Stand Up Guys Stand Up!

Stand Up Guys movie review.

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Whenever I watch a movie I always try to figure out the name of the movie relating to the sequence. How did the writer come up with that title? Where did he get such name? Usually it’s at the end of the movie where I got to know the gist of the title.

Stand Up Guys reminds me of the aged Marlon Brando–which according to a hearsay–who had fond talking to his wiener who couldn’t get an erection, “stand up son stand up.” And when he began to feel the blood flowing in it, the snake in his trouser would become a rocket, he would celebrate for it. One scene from Al Pacino taking prescription drugs for an erection I immediately thought: that’s why.

But the erection problem has nothing to do with the movie. Stand Up Guys mean standing together until the end. That’s what the movie is all about, or at least as far as my perception is concerned.

Stand Up guys movie acene Al and Walken talking
Stand Up guys movie acene Al and Walken talking

Stand up guys is one very entertaining film. Imagine king of New York and Tony Montana together as old guys who still have the fun despite the monotonous life of being old. They stick ’till the end.

The movie stars Al Pacino as Valentine, Christopher Walken as Doc, and Alan Arkin as Hirsch. Three old con pals out for what seem to be an old school nightlife. A night in a lifetime where there were no creatures besides the three of them in the quiet city streets.

The only problem is, Val, out for parole from jail, will be killed by his old best pal Doc. Because if he won’t he might be killed too by a man he works for.

Most of the scenes at the beginning were just Al and Walken talking to each other. How great it is to see those great actors just talking. How can you not be amused by Al’s very low pitch, husky voice to screaming in high note when he gets mad. And Christopher Walken’s mannerism, moving his head to the side when he says, “you know…”

This is primarily intended not to bore old Scarface and King of NEw York fans at the beginning of the movie. Then inevitably follow what will happen next.

I like Al and Christopher humorous performance. They can be comedians too, I thought. They’re still great. My movie heroes.

Although not praised by critics because of the mediocrity of the production, the movie to me is entertaining. It’s Al and Christopher man. C’mon gimme a break! After all, I learned a good lesson about real friendship and being old.

The copy I watched is for awards presentation only and it’s not for sale or public viewing. I don’t know where my bro got it.

Watch the premiere on February 1, 2013 in all theaters near you. Check out the official website here.

Waiting for The Irishman


I really can’t wait for this movie to come out. I don’t know if it has. How can you not be excited about a movie directed by Martin Scorsese and where Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci are the main actors? Can’t you be?

Let us just check out this movie news for the meantime about soon to open The Irishman:

What are Your Favorite Movie Quotes of all Time?


Note: This article was previously published by Helium.com under my name, of course. But I’ve made some modifications and revisions for highest quality possible for this blog. For whose rights this article belongs to is basically me.

Movie quotes can oftentimes be considered as inspiration to an individual’s life. When you digest a certain line from your favorite movie, you always want to apply it in real life, or at least imitate the admirable quality of the character who said it.  It is amazing how a movie can influence a person’s life from a character’s point of view. Human acculturation in psychology is probably the reason for this.

Anyway, there are many movie quotes that greatly influence me as a person. I even was more involved with them when I began to get more absorbed with Literature and the movies. So here are among my favorite movie quotes of all time:

“A good lawyer with his brief case can steal more money than a thousand men with guns and masks.”

This might have not actually been said in the movie The Godfather, but it is my favorite quote from the novel of the same title by Mario Puzo. These are Don Corleone’s words speaking to his son Michael, whom he wants to “pull the strings,” to become a lawyer someday, words that come from a man who do business illegally through force and violence to its enemies.

It simply tells that human aptitude can be much more powerful than fear and violence if applied skillfully. As a man of violence, Don Corleone wants his son not to be like him when he grows up, and being a lawyer can make a big difference to the the fate of the family, despite the fact that a Sicilian blood is already running in his own son’s veins.

“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” is probably the most popular quote of The Godfather. It speaks of power that cannot be defied by a rational mind, as Don Corleone has been known for his rationality. An offer from a very powerful and reasonable Mafia man like Don Corleone is impossible to refuse.

But this is not my second most favorite quote from The Godfather. My second favorite quote from The Godfather is, “Every man has but one destiny.” This line means in the movie how a member of a mafia family cannot defy fate. Although in real life it can mean how the power of will can completely change a man’s life. As with Don Corleone, The Godfather, whom had led a life from his own strength of will, “A man has only but one destiny” pertains exactly to a choice you make in early life, and leads you to a fate that you can’t ever change.

You can’t handle the truth!

This is a famous line from the movie, “A Few Good Men,” which stars Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, and Demi Moore. These words are from Jack Nicholson, who plays the role of Colonel Nathan Jessep, after being cross-examined in a court marshal by a navy lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise). Colonel Jessep is put into a witness stand about the murder of one of his men in the marines named Santiago. A chance for Kaffee to find answers about the murder. The dialogue in the movie goes:

Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I’m entitled.

Jessep:  You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth.

Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!

There you go. These words from Colonel Jessep are clear that he’s almost on the verge of admitting the crime.  As in real life, this line could mean an admission of mistake or crime but somehow wants to insist that no one can do anything about it because it’s been done and it cannot be undone. It could also mean a justification of a crime that has been done.

“He’s a good guy, a wise guy. He’s one of us.”

A common line, it is from a Martin Scorcese’s film, “Good Fellas.” It simply states something about the difference between mediocrity and exceptionality. In the movie, which stars Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta, wherein three guys who stick together and share the same common ingenuity in getting away with crime, this quote in real life tells about loyalty, cleverness, and trust.  In the movie it speaks about these three qualities that a real gangster should have.

“If I were a man I was five years ago, I’ll take a flame thrower in this place!”

No one else could have ever said it but Al Pacino, one of the great actors of all time. These words are from the movie wherein he won an Oscar award for best actor: “Scent of a Woman.” This quote speaks about integrity and courage.

In Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino is a blind Lieutenant Colonel Slade whom a young Chris O’Donnell as Charlie Simms is assisting for quite some time. Simms, who also shares to Colonel Slade his experiences in school, has apparently been a witness to an offense in the school grounds. This is how Simms is put into an inquiry in front of students and members of the disciplinary committee.  

With Slade on Simm’s side, the inquiry is opened by the headmaster named Trask, who is then forcing Simms to blurt out the names of the offenders in exchange for his chances of graduation, a choice that puts his college education at stake, which seem to Slade a disgusting move for Trask to make to someone who doesn’t want to speak out and doesn’t want to, “sell anybody out to buy his future,” as Colonel Slade goes on to say.

These words that Slade expresses are so moving that it touches the marrows of my soul. These words are the outcome of his frustrations and sentiments about the tyrannical world. He simply goes on to say the importance of an institution to its students; an institution that should embrace the valuable future of students who will become the future leaders.

There are still many movie quotes that have great meaning to me such as the one from the movie Primal Fear which goes: “We’re a great team, Mr. Vail, you and me.” This tells about lies and deceit. Edward Norton as Aaron Stampler is the one who said it to his defense lawyer Mr. Vail (Richard Gere). Apparently these two characters share the same goal in the trial, to deceive and to use all their cleverness to win the case.

All movies quotes have all the moral lessons in it. Movies as an art present an exaggeration to what really happens in real life, and the dialogue quoted from them allows the viewers to easily understand the message of the story.

As Conrado De Quiros had once said, “A movie is a kind of fiction that tells the truth in a world where facts lie. It is a fiction which expresses fury that comforts in a world where reason afflicts. There lies its power. There lies its art.”

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Plot Summary: Scarface


Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) are Cuban refugees to Florida who are locked in jail for political activism. In jail, Manny’s contact named Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham) wants them to do something for him for a price: to kill a man in jail who incidentally has sinned against Tony. Green Cards are given to them and to fellow prisoners.

There they meet Suarez and wants them to do marijuana trade to certain people. But Tony, the tough principled man, gets angry at his own discretion wants to do a high paying job. Suarez, who underestimates Tony, agrees to let them do cocaine instead. Tony’s plan gets mess up when, Manny, a womanizer, comes late to the scene and makes the dealings complicated. But Tony ends the deal with pure violence and cleverness.

Tony meets Suarez’s boss Frank Lopez and makes Tony as partner, knowing his abilities and real guts in the drug business. There he also meets a big-time drug lord Sosa, Lopez’s business associate, and have Tony hired by him, who also notices Tony’s honesty and determination, qualities a man should have in a world of illegal business. However Tony, a too ambitious of a man, wants to have it all. He takes Lopez’s wife Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kills Lopez. Tony kills Lopez for betraying him, a basic rule that has been known to a family of gangsters: loyalty.

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Tony now is hired by Sosa as his partner and the rest is history. Tony makes money in a blink of an eye, depositing large amounts of money in Miami bank, but the bank refuses later because the laundering seems to come to no end. Tony begins to consume his own supply of drugs that resulted to paranoia. His wife Elvira gets hook too with cocaine that results into an unhappy married life. Tony’s success is beginning to fade away when Sosa wants his help to kill a guy who are trying to obstruct their business.

Tony who is still a good-hearted man screws up for killing the man whom should have detonated the bomb inside the enemy’s car. While Sosa is very disappointed and angry, Tony got very intoxicated with cocaine when he kills his partner Manny for a thought of screwing his sister, but the two have just get married and want to surprise him.

The story ends in Tony’s capacity for real violence. Tony has himself killed by Sosa’s men. As the famous lines of Sosa, “Don’t fuck with me Tony.” But Tony does. Tony ends his life with a seemingly meaningless purpose of an ambition that is put into waste