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Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)
One of the best movies you never saw...
I loved this movie. I must have watched it at least 10 times in my life because it's just that good. Usually when I watch it, it's because I recommend it to somebody who has never even heard of it, so I feel the need to let them see my copy. They usually thank me afterwards and agree that it is excellent. It's strange that such a great movie gets so little credit. Not that people don't like it, I guess it's because most people never heard of it. It's a shame.
Next time you go to the video store, keep this one in mind. John Leguizamo does an excellent job in this movie, probably the best performance I've seen from him to this day. Doug E Doug also does a great job in this movie. Although you may not be too familiar with the rest of the small cast, don't let this stop you from checking this movie out, great performances all around. When watching this one, you really get interested in the characters as they are all unique in their own way. Johnny is a shy, honest, hard working young man who lacks experience with women. Willie is an angry man who would rather complain about his situation rather than do anything about it, but deep down he means well. Tommy is a struggling actor with woman troubles and the only one with a car. Last but not least, we have Fernando (or should I say "Vinny"), a self centered womanizer who thinks he is Italian (watch the movie and you'll see what I mean). These four friends go out on the town from the Bronx to Manhattan looking for good times and find themselves in some memorable situations. It's a lot like real life and what makes this movie so great is how the characters relate to each other. The introduction of all the characters is definitely something to see. Great directing, nice cinematography, excellent dialog and not too bad of a sound track. What more can I say.
I recommend this movie to everybody, especially if you like comedies with original jokes that go beyond cheap gags. If you like going out with a small group of friends on a Friday night looking for something to do, this movie will remind you of all those good times. I highly recommend it, so rent it next time you go to the video store.
Fight Club (1999)
Best movie of 1999!
What can I say about Fight Club? This movie is the best movie I watched in 1999, and that's saying a lot. I personally thought that 1999 was the best year for movies to come along in a long time. I don't have any complaints about this movie. The acting was great, the directing was great, the writing was great and the production for this movie was nothing less than great. I didn't even think I was going to like it at all because the commercials didn't do the movie justice. But I went to see it anyways. I'm glad I did because it turned out to be way better than I could have expected. Edward Norton hasn't disappointed me yet and if all of his movies turn out to be as good as they have been so far, I think he has one hell of a career ahead of him. Go see this movie. After that, go see it again. When your done with that, go buy it on video and DVD and watch it two more times. Trust me on this one.