Post by BegToDiffer on Mar 6, 2011 19:30:23 GMT -5
Hi All--I had to come and say hello because Vincent is in a movie about a mob figure who live here in Cleveland, and I'm so excited I had to make sure you all go and see the movie. Its the story about a time in Cleveland when we led the country in bombings. Yeah, that's right, bombings. It was a typical way the mob would kill someone they didn't like. It is based on rackateer Danny Greene's life and death. Anyway, Vincent places a guy who's name was John Nardi. This movie is about real people who lived in Cleveland and from what I have read, the director and co-screen writer followed pretty much the way the real situation was at that time. It opens here on Friday, and guess who will be first in line?
Post by BegToDiffer on Mar 19, 2011 17:29:38 GMT -5
I liked a lot of things about this movie. Danny Greene was a real life legend. Yes, he was one of the bad guys, but there are bad guys in real life. He was as colorful as his name. The makers promised a true to life story and they delivered. All the characters were real people. They all lived and died just as they do in this movie. There was no need to take "Hollywood liberties" with Danny Greene's story. What is in the movie is what really happend. (If anything, they left some things out, but not enough to leave holes.) There is no glamour here. It was a tough time and this is a tough movie. I remember those days, it was a scary time. A note about the restaurant/bar "the Theatrical". It really was the place to be in Cleveland. I never went there myself, but always wanted to. Also, the scenes in the movie with the news reports look a little fuzzy. That's because they used the actual news casts. Ray Stevenson is excellent as Danny. Christopher Walken as Shondeor Birns and Tony Lo Bianco as Licavoli were good, but seemed a little "soft" as mobsters. I think they could have been a little meaner. I talked about Vincent's role as John Nardi in the other thread, he's a great Italian mobster. Two things bugged me--Val Kilmer was one. He seemed uncomfortable in his role as one of the police detectives. And two, they didn't shoot the movie in Cleveland.