7 Robert de Niro Movies You Should Rewatch

Robert de Niro is one of the greatest actors. His grumpy allure and his prolific work turned him into an icon. His method acting is now famous, especially for the uncomfortable way he treated some of his movie colleagues in order to obtain the best results from them. Here are 7 Robert de Niro movies to remind you what a marvelous actor he is.

1.  The Godfather II (1974)

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De Niro did and amazing job as the young mob leader Vito Corleone. What you probably didn’t know is that de Niro auditioned for the role of Sonny Corleone in the first The Godfather movie. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the sequel. Another thing about his acting here is that he is the first to win an Oscar for a role almost entirely played in a foreign language. His portrayal of young Corleone included speaking in Sicilian dialect.

2. Raging Bull (1984)

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Here is another movie where de Niro was spectacular. Along with Joe Pesci, he plays in the dramatic story portraying the rise and fall of boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man who uses beating as an anger tool outside the boxing scene as well. What makes this performance noteworthy is that de Niro had to make the boxer a truly unlikable character. Because the plot depicts a fallen Jake La Motta who had also gained weight, for de Niro to fit the role, the production had to take a pause so he could fatten up.

3. Silver Lining Playbook (2013)

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Although not his greatest role, de Niro did a nice job in this movie where he played the father of a son (Bradley Cooper) with bipolar disorder. The emotional drama was a nice hit in theaters and received tons of award nominations, with de Niro in competition for the Best Supporting Actor. Talking about his role brought him to tears at some late show hosted by Katie Couric.

4.  The Score (2001)

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Here de Niro plays a retired thief who, together with a younger Edward Norton, plans one last hit. Contrary to its genre, the movie doesn’t have neither unnecessary chases, nor awkward gun violence. In his official and daily life, de Niro’s character owns a jazz club, therefore we can enjoy cool and elegant tunes during the movie action, making all this atmosphere adequate for his character development.

5.  Las Vegas (2013)

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In this movie de Niro plays together with Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas. Not exactly an Oscar winning movie, but a nice change in genre with a typical comedy plot developing a somehow funny character of de Niro. It doesn’t change anything in your life, but it’s funny to see a bunch of old friends gathering and having fun. Moreover, de Niro makes a cute widower surrounded by photos of his late wife.

6. Awakenings (1990)

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Based on Oliver Sacks’s accounts, this movie retells the emotional life of people from Bronx mental hospital, Robert de Niro here plays Leonard, a human subject for the experiments of Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams). Leonard is one of Dr. Sayer’s 15 patients who are tested and observed for the effects of L-DOPA. This journey walks us through his frozen states, his reaction to love and lust and the sudden insights and torments as well. All of this takes place between the doctor and the patient.

7.  Falling in Love (1984)

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To complete our list of Robert de Niro movies, this one is a mushy romance where he and Meryl Streep play an almost impossible couple. They develop a nice emotional friendship after briefly stumbling on each other in a bookstore, although each of them is married with someone else. The movie script has nothing brilliant in particularly, making Streep and de Niro acts even more powerful. Plus, if you want to be reminded of de Niro younger look, this movie could easily help you with that.

5 of the Most Influential Fashion Designers

We are surrounded by fashion, whether we like it or not. Everything around us revolves around style or lack of, for that matter. Fashion trends have helped define the age we live in and the ages we lived in. We often judge someone by the way they dress, and while some may say this makes us shallow, it’s not always the case. Someone’s fashion style can reveal plenty of psychological details about that person. Ever wondered who are the most influential fashion designers of our time? Here’s a list with some of our favorite ones.

1.Vivienne Westwood

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One of my all time favorite fashion designers is the Queen of Punk herself, lady Vivienne Westwood. She helped redefine what style meant before she appeared in the fashion industry. Miss Westwood is most famous for bringing punk elements like safety pins, leather, non conventional materials and all kinds of eccentric accessories into the mainstream. She is known for her rebellious persona and shocking fashion shows, always reinventing herself and people’s notion about style and trends. She revolutionized both women and men’s way of dressing and it’s quite easy to recognize her designs. She is truly original. This makes her one of the most influential fashion designers and she is top of our list today.

2. Coco Chanel

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We cannot talk about style, fashion and influential fashion designers without mentioning Coco Chanel. She is synonymous with style and elegance and she was one of the pioneers of sophisticated, luxurious women’s clothing. Coco Chanel gave us the famous “little black dress” and timeless suits, which helped women emancipate both on the outside and on the inside. She truly influenced what fashion is today and style has a lot to thank her for.

3. John Galliano

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The ever fascinating John Galliano had to be on our list of most influential fashion designers because that’s what he is: one of the most influential fashion designers of our time. His fashion shows are more than just clothes; he creates an entire visual performance and his theatrical, haute couture designs are truly fascinating. His use of materials, colors and accessories never seize to amaze and Galliano is known for never repeating himself. He has changed the way we look at a women’s dress and…at a man’s dress. Galliano is and will remain l’enfant terrible of the fashion world. We would add terribly talented and utterly original.

4. Giorgio Armani

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When talking about fashion, one must mention Armani. Giorgio Armani is indeed one of the most influential fashion designers ever and is known for revolutionizing menswear. Armani is synonymous with style and luxury. He is often chosen by celebrities when they have to attend festivities like movie awards or exclusive parties. His sophisticated designs manage to look comfortable and luxurious at the same time. His jeans, jackets and suits are the most popular among fashion and style lovers. Armani is and will be for a very long time a trendsetter and a fashion icon.

5. Dolce and Gabbana

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Dolce and Gabbana is the most famous fashion duo in history. They have managed to impose themselves on the fashion world with their glamorous and classic collections. They love to shock but they can also be very prêt-a-porter. A lot of famous people choose their clothes to look sexy and luxurious. Dolce and Gabbana are also famous for their line of perfumes.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the most influential fashion designers of our time. If you have a personal favorite who isn’t on our list, tell us about her or him. We would love to hear from our readers and you can get in touch with us using the comment section.

 

 

 

5 of the Best Al Pacino Movies You Could Watch

Al Pacino is one of the biggest celebrity Hollywood has seen. The Italian American actor was born in 1940. As early as 1972, he displayed highly acclaimed acting skills in The Godfather. Pacino is an established user of method acting – a set of techniques that help the actor immerse in the character by appealing to the most similar personal experiences. This approach fits Pacino best when he plays characters revolving around breaking the law, be it mob member or policemen.

The secret might lie in Al Pacino’s personal history, a rich reservoir of life experience with similarities to some characters he portrays. During his early years in Bronx he was considered a troublemaker at school, started smoking and drinking at age 9, as well as trying marijuana at 13. Luckily for us, although he left school at 17, he took low-paying jobs to finance his acting courses. Until his career took of in the late 1960s, he has had his share of life experiences. Here are 5 of the best Al Pacino movies to watch!

5. Scarface (1983)

Brian De Palma’s Scarface is one of the best examples of mob films, a genre of productions focused around organized crime, but with a taste of film noir. While some critics have been enthusiastic about Scarface, other, like Martin Scorsese, praised it. Moreover, as time passed, the film turned into a cultural icon. The 1983 Al Pacino hit movie is inspired by a 1932 movie focusing on Al Capone’s career. Both of them were surrounded by accusations of excessive violence and other bourgeois complaints.

However, Brian de Palma uses violence as a means of showing character development, not just for the sake of it. That was the context surrounding mob life. While the mob of Al Capone’s era provided alcohol, Tony Montana provided cocaine, basically filling the same function. Scarface is an important Al Pacino film, because it puts his 1970s experience with Godfather to the best use.

Al Pacino Scarface4. The Insider

Al Pacino’s grandest 1990′s portrayal. The film is a masterpiece, as director Michael Mann brilliantly places Pacino in the role of Lowell Bergman, the “60 Minutes” producer who struggles to get the message of a tobacco industry wistleblower out in the world. The Insider is a highly praised movie. Although Al Pacino did not take the Oscar for it, it was nominated for seven Academy Awards, so check it out!

Al Pacino The Insider

3. Serpico

This time Pacino is the good and honest cop who won’t accept the money in a highly corrupt system. Here he is the good guy concerned with the ethics of the civil servants, but also he portrays a realistic image of all the turmoil and resistance a cop can experience within this system and even near-death wounding experiences that would make all his corrupt colleagues happy. Pacino’s character, Carlito, would have you weep in shame over your daily little unethical choices.

Al Pacino Serpico

2. The Godfather II

A great deal of controversy surrounds the cinema fans’ greatest questions: which one is better, The Godfather I or II? The debate may never be settled, as taking a final decision is awfully difficult. Godfather II, one of the best Al Pacino movies, received 11 Oscar nominations and won in six categories. The fact is that Pacino’s performance in the second part of the trilogy is his best, leaving many puzzled by the Academy’s decision to award the best actor title to someone else. However, Robert de Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone.

Al Pacino The Godfather II

1. The Godfather I

This is one of the best movies in history, not only from the fans’ point of view, but from the critics’ side as well. In 1971, Al Pacino had his first lead role in “The Panic in the Needle Park”, but his performance in The Godfather turned him into a star. Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece soon became one of the most influential in the gangster film genre. If you haven’t watched the best Al Pacino movies, better start with this one!

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5 Famous Street Artists in 2014

Street artists become famous when their work manages to capture some of the most acute societal tensions. The street is used as a message board composed out of various urban infrastructural elements. Some street artists aim for the widest direct audience when they choose the placement of their art pieces. Others prefer to position their projects on specific sites that are not easily accessible, relying on the Internet for the wider public. Most street artists, however, worked in both types of areas during their careers.

The fascination with street art stems from the artistic inspiration the artists display when choosing ingenious combinations of materials. They make surprising connections between various components of the public realm clear while skillfully adapting their technique to new material. Check out these 5 famous street artists in 2014!

1. Borondo

Borondo is a young Spanish artist born in 1989. His technique is a novel adaptation to the old art street problem, dealing with the police. Scratching painted windows hardly qualifies as a crime. His work is inspired by the latest harsh economic crisis.

”Where the crisis strikes, you will notice many shops that are either closed or empty. If you scratch the window slightly you will suddenly be able to see the inside of the shop. I find that quite poetic, glass has something beautiful about it. Sometimes I like to do the opposite of that. I apply black paint on commercial spotlights and by scratching the paint off the spotlight, I allow light to pass through,” Borondo said.

Borondo2. Vulpes Vulpes

The Baltimore-based street artist has a passion for foxes. By awarding the fox with human attributes, Vulpes Vulpes sends messages both through legal murals, as well as through hidden from view placements in former Yougoslavia and Turkey, as Complex.com informs us. Again, the consequences of the economic recession are visible in pieces such as ‘Solidarity Forever’.

Vulpes Vulpes

3. M-City

The Polish street artist born in 1978 has a black and white signature style he uses to picture various urban processes. Some of his works portray stylized heavy industrial machines.  A recent work of one of the most famous street artists of 2014 is this impressive mural from an unknown Istanbul location. The UFO absorbing the police cars may be a message of the artist’s hope that forms of social control will be eradicated when an unknown future social force will be fully effective.

M-City

 

4. Axel Void

Axel void was born in 1986 in Miami, but lived in Spain from an early age. He returned to Miami, where he currently resides, after finishing his art studies at several Spanish universities. “Nada”, a piece completed several months ago sits on an abandoned train in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The southern state Oaxaca is one of the poorest from Mexico. Trains departing from the region often carry people who attempt to cross the border to find a better life in the U.S. The painting portrays a Mexican who was assaulted while attempting to reach the U.S. by ‘La Bestia’, a famous train connecting the Southern and the Northern parts of Mexico. Migration is a common process in poor areas and Axel Void managed to provide a powerful image by connecting the means of mobility with the pains caused by structural economic factors.

Axel Void

5. Case Ma’Claim and Pixel Pancho

The collaboration between Case Ma’Claim and Pixel Pancho provided this elaborate image of how technological advancement is integrated into human interaction. Pixel is an expert in robotic elements, while Case, one of the Ma’Calim crew members, focused his previous work around images of hands. Thus, the result was somehow predictable as a concept, but the result itself is mesmerizing. Case is already one of the famous street artists with over 15 years of experience, but this duo with Pixel in NYC is a new project.

Case Ma'Claim and Pixel Pancho

 

Selection inspired by the efforts of Complex.com

 

A Glimpse Into the Forbidden City

China is one of the most beautiful countries in Asia. While there are many fascinating sights to see, the Forbidden City remains one of the country’s most important landmarks in Beijing. The mere mention of the Ancient Forbidden City creates images of the unattainable. Actually, the city was off-limits to outsiders for a very long time. It was only in 1925 that the Gugon, as it is now called, opened to the public. Nowadays, everyone can experience the interesting history of the Ming Dynasty and revel in the deep secrets of China.

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Where is the Forbidden City? - In the historic Centre of Beijing

What is the Forbidden City? - It is the impressive Imperial Place constructed by the Ming dynasty which has served emperors and their households for over 500 years.

Zijin Cheng, the Forbidden City China, is currently listed by UNESCo as the largest collection of preserved wooden structures. It spans over 720.000 sqm and holds approximately 900 buildings and 9.999 rooms. The impressive architecture & furniture of the Forbidden City dates back to 1406, and re-tells the story of exactly 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties. According to Chinese culture, the construction required over one million workers (and 100.000 artisans).

The Forbidden City is an architectural master-piece with great cultural significance. It measures 961 meters from north to south, and 753 from East to West. It was designed as the cradle of ancient Chinese culture, within the city of Beijing. The monument is enclosed by a walled area called the Imperial City, and the Imperial City is also enclosed by the Inner City. Even if it ceased to be a political center, the China Forbidden City still plays an important role for society: it remains Beijing’s central axis that leads to the Tiananmen Square & Gate. There are also historical facts which support the theory that the other axis was aligned to the country’s secondary capital, Xanadu.

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The Plan of the Forbidden City is divided between the Inner and Outer Courts. This means that you can visit any of the following places: The West & East Glorious Gates, the Gates of Divine Might, Hall of Literary Glory and Military Eminence, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Palace of Tranquil Longevity, Southern Tree Places, the Palace of Heavenly Purity (of Providence) and the Gate & Hall of Supreme Harmony. If you do not have time, or are not allowed to check all these locations you can also take virtual tours online. It is also advised that tourists take a look at the map and pictures of the Forbidden City before visiting it so that they have time to see everything. Another good idea would be to book hotels or an inn in Beijing, closer to the Forbidden City.

Most of the visiting time will be focused on the Forbidden’s City sequence of pavilions of beautiful courtyards. Literally every rock has a purpose in the entire ensemble of the garden, and every element of architecture has unique symbolism. One of the most breath-taking locations is in the Inner Palaces, where the Ming Emperors resided. The Hall of Mental Cultivation, a place where many rulers lived and held court, are now home to inumerable objects of great value from that age (household objects, jewelry, furnishings, furniture, etc.). Some have described this art as “Manchu Frumpy”, given the dearth of other authentic recreations, but it should clearly not be missed as it echoes the age of a forgotten era.

The Forbidden City,Beijing,China

Besides walking through the large courtyards, you can also enjoy a spectacular view of the Forbidden City from the north, atop of Coal Hill (Jingshan Park). This hill was made from the dirt excavated from the Forbidden City, and accoridng to Feng Shui, it keeps evil spirits away.

Interesting Facts: Very few musicians are allowed to hold concerts in the Forbidden City. Jean Michelle Jarre was one of them,

Forbidden City Visiting Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm