A Dramatic Recreation of an Argument My Dad and I Must Have Had 1000 Times:
Me: Man, De Niro has totally lost it. It is so pathetic to see him just recreating that "you talkin' to me" attitude over and over again in idiotic movies, doing that skeptical-lip-scrunch-eyebrows-raised-shrugging-the-shoulders thing he does. This is the guy who played Jake LaMotta for Chrissake! Travis freakin' Bickle!
Dad: Yeah, well he's making a lot of money.
Me: Yeah, but he could do so much better. He's an artist! I just don't get it...
Dad: There's nothing wrong with making money.
Me: He could make money and make good movies!
Dad: Not as much money.
So I'm intrigued and excited about all the positive reviews I've been reading of De Niro's performance in Being Flynn, a new film by writer/director Paul Weitz. The critics have some problems with the script, but universally praise De Niro's performance as complex, multilayered, and powerful. A reminder of what an incredible actor he can be.
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