Tales From The Crypt – Forever Ambergris (1993) Review

**I’ve done this review as part of the Tales From The Crypt blogathon over at Channel: Superhero. Every day this month, someone will be reviewing a different episode of Tales From The Crypt so head on over there & check out all the participating entries! 🙂

My contribution below is a review of the episode Forever Ambergris, starring Roger Daltrey & Steve Buscemi.

Tales From The Crypt – Forever Ambergris (1993 – Season 5, Episode 3)

Directed by Gary Fleder

Starring: Roger Daltrey, Steve Buscemi, Paul Dooley, Marshall Bell, Lysette Anthony, John Kassir, Tim Ahern, Titus Welliver, Luis Antonio Ramos, Kevin Benton

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A jaded, has-been photographer plots the demise of his younger, talented protégé when they go on assignment in Central America.


No one knows what it’s like to be the bad man

My Opinion:

For some reason, I never saw many episodes of Tales From The Crypt although the stories are the type of thing that I like. They tended to have some sort of twist, right? Growing up, one of my first favorite TV shows was The Twilight Zone (it remains my very favorite now) so it seems like I should really try to check out more Tales From The Crypt episodes. I’d probably like the stories even though the “horror” side of things isn’t really for me so much. I’m really looking forward to reading all the other entries in Channel: Superhero’s blogathon this month! 🙂

So what did I, a bit of a wuss when it comes to gore, end up choosing as my episode to review? A thoroughly disgusting one that would give David Cronenberg’s body horror films a run for their money! Damn. And I only chose it because it starred Roger Daltrey & Steve Buscemi, which I thought was pretty damn cool.

As we’re meant to discuss the episode in its entirety as well as the tale’s “twist”, I’ll be doing that now & I’ll also be including the most gruesome images I could find. So, SPOILER & NASTY IMAGE WARNING! Here we go. 🙂


Steve Buscemi is a Happy Jack at first…

In this tale, Dalton (Roger Daltrey) & Ike aka Isaac (Steve Buscemi) are war photographers. Dalton was once the best but he’s lost his touch and the younger & more talented Ike looks set to achieve big success while Dalton becomes a has-been. It was funny that Buscemi was this “young guy” compared to Daltrey (but this was back in my generation of 1993 so I guess he was a lot younger then). Anyway, I love Buscemi and you can’t help but like his friendly & enthusiastic Ike.


The kids are alright

Ike is a big fan of Dalton’s work and invites him over one night to have dinner & meet his girlfriend Bobbi (Lysette Anthony). Dalton is immediately smitten with the gorgeous blonde Bobbi (especially after later that night when he peaks through the bedroom door to watch her having sex with Ike. With her fully naked & on top, of course. Sorry, guys – I couldn’t find an image of that). 😉


“Hey, baby. They call me The Seeker.”

Naturally, the already jealous Dalton becomes more & more obsessed with Ike’s life and, when they’re sent on an assignment to war-torn Central America, he devises a plan to get his career back (and hopefully become the substitute for Ike in Bobbi’s life).


He wants her squeeze box…

While on the plane to Central America, Dalton is visited by a (ghost??) played by Marshall Bell (a total “Hey, who are you?” guy who, to me, will always be Gordie’s asshole father in Stand By Me). He tells of a village in which the population was decimated by a disease caused by some sort of germ warfare. This is when Dalton’s evil plan fully takes shape.


How do you think he does it?

He convinces Ike, as he’s his “friend”, to go to the village because he’s heard rumors of devastation that will guarantee Ike the opportunity to capture some once in a lifetime photos & to achieve the level of fame that Dalton once had. Does the trusting Ike do as Dalton says & visit the village while Dalton remains at the camp? You better you bet!

As soon as Ike gets back & joins Dalton in their tent, it soon becomes obvious that something isn’t right with Ike. First this happens:


Dizzy in the head and I’m feeling bad

Then his eye pops right the hell out:


I can see for miles

Then the evil Dalton, not content with just stealing Ike’s roll of film which Dalton will pass off as his own once Ike has taken the magic bus to heaven, decides to put his cigarette out in Ike’s eyeball:


See me, feel me

Afterwards, back in America, Dalton visits Ike’s girlfriend Bobbi to give his condolences and, of course, to hopefully win her affections as they had some pretty strong sexual chemistry when they first met. But Bobbi has other plans as she knows the photos published after that fateful trip weren’t Dalton’s as claimed.


There has to be a twist

After smoking some weed together, Bobbi and Dalton have sex, during which Bobbi reveals that what they smoked was sent to her by Ike from that contaminated village in Central America. She’s given them both the virus as she doesn’t want to live without her beloved Ike and wants to ensure that Dalton pays for Ike’s death. So as they screw, the virus causes her spine to burst and she bleeds all over Dalton as her skin melts off. Dalton freaks out & runs to the bathroom just in time to see his nose drop off into the sink. Plop! He’ll no longer play by sense of smell…


He won’t get fooled again!

Thanks for letting me join in on this blogathon! 🙂 I’m going to go watch more Tales From The Crypt now. I suppose I should give this a rating like I do with my movie reviews. I can’t really compare it to other episodes as I’ve not seen many but I did enjoy it & loved that it starred Daltrey & Buscemi, who looked so young! Definitely a little too gross for me but I do love an occasional body horror film and the special effects on Buscemi, although of course dated, really looked just as good as a lot of older movies that probably had a much higher budget. Definitely an episode that should be seen by fans of the show if they haven’t seen it already.

My Rating: 6.5/10

Oh, by the way, I wondered what the heck “ambergris” was so I looked it up at Wikipedia:

Ambergris is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish colour produced in the digestive system of sperm whales.

Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, faecal odour. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent commonly likened to the fragrance of rubbing alcohol without the vaporous chemical astringency. Although ambergris was formerly highly valued by perfumers as a fixative (allowing the scent to last much longer), it has now largely been replaced by synthetics.

Hmm. Make of that what you will from the story.

Here’s the Crypt Keeper pretending to be a photographer during the episode. His model is a bit chubby by today’s standards. Of course, her head falls off anyway.


They’re all wasted!

Studio Ghibli Month At Cinema Parrot Disco

First of all, I know it’s after Christmas but can someone please get me this t-shirt designed by FrancisMacomber? All my favorite Studio Ghibli characters together! Love it. 🙂 You can visit FrancisMacomber’s NeatoShop for this & more designs HERE.

I’ll be starting Studio Ghibli Month tomorrow with a top ten list then I’ll try to post two or three Ghibli reviews each week (as well as other reviews such as things like Big Hero 6 & Birdman and whatever else I see in theaters). I’ve watched about half the Ghibli films but I may watch them all at some point so Studio Ghibli Month may run a little longer than a month. It won’t be as full-on as my John Hughes Blogathon was – I’m still taking things a little easier on the blogging. I know that not everyone is necessarily a Studio Ghibli fan but I hope some of you will check out a couple of my reviews. 🙂

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Dolls (1987) Review

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I’ve done of review of the fantastically cheesy 80’s horror film Dolls for Tyson Carter’s ‘Recommended By’ Blogathon over at Head In A Vice. I somehow managed to miss this film in the 80s and liked the sound of it from Laura’s review of it HERE over at FilmNerdBlog.

You can read my review of Dolls on Tyson’s site HERE. Thanks for letting me participate, Tyson! And thanks for always reviewing such wonderful and somewhat obscure films, Laura! I always discover some great stuff on your blog. 🙂

Thanks To Everyone Involved With The John Hughes Blogathon

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Wow – what a busy month! I can’t believe how many people wanted to be a part of this blogathon. Thank you so much to everyone who did a review. Or five (Eric). Or ten (Rob). 😉 I’ll include links below to all the reviews. There are 54 total. 54! That’s insane. Love it! They’ll also be kept on a page at the top of this blog.

And thanks just as much to all the people who stopped by and commented on all these reviews. That really means a lot to me (and to the guest reviewers). I do apologize for having a very hard time keeping up with replying to everyone. I’ve had a busy month (in real life!) & I’m an entire week behind on replying to comments. Sorry! I’ll still get to them. I feel awful if I don’t reply to people within a day….

It’s business as usual tomorrow but I need to take a bit of a break for a while. I’ll probably just review any movies I go to see in the cinema (plus the five I went to this past month – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Zero Theorem, Muppets Most Wanted, Non-Stop, Moshi Monsters: The Movie). And I’ll start up the IMDB Top 250 guest reviews again next week. I hope all you great new followers will stick around & that the old ones will come back to read my usual shitty reviews of non-Hughes movies. 😉

Thanks again everyone! You’re the best! *MWAH!*

All John Hughes Reviews:

101 Dalmatians by Fearsome 5 (and family!)

Baby’s Day Out by Film Grimoire

Beethoven by Film Grimoire

The Breakfast Club by The IPC

The Breakfast Club by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

The Breakfast Club by A Clockwalker Orange

Career Opportunities by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Curly Sue by MovieRob

Dennis by MovieRob

Drillbit Taylor by Rhetologue’s Movie Logs

Drillbit Taylor by MovieRob

Dutch by MovieRob

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Fast Film Reviews

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by The Sporadic Chronicles Of A Beginner Blogger

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by The Dirk Malcolm Alternative

Flubber by MovieRob

The Great Outdoors by Smashing Through Life

The Great Outdoors by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Home Alone by MovieRob

Home Alone 2 by Screenkicker

Home Alone 3 by Ten Stars Or Less

Just Visiting by JJames Reviews

Maid In Manhattan by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Miracle On 34th Street by Where The Wild Things Are

Mr. Mom by JJames Reviews

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation by Tvor Travels

National Lampoon’s Class Reunion by Brian at Hard Ticket To Home Video

National Lampoon’s European Vacation by Tvor Travels

National Lampoon’s Vacation by The Sporadic Chronicles Of A Beginner Blogger

Only The Lonely by Ten Stars Or Less

Planes, Trains & Automobiles by Film Nerd Blog

Planes, Trains & Automobiles by The Cinematic Frontier

Planes, Trains & Automobiles by The IPC

Pretty In Pink by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Pretty In Pink by Tranquil Dreams

Pretty In Pink by MovieRob

Savage Islands by MovieRob

She’s Having A Baby by Rhetologue’s Movie Logs

She’s Having A Baby by MovieRob

Sixteen Candles by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Sixteen Candles by Where The Wild Things Are

Sixteen Candles by Film Nerd Blog

Sixteen Candles by The IPC

Some Kind Of Wonderful by Silver Screen Serenade

Some Kind Of Wonderful by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

Some Kind Of Wonderful by MovieRob

Tajna Nikole Tesle by 501 Must-See Movies Project

Uncle Buck by The IPC

Weird Science – special double review by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!) & Eric of The IPC

Weird Science by What About The Twinkie?

EXTRAS:

Don’t You Forget About Me (documentary about John Hughes) by Cinema Parrot Disco (Me!)

John Hughes Mini-Reviews by Mr Mutant (my hubby!)

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS! It’s curtains for this blogathon. 🙂

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Poster by Raúl Salazar – Link HERE

Final Week For The John Hughes Blogathon… And Beyond!

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Thanks again to all of you who have joined in on this blogathon by writing guest reviews but also those who have stopped by & commented on all the posts. I really appreciate it. 🙂

You can find the links to every John Hughes review HERE.

This will run through the 31st & then things will be back to normal April 1st. I’m hoping all you awesome new followers will still stick around (and that the others who have disappeared will come back! Where are you??? Lol. Come baaaaack!). 😉

I’m waiting for a few more reviews still (not talking to you, Eric & Rob!). If you think you won’t be able to finish them, that’s okay! Just let me know and I may try to review them myself. By the time this finishes, all but the two most obscure John Hughes movies should be reviewed. I may try to track those down later on as I’ll be SO close to having a review for every movie & I’m a bit of a completist. Wow. I never expected such a response!

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I’ll be starting up posting the guest reviews for the IMDB Top 250 Challenge again starting the week of April 7th. These will probably be on Tuesdays & Thursdays to start with while I try to get back to writing my own reviews, which I’ve been very lazy about! I’ll e-mail all of you in April to give you the specific day yours will be posted. I’ve received a lot! Thanks, everyone. 🙂

FYI: If anyone cares, I haven’t exactly stopped watching non-Hughes movies for the past month! I’m itching to post my reviews for the movies I went to:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (okay – will be seeing it this week. can’t wait!!!)
Non-Stop
The Zero Theorem
Moshi Monsters: The Movie
(yikes)

And some odd ones watched at home:

Bernie
Night Of The Creeps
Red Dawn (2012)
(ugh!)

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And I’m planning another blogathon (on a much smaller scale). I’m taking a looooong break, though – I won’t be doing it until September so I’m not going to exactly ask anyone to volunteer yet! But I’d like to know if anyone would be interested or not. How do people feel about another “Johnathon” & reviewing the movies of John Carpenter? 🙂

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IMDB Top 250 Guest Review Recap

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I want to give a huge thank you to all those who have volunteered & who have sent me such wonderful guest reviews for my IMDB Top 250 Challenge. I’m slowly updating the page on here and will get all your reviews linked in there soon. For now, I thought I’d do a recap for anyone who may have missed the guest reviews posted these last two weeks:

The Departed from Zoe of The Sporadic Chronicles Of A Beginner Blogger
Rebecca from Rob of MovieRob
Se7en from Eric of The IPC
The Usual Suspects from Lisa of Culturevultureexpress
Kill Bill: Vol 1 from Abbi of Where The Wild Things Are
Heat from Mark of Marked Movies
Apocalypse Now from JJames of JJames Reviews
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl from Abbi of Where The Wild Things Are
Rosemary’s Baby from Anna of Film Grimoire

My John Hughes Blogathon will run through all of March so I’m going to put posting the IMDB guest reviews on hold until April but you can of course continue to e-mail them to me.

Anyone can still join in on either project! For an updated list of the remaining IMDB Top 250 films to choose from, click HERE. (There are a few extra now that I realized I had accidentally deleted off the list). And I’d LOVE more Hughes reviews! Thanks to all those who have sent their reviews. I’m extending the deadline a little and anyone can still join. I’ll post an update on this tomorrow with a list of what I haven’t received reviews for. But you can still choose any as there will be multiple reviews of several films.

Thanks again to all of you for your guest reviews! I’ve really appreciated it and I’ll be spending all weekend catching up on all the comments! 🙂

John Hughes Blogathon – You Can Still Join

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Wow! It looks like my John Hughes Blogathon should end up with every movie getting a review!

But anyone can still join and choose any movie they want. 🙂

I’ll post the reviews in March so would like to have all entries by the 1st of March if possible. You can e-mail them to me at tableninemutant (at) hotmail (dot) com.

If it comes down to it, I’ll review any left over as it would be great to see them all reviewed in one place.

Here are the ones no one has chosen yet:

Savage Islands
Dennis
Home Alone 3
Reach The Rock

And the two he only produced which I’ve decided to add:

New Port South (written by his son)
Only The Lonely

I’ve always been kind of curious about Only The Lonely – maybe I can do that one if no one chooses it. I’m also the only one doing Career Opportunities (I better start looking for these on DVD!).

Here’s the full list again with stars next to the ones at least one person has chosen. Sorry I’m not more organized than that. I CAN tell you that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off & The Breakfast Club are both being reviewed by several people so far. And someone has just chosen that very first one, Tajna Nikole Tesle! Yay! 🙂

* Tajna Nikole Tesle
* National Lampoon’s Class Reunion
* Mr Mom
* National Lampoon’s Vacation
Savage Islands
* Sixteen Candles
* The Breakfast Club
* National Lampoon’s European Vacation
* Weird Science
* Pretty In Pink
* Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
* Some Kind Of Wonderful
* Planes, Trains & Automobiles
* She’s Having A Baby
* The Great Outdoors
* Uncle Buck
* National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
* Home Alone
* Career Opportunities
* Dutch
* Curly Sue
* Beethoven
* Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Dennis
* Baby’s Day Out
* Miracle On 34th Street
* 101 Dalmatians
* Flubber
Home Alone 3
Reach The Rock
* Just Visiting
* Maid In Manhattan
* Drillbit Taylor

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John Hughes Blogathon – Still Time To Join

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Sorry I’ve taken so long to post an update to this! Now that it’s February, I figured I better give all those interested my e-mail address so you can send me your reviews by the 1st of March. It’s tableninemutant (at) hotmail (dot) com.

I originally asked that there be just one person reviewing each film (along with me & Eric – original post HERE) but there was so much interest that I decided you can all choose to do any & however many you want. Below I’ve put a star next to every movie that at least one person has said they’d like to review. Wow! I’d LOVE to also have reviews for the very few remaining but feel free to pick from the starred ones as well:

Tajna Nikole Tesle
* National Lampoon’s Class Reunion
* Mr Mom
* National Lampoon’s Vacation
Savage Islands
* Sixteen Candles
* The Breakfast Club
* National Lampoon’s European Vacation
* Weird Science
* Pretty In Pink
* Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
* Some Kind Of Wonderful
* Planes, Trains & Automobiles
* She’s Having A Baby
* The Great Outdoors
* Uncle Buck
* National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
* Home Alone
* Career Opportunities
* Dutch
* Curly Sue
* Beethoven
* Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Dennis
* Baby’s Day Out
* Miracle On 34th Street
* 101 Dalmatians
* Flubber
Home Alone 3
Reach The Rock
* Just Visiting
* Maid In Manhattan
* Drillbit Taylor

Those are all the films Hughes wrote or directed but I guess I can add the below films he produced if anyone wants these:

New Port South (written by his son)
Only The Lonely

I haven’t included movies where’s he just given a credit for creating the characters (such as Home Alone 4 & the later Beethoven films).

Saturday is a pretty dead day for blogging so I’ll post another update tomorrow. Thanks again to all the volunteers! 🙂

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John Hughes Blogathon – UPDATE: Pick Any You Want

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Thank you all for the great response to this blogathon! As there’s been such a huge response and some were disappointed at not getting their first choice, I’ve decided to let you all now choose any movie you’d like to do from the below list. There’s no reason that we can’t have more than one person doing some of them, I suppose. 🙂 All I ask is that you (pretty please) also do the original one that you picked as well so that I don’t end up with 50 people reviewing Ferris Bueller & The Breakfast Club. 😉

I’d also love it if some brave souls would choose some of the later ones that haven’t yet been chosen. (Baby’s Day Out has one volunteer! Woohoo!). I’ll put a star next to each one below that at least one person has chosen so far. You can see my original post about this blogathon HERE.

Tajna Nikole Tesle
* National Lampoon’s Class Reunion
* Mr Mom
* National Lampoon’s Vacation
Savage Islands
* Sixteen Candles
* The Breakfast Club
* National Lampoon’s European Vacation
* Weird Science
* Pretty In Pink
* Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
* Some Kind Of Wonderful
* Planes, Trains & Automobiles
* She’s Having A Baby
* The Great Outdoors
* Uncle Buck
* National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
* Home Alone
* Career Opportunities
* Dutch
Curly Sue
* Beethoven
* Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Dennis
* Baby’s Day Out
Miracle On 34th Street
* 101 Dalmatians
Flubber
Home Alone 3
Reach The Rock
* Just Visiting
* Maid In Manhattan
* Drillbit Taylor

You’ll have plenty of time to watch your movie & e-mail me your review. I plan to kick things off in March so would like all reviews by the end of February.

John Hughes Blogathon – Volunteers Wanted

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Hello fellow bloggers! How many of you love John Hughes movies as much as I do? Well, whether you do or not, how many of you would like to help me with a John Hughes Blogathon I’m planning for March by choosing a John Hughes movie from the below list & doing a review for it? 🙂

I know he’s done the best teen movies EVER but that he also did some very dodgy stuff in later years. I’m hoping to get reviews for as many of these films as possible, including the bad ones. But as everyone will want to do things like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I’ll have to do this on a “first comment received” basis. So add a comment ASAP with your pick.

Here’s the list – I’m including everything he’s ever written as he’s directed very few. I’ll update it as people choose their films:

Tajna Nikole Tesle
National Lampoon’s Class Reunion
* Mr Mom (chosen)
* National Lampoon’s Vacation (chosen)
Savage Islands
* Sixteen Candles (chosen)
* The Breakfast Club (chosen)
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (potentially chosen – let me know if you want this)
* Weird Science (chosen)
* Pretty In Pink (chosen)
* Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (chosen)
* Some Kind Of Wonderful (chosen)
* Planes, Trains & Automobiles
She’s Having A Baby (potentially chosen – let me know if you want this)
* The Great Outdoors (chosen)
* Uncle Buck (chosen)
* National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (chosen)
* Home Alone (chosen)
Career Opportunities
* Dutch (chosen)
Curly Sue
* Beethoven (chosen)
* Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (chosen)
Dennis
Baby’s Day Out (potentially chosen – let me know if you want this)
Miracle On 34th Street
101 Dalmatians
Flubber
Home Alone 3
Reach The Rock
Just Visiting
Maid In Manhattan (partial review will be done for this but someone else can still choose it too)
Drillbit Taylor (potentially chosen – let me know if you want this)

You’ll have plenty of time to watch your movie & e-mail me your review. I plan to kick things off in March so would like all reviews by the end of February.

Now, this had come about because I was picking on Eric of The IPC for never really watching many John Hughes movies (even though he’s my age so he should have!). So we agreed to do one of his Double Take reviews where he reviews a film along with a guest blogger. We’ll kick things off with a Double Take review of Weird Science on his site. We’ll then both also review several other Hughes movies on my site for the blogathon. But anyone else can also choose Weird Science or any of the others that both Eric & I will be doing too. Depending on how many volunteer for this, I’d probably post reviews of the same movie on the same day (One that Eric & I will both do is The Breakfast Club so if you choose that one, I’ll post all three of our reviews on the same day but spread out throughout the day. Probably. This isn’t all fleshed out yet).

Hope that all made sense. And I hope I get enough people joining in – this will be my first ever blogathon! Thanks in advance to any who volunteer. 🙂

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Raging Bull (1980) Review for De Niro Blogathon

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Thanks to Tyson & Mark for letting me participate in their Analyzing De Niro Blogathon over at You Talkin’ To Me?. This has been a fun blogathon, where everyone has chosen to watch and review a De Niro film they’d not yet seen. Be sure to check out their great site, especially if you love De Niro! 🙂

Because I’m doing my IMDB Top 250 Challenge anyway where I’m trying to watch everything in the Top 250 that I’ve not yet seen, I got the completely insane idea to do Raging Bull. Yeah, that’s right – I couldn’t just choose something simple! So here’s the review that I did for them if you’d like to check it out: Raging Bull Review.

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