Make the Wiseguys Weep follows the career of Jimmy Roselli, the Italian-American crooner destined to become the next Frank Sinatra, but who was nearly destroyed by his own erratic integrity, his refusal to compromise and his lifelong feud with Sinatra.
While filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. In 2011, Frank's son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter.
Raymond De Felitta
Hodding Carter III,
Frank De Felitta,
Stephen Dorff narrates this tale about how his life goes astray as his character attempts to strike a balance between the demands of directing his first film and the pressures of his new ... See full summary »
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »
Raymond De Felitta
Confused, non-linear film tells the sexual story of a film director from his life at age 5, age 12, age 16, a man embarking on his first film in 1950's Tunisia, and finally to his current ... See full summary »
An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At ... See full summary »
Danny returns to the Bronx after serving in WWII. He dreams of becoming a songwriter and instead gets sidetracked by an aging boxer tired of taking dives. After an ingenious ploy, both ... See full summary »
An unseen narrator looks back to 1956, on Staten Island, when Buddy, an Italian guy with big dreams, buys a house planning to live upstairs with his wife Estelle and run a bar downstairs. The first problem is Estelle's lack of confidence in Buddy. Then, Irish tenants upstairs refuse to move and won't pay rent; plus, the woman upstairs is about to have a baby. The next problem is the baby: once he's born, it's clear his father was Black. The Irish guy splits; Buddy evicts mother and child, then feels guilt and sets her up in a flat while she sorts out an adoption. Estelle's lack of faith, the Irish lass's spirit, Buddy's dream, racial prejudice, and the baby's fate play out. Written by
I remember reading good reviews for this little film but never got a chance to see it in the theatre. But we rented it recently and enjoyed it very much. Full of real characters with real emotions and real conflicts, the movie moves along at a nice pace with some real twists and surprises along the way. Terrific performances (especially from the lead - Michael Rispoli - who can be over the top at times in other films or just give wonderfully layered performances - like on the Sopranos or his work as a priest in The Third Miracle). I also really enjoyed how a fake Hollywood ending wasn't tacked on. If a BIG star had been in this or a HUGE studio had been behind it, they would have insisted that he become a BIG star at the end and sells millions of records. Nope, all that happens is he follows his heart and ends up happy and content. Pretty darned cool.
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