Jonathan Glazer's beautifully shot gangster movie features amazing performances from Ray Winstone as a retired safe cracker who isn't interested in doing one last job and Ben Kingsley as the guy who has to convince him to do it.
Having already made \"Scarface,\" Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma teamed up once again for a different kind of gangster movie. Pacino plays Puerto Rican ex-con Carlito Brigante who is looking to go on the straight and narrow now that he's out of prison. But the streets won't let him go.
Gangster movies have come to change all of our perspectives on crime stories. Films from the Prohibition-era to those that take place in the modern streets of New York or Los Angeles allow us to enter the sophisticated minds of the gangster protagonists. For years, we've been fascinated with this movie genre and its popularity will only continue to grow stronger.
This french gangster classic narrates how a criminal group does the impossible to rob an exclusive jewelry store in one of the most iconic streets of Paris. This movie put Jules Dassin, an American blacklisted director, back on the map as he earned the award for best director at the Cannes Film Festival.
Giuliani credits his work with animals as the saving factor in his life. His love of creatures helped him turn his life around from crime, drug abuse, and alcoholism. Nowadays, Guiliani has left the mobster life behind and combs the streets looking for animals in need to bring back to the shelter. Giuliani also co-owns Diamond Collar, a grooming salon and pet store in Brooklyn. He is a prime example of mobsters and their love for animals.
The stunts are great, but not surprising; Chuck Norris is famous for the stunts he features in all of his movies. What is surprising is the number of interesting characters in \"Code of Silence.\" The screenplay doesn't give us the usual cardboard clichés; there's a lot of human life here, in a series of carefully crafted performances. For once, here's a thriller that realizes we have to care about the characters before we care about their adventures.
Meanwhile, the movie has an interesting subplot about a tired veteran cop (Ralph Foody) who accidentally has shot and killed a Latino kid while chasing some mobsters through a tenement. The veteran's young partner (Joseph Guzaldo) watches him plant a gun on the dead kid and claim that the shooting was in self-defense. It's up to the rookie, backed up by Cusack, to decide what he'll say at the departmental hearing.
The movie has a knack for taking obligatory scenes and making them more than routine. Among the small acting gems in the movie is the performance of Chicago actor Nathan Davis as Felix Scalese, a wrinkled, wise old Mafia godfather who sits on his yacht in Burnham Harbor and counsels against a mob war - to no avail. Mike Genovese plays the mob chief whose daughter is kidnapped, and his first scene, as he wishes his wife happy birthday while hurrying out the door to do battle, is wonderfully timed. Foody has some nice scenes as the tired old cop, hanging around a bar talking big and looking scared.
Ryan Gosling stars as the nameless getaway driver/Hollywood stuntman in this thriller about a heist gone wrong that endangers the lives of everyone even tangentially involved, including the driver's love. Action-packed and full of nail-biting chase sequences, the movie packs a powerful but quiet message about loyalty and selfless love.
\"Hands Off the Loot\" (\"Touchez Pas au Grisbi\" in the French original) follows a gentleman gangster and his female partner as they prepare to pull off a major heist that will allow them to retire in style. When a rival gangster threatens their plans, it becomes an everyone-for-themselves situation as the mobsters begin an all-out race for the spoils. Time Out called the movie \"a model French gangster picture.\"