July 2021 is all about the biographies. Well, at least fictionalized biographies lovingly referred to as biopics. Jonathan (@berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) explore some famous individuals’ stories through their favorite medium; cinema. This was a hard topic to narrow down just the five movies they are going to review this month as there are many big ones on their gap lists, but many of these are really long!
As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they’ve seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.
Week 1 – Raging Bull (1980)
Jonathan went for the knockout punch with his choice for week 1. Raging Bull (1980) is on the top 100 films on the AFI list and is arguably the biggest Scorsese film he hasn’t seen. Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, and Joe Pesci, the film showcases the story of real life boxer Jake La Motta. A tough film at times but one that demonstrates Scorsese’s brilliance time and time again.
Week 2 – The Age of Innocence (1993)
Corey picked The Age of Innocence (1993) mainly because of the cast. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder, who is one of Corey’s favorites. IMDb.com plot synopsis reads “A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman’s cousin.”
Week 3 – Mean Streets (1973)
Mean Streets (1973) is one of the earliest on Scorsese’s filmography, Jonathan has been meaning to check this off his list so now is the perfect time. This film stars Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and David Proval. It’s a simple premise reading as “A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.”
Week 4 – Cape Fear (1991)
For the last film this month Corey picked Cape Fear. It’s a remake and a tough watch since the plot reads “A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.” Though the cast bodes well as it has Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, and Juliette Lewis.