Saturday, January 28, 2006


Some movies are so good that you'll even watch them on a Saturday morning on TNT, sliced up by commercials and their dialogue butchered with dubbing. "Donnie Brasco" is one of those films. Al Pacino gives what is arguably the best performance of the latter portion of his career (though "Carlito's Way" might also qualify) and perhaps his most nuanced performance since "The Godfather, Part II." Pacino takes a lot of guff from critics for some of the bad choices he's made the last 10 years or so, but every once in a while he demonstrates that he is still capable of brilliance (i.e., "Insomnia").

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Blogger djhlights said...

Don't forget his work in The Insider.

2:38 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Excellent choice. I almost mentioned that. I also think that Russell Crowe did a fantastic job in that movie, and in a lot of ways was more deserving of the Oscar that year than Kevin Spacey, who won it for "American Beauty."

3:18 PM

Blogger djhlights said...

Plus Christopher Plummer was great as Mike Wallace. I felt that overal the insider was the better film that year, but best actor should have gone to Denzel for the Hurricane.

6:02 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I never saw those two films, but I've heard that they are dogs. He didn't act for several years after "Author, Author."

2:25 PM


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