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« on: March 02, 2011, 05:54:21 AM »

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Saw "Kill The Irishman" tonight @ the Midwest Film Fest. Awesome true life story of how one man took down the mob in Cleveland. 4 Stars!!! - http://twitter.com/laflore...
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011, 04:38:11 PM »

http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/reviews/specialty-releases/e3ib202bb6d7fa37701ce94496b7966bc09

Film Review: Kill the Irishman
True-life crime drama about the rise and fall of ’70s Cleveland mobster kingpin Danny Greene proves there’s life in one of cinema’s most venerable genres. Performances, pacing, production design, etc. make for gripping entertainment well beyond the intermittent loud blasts of bullets and bombs.
March 3, 2011
-By Doris Toumarkine


 
Is it possible to refresh the indomitable mobster crime drama that has persisted since the ’30s classics and beyond to touchstones like the Godfather trilogy or more recent hits like “The Sopranos”? Ya betta believe it, resounds Jonathan Hensleigh’s Kill the Irishman, a hugely entertaining pastiche of potent narrative vignettes and some archival material tracking the mid-’70s criminal life and death of fearless Cleveland thug Danny Greene and his headline-grabbing exploits.

Word of mouth and critical support should kick in to drive discerning audiences into seats. Irishman’s assured, pounding, straightforward approach should also deliver to those easier-to-please, assuming they discover the film.

Bookended by an assassination attempt, the tale of career criminal Greene’s (Ray Stevenson) exploits begins as he finds work in the ’60s on the mob-controlled Lake Erie docks. Fed up with bad working conditions and the brutish union president, the orphaned bully Danny, the product of a tough Cleveland neighborhood, eliminates the old-school boss and pummels his way to the top union job.

As Danny gets what he wants professionally, he also conquers as a confidently laid-back ladies man and marries Joan (Linda Cardellini). But with mob infiltration of the docks exposed, he lands in prison. Back on the street after agreeing to sing to the F.B.I., he sees his finances sink and his wife take off.

Danny turns to collecting debts for powerful loan shark and restaurateur Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken), and shakes down garbage collectors, with the help of Keith Ritson (Vinnie Jones). Wanting to be his own boss, Danny teams up with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D’Onofrio), who proves his loyalty to Danny with a dead body packed into a car trunk.

The more Danny accrues power, the more he becomes a target of the local mafia. A fierce and bloody war ensues that has Cleveland lead detective Joe Manditski (Val Kilmer), who knew Danny as a kid from the old neighborhood, in charge.

When Danny wants to open his own club, Birns arranges for a loan from the Gambino family. But when the money is appropriated by a drug dealer and Danny is stuck with the debt, more hell breaks loose. Danny refuses to be accountable and, launching a turf war, Birns gives the order to “kill the Irishman.”

There are countless attempts on Danny’s life, but the Cleveland Teflon don (Irish style) eludes the enemy. The turf war of summer 1976 results in the detonation of 36 bombs detonated in the heart of Cleveland and puts the battle on the network-news map. (Brian Ross and Tom Brokaw were among those who reported Cleveland’s troubles.)

Having valiantly fought small neighborhood battles and found a girlfriend, Danny is determined to try cattle ranching in Texas. He brazenly travels to New York to seek a loan from New York mobster Tony Salerno (Paul Sorvino). But Salerno’s ally Frank Brancato (Vinny Vella, Sr.) hires an L.A. hit man to take care of Danny.

Kill the Irishman is highly episodic, with loads of lowlife characters killing or ducking bullets and punches. Thankfully, Kilmer’s voice-overs as lead detective help provide clarity.
Stevenson, with some studio action films to his credit ( The Book of Eli and The Other Guys) and Northern Ireland/English roots, cut his teeth at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. He’s mesmerizing as Danny and gives what could have been a familiar bum immense populist appeal (a quality the guilt-prone will find disturbing). A hulking, likeable brute with soul and charisma, his Danny bursts with pride in his Irish-American heritage as he blasts his way violently and brazenly to infamy, until the inevitable. Neither too “goombah” nor otherwise clichéd, the entire supporting cast, including Kilmer, D’Onofrio and Walken, are also a pleasure to watch.

Even DP Karl Walter Lindenlaub and production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein’s period palette of grainy brown/orange/gold/beige/faded blue tones, the many vintage cars, and the dreary Detroit (doubling for Cleveland) locations evoke the kitschy, gritty world of a besieged ’70s city. The décor, familiar music tracks and nostalgia-invoking Irish melodies convey the story’s design-challenged Midwest working-class milieu and further sustain the illusion of this sordid world.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2011, 05:23:36 PM »

Great review!  Thanks for finding it, wing.

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011, 06:33:42 PM »

Niiiice.  Very, very nice!  Thanks, Wing!

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2011, 04:52:27 PM »

WOO HOO this review has been posted to http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-irishman/ with a nice fresh tomato. The woman who wrote the review has a 71% track record of agreeing with the tomatometer ratings (if you know what this means scream real loud)
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2011, 07:27:17 PM »

YAY!!! thanks Wing, I can't wait to see this....Good job, Ray  :clap: :crush: :loveys:

Kudo's to the rest of the cast, too.. :cheer: :worshippy: :clap:
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2011, 07:42:03 PM »

WOO HOO this review has been posted to http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-irishman/ with a nice fresh tomato. The woman who wrote the review has a 71% track record of agreeing with the tomatometer ratings (if you know what this means scream real loud)

Dunno what this means.  :shutup: But I love fresh tomatoes. Yay!?!  :clap: :shrug:

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011, 08:13:52 PM »

WOO HOO this review has been posted to http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-irishman/ with a nice fresh tomato. The woman who wrote the review has a 71% track record of agreeing with the tomatometer ratings (if you know what this means scream real loud)

SCREAM!!!!!   Maybe this is Ray's big break.

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 06:02:52 AM »

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117944778/

Kill the Irishman
By JOHN ANDERSON

Ray Stevenson plays a rising criminal from Cleveland, Ohio, in Anchor Bay’s “Kill the Irishman.”

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An Anchor Bay Films presentation of a Code Entertainment and Dundee Entertainment production. Produced by Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso, Tommy Reid. Executive producers, Jonathan Dana, Tara Reid, Peter Miller, Rick Porrello, Arthur Sarkissian. Co-producers, Kim Olsen, John Leonetti, George Perez, Jeremy Walters, Tom L. Reid Jr., Jeffrey D. Spilman, Jeffrey A. Stern. Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. Screenplay, Hensleigh, Jeremy Walters, based on the book "To Kill the Irishman" by Rick Porrello.
Danny Greene - Ray Stevenson
John Nardi - Vincent D'Onofrio
Joe Manditski - Val Kilmer
Shondor Birns - Christopher Walken
Joan Madigan - Linda Cardellini
Mikey Mendarolo - Tony Darrow
Ray Ferritto - Robert Davi
Grace O'Keefe - Fionnula Flanagan
Keith Ritson - Vinnie Jones
Jack Licavoli - Tony Lo Bianco
Ellie O'Hara - Laura Ramsey
Set in the '70s and endowed with the era's crime-drama muscle, "Kill the Irishman" also suffers from the period's proclivity for cloying sentiment and a tendency to Robin Hood-ize its story of a rising Cleveland criminal. Based on Rick Porrello's book "To Kill the Irishman," Jonathan Hensleigh's film won't displace "Goodfellas" in anyone's hierarchy of wise-guy movies. But this mob-war romance could still find an audience in niche release, given its action-oriented underdog story and Ray Stevenson's oddly charismatic lead performance. B.O. could be commensurate with whatever Anchor Bay wants to pour into promotion.
Narration delivered by Joe Manditski (Val Kilmer), a cop who grew up with the irascible title character, immediately evokes "Goodfellas" (Kilmer even sounds like Ray Liotta), as does the film's cast of well-defined characters. Chief among them is Danny Greene (Stevenson), an Everyman of intellectual aspirations and Irish persuasion whose career arc takes him from longshoreman to union boss to federal prisoner to Mafia leg-beaker to union "organizer" to the man whose defiance of the New York-based Five Families (represented in "Goodfellas" by Paul Sorvino as "Fat Tony" Salerno) led to a summer of bombings in Cleveland and one of the major mob wars of the latter 20th century.

Greene's comet-like trajectory through the world of Ohio crime brings him into contact with John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio, excellent) and Nardi's rival for Cleveland mob supremacy, Jack Licavoli (Tony Lo Bianco); loan shark Shondor Burns (Christopher Walken, doing classic Walken); Keith Ritson (Vinnie Jones), who helps supply the muscle when Greene breaks with his former allies in the Cleveland underworld; and Mikey Mendarolo (Tony Darrow), a self-made garbage hauler who defies the Licavoli-Naredi-Greene alliance and provides the movie's primary crisis of conscience.

If all the guns and testosterone make "Irishman" a guy's movie, some of the more powerful performances in the topnotch cast are given by women: Linda Cardellini is pitch-perfect as Greene's increasingly disillusioned first wife; conversely, Laura Ramsey's Ellie O'Hara displays a quasi-erotic fascination with Danny as ne'er-do-well. And Fionnula Flanagan is charmingly tart in the somewhat cliched role of a gnarled old woman whose illusion-free Irishness puts Danny's Celtic-warrior pretensions in perspective.

But Greene is neither Robin Hood nor a Celtic warrior, despite all the keening pipe music that permeates the soundtrack. In fact, what the film lacks is the sense that the principal character himself has any self-awareness, any knowledge of his place is in the universe. This self-delusion probably makes for a more accessible kind of crime story, but it also keeps the film from being more than sturdy entertainment.

Stevenson, whose recent appearances in "The Book of Eli" and "The Other Guys" shows not just range but a taste for risk, reps an unconventional choice for movie hero. Like Greene himself, he's a figure who seems more suitable off-center, and yet he rises to the occasion when called upon.

Production values are quite good, notably d.p. Karl Walter Lindenlaub's work at making Detroit look like Cleveland.

Camera (color), Karl Walter Lindenlaub; editor, Douglas Crise; music, Patrick Cassidy; music supervisor, John Bissell; production designer, Patrizia von Brandenstein; art director, Gary Baugh; set decorator, Joan MacFarlane; costume designer, Melissa Bruning; sound (Dolby), Beau Williams; supervising sound editor, Kelly Cabral; re-recording mixer, Tom Ozanich; special effects coordinator, Russell William Tyrrell; video effects supervisor, Chris Ervin; visual effects, VelocityApe FX; stunt coordinator, Jeff Wolfe; casting, Mary Vernieu, J.C. Cantu. Reviewed on DVD, New York, Feb. 18, 2011. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 106 MIN.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 07:26:14 PM »

Found a review in Hollywood Reporter that wasn't very complimentary, so I won't post it. I think the reviewer was expecting too much from this film..Everything isn't a Soprano's nor a Goodfella's either. Soprano's had years in which to develop itself.
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2011, 07:53:44 PM »

Metacritic gave the Variety review a score of 70...woo hoo.  :clap: :rock:

Rotten Tomatoes uses a lot of bloggers rather than bonafide newspaper film critics..IMDb uses Metacritic on it's site.
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011, 05:22:38 PM »

As of right now "Kill the Irishman" has a tomatometer of 80%, (Hey mob I am ignoring your dis of rotten tomatoes). More reviews  althrough I am only posting links to them not the reviews themselves, and only posting ones that have good stuff to say.

http://www.colesmithey.com/capsules/2011/03/kill-the-irishman.html
http://www.movingpicturesnetwork.com/23883/‘kill-the-irishman’/
http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/reviews/review-kill-the-irishman-solid-unapologetic-gangster-film.php
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2011, 05:42:30 AM »

Found this in the fan comment section at fandango.com:

"...Could Be a Surprise Hit!
by rb_in_chicago
This movie could be a surprise hit is it is marketed correctly. I had never seen Ray Stevenson in a movie before - and I see 100+ movies a year - so I was expecting a throw-away action movie. Instead, he and the most of the cast were perfect in this gangster drama. Who knew about the Cleveland mob! The story is facinating and really captures a time and place in modern American history..."

My own rant:
Reading some of the reviews from professional critics once again makes me wonder what the qualifications are to be a "critic".  I really think most of us don't watch a movie planning to deconstruct the plot, analyze the acting or compare the director's techniques to other movies. We just want to be entertained. Could we please invent another category of "critic who just lets us in on the entertainment value of a movie instead of whether it is derivative of Scorsese, Oscar-worthy, technically flat etc. As a regular ticket buying movie fan I just want to know if my cash will be well-spent.
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2011, 06:22:28 AM »

All (good) reviews most welcome!  :clap:
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2011, 06:14:20 PM »

Found this in the fan comment section at fandango.com:

"...Could Be a Surprise Hit!
by rb_in_chicago
This movie could be a surprise hit is it is marketed correctly. I had never seen Ray Stevenson in a movie before - and I see 100+ movies a year - so I was expecting a throw-away action movie. Instead, he and the most of the cast were perfect in this gangster drama. Who knew about the Cleveland mob! The story is facinating and really captures a time and place in modern American history..."

My own rant:
Reading some of the reviews from professional critics once again makes me wonder what the qualifications are to be a "critic".  I really think most of us don't watch a movie planning to deconstruct the plot, analyze the acting or compare the director's techniques to other movies. We just want to be entertained. Could we please invent another category of "critic who just lets us in on the entertainment value of a movie instead of whether it is derivative of Scorsese, Oscar-worthy, technically flat etc. As a regular ticket buying movie fan I just want to know if my cash will be well-spent.


Amen, wing! 

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