The Irishman

The Irishman is a crime drama that feels like the final segment from three of the genre’s giants, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorcese.  A stand alone piece the film feels nostalgic, familiar  and almost conclusive of the body of work the three of them have produced in the world of mobsters, power and politics. It’s like a parting gift for the audience to indulge in with them, one last time. Based on the 2004 memoir I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman dramatizes the life of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a lowly paid Philadelphia truck driver who moonlighted as a killer for mafia bigwigs Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and Angelo Bruno (Harvey Keitel).  After joining the ranks Frank Sheeran is introduced to James Hoffa (Al Pacino) the American labour union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT),  a familiar but fading name from history who during…

Gyllenhaal: 9 Stories

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a 27-year-old man who loses both his legs in the 2013 bombing on Boylston Street in the film “Stronger”.  Gyllenhaal is said to have delivered an incredibly powerful performance which in test screenings with amputees received overwhelmingly positive feedback. It’s also the first project from Nine Stories, Gyllenhaal’s production company which he launched with producer Riva Marker with whom he is developing a range of projects bringing together the best of Indie film talent out there right now. So what’s on ‘Nine Stories’ upcoming slate their aims and ambitions. Gyllenhaal has two goals in mind. “One is to find the material I can do as an actor. And also, it’s to champion the filmmakers we love.” He notes that whenever he’s not appearing in a project, he’ll be more involved behind the camera only. ‘Nine Stories’ slate is a mix of sizes and genres, the company just…