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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.


Hip/Hop-Street Gang Month Movie Review – The Warriors

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on November 3, 2008 by mobflix

The Warriors is about a small street gang in New York who has been framed for a murder they did not commit. This murder has angered the overall leader of all the combined street gangs in the City and has issued an order for their termination.

At the same time, there is a a mass migration of all New York City street gangs to attend a convention. While en route to the convention, the Warriors must avoid the other street gangs as well as traps set by undercover cops.

Several fight scenes are involved which include fights with other Gangs. Each gang the Warriors encounter are based on a different theme. The best one is the baseball themed Baseball Furies street gang who dress up in uniforms with painted faces. Their weapon of choice of course is the baseball bat. The Warriors show the Baseball Furies how to effectively use their bats.

While dodging cops and gangs and trying to clear their name, the Warriors are harassed by a DJ who has inside information for them. This DJ is like Tokyo Rose of Street gangs and sends out coded messages to the Warriors as well as other street gangs as to where the Warriors are which street gangs are out to get them

The best line comes from the leader of a rival street gang who set the Warriors up. “Warriors, come out to play a yay”.