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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Days of Thunder Gets Remastered In 4K Ultra HD

Days of Thunder, which is now available digitally in 4K Ultra HD, is the first of three films to star Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise stars as race car driver Cole Trickle, who is the burning need to win.  Businessman Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) discovers him and teams him up with legendary crew chief/car builder Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall).  The goal is to race for the Winston Cup at the Daytona 500.  After a…

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Network: Satire Celebrates 42 Years

With a powerful performance from Peter Finch, the satirical Network is relevant more so today than upon the theatrical release back in 1976. When Union Broadcasting System news president Max Schumacher (William Holden) informs Howard Beale (Peter Finch) that ratings will force Howard off the air, they talk about how things have changed within the industry.  UBS Evening News‘ ratings are on the decline and just like today, if you can’t get the ratings, you’re outta…

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TIFF 2018: Widows

A trio of recently widowed women in the city of Chicago follow in their husbands’ footsteps by coming together in Widows. The film has a few things going for it.  It’s not just tackling the women coming together and forming a heist of their own a la Ocean’s Eight but there’s also some political commentary.  The political commentary comes by way of how traditional Chicago politics are run.  We see this in how the Mulligan family…

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Deep Impact at 20 Years

Deep Impact has all the makings of a cinematic masterpiece but falls just a tad bit short of joining the all-time classics. The film starts out with Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) discovering an unknown object at a party.  This is later revealed to be a comet heading towards a collision course with Earth.  The photo is sent to Dr. Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith).  Realizing what the object his, he dies en route while attempting to…

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