Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|This Thing of Ours|
Actors: Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore, Danny Provenzano, Edward Lynch, Louis Vanaria
Director: Danny Provenzano
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
This mob picture comes with a high pedigree: Director co-writer and star Danny Provenzano (VAMPIRE VIXENS FROM VENUS) is a bit of a mobster in real life; he's pleaded guilty to racketeering and his great uncle is the prime... more »
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Silly plot, but the authentic-sounding dialogue is great!
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 06/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Mafia story has a lot of familiar elements. I've seen most of the actors in other Mafia movies and can well understand why. Yes, they are typecast. That's because they are so authentic.
The plot is silly but it doesn't matter. It's an old theme, just a bit updated. The mob is now moving into cyberspace and international bank accounts. The young bucks in this film get an egghead computer guy to help. And from there on the fun begins. There's lots of violence and double crossing. But the most memorable stuff of all is the way the gangsters sit around a table and tell tale tales, insulting each other and having a grand old time. I don't think there's a dialogue coach in the world who would be able to teach them the nuances and the inflections. It is all very real.
The story is cardboard though. A whole bunch of people get killed. And there's not a bit of love interest in the whole thing. Frankly, I love this type of film and I really enjoyed it. But I guess I'm just weird this way. Recommended for Mafia film buffs only."
A great little film
Charles H. Levenson | new jersey | 07/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""This thing of ours" is a great little film...Sure,the plot isn't the most clever or intricate that was ever devised,but so what?The actors,mostly playing mafia hoodlums ,are all stand out...And the film depends on thier interpretive skills rather than any unique plot or expensive special effects...Pat cooper,a noted ethnic comic,and James Caan,who played Sonny Corleone in the original Godfather make cameo appearenmces,but it is Frank Vincent,Vincent Pastore,and Danny Provenzano,among other less well known names that really shine in this picture..."
A Must See
april | Zuma Beach CA | 03/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A Must see....IF You love mafia movies...Go See" THis Thing Of Ours"...Unbelievable
performances from veteran actors as well as new commers...Great Directing
Love Johnny Irish........."
Okay, so it's a "Sopranos" wannabe, but it has its merits
Floyd the Barber | Seattle | 06/06/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, it's about "good fellas." Yes, it's peopled with alumni from the "Sopranos" (weakly cracking wise). And there are too many requisite bullets-to and through-the-head cinemagraphic moments. The plot is pretty weak - the downloading of money from a satellite requires a great deal of imaginative assent - the development of the story is uneven, and the acting is transparently bad on not just a few occasions. Still, the actor-writer-director, Provenzano, shows flashes and this would have been a very good end-of-college project for a cinema student. (Is that what it was?)
What you have to like about it is what he tries to do, not dislike what he doesn't do. Provenzano occasionally gives us - just now and again - the atmosphere of the NY-NJ crime-world, but these are far, far better than any portrayed in the "Sopranos." The dedication to business, the rock bottom-line mentality, the utterly cold sides that appear inhuman, in short, the "other" side of the human coin are nicely revealed in some very chilling scenes. Uncle ordering the death of his nephew's friends before his eyes; Johnny Irish bashing heads or killing; the torture scene: to paraphrase Tessio in "Godfather I," "nothing personal, just business.") (Of course, it has been alleged that the members of the underworld carted away and sold much metal from the WTC towers in the immediate aftermath of 9-11. "Just business.")
Thus, there is none of that revolting soap opera component that is increasingly dominating the "Sopranos" has become. (Indeed, the "Sopranos" jumped the shark many moons ago.) So try this one on for size. Sure, its production values are poor, some scenes are painful, you keep comparing to other Mafia-movies. But there are some hidden gems for those who look. (Yeah, I agree: Johnny Irish was a good character. The FBI guy, however, was agony to watch.)
Two stars for effort and for promise. Serious cinema students should check out Provenzano's next."