FLICKANALYSIS

THE IRISHMAN- The Flick Fanatics (Karl S.)

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The Irishman 

Starring:

Robert De Niro- Frank Sheeran

Al Pacino- Jimmy Hoffa

Joe Pesci- Russell Bufalino

Martin Scorsese brings his mob epic & theory on the death of Jimmy Hoffa to the big screen with “The Irishman”.

Frank Sheeran (De Niro) is a local deliveryman in the Philadelphia area bringing sides of beef to restaurants until his truck broke drown on the highway and he meets with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci). Frank also known as “The Irishman” and a hard worker to the business owners. Felix “Skinny Razor” DiTullio (Bobby Carnavale), the nickname comes from Felix using a straight razor when it comes to his competition, meets with Frank who explains he can get him better steaks cheaper. Sheeran manipulates the truck inventory and the beef that “falls off the truck” is brought to DiTullio.

Sheeran keeps supplying the mob with meat until he is bringing an empty truck to the warehouse and claiming ignorance on where the beef went. The union protected Frank who was an exemplary employee and therefore unable to be terminated by the company. Frank’s union lawyer way Bill Bufalino (Ray Ramano) celebrate their victory with dinner where they run into Bill’s brother Russell, whom Frank had already met. Russell who was not a Mob boss but he was Angelo Bruno’s (Harvey Keitel) right hand and knew everything that was going on in the family. Russell throws some work Sheeran’s way but like any mobster Frank also took on some side work for extra cash. One such job was to blow up a rival cleaner for a friend of the family but it turns out that the rival cleaners was owned by Bruno. Bruno explains to frank and asks him to make it right and Sheeran shoots the guy who hired him for the laundry job in the head.

Frank is now entrenched in the family and is also known to paint houses which is mob speak for a hitman. Frank moved up in the family quickly and was assigned to protect a union leader named Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) who had been getting death threats. Sheeran and Hoffa were quick friends and their families became close. Frank’s daughter even did a report in school on Uncle Jimmy. As Hoffa’s popularity with the Labor unions grew, so did his ego thinking he was bigger than the law and the mob. Jimmy paid back Frank by making him the leader of a teamster local.

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FROZEN II review

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Into the Unknown

Six years after the phenomenon of “Frozen” took the World by storm, Disney is back with a brand new adventure featuring our loveable Arendellians.  “Frozen II” picks-up a few years after the events of the first film, with Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) ruling, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) still together with Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven, and the gates still open.  To tug at our heartstrings, we are treated to a flashback involving Anna and Elsa being told a story about an enchanted forest.  During his father’s reign, he tells of a Continue reading

FLICKANALYSIS

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Review- The Flick Fanatics (Karl Sides)

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Starring:

Tom Hanks- Fred Rogers

Matthew Rhys- Lloyd Vogel

Chris Cooper- Jerry Vogel

Tom Hanks becomes one of the most beloved TV icons in his new film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.

Tom Hanks stars as TV icon Fred Rogers in the new film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. Mr. Rogers brought children into his imaginary neighborhood everyday to teach them morals and values in his own kind way.

Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist and uses the pen to exposes people and businesses creating a reputation for the writer that has people not wanting him to interview them. Lloyd is married and has a newborn baby and is facing the possibility of a job change. Vogel is called into see his editor and is given the assignment of a lifetime; he is to interview Fred Rogers for the “hero” edition of GQ magazine.

Vogel reluctantly takes the assignment and decides to find out who is the “real” Fred Rogers and his wife Andrea (Susan Kelechi Watson) tells Lloyd, “Don’t ruin my childhood”. Vogel sets up an interview with Mr. Rogers in Pittsburgh in his TV studio that is home to his imaginary neighborhood. Fred introduces Lloyd to everyone as a journalist and Roger’s friend. Vogel is treated to a behind the scenes look at Mr. Roger’s neighborhood, it was like looking behind the curtain in OZ.

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FORD V FERRARI review

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They Took the American Dream for a Ride

Fresh-off his victory in the Le Mans, the 24-hour race in Le Mans, France, Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) finds himself facing a difficult obstacle in his career; he is no longer medically-able to race.  He instead puts all his time and effort into his own racing team, including his hotheaded, brash driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale).  In the middle of Ferrari’s dominance in racing, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) is open to any and all suggestions on how to improve the Ford Motor Company.  An attempted partnership with Ferrari goes embarrassingly-awry and Continue reading

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FORD V. FERRARI REVIEW- FLICK FANATICS (K. Sides)

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FORD V. FERRARI

Starring:

Christian Bale- Ken Miles

Matt Damon- Carroll Shelby

Jon Bernthal- Lee Iacocca

Bale and Damon race to theaters with the new drama “Ford V. Ferrari” that tells the true story of how Ford Motor Co. enters the world of racing.

Carroll Shelby (Damon) was the best US driver and the only American to defeat Ferrari in the rugged road race the 24 hours of LeMans. Shelby was driving an Aston Martin on an English racing team. That race proved to be Shelby’s last as he retired and began a career in Car design. Enzo Ferrari is the king of racing in Europe and never lost the race at LeMans, except to Shelby.

 

Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) walks into his factory’s assembly line hitting the emergency stop button and announced to the floor, “Walk home. Tomorrow bring me a new idea or don’t bother coming in ever again!”  Ford executive Lee Iacocca (Bernthal) takes the challenge on and tells Mr. Ford that they need to develop a sports car to entice teens and enter the racing game. Ford agrees and Iacocca lands Carroll Shelby to design the car that Ford would race at LeMans and beat Ferrari. Shelby agrees to get the car ready and race team together in less than a year to go to the 24 hours of Lemans.

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