This week’s topic could be a list of classics but I’m really lousy with watching and liking old movies. And I know that I probably have seen many crime family movies from the late 80’s as well as 90’s, but most of them are a blur. And I guess I’m trying to find an excuse for this list not including the obvious choices one might mention under this theme. That being said, I think I make it up by at least recommending the most obvious one.
If I’d go back and check all my Thursday Movie Pick recommendations, I’d probably realise that The Godfather is the oldest movie I’ve ever recommended. The thing is, I tend to be very impatient with classics (this one is almost 3 hours long), and it’s a shame to say so, because The Godfather is brilliant movie making and writing all rolled into one. The story of the infamous crime family spans through three movies, other two which I have not seen, and it heavily features violence and intrigue. Plus, it has stand out performances across the board. The praise the movie has, the hype, the meaning, is the reason why I watched it, and it was worth it.
Though the family theme seems to be kind of a stretch, I feel like Frank Costello’s character serves as the father figure to our two main characters. Sort of. The movie itself is a cat and a mouse situation, with DiCaprio and Damon slaying it in all the best ways possible, and Jack Nicholson takes the lead effortlessly. Even Mark Wahlberg delivers an Oscar worthy performance! The Departed is no doubt one of those great thrillers that has everything working out for it, and say what you want, I think that in 2006, it truly was the best film!
This one is a remention, which I feel like is acceptable here because I really don’t have many recommendations for the crime family theme. Alpha Dog is a great film, it has great characters and it is based on real events. It also features a father and a son character duo, both centred in the main story, which is why I decided to mention this movie during this week. The first time I mentioned Alpha Dog was because the movie features a performance by the late Anton Yelchin, and I will state it again, the movie is worth a watch for his performance alone.
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