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The King of Comedy

The King Of Comedy is another great collaboration between Scorsese and Deniro, yet it is not one that comes to mind to many when you think of all their great works together, however it should not be overlooked because this movie has the wit and charm to be a great comedy.

I didn't find that the movie was really a "dark comedy" just a comedy itself, but maybe that's just because my sense of humor is more twisted than other people's...

Even though Deniro is at his best when he is a charming psychopath, he can also hold his own in a comedy, yet he still manages to keep that dark side of him as he plays an obsessive stalker.

Here is a quick overview..
Rupert Pupkin (De Niro), a stage-door autograph hound, is an aspiring stand-up comic with obsessive ambition far in excess of his still-budding talent. After meeting with Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), a famous comedian and talk show host, Rupert believes his "big break" has finally come. He attempts to get a place on the show, but is continually rebuffed by Langford's staff and, finally, by Langford himself. Along the way, Rupert indulges in elaborate and obsessive fantasies where he and Langford are colleagues and friends.

This movie deals with celebrity stalking, which is very relavant in the media obsessed society like ours
Me for example, Iam totally obsessed with Robert Deniro, I would definitely stalk him (lol just kidding)

Sandra Bernhard also appears in the movie and at first shes is annoying and sort of ruining the movie, but towards the end, her "dream date" with Langford is actually quite funny.

As you already know, I love Robert deniro, and this performance is no less brilliant and ingenious to any other of his performances, so please watch this movie and see for yourself :)


My dad has been telling me to watch this movie for a long time, he said it was simply epic, so i finally did and I completely agree. It is one of my favorite revenge movies starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Pheonix who both give amazing performances.
Crowe portrays the loyal General Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when the Emperor's ambitious son, Commodus,played by Phoenix, murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murder of his family and his Emperor. The gladiator fighting scenes are really directed very nicely and the scenery really makes it believable that it is played in Rome. I don't believe there is one person watching this movie who cannot root for crowe's character to succeed and who cannot feel sympathy for him, especially after his wife and kid are burned alive and hung. So as i say to all of you, I was completely moved by the character's journey from beginning to end and is an epic movie worth watching :)


Alrite another great scorsese movie as you all know, and a lot of people say they actually liked casino better than Goodfellas, which i can personally agree with. I thought casino was much more entertaining and funny than Goodfellas (not that iam implying that Goodfellas wasn't amazing) the only thing that i hated about this movie was sharon stone! But even this bitch could not ruin this movie for me. Don't get me wrong she played the most annoying bitch to the max and she was really good at it, but it was a pain to watch her yelling and complaining throughout the movie, as deniro says "once a hooker always a hooker" and with a name like ginger what can you expect! but anyways i think we were all happy when she overdosed!Iam also happy deniro stayed alive cause I love him! I have to say that this movie has the funniest dialogue and the most excessive use of the word "fuck" (pretty much every other word), here are some of my favorite lines...(warning some limes are very graphic)
Nicky Santoro: I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that I do. For instance tomorrow morning I'll get up nice and early, take a walk down over to the bank and... walk in and see and, uh... if you don't have my money for me, I'll... crack your fuckin' head wide-open in front of everybody in the bank. And just about the time that I'm comin' out of jail, hopefully, you'll be coming out of your coma. And guess what? I'll split your fuckin' head open again. 'Cause I'm fuckin' stupid. I don't give a fuck about jail. That's my business. That's what I do.
Ace Rothstein: No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he'll keep comin' back and back until one of you is dead.
Nicky Santoro: [to Ace] Get this through your head you Jew motherfucker, you! You only exist out here because of me! That's the only reason! Without *me*, you, personally, every fuckin' wise guy skell around'll take a piece of your fuckin' Jew ass! Then where you gonna go? You're fuckin' warned! Don't ever go over my fuckin' head again! You motherfucker, you.
Ace Rothstein: You fucking mo-mo, what's the matter with you?
Nicky Santoro: You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table? You shit-kicking, stinky, horse-manure-smellin' motherfucker you. You fuck me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the fuckin' desert.
Ace Rothstein: Back home, they would have put me in jail for what I'm doing. Here, they're giving me awards.
Nicky Santoro: Hey, you fat Irish prick! You put my fucking money to sleep. You go get my fucking money or I'll put your fucking brain to sleep.
So yeah this is one of my favorite movies that i can watch over and over again and still enjoy it as much as I did the first time around, if you have not seen this movie you are seriously missing out on a great time :)

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)

Wow what a wonderful creative original piece of work! the great script and great performances by the actors add up to a totally awesome film that includes a compelling drama mixed in with ingenious humor!

For a brief summary, two hitmen hide out in the city of Bruges, and amidst the city's storybook background they come to terms with issues of guilt, morality, and redemption.
A very beautiful town indeed, Ralph Fiennes's character refers to it as a fairy tale land, while Colin Farrell's character refers to it as a total shithole

During his first job, rookie hitman Ray (Colin Farrell) accidentally kills a young boy (Theo Stevenson). He and his senior colleague Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to Bruges by their employer Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes), and told to await further instructions.
Ray's guilt at his accidental killing of the boy continues to haunt him. Ken finally receives a call from Harry, who orders him to kill Ray on the principle that the killing of a child - even accidentally - is unforgivable; he would expect the same penalty if it happened to him, as Harry is a family man himself.
The story continues with more black humor and the suspense of how the hit on Ray's life will go down. There is also kind of a weird story point that involves a midget
or as he likes to be called a dwarf lol but in the end it works perfectly!
I must commend Colin Farrell for being so brilliantly sexy and funny, and for all those who doubt he is a good actor-shame on you, because he is amazing!
Ralph Fiennes also portrayed his character very well, you see the darkness behind those eyes yet somehow he manages to be a man of his word even to the very end.

The movie had some really great dialogue: here are some memorable and hilarious quotes :)
Ken: Ray, you are about the worst tourist in the whole world.
Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.

Ray: Maybe that's what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges.

Harry. Harry! It's a inanimate fucking object!
Harry: [to wife] You're an inanimate fuckin' object!

Harry: [to Yuri] An Uzi? I'm not from South Central Los Angeles. I didn't come here to shoot twenty black ten year olds in a drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.

Ken: We shall strike a balance between culture and fun.
Ray: Somehow I believe, Ken, that the balance shall tip in the favor of culture, like a big fat fucking retarded fucking black girl on a see-saw opposite... a dwarf.

Ray: What's a fifty year old lollipop man doing, knowing fucking Karate? What was he, a Chinese lollipop man?

Overall a splendid good time, I would highly recommend to all :)
thanks for reading!!


Here is another fine film starring Al Pacino who in my opinion is incapable of giving us a performance that is false. He always delves into a character 100% to make sure he gives us the kind of acting that is self assured, always compelling and always truthful.

In this movie he works with Sidney Lumet(who also directed Dog Day Afternoon) to portray a real life New York Policemen Frank Serpico.

Serpico is a cop in the early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known.

Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.

I for one have thought about being a cop many times, but it disheartens me to see that many times the people who are suppose to protect us wallow in the corruption that we trust them to protect us from. Now maybe people like me and Frank Serpico are being naive into thinking that every cop will be as clean cut and honest as we hope them to be, but the truth is there will always be dirty cops driven by money and greed to go down the wrong path. That is why we need people like Frank Serpico who will never be tempted into the corrupt workings of the world, a man who would rather be isolated and hated than to be in conformity with unjust people.

Now back to Al Pacino. His portrayal is just as powerful and magnetic as Michael Corleone or Tony Montana. He plays Michael's and Tony's polar opposites showing us just how versatile he can be. As Frank Serpico, he shows us his unwavering commitment to his integrity so much so that he becomes an outcast, shunned by everyone around him. And in the end life shows us that the work of an honest man can go unappreciated by the outnumbered dishonest people in the world.

This is truly a wonderful film that I would strongly recommend for everyone to see. It is a journey through the angst and struggles of an honorable man trying to find the resemblance of truth in a less than honorable world, all played by the one of the greatest actors in cinema, you can't go wrong with that!

Heres Al Pacino needing a bit of a shave but still
looking good ;)

Here is the real Frank Serpico


As some of my rt friends know I have written a review for Apocalypse Now which is considered to be one of the best Vietnam war movies and now I'm writing a review for Platoon which in my opinion is equally captivating, yet is also different than Apocalypse Know for it's brutal honesty in depicting the extreme realities for the soldiers fighting.

The movie was based on the personal experiences of Oliver Stone during the Vietnam War and he manages to give us a direct look and insight into the everyday life of a soldier and the stresses that must be handled physically and emotionally.

I will only give a minor plot overview. Chris Taylor(Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. It is clearly evident that he is not prepared for the war, not that anyone ever really could be, but he seems to have a hard time adapting at first. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes(Tom Berenger) and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin(William Dafoe). A line is drawn between the two officers and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid.

Throughout the film, Sgt. Barnes emerges as the villain of the platoon as he shows no mercy for human life whatsoever, even threatening to kill a child and impulsively and inconsiderately kills anyone who gets in his way, including members of his own platoon and innocent Vietnamese men and women villagers. Many other of the young soldiers begin to display violent outbursts including Bunny (Kevin Dillion) who bludgeons a one legged man to death. Often times there are many soldiers who enter the war already deranged and are able to act on their rage because they are given a license to kill, not necessarily defending their country but using the war to act on their psychotic impulses.

Chris himself draws towards a psychological meltdown as he witnesses all the terrible things occurring around him. He becomes fed up with Barnes' actions as many of the others members that were under Sgt. Elias lead are. It soon becomes evident that the enemies created between members of the platoon are greater than the concern for the enemy they are fighting against.

The movie ends with Chris being carried home by a helicopter as he cries of both relief and sorrow looking down at the destruction that was created and left behind by the war from both sides.

The movie is one that I think is not in support of America's involvement in Vietnam as it shows many times soldiers barging into villages and shamelessly killing and blowing up anything and anyone without any regard or any knowledge of there even being any enemy there. The movie clearly shows how every soldier becomes a victim of the war and struggles with moral battles within themselves as the first thing all soldiers lose is their innocence as they are forced to many times make decisions and take part in actions that are unethical, but at the end of the day during war you got to do what you got to do to save your ass no matter what that may be and during these times you have to throw you sense of ethical and moral values out the window or else you will wind up face down in the dirt with your brains and guts blown out.

The movie also has a beautiful theme song "Adagio For Strings"

Notable Trivia:The movie is narrated by Charlie Sheen, eerily echoing his father Martin Sheen's narration of another Vietnam war movie, Apocalypse Now, also filmed extensively on location in the Philippines.

The part of Sergeant Barnes was originally offered to Kevin Costner. ( which is very hard to imagine)

Oliver Stone had an actual RPG fired towards the end. This added to the effect's realism.

Several of the actors wrote messages on their helmets worn throughout the movie. Charlie Sheen's helmet reads, "When I die, bury me upside-down, so the world can kiss my ass"

In a TV interview, Charlie Sheen credited Keith David with saving his life. While shooting in an open-doored Huey gunship, the helicopter banked too hard and Sheen was thrown towards - and would have gone through - the open door. David grabbed him by the back and pulled him back in.

Thank you for reading :)

Apocalypse Now Redux

I am going to start off by saying that I have not seen the original 1979 version, only the Apocalypse Now Redux, so im not really sure what the 49 minutes of extra footage was, however I believe that the bonus time added wouldn't have ruined the movie for me if I had seen the original before. Many people say that the extra time gave the movie an unnecessary long drawn out feel and even though I could understand that point of view, every moment to me no matter how insignificant it might have been to others gives the movie a true to the heart realistic feel. Even the frames of the stillness of the Vietnamese jungle give the movie a certain kind of beauty in the midst of the atrocities that are occurring in the war. You have to have patience for this movie to understand and appreciate it. It is not always a constant war battle in every scene but a personal experience through the journey of soldiers in the battle of war that can not only kill them physically but mentally as well.

For a short plot sum-up, it revolves around a US Army special operations officer, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) who is sent into the jungle to assassinate the rogue and presumably insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) of Special Forces. The film opens by introducing Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen), as a deeply troubled, seasoned special operations veteran. Willard has returned to Saigon from deployment in the field. He drinks excessively and appears to be having difficulty adjusting back to his life. Two intelligence officers approach him with an assignment: journey up the fictitious Nung River into the remote Cambodian jungle to find Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando). They tell Willard that Kurtz, once considered a model officer and future general, has gone insane and is commanding a legion of his own Montagnard troops deep inside the forest in neutral Cambodia. Their claims are supported by very disturbing radio broadcasts and recordings made by Kurtz himself. Willard is ordered to undertake a mission to find Kurtz and terminate the Colonel's command "with extreme prejudice". The remainder of the film showcases their journey up the river and their experiences throughout the trip which include an encounter with Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore played by Robert Duvall, who loves surfing and the smell of napalm.

When Willard finally reaches Colonel Kurtz's compound, he is met by a manic freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper), who explains that Kurtz's greatness and philosophical skills inspire his people to follow him. After spending time in captivity, Willard is lectured by Kurtz on his theories of war, humanity and civilization.

Even though you can view Marlon Brando's character as a villain, it is simply not as cut and dry as to label him as a villain. They label his character as being insane, but when it comes to war, the circumstances around you can bring out the the worst in everyone and truly drive you mad. After his experiences in war, he begins to understand and have respect for his enemy. He praises the ruthlessness of the Viet Cong because they possessed a yearning of wanting to succeed no matter what the consequences, they had a reason to fight for their country, something that the U.S soldiers did not have because they were inexperienced and unaware of their surroundings and unaware of what they were actually fighting for. Everyone can decide for themselves what they want to believe about Colonel Kurtz, it is undoubted that his soul had gone mad, but it had gone mad because he realized that he didn't really believe in what he was fighting for.

Now I must also praise Martin Sheen for his performance as it embodies the traumatic and psychological impacts that the war can have on a soldier. As many times true, after a soldier returns from war, he cannot seem to adapt to his old lifestyle without the constant adrenaline of life and death situations. He wants so badly to go back into war, where it seems he feels more comfortable than in the seemingly slow paced life outside of war. Many times a soldier cannot contemplate with the effects the war has left on him or her and they become a different person, forever changed.

I am myself personally not a war advocate, especially not for the Vietnam War, which was a war doomed from the very beginning with drafting inexperienced young boys to fight in a foreign unknown world for a cause that many did not even believe in. We lost so many innocent lives and did not even achieve the purpose we had initially wanted.

Also I would like to add that if you appreciate a good war movie, I would recommend that you read a very good book about the Vietnam War called "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'brien. I was very moved by it's intensity and realistic feel as it is told by an actual war vet.

I would strongly recommend everyone to watch this movie, new or old version, it will certainly not be a waste of your time but a few hours of a true masterpiece, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who you know will not leave you disappointed.

Thank you for reading :)

The Ref
The Ref(1994)

Oh the joy of the holidays, its a wonderful time of year for many, but for many it is the sheer horror of having to spend time with their family. I can speak for myself when I say this, my mother has that stereotypical "mother in law" who reeks havoc on the rest of the family.

This movie is about a very dysfunctional family and a Christmas Eve that is one they will never forget!
It starts with a couple (Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey) who are in marriage counseling, the session does not go well and the audience quickly learns of their problems. (Judy Davis) Caroline has had an affair, and (Kevin Spacey) Lloyd is miserable and blames the problems with their son Jesse on his wife. The marriage counselor tries to get the two of them to talk to each other, but, behaving professionally, he himself refuses to intercede on either side. The movie cuts to a criminal named Gus (Denis Leary) in the midst of stealing jewelry from a safe in a home he has broken into; however, he accidentally sets off the alarm, a trap door opens, and he lands in the basement. Only after he is bitten on the leg by a guard dog is Gus able to escape the house, but his getaway car, driven by his bumbling, alcoholic,
partner Murray, is no longer there.

While Caroline is in the market, Gus spots her and, holding a gun to her back, orders her to take him to her car. He then proceeds to order both her and Lloyd to take him to their house. Along the way the couple continues to argue, with Gus beginning to act as a referee to make them shut up, all the while regretting his decision to kidnap the two.
I can promise you, there is much more bickering and laughter as the movie goes on. All three characters are perfectly fit for the role and all three are absolutely hilarious! I would also like to mention that the movie consists of a lot of dark humor and foul language, but if you any sense of humor whatsoever, you definitely enjoy the jokes.

If you have seen American Beauty, you can see similarities with Kevin Spacey's characters. However incomparable with his oscar winning performance, in both movies, his wife cheats on him, he has a bad relationship with his kid, he also has that same humorous attitude and willingness to tell certain people in his life to so to speak "fuck off", as he did when he confronts his wife in American Beauty and when he confronts his overbearing mother in this movie.

The bottom line is that you should definitely see this movie, if you want a hour and a half of pure twisted fun

The Shawshank Redemption

After hearing how great this movie was from everyone, i finally checked it out. It is definitely up there in the ranks as one of my favorite movies and one that I can watch over and over again.
The Film was written and directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.The film portrays the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of being innocent. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis "Red" Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.
Tim Robbin's character instantly emerges as a hero and the friendship that he forms with Morgan Freeman is simply wonderful. They both give memorable performances,Freeman's narration itself made this moving worth watching.
This movie does a great job at portraying the harsh realities of prison time, but also showing that the presence of hope can be found in seemingly hopeless situations
The film also provides a great illustration of how characters can be free, even in prison, or unfree, even in freedom- one of the elderly inmates, Brooks has been in prison for so long, has been so accustomed to its ways that he simply cannot adjust to the outside world and so he commits suicide. After being released for parole Red is also finding it hard to adjust to a normal life and leads us to believe he will follow in the same path as Brooks until he decides to follow Andy's advice to visit Buxton where he finds money and a note from Andy telling him to travel to Mexico where they are later reunited on the beach
I was extremely satisfied with the ending, for it is not always that the main characters you root for end up the way you want them to, i have to say Tim Robbin's escape was indeed the best prison break ever!
I should also not forget to mention the amazing score of the movie and "Letter Duet" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
If you have not seen this movie, go see it now :)
now i leave you with some memorable quotes:
Warden Samuel Norton: I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.
Red: [narrating] I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.
Andy Dufresne: That's the beauty of music. They can't get that from you... Haven't you ever felt that way about music?
Red: Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.
Andy Dufresne: Yeah. The funny thing is - on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.
Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies
Red: Get busy living, or get busy dying
thnks for reading :)

A History of Violence

If you are interested in crime/mob films, this is definitely one you should check out. Don't expect to see Goodfellas though, cause this movie is a bit more serious and it starts out a little slow plotwise, but gets better as you watch.
Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a local restaurant owner in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. One night two men attempt to kill one of the employees and rob the restaurant. Tom deftly kills both robbers, and his actions make him an overnight celebrity. He is soon visited by scarred gangster Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) who alleges that Tom is actually a gangster named Joey Cusack, who used to run with him in the local Irish Mob in Philadelphia. Tom denies these accusations and claims he has never been to Philadelphia, but Fogarty continues to stalk the Stall family. Under pressure from Fogarty and his newfound fame, Tom's relationships with his wife Edie (Maria Bello), and his two children become strained. There is more violence throughout the movie as Tom continues to demonstrate his old mob ways, killing many more members of the Philly mob, including his own brother. Tom finally admits to his wife that he is actually Joey Cusack, and that he ran away from Philadelphia to escape his criminal past and start a new life. this causes a lot of tension in their marriages resulting in a violent sex scene. and as the movie goes on the fate of his marriage and the future of his life as Tom Stall is uncertain, but what is certain is that Viggo Mortensen is a great actor, who portrays mobsters really well as he did in Eastern Promises, which was also directed by David Cronenberg, another great movie you should also check out. overall it is a great movie and i hope you enjoy it :)

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

oh god i noe another review about taxi driver saying how amazing it is, but this is one of my favorite movies of all time and i cant turn my back on a review of it. and yes we all noe robert deniro is so damn gud at what he does that there really arent any words to describe it, especially this performance. travis bickle is probably one of the most relate able characters in history because a part of us all understands where hes coming from and that hes not actually a villain just a troubled soul who is just a product of his fucked up environment. martin scorsese really portrays the harsh realities of life in new york and yes it can really drive a person mad! iam mind boggled about the things i see on the streets of new york and yes sometimes i feel like killing the president too, i thnk we all do(not obama, but bush probably yes) only i dnt act on all of my feelings and buy all kinds of differet guns, i just bitch about the things i hate. the only thing that probably could hav saved him was falling in love and realizing that there are gud things in life, but after betsy dumps him, he feels there is no hope for true love. and he tries to save jodie foster who is just a kid from prostitution so that he can do something good in the world even though he doesn't believe there is to much good left and i thnk tht makes him more than anything a hero and not a villain :) thnks for reading

Cape Fear
Cape Fear(1991)

Another one of scorsese's great movies and one of deniro's greatest performances. Maybe iam just biased because i love robert deniro so much that i can even root for a character like max cady, but i just couldn't help it. besides the fact tht he is a brutal psychopath, max cady can also be very charming and funny, especially with that southern accent, not forgeting to mention that he is also very sexy lol and in some way he does deserve to get revenge cause his lawyer did withhold evidence, but of course not the revenge that he thnks is fit. i thnk the newer version was better than the old one and robert deniro is definitly better suited for max cady than robert mitchum was. overall it is a great movie that i can always watch over and over again!!!!!:)

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

Don't get me wrong this was probably one of the best movies of the year, but i was very disappointed with mark walhberg's performance, i feel like he brought the movie down a bit. I almost feel like he didnt really give a damn about his character, i felt no emotion from him whatsoever. and then you have an actor like christain bale who makes walhberg look obsolete in comparison. Bale is one of the greatest actors in hollywood today and has not really been given the attention he deserves, but with this amazing performance, he is going to not only win the oscar but a lot more respect in hollywood. I also wasn't really feeling amy adams as the trashy white girl with the attitude, i doesnt really fit her, but she did try at least that much i cant say for walhberg. Mellisa Leo was also excellent, i hav nothing bad to say about her. And even though the plot line was completely predictable from begining to end, i still was engaged to watch it through and see what happens and i even shed a tear at the end for walhberg's win even though he had not impressed me throughout the movie, so overall i must say this is a movie worth watching, i probably wud give it an 85 in actuallity if the tomato meter let me but since it only goes by tens ill round it up to a 90 :)