Gangster Movies Of All Time; The Godfather Still Rules
Bondi Beach, to Blacktown, all the way to Hollywood,
Cannes and Italy (we can't forget the Mafia connection),
gangster movies are as cool as ever. In Australia
we have to settle for Underbelly, Underbelly Razor
(now in an Uncut DVD set), and then there was Dirty
Deeds (collecting money from pokie dens et al) from
a few years ago on TV (soon to be released). Gangster
movies serve as history, entertainment and commentary.
With a combination of violence, betrayal, power and
family, it is no surprise gangster movies are so popular.
Here's our Top 5 Gangster Movies of all time.
Stone wrote the screenplay and Brian De Palma directed
this movie that reflected the violent chaos that cocaine
brought to Miami in the late 70s and early 80s. Al
Pacino gave an epic performance as Cuban immigrant
turned drug lord, Tony Montana. Lots of violence,
done in a way that makes the movie even better.
was written by Nicholas Pileggi and directed by Martin
Scorcese. It is based on the real life story of Frank
"Lefty" Rosenthal, but the protagonists
name was changed to Sam "Ace" Rothstein.
Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone give excellent
performances and Robbie Robertson did an excellent
job providing the music for the movie. You don't have
to be a fan of gambling to appreciate this classic
Francis Ford Coppola and written by Coppola and Mario
Puzo, The Godfather is an epic tale of
the fictitious Corleone mafia crime family and their
struggles. Marlon Brando gives the performance of
a lifetime and Al Pacino is amazing in his break out
Pillegi wrote and Martin Scorcese directed this real
life story of mafia affiliate, Henry Hill. With its
raw depiction of criminal life, Goodfellas
takes away whatever romance and glamour that other
movies have attributed to mob life.
The Godfather II
written by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford
Coppola, Godfather II expands on the original
by both going forward and backward, covering the origins
of the original Godfather, Vito Corleone. The epic
tale shows how crime took down Cuba and features great
performances by Pacino and DeNiro as well as Lee Srassberg
who played the Meyer Lansky based character, Hyman
Godfather Movie Franchise Turns 40...
Ford Coppola's The Godfather turned 40 this past weekend,
a surprisingly ripe old age for a movie that hasn't
aged a bit.
of the great American movies, The Godfather hasn't
stopped influencing popular culture since the day
it was released.
Scorsese owes much of his career to it, The Sopranos
wouldn't have made sense without it, and VH1's reality
show Mob Wives is a winking travesty of it.
film's alluring portrait of the mob as Old World charmers
with ice-cold hearts appears again and again in crime
films, comedies, video games, comic books, hip-hop
videos - the list goes on. In fact, nearly anything
that focuses on organized crime, corporate gamesmanship
or the glories of patriarchy - from HBO's The Wire
to AMC's Mad Men - seems unable to escape the long,
broad-shouldered shadow of The Godfather. You can
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for all its heavy themes (immigration, politics, business,
the American dream), The Godfather is also vastly
entertaining. It's a grand, macho soap opera full
of unfettered ids, violently settled scores and men
wearing enviable suits. And talk about a bromance:
Have you ever seen so many guys hugging and kissing
in a Hollywood movie?
De Niro; King Of Gangster Movies Flys Into Perth:
Visits Burswood Casino...
general public might have guessed a president were
in Perth a few days ago if they been near the Burswood
actor Robert De Niro is Hollywood personified and
as you might expect he got the super VIP treatment
at James Packer's Crown Perth.
at the launch of his restaurant Nobu Perth on Sunday,
De Niro was friendly, relaxed and "slightly scruffy"
(said The West Australian). The voice and intense
stare was true to form.
Niro said he was planning to make the most of his
just got here last night, in the middle of the night,"
he said. "We have a list of things to do and
see, so we are on it.
want to see as much as I can."
New York native said he had "no expectations"
of what to expect on his first visit to Perth, but
wanted to explore the sights before he leaves tomorrow.
very curious about the west coast of Australia and
my impressions are that it is somewhat like LA, but
I could be wrong about that," he said.
social set jumped at the opportunity to rub shoulders
with the star of such films as The Godfather: Part
II, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver.
68-year-old and his wife Grace Hightower De Niro,
56, joined his business partners of almost two decades,
acclaimed chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa and
movie producer Meir Teper, along with Burswood owner...
king of the castle James Packer and wife Erica for
the event, which followed in the tradition of Nobu
openings around the globe with a sake ceremony.
Colin Barnett and wife Lyn, Seven West Media chairman
Kerry Stokes and Christine Simpson Stokes, Adam and
Mel Gilchrist, Patti Chong, Janet Holmes a Court and
Denise Satterley were in the mix of the 280 guests
who walked a red carpet into the beautiful restaurant.
boxer turned actor Rai Fazio was quite likely the
most excited guest of all.
got a call this afternoon saying Mr De Niro requests
your company at Nobu tonight," he said.
met De Niro a year ago in West Hollywood, after they
hit it off famously.
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and Streaming Connection
Can movie theatres and online streaming live side
Its been a tough time for movie theatres around
the world with a number of factors contributing to
the decline in the number of people heading to the
cinema to watch movies. In a world that is embracing
digital technologies, the movie industry is in danger
of getting left behind unless they quickly embrace
the technologies available that will get people excited
to return to movie theatres and get the enjoyment
of the cinema experience once again.
rise of the video game industry
there are plenty of factors that are influencing peoples
decision to visit the cinema, there is no doubt that
the rapid rise of the online video game industry is
a large contributing factor. People are starting to
look elsewhere for their entertainment and online
video gaming provides a lower-cost alternative to
a trip to the cinema.
report by MarketWatch in 2020 found that the video
game industry is now bigger than the sports and movie
industry combined. Just take a minute to digest that.
Bigger than movies and sports - thats big.
news outlet reported that global video game revenue
is expected to increase 20% in 2020, making $179.7
billion, according to data from IDC.
biggest gain is expected to come from mobile gaming,
according to the news outlet, which is expected to
surge 24% to $87.7 billion. Part of this is due to
China recently lifting a ban on gaming consoles.
console revenue is expected to soar to $52.5 billion
this year, while PC and Mac games are expected to
make $39.5 billion.
their most recent report, MarketWatch
reported that whilst overall revenue was expected
to grow by 11% in 2021 to $251.39 billion, the forecast
for 2022 is just a 2% growth and a flattening out
of that rapid growth over the past two years.
this a potential opportunity for cinemas to reclaim
some of that lost audience share?
signs look good for cinemas in 2022
the latest movie releases in 2022 are anything to
go by, it looks as though the movie theatre industry
is not ready to give up just yet. Spider-Man: No Way
Home became the biggest
grossing movie of the past two years, grossing
over $US1 billion ($1.38b) in the first two weekends.
It is the second-fastest film ever to reach the $1
billion mark and suggests that this could be a big
year for cinema-goers.
in its footsteps is another 2022 release, The
Matrix Resurrections, a movie that grossed $US12
million in its opening weekend.
this is a great start to the New Year for movie theatres
around the world, it remains to be seen whether this
is a trend that continues throughout the year. With
a number of high profile movies due for release in
2022, this could be a time for cinemas to really cash
impact of streaming and long-form content
is unlikely that cinemas will have it all their own
way in 2022. Whilst it is great to see people returning
to movie theatres to watch the latest releases on
the big screen, there is no question that home viewing
is here to stay.
more studios and media distributors are developing
their own direct-to-consumer streaming services, this
starts to eat into the revenue of major studios.
derive almost half of their revenues from theatrical
releases. Although the average number of movie tickets
purchased by Americans each year has declined from
4.2 in 2009 to 3.4 in 2019 (Source: Deloitte),
studio revenues are driven more by box office tickets
now than they were 20 years ago.
is having the biggest impact on people going to the
movies. As televisions have improved, where you can
now watch movies at home in 4K high-definition on
screens with sizes up to 100, with surround
sound, people have become more willing to wait for
the latest release movies to become available on streaming
services including Netflix,
Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Stan.
major impact on the cinema industry is the consumer
switch to long-form content in the form of series.
Many people feel there is more depth to a series that
contains anywhere from six episodes upwards. Game
of Thrones was one of the groundbreaking series to
really capture the audiences attention, however,
there are so many amazing series now that it is becoming
more difficult for movies to compete with the depth
and the character development that a series can bring.
series like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and more recently,
have really captured the attention of audiences around
the world and this is something movie producers need
not just video games and streaming that are competing
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embracing new technologies that can lead to better
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movie industry is at a real crossroads. With competition
coming from every direction within the entertainment
industry, studios and distributors need to find a
way to either a) get more people back into movie theatres
or b) look at alternative ways to ensure that movies
can compete with online gaming, live sports streaming
and online casinos for a share of customer eyeballs.