And The Tanna Leaves Say—:

al pacino michael corleoneOver at, we’ll be bringing you (sometime soon) a new QUICK CUTS column to tie in with the new gangster movie GANGSTER SQUAD (2012), starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. 

 We asked our panel of Cinema Knife Fighters the all-important question:  who’s your favorite movie gangster?

 Tonight I ask you the same question:  who’s your favorite movie gangster?

 Feel free to reply.  Looking forward to hearing your answers.

 And here’s a sneak peak at the actual QUICK CUTS column, with my answer to the panel question.

 My favorite movie gangster would be Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER movies, specifically Parts 1 & 2.  Sure, his most famous scene is the “Fredo, you broke my heart” scene, but my favorite comes in Part 1,  where he’s confronted by his wife Kay (Diane Keaton) and she wants to know if he had his brother–in-law killed, and he says he won’t discuss the family business with her.  He then stops and says, “Just this once.  You can ask me just this once.”  So she asks him again, and he says, “No, I didn’t have him killed,” and of course, he’s lying through his teeth.  Great scene.

 Not the most violent gangster on screen, but Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone is one of the coldest gangsters on screen.  Ice runs through his veins.”

 —Michael Arruda




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