The Godfather Part II
(1974)Unlike most (all?) picks you’ll see today if you make the TMP rounds, this film only has two stories going. One of those stories is the true sequel to the original The Godfather chronicling the continued ascent of Michael Corleone into full-blown Don status. The other is the prequel to that same movie. It details the rise of Vito Corleone into the same. Their intersection comes from the mere fact of biology as Vito is Michael’s father. It’s two epic crime dramas wrapped in one with one of the most debated endings of all time. I’ve been called blasphemous for saying what I’m going to say next. Robert DeNiro gives us the greatest rendition of Vito Corleone committed to film. Yup, that’s what I said. For this last thing, I’ve been labeled a degenerate. The Godfather Part II is the greatest movie ever made. Yup, I said that, too.
(2000)When I first made the transition into full-on movie buffhood (as opposed to action/comedy/b-movie guy) around 2005, this movie was recommended to me over and over for a couple of years. When I finally gave it a shot, I was thrilled to have done so. This one revolves around a car accident involving the main characters of all three segments of the film. The first segment concerns a guy in love with his sister-in-law whom he feel is being mistreated by his brother. The second concerns a magazine publisher who has left his wife to live with a model who’s leg was broken during the accident in question. Finally, we have a story about a guy who appears to be a bum who cares for stray dogs, but is actually a hitman. Speaking of canines, all of you “dog people” should probably steer clear of this one. They suffer a lot in this movie. That notwithstanding, this is still an excellent film. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu has gone to fame and fortune by helming the likes of Gravity and Birdman. This film is much more grounded by comparison, but still ranks right up there with anything he’s done.
(2006)While the other films I chose have a minimal number of plotlines going to qualify for the topic, this one goes for broke in that sense. This film tries to give us as much of what was going on during a particular day as possible, touching on the lives of no less than 22 people on a day none of them would ever forget. They all happened to be at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. That’s when and where the titular Bobby, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Taking on so much could have made this a muddled mess. However, director and writer Emilio Estevez, who also played a role, handled his “cast of thousands” excellently and created a wonderful film in the process.