Retro Review: Donnie Brasco

Martin Scorsese didn’t invent the mafia movie, he merely turned it into pop culture. Even though Coppola’s “The Godfather” is the obvious choice as the possibly be-all, end-all mafia film, Scorsese influenced a generation of directors with his fast paced and more popcorn-ish portrayal of mafia figures. Donnie Brasco is a copy of that portrayal. …

Retro Review: Help!

Ringo has a ring. A cult wants the ring. And for an hour and a half, the cult tries to get it off of Ringo’s finger, where the ring has been stuck. That is the plot of Richard Lester’s ‘Help!,’ the follow-up to ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and the last of the Beatles acting career …