. Deeds 2002, PG-13)
Fear X 2003, PG-13)
Anger Management 2003, PG-13)
Opopomoz 2003, Unrated)
Secret Window 2004, PG-13)
She Hate Me 2004, R)
Romance and Cigarettes 2005, R)
I love John Turturro so it really pains me to report that he misses the mark quite badly with this film - it's not a terrible film but it is pretty bad compared to how it should have turned out. I loved the acting - Gandolfini & Winslet in particular, I loved the singing and dancing - an unexpected surprise and I loved the way it was directed, very cool and stylish. It's just that the story drags like a one legged horse, yes its surreal non-liner narrative was interesting and fun in parts, but for the most part, it was frustrating, silly and not particularly entertaining. I really don't like writing bad things about this film, I guess because I like everyone involved and i really wanted to like it. Aw well, I hope he keeps directing, I've been meaning to catch up with Passione as it looks good!
A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre) 2006, Unrated)
The Good Shepherd 2006, R)
A stylish piece from Robert De Niro with some nice supporting performances. That's about it though, the final scene is eerie and powerful but before you get there it's 2 1/2 hours of watching an emotionless (and un-aging) Matt Damon, with confusing editing and dull dialogue. Shame really. Best bit was 1 1/2 minute cameo from Pesci. It's almost makes it worth watching, almost.
Slipstream 2007, R)
Transformers 2007, PG-13)
Margot at the Wedding 2007, R)
I really liked The Squid and the Whale and so was really looking forward to this but I have to say, I'm disappointed. I liked the cast, every performance was first rate - even though that did mean that they all played 'annoying' rather well. You know a film isn't great when Jack Black is the light relief though and as well shot as this film is, it's also very shallow and devoid of worth. I'm a firm believer that films don't necessarily have to have a point but I do think they should be at least entertaining if they don't. And what the hell is the obsession with young boys masturbating? Stop it, just stop it! The Squid and the Whale was a great film but Margot at the Wedding gives Independent American cinema a bad name in my book. Only worth watching for the ever wonderful Jennifer Jason Leigh in my opinion!
Joulutarina (Christmas Story) 2007, PG)
What Just Happened? 2008, R)
An inside Hollywood film for people inside Hollywood films. There is a lot of in-jokes and back patting here and I'm afraid I generally have no sympathy for the average Hollywood film producer but I found this film very easy to watch. Barry Levinson is a good director, he's got a mixed CV but generally you can depend on him. For me it was all about the performances though, I loved the whole 'The dies story-line', good on Sean Penn for getting involved and Bruce Willis makes amends for his horrible self-cameo in Oceans 12. Almost anyway. Every one does well, De Niro is totally watchable but for my money, Michael Wincott steals the show, his is a great performance. I really thought this film was ok, I'm not really sure why it's got all the hate on it.
You Don't Mess with the Zohan 2008, PG-13)
So, Adam Sandler has worked out he's not funny enough just being himself and has gone into character acting. Shame his character Zohan seems to be a poor mans version of an amalgamation of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat and Bruno.
Miracle at St. Anna 2008, R)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 2009, R)
I liked the original Taking of Pelham but I don't think it so good it didn't warrant a remake. That said, I'm not particularly fond of remakes but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. They certainly updated it and made the story a little more realistic in some ways but then again, they also messed up in many ways. Not bad but not great, it is what it is, you'll probably know whether it's for you by looking at the poster.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009, PG-13)
Another childhood favourite ruined...again. OK, so I can't fault the special effects, they are very impressive. It's just everything else that is so woefully bad. Michael Bay couldn't be bothered giving this film any structure what so ever so I shall do the same with my review and just list what I didn't like about it.
Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy 2009, Unrated)
Nutcracker in 3D 2010, PG)
Cars 2 2011, G)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011, PG-13)
Shia LaBeouf was quoted as saying that 'We dropped the ball on the last one, next time we're really upping our game'. So now he's a liar as well as an annoying actor. I have referred to Megan Fox as a blow-up doll before but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley surpasses her dramatically. If you pause any of her scenes, look close and you can see a valve sticking out of her neck with a tiny 'Keep away from naked flames' label attached. So again, all women are portrayed as sex objects - or are they? No, Frances McDormand has joined the cast to smash any misconceptions that these films are sexist - Mrs McDormand plays a nagging headmistress type instead, so pats on the back all round there. Seriously though, Frances McDormand what are you doing? John Turturro what are you doing? John Malkovich what are you doing? Getting paid very well I hope! Ok, so here is something I liked about the movie. I liked the whole moon story and getting Buzz Aldrin to play himself was a great move. I also liked Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Sentinel Prime although the Star Trek puns wore very thin very quickly. I hated everything else but then it's pretty much the same as the two previous films and I hated them also.
Gods Behaving Badly 2012, Unrated)
Fading Gigolo 2013, R)