"When you dance with the devil, you wait for the song to stop."
Audiences have been flocking to theaters to watch gangster movies since before the introduction of "talkies," enticed by the opportunity to be a tourist in the violent world of career criminals without any of the risk associated with the reality of the lifestyle. The genre has been dominated by the stories of desperate Italian immigrants struggling to make it in America and Italian-American mafiosos who temper their ruthlessnes with strict codes of conduct, such as in The Godfather, considered the second greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute.
But, the "face" of gangster movies has become less defined in the past two decades as America has become more diverse and moviegoers more accepting of foreign imports. Modern masters like Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma continue to elevate the genre by perfecting it, while innovative filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie and Takashi Miike have helped to broaden the genre by refusing to be slaves to gangster movie tropes. Hide your stash, check your clip, and help us choose the latest, greatest gangster movies.
Top 10 Best Gangster Movies of the Past 20 Years >>
Posted 11.08.12 by BrentJS
We love movies and we especially love movies with great ensemble casts. There's nothing better than seeing our favorite actors and actresses sharing screen time with one another, feeding off of each others' performances and upping each others' game. With a decent script and the right director, a great ensemble cast can create cinematic gold.
It's because of our love for movies with great ensemble casts that we are eagerly anticipating writer-director Martin McDonagh's (In Bruges) new black comedy, Seven Psychopaths. The plot is a bit out there, but with a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, we're sure to be treated to some combustible onscreen chemistry. Seven Psychopaths doesn't come out until next week, so help us pass the time until its release by rating the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies.
Rate the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies >> Posted 10.01.12 by BrentJS
Directors Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly finally found a home for their Three Stooges movie at MGM last year, and it looks like they have finally put together a surprising cast for the movie..
Variety reports that Jim Carrey will play heavier Stooge Curly, and will gain 40 pounds for the role. With Carrey's history in comedies, this isn't as surprising as the next two choices: Academy Award winners Sean Penn as Larry and Benicio Del Toro as Moe.
While neither Penn or Del Toro are strangers to comedies, Penn played the iconoclastic surfer Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Del Toro has made subtle comic turns in both The Usual Suspects and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, however, they are hardly two names that typically come to mind when thinking of the slapstick comedy of The Three Stooges.
The Stooges movie is not a biopic but a complete remake, with a script by the Farrellys, which Bobby described as "Dumb, Dumber & Dumbest." The Farrellys will start shooting this fall for a 2010 release. Posted 03.26.09 by Ryan