Pedro is back and he joined The Immortals to watch the four hour Sergio Leone epic, Once Upon a Time in America. They also listen back to an Uffie song, question the universal acclaim of Teenage Fandom, bask in the fake-nostalgia of Erasure and then Austin bitches about Prison Break for awhile.
Content Warning: The movie segment contains discussions of sexual assault.
In 56 episodes, this is our first time judging such a young performance. Jodie Foster astounded audiences in Taxi Driver not only because of the difficulty of playing a 12-year-old prostitute but how easily she was able to go up against method acting Robert DeNiro. There’s a confidence and a complexity to this small role that is a perfect lead-in to the rest of her career.
The Immortals are all back in their proper homes so they’re all ready to watch the Jerry Langford Show. They heard The King of Comedy is making an appearance tonight. While they wait for that to start, they’re going to listen to some Massive Attack, spice up some rice, turn on some traditional music, freak out about how cute this dog is and get wrapped up in New Zealand. Just another day for The Immortals.
Austin and Eric have finished their five films and now it’s time to take a look at Robert DeNiro’s full career. They look back at the films they covered and so many films that they didn’t. What makes Robert DeNiro stand out and can he ever return to his former greatness? Or is he still giving great performances? Also find out who will be the next person they cover!
Austin and Eric finish up their Robert DeNiro series with the 1995 crime classic Heat. They are joined by one of the lead writers of TheFilmYap.com, Nick Rogers, who wrote an excellent essay on the film. They debate the film’s final decision and what it means to be a slick and emotional criminal in Michael Mann’s world.
Austin and Eric have to talk about two guys who talk each other to compete annoyance. This will go great! Also they talk about their penultimate Robert DeNiro film Midnight Run and DeNiro’s comedy chops in this incredibly structured buddy comedy film.
Austin and Eric return and they’ve found a brand new Robert DeNiro. No longer is he quiet and calculated. Now he’s grunting and hitting and getting hit as hard as he can in Raging Bull. They discuss this incredible character story and how it fits into what DeNiro wanted to accomplish for so many years.
They made another one! Austin and Eric are back to discuss another three hour masterpiece from Robert DeNiro’s canon, The Deer Hunter. They look at his range from three distinct acts of this difficult war film and one of them declares this as possibly his best performance.
Welcome to Episode 1 of Let’s Take Five. Austin Lugar and Eric Martindale are going to pick a great artist of the cinema and take five of their films to examine their talent and range. First up, is Robert DeNiro in The Godfather Part II.