Here are some movies I have watched, and my crappy reviews of them.

The key words for the following movie reviews are “Organized Crime”.  I can’t seem to get enough of crime stories especially ones that have to do with the Irish Mob. I don’t condone the violence, but I like the attitude.

Kill The Irishman   (2011)

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Val Kilmer

Our first movie is Kill the Irishman which was based on the life of Danny Green. Due to a tough upbringing he developed a hatred for Italian-Americans including the local Mafia. After a brief stint in the marines where he excelled in boxing and marksmanship, he became a longshoreman. After growing tired of the way the workers were being treated by the underhanded bosses of the longshoremen unions he bullied his way into the union leader. Once there he began his life of crime. After a few years of being a crooked boss himself, and partnering with some of the local mob bosses, he was investigated and arrested by the FBI for racketeering. Needing work he becomes an enforcer for one of the local mob bosses. Money is borrowed, money is lost in transit, people get butt hurt, and try to kill “The Irishman” which pisses of said Irishman who goes on a bombing rampage. There were 35 bombings during the Irish/Italian mob wars in Cleveland during the 1970’s.

After a failed attempt to blow up Danny Green with a car bomb, he actually had the stones to tell the mob during a television interview that if they wanted to come try to kill him that he “worked right here” (pointing to the trailer where he conducted his business behind his own house). Finally after a lot of bombings, and a lot of executions, things finally caught up to Mr. Green. In the end, all of the violence ended up helped the FBI break up the Mafia’s hold on Cleveland Ohio.

I liked this movie. I thought it was really cool how one person was enough of a badass that he basically told the mob to go fuck themselves on national television. Before that Danny accomplished a lot. Sure most of it was illegal, but it was still a lot for a self-taught high school drop out.

 

44 Inch Chest   (2009)

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, and John Hurt

Movie number two is sort of a psychological version of Reservoir Dogs. Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) is crushed when he finds out his wife is having an affair with a young, French waiter at the local fancy restaurant. The waiter is surprised to learn that his new bed pal is married to local mob boss Colin Diamond. He is literally surprised when he is dragged from his place of employment with a bag over his head, and thrown in a van. Colin Diamond is a “mature” mob boss, but he still has enough muscle to make the waiter disappear. He’s also a real sensitive guy, and thinks that killing the scumbag that’s being friendly to his wife would actually make her hate him even more ruining the chance of them ever reconciling their relationship. There is a lot of alcohol consumed on very little sleep, so you can only imagine the amount of hallucinations Colin experiences between grabbing the Frenchman from his place of work, beating him, locking him in a wardrobe, and deciding whether or not to kill him.

When I watched the trailer I thought the movie would be a lot more violent, but it turned out to be one of those dialogue movies like Clerks, or Reservoir Dogs. There are a few scenes that involve some hand to face action, but it’s mostly taking place in one room between Colin, and the soon to be dead rival that shagged his wife of 20+ years. The action moves all around the room throughout the movie, and you end up either laughing at for feeling sorry for everyone in the cast. At first I didn’t know what to think, but as the movie went on, I couldn’t look away. I’d give it two thumbs up.

 

I have one more to review, but I need to get to class. I’ll be sure to post it when I get home.

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