Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Newly restored and edited, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone marks the definitive ending of the saga. Maybe it is because I was younger but I don’t remember the third film being so bad.  Come to think of it, I’m not even sure if I did see the third film.  I would need to ask my uncle since he owned the first two films on VHS.  In reading over Wikipedia, I…

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The Godfather Part II: One of the Best Films Ever

The Oscar-winning The Godfather Part II continues the story of the Corleone family while switching between present day and earlier timelines. Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo team up again to further the Corleone saga.  A lot of franchises suffer from wanting to repeat all the beats that help make the first film a success.  The Godfather Part II is able to succeed where many sequels are doomed to failure.  I give Coppola credit for…

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The Godfather Is An Epic Masterpiece

Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning film, The Godfather, remains an epic masterpiece and one of the greatest cinematic achievements. At this point, there really isn’t anything else that can be said about the film.  Francis Ford Coppola took Mario Puzo’s epic novel and turned it into a masterpiece.  More than that, one book would become the basis for three different films.  This is before Puzo decided to write a sequel to his novel. Marlon Brando stars…

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Hunters: This Series Isn’t For Everyone

Amazon’s newest television series, Hunters, follows a team of Nazi Hunters–led by Meyer Offerman–living in New York City in 1977. To say that the first half of the series didn’t sit well with me would not be an understatement.  The tone is somewhere closer to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds than Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.  Don’t even think about comparisons to Best Picture nominee Jojo Rabbit because the two couldn’t be more different in tone. Where…

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The Irishman: Another Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Irishman utilizes current de-aging technology but the film is another epic masterpiece in filmmaking from Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Netflix may have released Roma last year but The Irishman is its biggest test yet.  With a legendary filmmaker at the helm, it shows that Netflix isn’t playing around.  Scorsese is a legend in the industry–this goes without saying.  The only question now is will those among the old guard consider this film during awards…

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: I Have Words

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes us back to 1969 in a way that only Quentin Tarantino can do so, while completely wasting Margot Robbie. After viewing the film, I can safely say that Inglorious Basterds remains my favorite Quentin Tarantino film.  While the third act of Hollywood is entertaining, I really wish I could say more about the rest of the film.  For the large majority, we’re viewing the film through actor Rick…

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