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Movies : Mean Streets

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Babyhead used to go catch movies at this run down movie theater on skid row.   It was cheap and you got a double feature.  Plus it was a bring your own bottle/smoke kinda of establishment.  The kind of place where they had the 100 year old wiener in the rotating cooker.   Perfect for watching Mean Streets.

The movie opens with some home movies.   A young guy in various shots.  Street, home etc.  You get the feel of where he’s at.  In the city.  After this we are introduced to the various characters that the film will revolve around.  Four street level guys working small time crime.  The story mainly sticks with Charlie who is trying to keep peace with his associates and at the same time move up the ladder in his uncle’s rackets business.  He’s also trying to  keep a relationship with his girl and on top of all this deal with the religious and spiritual fight within himself.

We follow Charlie and his friends through the streets as they conduct their low level crime endeavors.   They spend time in these pursuits.  But most of their time is spent at Tony’s bar hanging around doing fuck all.

The one issue that is taking precedence over the others with Charlie is keeping his best friend Johnny out of trouble.  This is a losing battle.  Time is ticking on Johnny’s debts and things are coming to  a head with Charlie doing his best to head them off.

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There was a lot CB liked about this film.  The grittiness, subject matter, performances, direction…. these were the type of movies that Babyhead was being drawn to.  Watching a film usually takes you to a time and place.  With Mean Streets you felt you were there.  Martin Scorsese creates this world and makes it almost feel like a documentary.  He knew this place, these people.  The performances are all solid.  From the small supporting roles to the leads.  Casting made Scorsese’s job easier.  Robert DeNiro as Johnny brings a self-destructive, wired, out of control, unpredictably to the role.  Harvey Keitel’s Charlie try’s to keep things in order in an unorderly environment.  He’s fighting a losing battle in the secular (pretty fancy word for CB) world and in his spiritual world.  You can really feel his character struggling with himself.  Good performance.  The film looks great and the soundtrack adds to the feel.  Good choices on the music.

So if you want to get a taste of some street level crime, a little violence,  hanging in the bar,  chasing a buck, then spend a couple days with Charlie and the boys.  See if you’re cut out for this life style.

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8 comments on “Movies : Mean Streets

  1. Jim S.
    October 8, 2017

    A great flick. The beginning of the DeNiro/Scorsese relationship that produced some eight movies. You’ll doubtless be pleased to know they’re currently filming a movie called ‘The Irishman’ for Netflix. The gang is back – Scorsese, DeNiro, Pesce, Keitel. And Al Pacino. How can this not be great?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 8, 2017

      Bob and Martin were made for each other. First I heard of the ‘Irisman”. Here’s hoping they can get back on track with that one. I’m a big Harv fan. I just did a take on an other similar film from the same era filmed in your neck of the woods.

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      • Jim S.
        October 8, 2017

        Bob and Martin! Old chums, eh? 😀

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 8, 2017

        Yup. I actually call him Marty. Bob, Bobby you know. They call me CB Baby.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 8, 2017

    Love your line about the 100 year old wiener.

    I thought that maybe this was De Niro’s first flick. I looked at IMDB. Turns out he started in the movies in 1965.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 8, 2017

      Yeah for me it was either ‘Bang the Drum’ or ‘Crazy Mama’.

      The wiener was kinda like the Lenin Tomb thing. The whole concession thing was an adventure. If it wasn’t sealed no deal. But you know what happens when people partake in a little puff. The weeny starts looking good.

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  3. Tony
    October 9, 2017

    A great film. “A mook, what’s a mook?”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 9, 2017

      CB knows lots of “mooks”. Scoreseses’ early pics are some of my faves. He knew how to cast. Plus he knew these people.

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