Six Ways to Sunday

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Arnie is basically half the guys I went to college with.

Cast: Norman Reedus, Deborah Harry, Elina Löwensohn, Peter Appel, Holter Graham, Adrien Brody, Jerry Adler, Issac Hayes, Clark Gregg

Writers: screenplay by Adam Bernstein and Marc Gerald; based on the novel “Portrait of a Young Man Drowning” by Charles Perry.

Producer: Jonathan Demme (one of my favorite directors)

Director: Adam Bernstein

Genre: Crime, Dark Comedy

Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Released: September, 1997 (October, 1998 in the U.S.)

MPAA Rating: R

It’s a Dark Movie

I’m going to level with you: this is a strange movie. Dark comedy mixed with gangster flick. Disturbing, violent, dark and somehow funny. If you’re a fan of films by the Cohen Brothers (such as Fargo), then you might dig this. In spite of the bloodshed and off-putting subject matter, this film is actually not bad.
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Bullet


Cast: Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Ted Levine, Adrien Brody, John Enos III, Jerry Grayson, Suzanne Shepherd… Donnie Wahlberg has a small role, also.

Written by: Mickey Rourke (as “Sir Eddie Cook”) and Bruce Rubenstein

Directed by: Julien Temple

Genre: Crime, Drama

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Released: October, 1996 (U.S. limited release)

MPAA Rating: There is both an R, and an “unrated” version

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Angels in the Outfield

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Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milton Davis Jr., Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Dermot Mulroney, Taylor Negron, Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey… it’s a big cast.

Writers of the original (1951): Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Richard Conlin

This version: Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Holly Goldberg Sloan

Director: William Dear

Genre(s): Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Released: July 15, 1994 (U.S.)

MPAA Rating: PG

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The Boy Who Cried Bitch

 

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pardon the Dutch subtitles

Cast (opening credits order): Harley Cross, Karen Young, Dennis Boutsikaris, Adrien Brody, Gene Canfield, Moira Kelly

Written by: Catherine May Levin

Directed by: Juan Jose Campanella

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Released: April 24, 1991 (U.S.)

Rated: Not rated (would be “R”)

Full disclosure: The first time I watched this movie (last November), I basically watched Adrien Brody’s scenes. The second time (this summer), I skimmed through to get the gist of it. This time, I figured I needed to really pay attention to the entire film if I was to review it. So I did. Also, I don’t own this film (I’ve never found an official release), I watch it via YouTube (a VHS rip with Dutch subtitles).

In all honesty, this is a very unsettling and dark story and is hard to watch at times. It is almost a cautionary tale about being a more involved parent (and seeking help for your own issues, lest you pass down worse ones).

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New York Stories: Life Without Zoe

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Cast: opening credits version: “Starring Tally and Giancarlo and introducing Heather. Co-starring Don, Jenny and Jimmy as Jimmy. Written by Francis and Sofia. Produced by Fred and Fred.”

Closing credits elaborate: Talia Shire, Giancarlo Giannini, Heather McComb, Don Novello, Jenny Nichols and James Keane.

Written by: Francis Coppola & Sofia Coppola

Directed by: Francis Coppola (credited minus the Ford)

Genre: Short film/”family”

Run time: I believe it’s 35 minutes for just the “Zoe” segment.

Released: March 10, 1989 (U.S.)

MPAA Rating: PG

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Home At Last

Cast (in opening credits order): Frank Converse, Caroline Lagerfelt, Sasha Radetsky, and Adrien Brody as Billy.

Written & Directed by: David deVries

Genre: A family drama about farm life and values, similar in tone to say, “Old Yeller” or “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

Running time: 59 minutes

Released: 1988

MPAA Rating: unrated, but I’d say it’s a “G”

Note: I did a deep dive on this one, mostly because it’s not that common of a movie. I figured, in this case, “spoilers” are helpful. 

Where We Start

Billy is a tough troublemaker from New York, trying to fit in with a Swedish immigrant family on a farm in Nebraska. There are some bumps along the way, but the story of Billy’s transformation plays out nicely in the film’s short run time.

As we start out, a prologue (black screen, white text and a voice over) provides some background to the story. “From 1853 to 1929,” the voice explains, “over [150,000] homeless orphans were sent west to new homes and new lives on ‘orphan trains.'”

We then open on New York City, 1882. There, we are introduced to Billy (Adrien Brody), who is petting and speaking to a carriage horse named Susie. He then greets customers boarding a carriage, who fail to place a tip in Billy’s outstretched hand.

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