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The Godfather: Part III is coming back to theaters with a new edit
September 3rd, 2020 under Al Pacino. [ Comments: none ]

I am not a Godfather fan. The only thing I know about the third movie is that some say it is the worst sequel ever made.

Well, Francis Ford Coppola is hoping to rectify that in December. Paramount Pictures is releasing a new edit of the film that has been remastered. Godfather: Part III also has a new name. It will now go by Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Type that without copy and paste.

“‘Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’ is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,'” said Coppola. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”

THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleon will be in theaters and on home video in the final month of the year of the film’s 30th anniversary. Be prepared to go to the mattresses to watch it.

Are you looking forward to seeing the new edit of the movie, or do you think it should swim with the fishes? I am tempted to watch the first two films and then go see the new version of the final film in the triology. I wonder if I would enjoy it more.


How the hell are they going to do a second season of Hunters on Amazon?
August 3rd, 2020 under Al Pacino, Amazon Prime. [ Comments: none ]

Amazon Prime announced today that they picked up their killer show Hunters for a second season, and I want to know what they are going to do next. The first season ended perfectly with several jaw-dropping moments. With the last one being the biggest surprise of them all. It is because of that, I cannot wait to see what they do next and how they do it.

I know I am being vague, but it is something you have to see because it is that stunning. The whole episode was the best hour of television all year. I have never seen a show wrap things up as brilliantly as they did. Why it was not nominated for any Emmys, shows that those schmucks don’t know anything about great television.

Don’t believe me that it is great TV. I hate anything that Al Pacino is in and normally cannot watch anything with Nazis. However, the first scene in the series (see above video) had me hooked before the final shot rang out. Watch it, and then binge the whole series. When you are done with the first season, email me and tell me what you think will happen next. That and now you get why I didn’t say any more than I did?

Thank you, Amazon Prime! 2020 isn’t all bad with news like this.


Hunters is a thrilling Nazi hunting ride
February 21st, 2020 under Al Pacino, Amazon Prime. [ Comments: none ]

Before I start my review, I want to let you know I avoid watching anything with Nazis and Al Pacino. However, one day I was bored, and I decided to watch the screeners for Hunters that has both of those elements. Within three minutes, I was all hook, line, and tie up the Nazi bastards! You will see why when you watch Hunters that is available to binge on Amazon Prime now.

It starts out with Biff Simpson (Dylan Baker) having the all-American BBQ at his house, and inviting people over to enjoy. The wife of one of his workers realizes that Biff is not who he says he is. He is one of the Nazis from her concentration camp. What happens next is how I knew I was going to eat up this show.

Hunters is what Quentin Tarantino dreams of doing if only he could edit himself. It is full of action, fun, violence and so many WTF moments. It has everything from a Bat Mitzvah scene to introduce our Hunters to a spontaneous dance scene at Coney Island.

Before we get to that, let’s get to the story that takes place in the summer of 1977 in Brooklyn, NY. Jonah Heidelbaum’s (Logan Lerman) grandmother is shot and killed at their house, and he doesn’t know why. At the Shiva call, he meets Meyer (Al Pacino), a man who knew her from the camps.

Jonah wants revenge on the man who killed his grandmother and will do anything to get it. When Meyer bails him out of jail, he gets the info he needs to kill her killer. He goes after that guy, but Meyer learns of his plan and stops him.

That is when Meyer tells him the truth, he, Jonah’s grandmother and seven other people are Nazi hunters. They have made it their life’s mission to kill all of the Nazis in America. While they are hunting Nazis, there are hunters hunting them.

Travis (Greg Austin) is a sick f*ck who will kill anyone in his path, whether they are on his hit list or not. He is not the one that killed Jonah’s grandmother, but he will do plenty of killing.

He’s the bad guy, these are the good guys. Lonny Flash (Josh Radnor) is an actor with many disguises. Sister Harriet (Greg Austin), a former MI-6 agent. Joe Torrance (Louis Ozawa) did three tours in Vietnam and know how to use a gun. Roxy Jones (Tiffany Boone) is an all around bad-a$$ who can do it all. Mindy (Carol Kane) and Murray Markowitz (Saul Rubinek) were in the camps and now they are weapons experts. Finally, Jonah is their codebreaker.

Together they make up a weird bunch, but they get the job done. When they get word that there is an attack about to happen in two weeks, their timeline is moved up to stop an event that could change the world as the Kennedy assassinations did.

Will they work on their own, or will they work with the authorities? Millie (Jerrika Hinton) is an FBI agent who is investigating all of these dead Nazis. Whose side is she on? The Hunters or the hunted? She will get close to finding out who they are, but is it close enough?

You never know what to expect with each episode, but you know you will be wanting more. It is a modern-day take on Grindhouse with the groovy feel of the ’70s. So many thick sideburns. You will want to go to a disco and buy some shiny wallpaper for your house after you are done with the 10 episodes. I need and want more than that.

Like I said, I am no Pacino fan. I think every character he plays is the same one. However, on this show, I believe he is an old Jewish man from Europe. He reminded me of the Jews I grew up with in NYC. He walks and talks like they do.

Radnor does not walk and talk like we are used to. I had no idea that it was Ted from How I Met Your Mother until I looked up to see who playing Lonny Flash. That is why he is the man of many disguises.

Lerman does not wear any disguises, but I cannot believe this is the same little kid from Jack & Bobby. He turned out to be a really powerful actor who commands the scenes he is.

Then there is Kane and Rubinek, two of lovable actors who are playing spouses. They are the honey we put on apples for a good year. The show is the apples and they are the honey.

While most of the show is enjoyable to watch, even with the torture scenes, there are some scenes that are tortuous to watch. They also show flashbacks to the camps and we see what Jonah’s grandmother (Jeannie Berlin) and young Meyer (Zack Schor) went through in the camps. The sadism of the Nazis is disturbing and traumatizing.

Something creator David Weil knows all to well. His grandmother was in the camps and she told her grandson all about the horrors she witnessed and experienced. He turned her story into one where she can finally get revenge on all of the monsters. But he says if we kill the monsters, then do we risk becoming a monster ourselves?

Watch the first season on Amazon Prime now and tell me, do they become the monsters that they are eliminating one by one?


BTWF: Al Pacino in N.Y.P.D.
February 20th, 2020 under Al Pacino, Before They Were Famous. [ Comments: none ]

Before Al Pacino was shooting Nazis in Hunters, someone shot him in N.Y.P.D. You can recognize that the face of the 28-year-old actor in 1968 is the same one we know today.


The Irishman might be the best Mafia film since The Godfather
July 31st, 2019 under Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro. [ Comments: none ]

Somehow I missed that Martin Scorsese is doing a film for Netflix and The Irishman stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel. If that cast with that director does not scream that it will dominate the Oscars in 2020, then nothing will.

What is this film about? It is an “epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.”

I don’t normally like these type of films, but even I want to see it. Then again I have always been interested to find out what really happened to Hoffa. Maybe this film will solve it. With legends like the ones in this feature, they can do anything. Capiche?

The Irishman does not have a release date, but it will be playing in select theaters and streaming on Netflix this fall. I expect it to make a killing at the box office and be a hit on the service. See what I did there?


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