Interesting, it might be an East Coast thing. I've encountered these "bent nose" type characters over the years working near Philly/NYC Baltimore, so I found the show interesting.We are watching the Sopranos for the first time. I usually don't like mafia stuff, but we decided to finally give this one a chance. Ehhh, it's ok. I like the psychological angle, but I hate the characters beside Tony. I saw another series with Van Zandt set in Norway a few years ago. I just don't think he is a very good actor. The rest of the characters are well acted, I just can't stand the personalities. I keep screaming in my head, "don't hang around with these morons." But, I guess all mafiosi are morons to begin with. Why else would anyone make a large sum of money from stupid things and not eventually go legit? Maybe, because they are stupid. That's right mafia goons are morons. Send the goombah's after me. I am pretty sure a child could outsmart one of these dumbasses.
4.5/5 stars. Max
When the RYO thing was big, with these cigarette rolling clubs springing up, the guys who were running them were obviously Italians with thick Jersey accents, bent noses and track suits. The whole thing was very "underground" feeling, down to the huge machines that rolled the cigs. I just didn't understand how they were making very much money. We paid $20 a month, and they had to pay the goon at the door, rent, utilities, etc... Seemed like a poor business decision.Interesting, it might be an East Coast thing. I've encountered these "bent nose" type characters over the years working near Philly/NYC Baltimore, so I found the show interesting.
When I was opening a NJ Turnpike Travel Plaza, I observed that the electricians showed up at 7 AMand got a time card from a gentleman of a certain ethnic persuasion. I asked the Travel Plaza manager, whats his story. He said no one knows, he just shows up in the morning and clocks everyone in, leaves and comes back at 4 PM to clock everyone out. He added "we stay clear of him". I later determined it was a "no show" job they gave crime family members as way to generate legitimate income and insurance.
The NYC pipe club met at a restaurant called "Florios" in Little Italy (now closed). In the store front, there were always several large gentleman smoking cigars and eating. I never saw anyone pay. A club member said, just walk past those guys, don't engage.
The 1962 original was also very good (say 4.5/5), with Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. But DeNiro gets the nod. I still say "Counsellor" in that drawl.Last night I watched Cape Fear, a film that I would vote to be the best psychological thriller ever to come out of Hollywood.
With stunning performances by Robert De Nero, Nick Nolte, the coquettish Juliette Lewis, this film will never again give me the pleasure of watching it for the first time (that was some years ago) but whenever it comes up on TV, I'll watch it.
De Nero's scene at the end where he is speaking in tongues as he drowns was the best moment in my eyes.
An absolutely rock solid 5/5.