The next few installments of Trailer Trash will be rather bitter- sweet. We will start with James Gandolfini’s final movie, The Drop. It is based on a Dennis Lehane short story entitled, “Animal Rescue”. Lehane also penned the screenplay.
The film stars Tom Hardy caught in the middle of a botched robbery that threatens to tear apart his small, tighknit neighborhood. Cousin Marv is a former tough guy fallen on hard times whose former bar is the scene of the robbery. Longing for a taste of his former life, Marv finds himself embroiled in the mess and aftermath of the robbery.
If the film is anything like the previous Lehane based films, look for a real and gut-wrenching story that will leave you captivated from the very beginning to the very end.
By the time 1980 hit, Robert De Niro was a true star in Hollywood, in every sense of the word. He had multiple Academy Award nominations under his belt. He had teamed up with Martin Scorsese and started a legendary partnership. Some of his greatest success was yet to come.
5. Once Upon A Time In America
De Niro was at a point in his career where working on projects he wanted to and working with anyone he wanted was no doubt his choice. De Niro was the first person cast in Sergio Leone’s final film. He had enough clout to have input on many aspects of the film, including his fellow cast members. It would receive mixed reviews, but as time went on it has become a more respected and even definitive film.
4. The King Of Comedy
A rather dark comedy directed by, once again, Martin Scorsese, makes for another great De Niro performance. His portrayal of Rupert Pupkin is torturous and almost painful. A comedian who so desperately wants in on show business he stalks his idol, late night talk show host, played by iconic funny man Jerry Lewis. De Niro’s methods were in full swing and his ability to draw out great performances from fellow cast mates really came through.
3. The Untouchables
Having made a name for himself playing mafia gangsters and gangster types lead Brian De Palma to cast him as the most notorious gangster of all time, Al Capone. Being as method of an actor as possible, he became Capone right down to the underwear. He would again receive an Oscar nomination for a spot on portrayal.
2. Midnight Run
A more straight up comedy, Midnight Run was a popular a more of a box office success than the 3 previous film. De Niro proved he could play straight up comedy alongside other great comedic actors, including his co-star, Charles Grodin. It is unmistakable that De Niro put his whole talents in the film, adding to the character and really making it his own. It is still a popular film and often showed movie all over TV and there is no doubt in my mind that De Niro has quite a bit to do with that.
The Scorsese/ De Niro teaming would prove its most prolific to date when Scorsese would come out of his comfort zone with a sports film, all at the urging of De Niro. De Niro is even often credited with saving Scorsese’s life by visiting him in the hospital after a cocaine overdose. By urging him to make the film and get back to work is what brought him straight. It would prove valuable on all fronts as De Niro would win a best actor Academy Award and the film would go down in history as one of Scorsese’s best and one of the best of all time.
There is no doubt that Robert DeNiro is one of the most talented, fearless and ferocious actors of the last forty plus years. It is with this in mind that has lead me to my most recent top 5 list, or should I say, lists. I have decided to break down DeNiro’s career, decade by decade with a top 5 list for every decade he has been relevant in the business.
The top 5 list will begin with the decade in which DeNiro blazed on the scene and quickly became one of the most respected actors, the 1970′s. DeNiro’s work was fairly limited in the 70′s but not at all to be forgotten as some of his most moving and unforgettable films would be made in the 70′s. Without any more build up, here is Robert DeNiro’s best films of the 1970′s.
5. Bang The Drum Slowly
DeNiro plays a baseball player with a fatal illness who forms a strong bond with one pitcher on the team. This was the first film in which people really took notice of DeNiro and his acting ability. Based on a New York baseball team, it would be a fellow New Yorker that would cement him and begin his legacy.
4. Mean Streets
This would prove to be one of the most pivotal films in DeNiro’s career. It aligned him with a young visionary director named Martin Scorsese. The marriage of Scorsese and DeNiro would prove to be one of the most prolific in Hollywood history. This pairing will appear many more times as these lists are written. Mean Streets is a raw, real look at life and crime in early 70′s New York City.
3. Taxi Driver
The second film made with Scorsese is the second film on the list. Playing Travis Bickle was a total master performance. DeNiro is absolutely terrifying and intense as the outcast cab driver who has crazy intentions and lives an odd life. Set in New York City it again portrays a scene in New York at the time it was filmed that people were not used to seeing and became afraid of.
2. The Godfather II
Playing one of the most iconic characters in film history, Vito Corleone, DeNiro would take home his first Academy Award. As a young Vito his role would be spoken almost exclusively in Italian, which DeNiro learned just for the role. This is the first and only time, two actors won Oscars for playing the same role. The Godfather II would go on to make DeNiro a household name and star.
1. The Deer Hunter
The character of Michael and the film are quite possibly the most emotional in film history. DeNiro is nothing shy of brilliant and fortunate to be surrounded by maybe the best performance by an ensemble cast ever. With memorable scenes like the Russian roulette scene and when Michael visits Steven in the hospital, he quite possibly became the greatest actor of his time. DeNiro was never so emotional talking about a film as he was when he received his AFI life achievement award and spoke about his scene with John Savage when he visited him in the hospital, DeNiro broke down in tears. That was enough to place this film at the top of all the movies he made in the 1970′s.
Believe it or not, Nicolas Cage IS an Oscar winner. You could never tell based on his body of work these last ten years or so. He may have revived himself, though with his highly acclaimed and highly anticipated new film, Joe.
Cage plays an ex-con thrown into a sticky situation in a small town. Just based off the trailer he looks to have returned to actual acting. He also appears to be taking a page out of Matthew McConaguhey’s book and take a rugged complex character. Time will tell if this will match up with his brilliant performance in Leaving Las Vegas.
After much speculation and controversy over story line and Michael Bay’s involvement, We finally have our first look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There has been so much discussion surrounding the plot, the characters and the origin of The Turtles. Many fans raised their voices to the point that they didn’t want the film made if it was going to degrade the characters and stories they loved as children.
Michael Bay listened to some extent and went forward with his film and we now have the first trailer and release time. Make judgments for yourself.
Doug Liman is in talks as director and producer of the the film, Splinter Cell based on the Ubisoft and Tom Clancy video game with the red hot, Tom Hardy to star. View full story on Hollywood Reporter.