Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.


Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Donnie Brasco

I like mob movies. Among my favorites are the Godfather Trilogy and Casino. One that I hadn't gotten around to seeing was Donnie Brasco. It was on cable the other night, and I saw it.

Donnie Brasco is based on the memoir by FBI agent Joseph Pistone. Pistone infiltrated the NY mob, and for six years posed as a jewel thief. The movie stars Al Pacino and Johnny Depp as the title character.

Al Pacino had been known as a great actor for quite some time, and without great writing, he still does a terrific job. Johnny Depp was still a relative newcomer, but did a great job, surpassing Pacino in my opinion, as an actor.

This is one of those instances where the book and movie both manage to stand on their own.

Here's a link to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451192575/qid=1122516685/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-1745240-4369737

... and to the movie:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004XPPB/qid=1122516973/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-1745240-4369737?v=glance&s=dvd

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