Thursday, June 18, 2009

The best performance belongs to Vincent D’Onofrio

Movie Review: The Narrows
NY Times, 6.18.09

Until it implodes with preposterous plot manipulations, “The Narrows,” directed by François A. Velle, can be appreciated as the film equivalent of a reasonably palatable pasta dish concocted from a familiar recipe and served in a no-frills restaurant.

Its eager-beaver protagonist, Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers), is an aspiring photographer from an Italian-American enclave in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, and is torn between making good money transporting mysterious packages for the crooked local kingpin (Titus Welliver) and studying his craft in Manhattan.

........The best performance belongs to Vincent D’Onofrio as Mike’s widowed father, a sanitation worker turned neighborhood bookie who is living on workers’ compensation after an accident. The movie, adapted by Tatiana Blackington from Tim McLoughlin’s crime novel “Heart of the Old Country,” sabotages Mr. D’Onofrio’s performance with a final plot contrivance that is as cute as it is unconvincing.
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-----------------------------------------------, 6.19.09
by John Wirt

'The Narrows' is familiar story with authentic ring

A contemporary drama set between the contrasting territories of Brooklyn and Manhattan, The Narrows follows a familiar story about a character who strives to escape his humble beginnings.

Mike Manadoro lives with his widower father, Vinny, in Bay Ridge, a working-class Italian neighborhood. Mike’s dad is a retired sanitation worker living on disability. Vinny supplements his disability benefits by being a bookie, a job that requires him to pay protection money to the mob.

The Narrows, a modestly budgeted independent film being released today in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, Baton Rouge and several other cities, stars Kevin Zegers (Transamerica, The Jane Austen Book Club and Dawn of the Dead) as Mike, a young man who wants to be a professional photographer. Vincent D’Onofrio co-stars as Vinny, the father who doesn’t understand his creative son and can’t afford to send him to college.

......Handsome young leading man Zegers gets his earnest artist and good-fellow-in-training across, but it’s screen veteran D’Onofrio, shuffling around on a cane, mumbling and musing about his often disappointing life, who stealthily steals the picture.
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Susan1212 said...

We know the best performance ALWAYS belongs to Vincent D'Onofrio! It's nice that the NY Times has noticed! Congratulations, Vincent!!

val said...

The only surprise is that someone has acknowledged his prowess.

Bunny said...

Vinnie is the Jedi Master of Acting.

DonnaJo said...

So happy to see VDO get credit for his stellar performance in this film.

It's about time.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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