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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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SILENCE review

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Sometimes Silence is the Deadliest Sound

In 1966, Shūsaku Endō published his critically-acclaimed novel “Silence”.  For the last 30 years, Director Martin Scorsese has been attempting to faithfully-adapt the source material and he has finally achieved his great mission.  “Silence” follows the story of two Portuguese, Christian missionaries in 17th Century Japan as they attempt to find their long, lost priest, Father Ferreira, who has allegedly Continue reading