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"Now one told you to go rob the Blockbuster, you were on your own." Entertainment One has unveiled an official trailer for Nick Sandow's The Wannabe, starring Vincent Piazza as Thomas, a kid who set out to fix the 1992 trial of John Gotti. It's essentially a wacky little story about a kid who wants to be a part of the mob glory involving Gotti, and devises a crazy, bold plan to get himself in the center of everything. Patricia Arquette co-stars, Martin Scorsese executive produces; the cast includes Domenick Lombardozzi, Michael Imperioli, Doug E. Doug, Nick Sandow, Vincenzo Amato, and Joseph Siravo as John Gotti. This honestly doesn't look that memorable, but if you're into mob films maybe you should take a look. Here's the official trailer for Nick Sandow's The Wannabe, found on YouTube (via The Film Stage): Obsessed with mob culture, and desperate to fit in, »
- Alex Billington
Thomas Greco (Vincent Piazza), the hero of Nick Sandow’s debut feature, “The Wannabe,” is an aspiring mafioso. But the more desperately he tries to ingratiate himself with the mob, the more he creeps them out: After he hooks up with soulmate Rose (a magnificent Patricia Arquette), his kicked-puppy devotion turns proactive and he sets out to rob the very gangsters he wants to impress. Unlike Ray de Felitta’s wildly imaginative, underrated cocktail of humor and pathos, “Rob the Mob,” based on the same true-life story, “The Wannabe” takes a conventional tack. Though unlikely to catapult the pic very far, Arquette’s first movie performance since her Oscar-winning turn in “Boyhood” should assure distribution.
The film opens in Gotham in the early ’90s in the midst of the John Gotti trial, with the city divided between those who want the Mafia boss prosecuted and those who worship at the »
- Ronnie Scheib
Stars: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale, Vincenzo Amato, John Magaro, Luke Treadaway, Louis McIntosh, Jordan Patrick Smith, Spencer Lofranco, Dylan Watson | Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese, William Nicholson | Directed by Angelina Jolie
Hollywood is a whirring machine of marketing, it churns out movies with an expectation of them being hits and an aim of winning awards. I remember watching the first trailer to Unbroken and using the words “Oscar-bait” with its slick trailer and inspirational patriotic story. I don’t see this as a bad thing that is how the movie industry works. When it weakens the impact of the movie though, that is when the focus maybe should have been more on impact and not the art of making a “safe” movie.
- Paul Metcalf
3 items from 2015
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