Sunday, December 15, 2019
Merry CrimesMas: Donnie Brasco
Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco has become a holiday favorite for me because of its wonderful and wonderfully pathetic Christmas scene.
Donnie and Lefty exchange wads of cash for Christmas gifts and at the end of the scene Lefty borrows his gift back from Donnie because funds are low and fuck if that don't land hard. It's a laugh, a cry and a fucking deeper sob to see Pacino (fucking Michael Corleone) in this reduced state and Depp, devoid of make-up, but mask firmly in place as real life Pistone/Brasco sharing this empty, farce of a cultural observance/religious pantomime in the hallway outside the apartment away from seeing eyes.
Merry fucking Christmas. Fuggedabowdid.