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THE WAR WITH GRANDPA by The Flick Fanatics (Karl S)

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The War with Grandpa Review

Starring:

Robert DeNiro – Ed (Grandpa)

Oakes Fegley- Peter

Christopher Walken – Jerry

If a relative moves in to your room, it means WAR!

Robert DeNiro stars in the new family comedy “The War with Grandpa”, as a senior made to move in with his family sending his grandson out of his room and up to the attic. The War with Grandpa also stars Uma Thurman as Sally, Ed’s daughter married to Arthur (Rob Riggle) and their two kids Mia (Laura Marano) and Peter (Fegley).

Ed (DeNiro), a retired homebuilder and widower, is struggling to adapt to the modern ways of life after he lost his wife. He is arrested after shoplifting at the local store when he wasn’t able to use the self-checkout, having his daughter bail him out and demand he move in with her family. Ed agrees and pleases almost the entire family…Arthur who still feels that Ed dislikes him and most of all Peter who is booted up to the attic to make room for Grandpa. Peters first few nights in the attic have him chased by a bat and run into a rafter, the roof leaking on to his pillow as he tried to sleep. After talking to his friends at school, Peter decides to declare war on Grandpa and the winner gets the room.

 

Ed wakes to find a letter in his room with a declaration of war from his grandson. Thinking it was a joke he just ignored it. After using foam sealant for shaving cream Ed realized Peter was for real. Ed sits Peter down and clarifies the rules of engagement, NO ONE is to be told about the war and no collateral damage (no pranking anyone else in the family). You know that means the entire family is on the front line!

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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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JOKER review

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Put On a Happy Face

Over the years, we have been treated with numerous cinematic versions of the Joker aka the Clown Prince of Gotham.  On the heels of Heath Ledger’s legendary performance, Joaquin Phoenix is tasked to follow with a version of his own.  “Joker” follows a struggling man in Gotham City, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), as he survives the harsh times by working as a clown.  It becomes very apparent that Arthur also suffers from Continue reading