Wednesday, November 7, 2007

'My man'

One thing I learned this year, after watching "3:10 to Yuma" this summer and, tonight, "American Gangster," is, don't mess with Russell Crowe. That goes double for Denzel Washington, my hero and physical twin, who is the title-role gangster in this picture and one tough dude.

Put it this way, if Denzel ever calls you "my man," brace yourself and hope for the best.

"American Gangster" is like a cross between "French Connection" and "Godfather II," with big dollops of "Serpico" and "Apocalypse Now." Set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it's a classic face-off between a bad guy with a heart of gold and a good guy who's not always as good as he believes himself to be. It doesn't glamorize or gloss over the drug trade at the story's center, and the violence isn't easy to watch. But it's riveting and extremely well done. Great music too.

Expect Oscar nominations for picture, director, actor and screenplay. One of the best movies of the year for sure. Highly recommended. 4 gliomas.

13 comments:

Michelle said...

great review. Denzel and Russell were both awesome, and the script was pretty amazing. Well done all around.

Janice said...

physical twin?

Rita said...

That jumped out at me too, Janice.

Michelle said...

because you thought it was funny he's mention something so obvious?

Mark said...

What, you guys don't see the resemblance?

True, Denzel is getting a little bit older and probably isn't as beautiful as he used to be. But still.

Janice said...

of course I noticed the resemblance, I was just wondering what other type of twin was there?!?

Rita said...

I want off the ride.

michelle said...

hahahahaa! Spoken by a twin who knows.

Mark said...

That's really funny, Janice, and a good point too.

kateco said...

heh

Ronelle said...

Thanks Mark - everytime I see Denzel I think...hmmmm...he reminds me of someone. Now I know who it is!

Mark said...

ha!

Janice said...

I saw it last night. more glamorization than a drug dealer deserves, plus, needed an editor at the beginning especially. I have to say, the resemblance was a bit distracting, though.