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Saints and Sinners

Posted : 9 years ago on 29 September 2008 01:10 (A review of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints)

On unplanned procrastination:
In the beginning, maybe in the first or second chapter of the video, there's this semi-fuck scene and since I was watching in a bedroom with two other sleeping people (my Mom and my niece), I thought it was okay to watch it without skipping to the next chapter. But it was getting dirtier and so I decided to peek if my Mom was really slumbering (supposedly) and to my effing surprise, her eyes were open like hell. I instantly stopped and turned of the video player and prayed that she won't accuse me of watching too much "evil" films. It took almost a week to finally finish this movie.

On saints and sinners:
Happily, the whole of it wasn't entirely fucking, haha. It was about Dito Montiel's (Downey) reminiscence of his teenage-hood in Astoria, Queens, with his four lowlife friends and girlfriend, Laurie (Dawson). He lived a perfectly rotten life where thugs and punks roam in the neighborhood who vandalize graffiti on every wall. After a series of shitty events, he finally decided to pursue his dream as a writer in L.A. He left his parents and never went back for 15 years. Dito convinced himself that he has been saved from his friends' fate by his saints. He was able to escape the hellish grounds of his hometown. But then, he had to visit his gravely sick father, Monty (Palminteri), who still had a heavy heart against his own son. Little did Montiel know that his so-called saints were his friends who, in the end, were still there to look out after him.

On the lack of:
The entire movie was okay, but I was expecting more of Rosario Dawson's appearance since I likey like her in Sin City and 25th Hour. But since this is a flashback kind of movie, each actor's appearance depends on which tense is turned on. And here, there were more past tense than the present. Shia LaBeouf is brilliant here, though.

Postscript:
I’m giving this six sinister stars since I think it’s, somehow, worth the seeing. Guiseppe’s attempt to soften his brother’s Antonio’s heart as he lies down on the railways is super funny: he ended up in the coffin. Scottish accent is always love. Conversely, the never ending cuss words are irritating. Plus, the young Laurie is butt-ugly.


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