I saw it in the movie theatre on its first release and loved it to death then. It not only holds up but shivers/pulses with a kind of timeless energy that feels almost prophetic. The racial aspect of it for one thing … I had forgotten that element of it, and the danger and violence of it. It’s not as explosive as Do the Right Thing but it treads the same ground. De Niro’s style is intuitive: flashy when it needs to be flashy, quiet and observational when you don’t need anything else.
April 20, 2015