Popspotting #116: “Super-Size DeNiro” (Aug. 29, 2011)
First up is “Heat,” written and directed by Michael Mann, which also stars Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, and Ashley Judd. (We don’t even get around to Danny Trejo or Natalie Portman, and many other stars.) This stylish cat-and-mouse thriller follows DeNiro’s Neil McCauley, a professional thief, and Pacino’s Lt. Vincent Hanna, veteran LAPD homicide detective.
Then it’s on to “Goodfellas,” a Martin Scorsese masterpiece which stars Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and a dozen other great actors. We follow Liotta’s Henry Hill, who says up front, “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” He’s taken into the Lucchese crime family by Sorvino’s “Paulie” Cicero, Pesci’s Tommy DeVito, and DeNiro’s Jimmy “The Gent” Conway.
Would you have picked a different pair of epic DeNiro films? Is there another iconic actor that should get some Popspotting love? Let us know!