A Bronx Tale

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You know when you can tell a movie is going to be good right off the get go. When it starts talking about the town and the people, the different characters in the town, what was going on at that time and that era. Well this is how this movie starts. The main character, the boy, narrates the film by describing his life and his story as he grows up in an Italian neighbor hood on the corner from the god father gangsters joint who runs the neighbor hood. You might be thinking this is a gangster movie right. Well not so fast Its not as much about italian gangsters as it is about this boy’s life and his influence from The lead gangster Sunny and his father who is played by Robert De Niro. (In fact the film is directed by Robert De Niro himself and filmed in the memory of his father Robert De Niro Sr.). But besides that the boy like all of us as kids is just trying to grow up to be like his role models, trying to be a cool kid to impress his friends. The kid necessarily has two role models Sunny the god father gangster and his father. There is a lot of direction the kid is getting from his to father figures Sunny and his biological father and both conflict. But really the kid just wants to do what is right so he tries to follow both which puts him in a rough place at times. But then there is a third influence on his life a lesser of the two but still takes some pull, this is his friends. Just like you and me when we are kids we all want to impress our friends for the most part. But sometimes we decide to hang around and sort of be there when we know we shouldn’t, when we know that we are going to get into trouble hanging out with the friends of ours.  This is whats going on in the kids life. Finally there is a fourth influence on the kids life and that is this girl that he likes where he tends to make decisions based on love.

This film paints a great picture of Italian and black New York in the 1960s. With Gangsters running the towns and race hate between blacks and italians. It shows a small snip bit from the bigger picture of what was going on. Meaning the story does not really go outside the neighbor hood.

The kids father plays a loving character just loving his son so much and wanting the best for him. And like any good loving father he does not want him to be hanging around Sunny the main gangster. His father tries to push his son to be an honest hard working man, as he is and to not get involved in the kind of life Sunny lives. The kid respects his dad but ultimately respects the power that Sunny holds and does not want to throw away the relationship between him and Sunny. This puts the kids in a tough spot like i was saying, but in reality both the father and Sunny have their best interests out for the boy. Sunny has the kid’s back on the street and can even be recognized as another father figure to the kid and with the kid having this relationship with Sunny the Kid learns valuable life lessons from him.

The kid falls in love with one of the black girls that goes to his school but with the segregation and rase hate going on at the time it makes it difficult for them to be together. You see the hostility and hatred equally from the italians as you due the blacks. But the film doesn’t really end up telling you what happens between the Kid and the girl.

The end of the movie is sort of depressing but there is some peace that is reach and reconciliation that is met. It never reveals what happened to the mother. Just at some point in the film she is no longer apart of the movie, which I thought was strange, unless I just missed that part. Yet with the movie being a depressing as it was I wouldn’t want to see it again. It was more of just a one time thing for me. It was neat in the sense that it put a new spin on gangster movies and it had some surprising parts in it and a great plot.  But I definitely would have liked to see a better ending. With how neat an original the film was and for being made in 1993 it was a very nicely made film. Better than most I seen from the early 90s. I’m giving this movie a Seven out of Ten.

Rating: 7/10

 

Nerve

Nerve

I was stumbling through the movie channels this morning, thats the time when I usually spend wasting my precious time watching TV or in this case movies, When I stumbled across Nerve. You see, when I am trying to choose what movie to watch one of the first things I look for is the cast and year. This tells me allot about the movie. First a great cast can make all the difference in how good or bad a movie will be. Well in this case I am a huge fan of Dave Franco and I have heard of and maybe even seen Emma Roberts before which indicated to me that this might have a good chance in being a decent film. Then I considered the year. 2016 was a decently good year for movies. I have noticed by the movies i have watched that came out in this year that they tended to be pretty good. Plus if your not watching a classic then a fresh film is always worth something to consider because it offers new and unseen filmography which always draws my interest. So, having this movie on my list and it just starting I had just about two to three minutes to scan the channels for any other possible contenders. Heck, to be honest I didn’t really want to get rapt up into a two hour movie to start my day. I just wanted a quick fix of easy entertainment to enjoy as I sipped my usual morning hot tea and ate my white powdered donuts. Any rate while I was doing all of this I was thinking about the synopsis I just read which sounded exciting. Something about people playing a game that had them do dares. Okay, so that interesting and different. With that going though my head and flipping through the channels while a little tiny box in the right upper hand corner of the TV was playing this film ‘Nerve”, I could not take my eye off it. There were so many amazing colors and neon light that just drawled me in  and made if feel exciting and new aged. And right off the bat about 5 minutes into it the plot begins, she starts the game. Okay, at this point I am hooked. I flirted with the bait and I took it. Now the film has my full attention.

You have seen movies about games and about risk and about thrill but this one has a certain edge to it. It is like ‘Tron’ in all the neat neon lights that really make the movie futuristic and new age and at the same time a little bit like ‘Final Destination’ in that there is death waiting for its moment to strike at every turn. What kept me interested in this movie was that I did not no where it was going until half way through and what I though I had in mind to where the plot was going was wrong. Basically at first I did not give the movie the credit it was worth because where it ended up going was so much better.

Nerve has a great mix of excitement, thrills, and love. Its exciting in the sense that you get to watch people do these dares that you would never do yourself unless you were on the crew of Jackass or unpractical pranksters. But what I enjoyed about the dares is that they were not unrealistic like so many movies try and throw at you. You know what Im talking about, a bunch of junk they try to project that you know could never really happen, but this movie sticks to reality.

Unlike some movies that are about games people choose to play and regret like ‘Saw’, ‘Tron’, and ‘Would You Rather’ the game people play in this movie is very real in the sense  that it could easily be done. The concept is so simple yet so ingenious it makes you think twice about what you choose to join and sign up on online.

This movie was fun In the aspect that its not just people playing some sick game and slowly dyeing off because there is no hope left for them to escape. No, like I said earlier there is love, partnership, and the chance for good to concur the evil. Plus most the time they are just having fun doing harmless dares which is fun and entertaining to watch. But there are many other characters beside the main two who are played by the actors I mentioned in the beginning. and they all play a role and a part in the big picture which I liked.

Anybody between their teens and young thirties would enjoy this movie most. With all considered I possibly would watch this movie again with a friend if asked or if there was nothing else on and I was desperate to watch something. Overall I would recommend this movie for those to see. I give it a Seven out of Ten

Rating: 7/10

About Parker’s Movie Reviews

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I always thought it would be neat to be a movie critic. Sitting in the theater or at home on my comfy chair or couch drinking my favorite soda or beer I have watch countless movies and have always had great opinions and judgments on them. I would tell my friends and my family and even some stranger I just met who didn’t really want me to spoil a good movie that they where hoping to some day watch but those judgements and critiques would never be written down for others who truly cared to hear how great or how bad some film really was. Now this is my time to share with all of you who might care about what I have to say about a movie you plan to see or maybe have seen and you want to see if another person thinks the same as you about it when all your friends think other wise.

I am very picky about the movies I see these days and I hardly will ever go to the theater to watch one unless I have a hunch that it will actually be good or els my girlfriend wants me to go see it with her. Frankly with all the movies I have seen in my life time there are few and far between that are actually worth watching. But every now and again one catches my eye as I am sporadically flipping through the channels measuring my options on what I should watch right before it gets to the point where it is to late to start watching the one movie I had in mind because now its to far into it and I would dare not try watching it with out knowing what happened in the begging… I know I sound old fashion. Your probably thinking doesn’t this dude have Netflix or Direct TV? I do or use to or it just doesn’t work any more and I haven’t took the time or spend the money to upgrade my merchandise because I  believe there are better things to do than spend all your time and money on TV, and movies. Like writing this blog for instance, This is way cooler than wasting your life away watching other people have amazing and fun adventures.

As you will come to notice if you choose to read my movie reviews Im comedy guy. So don’t get upset if you don’t see something on our favorite drama or your some unrealistic action film your all hyped up about. Not saying I won’t write on these categories either, Im just saying you will probably see a lot more Comedies. Okay, that about raps it up for what this blog post is all about. Hope you enjoy, If not, I will still have a good.