The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE IV

Today, My Peeps…

…We’re Going To Touch-Upon A Nifty Little BIOPIC

..Namely…

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

(2006)

…Starring…

(The OSCAR WINNER For BEST ACTOR For HIS PERFORMANCE In THIS FILM)

FOREST WHITAKER

…And…

JAMES McAVOY

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I Knew Going Into This Flick That If…

FOREST WHITAKER

…Was Serious About The Role Of Ugandan Dictator…

IDI AMIN

…He’d Seriously Do It Some Justice.

WAS I EVER RIGHT!!!

WOW!!!

And…

…Apparently…

…The OSCAR Voters Felt The Same Way.

I Also LOVE…

JAMES McAVOY

…Regardless Of His Role…

…Though In This Flick…

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

…I Felt He, Too, Was Spot-On.

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The Film Is BASED On The RISE And FALL Of Ugandan-Dictator…

IDI AMIN

…During The 1970s.

JAMES McAVOY

…Is…

DR. NICHOLAS GARRIGAN

…A Young Doctor Who Has Come To Uganda To Escape His Overly-Conservative Parents…

…While Practicing His Craft Helping The Local Community.

After Lending Assistance And Aide To…

IDI AMIN

…Following A Car-Accident…

…The Young Doctor Becomes Swallowed-Up In The Goings-On Of The Dictator…

…And Then Eventually Becomes AMIN’s Personal-Physician.

GARRIGAN Becomes Blinded By The Charisma And Charm Of The Dictator…

…Not Noticing (Until He Is Forced To Do So) The Horrors AMIN Is Bringing To The Local Populace.

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It May Be A Fictitious Re-Telling Of Factual Events…

…But…

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

…Is A Wildly Mesmerizing Film.

It’s One Of THE VERY BEST FILMS Of The Past DECADE…

…Without A Doubt And Fo SHO!

FOREST WHITAKER

…Really Does Give Everything He’s Got Into Playing The Mad-Man-Dictator…

…And I Sincerely Felt He DID Deserve His ACADEMY AWARD.

.Period.

I’ve Always Been A Fan Of His…

…But THIS PERFORMANCE Was Pretty Damned BRILLIANT.

If You’ve Seen It…

…We LIKELY See Eye-To-Eye.

If We Don’t?

Eh, Such Is Life.

If You’ve NOT Seen It…

…You Really REALLY Need To Make The Time For It.

I Have Yet To Watch It With Anyone Who Wasn’t Blown-Away By The Quality Of The Performances AND The Story-Telling.

Biopics ALWAYS Hinge On The Performances Of The Leads.

Will They Make Me BELIEVE I’m Watching The REAL Person???

In THIS Instance…

…I So SO BELIEVED.

.PERIOD.

It’s Almost One Of Those Times When You Say…

“WOW, This Dude Was MEANT To Play This Dude.”

After You Watch It…

…Try To Think Of Anyone Else Who Could Have Pulled-It-Off.

It’s A Tough Chore, Fo SHO, My Peeps!

😉

He Has NO Remorse: CHRISTOPHER WALKEN is FRANK WHITE: “KING OF NEW YORK”

So…

…Y’all Want It HARDCORE, Eh?!?

Well…

…Then Y’all Must MUST Check-Out…

KING OF NEW YORK

(1990)

.PERIOD.

… … …

KING OF NEW YORK

…Is…

…A TOTALLY AWESOME…

…BANG-BANG SHOOT’EM-UP FLICK…

…With…

…A TOTALLY AWESOME CAST…

…TOTALLY SUPPORTING…

(Academy Award Winning Actor)

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN‘s

…TOTALLY AWESOME LEADING PERFORMANCE…

…As…

FRANK WHITE

…Like TOTALLY!!!

Don’t Believe Me???

Check-Out THIS Supporting-Cast:

LAURENCE “LARRY” FISHBURNE

DAVID CARUSO

WESLEY SNIPES

VICTOR ARGO

JOEY CHIN

GIANCARLO ESPOSITO

STEVE BUSCEMI

!!! !!! !!!

Yeah.

THAT CAST…

…In A GRITTY-BRUTAL-HARDCORE-CRIME-DRAMA?!?

SIGN ME UP, My Peeps!!!

SIGN ME UP, Fo SHO!!!

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The Story Is Quite Simple.

Drug-Lord (WALKEN) Gets Released From Prison.

Drug-Lord Hooks-Up With His Old Crew.

Drug-Lord Sets-Out To Reestablish Himself.

Drug-Lord Starts Killing-Off Other Drug-Lords.

Drug-Lord Sucks-Up All The Action In Town.

Drug-Lord Wants To Save A Hospital In A Poor-Section Of Town?

Drug-Lord Goes To War With The Police!

!!! !!!

Oh Yeah, My Peeps…

KING OF NEW YORK

…Truly TRULY Is…

…As THEY Would Say…

…ULTRA-VIOLENT…

…ULTRA-SLICK…

…ULTRA-COOL…

…ULTRA-BRUTAL…

…ULTRA-HARDCORE…

…ULTRA-ULTRA-ULTRA!!!

And Even All Of Those Tags Seem Puny And Inadequate When Describing It. 

.PERIOD.

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I Shan’t Prattle On And On, My Peeps.

You Get The Gist.

I’m A HUGE Fan-Boy Of BOTH…

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

…And…

KING OF NEW YORK

…And Very-Much-So Recommend It To ANY of Y’ALL Whom…

…For One Reason Or Another…

…Enjoy Flicks Like This One.

Think…

SCARFACE

…But Set In New York…

…An Hour Shorter…

…And A Stronger Supporting Cast.

KING OF NEW YORK

…Kicks Some AZZZZ…

…And It Ain’t Afraid To Show You WHERE, WHEN, WHY, Or HOW.

.PERIOD PERIOD.

😀

“A Life Spent Making Mistakes Is Not Only More Honorable…”

“…But More Useful Than A Life Spent Doing Nothing.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

AUTHOR.

PLAYWRIGHT.

CRITIC.

Received The Nobel Prize For Literature.

Won An Academy Award For Best Adapted Screenplay.

PACINO and DE NIRO -Vs- BURT REYNOLDS: HEAT (1995) -Vs- HEAT (1986)

So, My Peeps…

…Whom Would YOU CHOOSE To Win This Little Proverbial Rumble…

HEAT

(1995)

…Or…

HEAT

(1986)

??? ??? ???

??? ???

???

THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW, DAMMIT!!!

(Read "THE WORLD" as "BRADLEY")

?!?!?!?!?!?

What’s On This Morning??? “A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS” (1966)

The ACADEMY AWARD WINNER For BEST PICTURE Of 1966, "A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS"...

…Starring…

...PAUL SCOFIELD In His OSCAR WINNING Role As SIR THOMAS MORE...

…Also Starring…

...ROBERT SHAW In His OSCAR NOMINATED Role As KING HENRY VIII...

…And Also Starring…

...The Great ORSON WELLES As CARDINAL WOLSEY!!!

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

…Is…

…A Truly Forgotten Classic…

…And One Of The Best Period-Piece Dramas Of It’s Time.

If You’ve Studied Your History…

…Then You Likely Already Know The Story…

…Though One Is Never Really Sure If Any Film Ever Gets The Story Totally Correct.

Of That Point, I Shall Not Debate.

I Know What “History History” Says…

…And This Film Does Come Closer Than Most Others In Telling Said Story.

There Are A Lot Of Questions Left Open To Us…

…Fo SHO Fo SHO…

…But It’s Always Difficult Trying To Squeeze-In A Pant-Load Of Info…

…Into A 2-Hour Film…

…Fo SHO Fo SHO Fo SHO!

What Drives This Film, However, Is NOT The Story Being Told.

Honestly, It’s The WAY The Story Is Being Told.

The Actors…

…In…

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

…Really Do Their Jobs…

…And Do Them EXCEPTIONALLY WELL.

The Sets AND Settings Are WONDERFUL.

It’s Very VERY Easy To Tell, My Peeps…

…That EVERYONE INVOLVED Really DID Bring Their “A-GAME”…

…And I Sincerely Think THAT Is What Sold The Film…

…To…

…The Critics…

…The Public…

…And…

…The Academy Award Voters.

PERIOD.

A Lot Of TIME And EFFORT Went Into Making This Film…

…And It’s A Film I’ve Enjoyed Watching Over The Years.

Do Yourself A Favor, My Peeps…

…Give This Flick…

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

(1966)

… A Shot.

A Love Of History Is NOT Required To Enjoy What You’re Watching Here…

…Though It MAY Help.

It’s Simply A VERY Well Made Motion Picture.

Sometimes, That’s All One Is REALLY Looking For…

…Right?

RIGHT!!!

😉

“Rommel… You Magnificent Bastard… I READ YOUR BOOK!” — GEORGE C. SCOTT As “General George S. Patton, Jr.” In “PATTON” (1970)

I'm Kickin'-It-Back This Evening, Enjoying A Personal-Favorite Film Of Mine AND My Grandfather. I First Saw "PATTON" Before I'd Even Reached A Double-Digit Age. In Fact, I Can Remember Saving-Up $30 For The Lone-Purpose Of OWNING The Double-TAPE Special Edition On Good Ole VHS. YES, VHS FILMS DID COST $30 At One Point. That Ain't Even A Joke Or A Jive, My Peeps. BUT, To ME, It Was TOTALLY WORTH IT! It Was A Movie I Sincerely LOVED To Break-Out And Watch EVERY Memorial Day, 4TH Of July, Veteran's Day, Etc Etc. You Name A Military-Themed Holiday, I'd Bet You That $30 "PATTON" Was Watched By Myself On More Than One Occasion. It May Not Be Everyone's Cup-O-Tea, But You Can Bet Your Boots It IS One Of Mine! And As A Minor Side-Note... I Actually Had A Math Teacher Who Used To Call Me GENERAL OMAR BRADLEY (for obvious reasons). It Always Used To Make Me Smile So So Much When He'd Say That. Sheesh. I Hadn't Thought About That For YEARS And YEARS. SEE! I Keep Tellin' People BLOGGING IS VERY THERAPEUTIC!!! 😉

(Not So) Random Movie Mention: THE LION IN WINTER (1968)

“THE LION IN WINTER”

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Okie The Dokie, My Peeps…

…Here’s The Skinny.

I Don’t Honestly Know How Many MULTIPLE Times I’ve Seen This Flick.

Dozens…

…Perhaps?

The POINT Being…

…It’s A Large’ish Total.

And I VERY SINCERELY Have Felt…

…From The Moment I Found-Out…

…That THIS FILM…

“THE LION IN WINTER”

…Was THE FILM…

…Where Acting Favorite…

PETER O’TOOLE

…Was ROBBED ROBBED ROBBED…

…By “The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences” MOST SERIOUSLY.

Period.

If You’ve Not Seen This Film…

…O.M.G!

“THE LION IN WINTER”

…Is…

…BY FAR…

…One Of THE MOST Professionally Acted Films…

…In THE HISTORY Of Films.

Period.

PETER O’TOOLE

…As…

“King HENRY II”

…To ME…

…Give US…

…HIS WOW-BANG-ZOOM…

…TOUR’DE’FORCE…

…PERFORMANCE To End All PERFORMANCES.

BIG PERIOD.

Now…

…Remembering What I’ve Just Said To You…

…Think About The Rest Of This Cast.

KATHARINE HEPBURN

…As…

“ELEANOR Of AQUITAINE”

ANTHONY HOPKINS

…As…

“Prince RICHARD”

JOHN CASTLE

…As…

“Prince GEOFFREY”

NIGEL STOCK

…As…

“WILLIAM MARSHALL”

…AND AND AND…

TIMOTHY DALTON

…As…

“King PHILIP II Of FRANCE”

!!!

YES, My Peeps.

“THE LION IN WINTER”

…Was…

…Truly…

…ACTED BY PROFESSIONALS.

KATHARINE HEPBURN

…DID Get Her Oscar For This One…

…Though She Had To SHARE IT With A Woman Who CAN’T ACT.

(SIDE NOTE: No, I Do NOT Like Barbara Streisand)

But Knowing…

PETER O’TOOLE

…Has NEVER Received A TRUE Oscar…

…And Having SEEN This Film So Many Times…

…It Was Likely The Hardest Pill To Swallow For The Man.

I’ve Seen All FIVE Nominated Performances For That Year…

…And Can EASILY Say…

…HE GOT ROBBED ROBBED ROBBED!!!

😉

Random Movie Mention: TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH (1949)

Last Night, Before Drifting Off To Sleep, I Decided To Watch A True Forgotten-Classic Among Classics, 1949s “TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH” Starring Man Among Men GREGORY PECK In An Oscar Nominated Performance!! He Plays “General Frank Savage”, A Hard-Boiled Tough-As-Nails B17-Bomber Pilot AND Squadron Commander During WORLD WAR II. The Acting Is WONDERFUL, But Some Of The Ariel Photography Is Simply A-MA-ZING! Trust Me, My Peeps, If You’re Into War Movies That Pack A Wallop-Of-A-Punch, “TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH” Could Very Likely Be A Diamond-In-The-Rough For You. I’d Totally Recommend It To ANYONE That Loves/Enjoys Quality Craftsmanship In Their War Flicks!!!