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Street Gang Month Movie of the Week – Gangs of New York

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by mobflix

Street Gang Month continues with Gangs of New York. Directed by Martin Scorsese this movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Amsterdam Vallon), Daniel Day Lewis (Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting), and Liam Neeson (‘Priest’ Vallon) in a period piece about New York Street Gangs in 1860’s.

The Civil War rages and the Natives street gang led by Bill the Butcher Cutting rules the 5 points neighborhood of New York and prey upon newly arrived Irish Immigrants. The Natives think that only native born citizens in the US should live in the US.

The movie starts with a brutal and deadly brawl between the Irish immigrants led by the Priest versus the Natives led by Bill The Butcher. The Priest dies during the melee, and his son is whisked away into exile for his own safety. After he grows up, Amsterdam Vallon, the son of the Priest, returns to exact revenge of on Bill The Butcher who killed his father during the brawl.

Daniel Day Lewis is compelling as Bill The Butcher. You know what he is capable of, yet you hang on his every action and word as he rules the area with an iron fist. In addition to a brutal, yet compelling story, Scorsese paints a picture of the chaotic life of New York City during the Civil War. In addition to the rule of law being dictated by armed gangs, competing fire departments brawl with each other as to who is in charge of putting out fires in the area. While the chaos rules, the Union Army drafts citizens to fight the Confederacy.

This is one of Scorsese’s best films.

We give Gangs of New York 5 out of 5 stars.


Yakuza Month – Movie Review: Black Rain

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2008 by mobflix

Mobflix rating 4 out of 5 stars

Our first movie for Yakuza month is Black Rain starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia and Kate Capshaw.  Douglas and Garcia are New York detectives who find themselves in the midst of a Yakuza war that makes its way to New York City.  The detectives capture the young leader of a rogue Yakuza motorcycle gang and escort him back to Japan.

While in Japan, the rogue Yakuza leader named Sato (played by Yusako Matsuda) escapes and takes out his own revenge against the detectives and Yakuza rivals.  There is a fantastic chase scene where Sato performs modern day jousting with a samurai sword while on a motorcycle.

The Japanese dectective (played by Ken Takakura) assigned to capture Sato, butts heads with Douglas and Garcia and limits their powers while they are in his host country.

We give Black Rain 4 out of 5 stars