Tag Archives: Al Pacino

10 of the best nineties movies

20 Jan

1. Edward Scissorhands (1990). Edward (Johnny Depp), an artificial man who has scissors for hands, is taken home by a saleswoman and falls in love with her teenage daughter Kim (Winona Ryder).



2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover,  befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman.



3. Good Will Hunting (1997). Will Hunting, a 20-year-old janitor and a genius in mathematics receives help from a psychologist to overcome his social problems. Starring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck.



4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) chronicles the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer, a popular high school student found dead, wrapped in a plastic bag, on the bank of a river. Starring: Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick.



5. Thelma & Louise (1991). Thelma, a passive housewife, married to a controlling man and Louise, her friend who is a waitress go out on a two-days vacation. They stop for a drink at a bar where a man tries to rape Thelma. Louise kills him, an event that will change them both and transform their vacation into a Bonnie and Clyde like adventure. Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Brad Pitt.



6. True Romance (1993). Clarence is set up with hooker Alabama who he fast falls in love with and they marry the next day. The next day, Clarence pays a visit to her pimp, unintentionally steals cocaine from him and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it. Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette.



7. American Beauty (1999). Lester Burnham has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter’s best friend, Angela. Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari



8. Pulp Fiction (1994). The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.(IMDb synopsis). Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson.



9. Scent of a Woman (1992). Charlie Simms, a preparatory school student, takes a job as an assistant to a blind, medically retired Army officer; a job that involves a trip to New York and a life lesson for both men. Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell.



10. Dangerous Minds (1995). Based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework by former  U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson, the film tells the story of a teacher who struggles to connect with students from lower-class and underprivileged backgrounds, involved in gang warfare and drug pushing. Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza.




10 great Al Pacino movies

9 Jan

1. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.


2. The Godfather part II (1974) continues the story of the Corleones, with Michael Corleone now in charge of the family business.


3. The Godfather part III finds Don Michael Corleone wracked with guilt for his past decisions, and in the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings as he promised years before. Coppola, who initially wanted to name the movie The Death of Michael Corleone but was rejected by the studio, stated that The Godfather series is in fact two films, and Part III is the epilogue.


4. The Panic in Needle Park (1971) portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in “Needle Park” and the love story between two of them, Bobby and Helen.


5. Bobby Deerfield (1977). Deerfield, an American race car driver on the European circuit  is obsessing about a recent deadly accident his friend had. On his quest to find out why the accident happened, he meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman who is terminally ill.


6. Serpico (1973) tells the story of a honest cop who tries to find his place in the NY police and to expose corruption in the force. The script was based on the biography of Frank Serpico, an NYPD officer, and covers twelve years (from 1960 to June 15, 1972) of his life.


7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975). The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge’s article “The Boys in the Bank”, which tells the story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972.


8. Scarface (1983). Directed by Brian de Palma and written by Oliver Stone, with Al Pacino as the main character, Scarface represents one of the masterpieces of the american cinematography. Dedicated to the director (Howard Hawks) and the screenwriter (Ben Hecht) of the original 1932 version, the film tells the story of a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami in 1980, and becomes a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 80s.


9. The Devil’s Advocate (1997). Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves), a defense attorney in Florida, who has never lost a case, is approached by a representative of the New York law firm Milton, Chadwick & Waters, who offers him a large sum of money to help the firm with a jury selection. Satisfied by the outcome of the trial, Milton (Al Pacino) offers him a job at his firm, a big salary and a luxurious apartment. Although prevented by his mother that nothing good will come out of it, he is too greedy to refuse the offer and moves to Manhattan with his wife. Soon after, the problems begin to disturb their perfect lives.


10. Chinese Coffee (2000) is one of the three movies directed by Al Pacino (so far). He plays the role of Harry Levine, an unsuccessful writer in his forties, who struggles to escape misery. The action takes place mostly in his friend’s Jake Manheim apartment (a photographer who missed his chance at being a writer) where they argue about money, relationships, their friendship and Harry’s book.