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The American Dream
«A classic gangster flick in the vein of the Godfather. Very well written, directed, and acted from start to finish, though I do have my complaints.
I'll start off with the positives. The set design and overall look of the film perfectly evoked early 1900's America -- this film has some excellent period design. The soundtrack helps contribute to this.
On the subject of the music, the Caruso song used at the end of the film has to be some of the best use of outside music in a machinima film I've seen. Matched up perfectly to the images and made for an excellent montage.
In terms of negatives, there were many minor technical glitches, while all minor issues, they seem as if they could have been easily fixed. The lighting changing in scenes, some awkward camera angles (the shot the nothing around the 12:00 mark when Antonio's on the phone for example).
Also, while I applauded the period design, it has it's share of issues as well: lot's of anachronisms. Uzi's in the early 1900's, security cam's in banks?
On the story level, a couple of things confused me: why did Antonio kill Ken? Also, why was Antonio afraid to shoot the man in the graveyeard, but he showed no qualms about killing the men in the bar?
It could be said that in the bar Antonio was defending himself, but the cigar man was a danger to his best friend. Also, when they find Paulie's brother dead, why are they so quick to blame Croce, only because he knew him? To take a line from "Casino", if somebody falls in their bathtub they'd blame Croce!
Also, it seemed kind of silly that the cigar salesman only found it mildly unusual that Paulie wanted to meet him in the graveyard.
Despite my complaints, which are all minor, this film emerges a winner. I'm just a stickler for detail, but do remember that sometimes it's the little things that get you. I love a good gangster flick, and this has to be the classiest one on the site, following in the romantic tradition of the Godfather.
This was a great film, kudos to all involved. I definetly think that you deserve your accolades, but I can't quite give it 5, as it's got quite a few glaring errors. However, these detract little from the film as a whole, and didn't hinder my enjoyment of it.
«I can't believe that some people are saying this movie is too long. It isn't long enough in my opinion. The longer the better. I love to film, and watch long movies. It gives them more detail and makes them more memorable. I am pretty jealous with how many views you have for this, but you truly do deserve it. 5 stars great movie»
«Wow. So much work went into this, obviously.
The script itself is deep and full of emotion. I loved how the story slowly unfolded. Very dramatic and entertaining.
The acting was well performed and my hats off to SnakeEater for an exceptional performance. TFoster's performance is also a surprising delight to enjoy.
The film mkaing itself is very well done for one main reason....the slow pace didn't get too slow or boring for me. THAT is not an easy thing to accomplish with a drama.
Overall, one of the best dramas Ive seen with TM. Very well done!
«This is probably one of the best films I've ever seen on tmu or tmo. Really, i can only imagine how much hard work and time went into this film. I truly think that this was a brilliant film. The voice acting was great, the screenplay was awesome and the editing was flawless. The only problem there was a bit of continuity with the lighting in some scenes. However, I realize how the game limits a lot of the stuff you can do. An epic film that deserves five stars! »
«Genius! Finally my first ever epic-mafiaso tale. Wow where do I begin, the way it started off i knew the next 30+ mins would be gold. I love the character voices they truly owned the whole italian persona. I wish you explained what Antonio's father did to have him whacked. Paulie was my favorite, TFoster did his thing! I wish their were more in the family. The montage worked well, and you did it with the free-cam. Some parts have weird things about them, mostly cause you o.d with that blood on the floor lol but still cool.
Final Thought-I feel you couldve cranked more out of it,a possible love intrest or more backstories, or better Paulie fighting Antonio. Some parts confusing but I got it later on. Being MADE was fire, the character voices did works on this film. 8 months good lord man! Anyway no matter how much I say that it couldve been better with this and that, I find myself giving you a 5...Great film dude.»
«This was actually a long film, while tiresome at some parts, was able to keep me in- a first for a TMO film in a long time. I still like Affari better, but this is a worthy challenger to what should be the best TMO mafioso of all time. Still, a great film, that after a long time of being written has aged well. A 5...out of 5.»
«It's been a long time coming but 'The American Dream' is finally here and the effort put into this is evident from it's production values.
First and foremost, this was a great crime story, which was told well with some fine acting to accompany some creativity with scene choice. I thought you did an excellent job with such scenes like the graveyard and alley!
The whole feel of the film was grand with a deep and engaging story that, once hooked in after a few minutes, it pulls you in ever closer and fails to let go until the conclusion!
Well done on producing this film and my hats off to all that were involved!
Until the next time...
Nuke Well in the American Dream!»
«You've clearly put a lot of work into this, Filip. There are a few technical flaws (like car sounds dropping in and out) and I didn't really buy that whole cigar plotline - haha - but that doesn't matter 'cause the storyline is strong and there is great voice acting and choice of music. Nice work on this!»
«First off, let me say that mafia movies aren't really my thing... but a testament to the excellence of this movie is that I sat and watched the whole thing through... twice.
I can only commend Filip and the cast and crew on this; yes, there were a few technical glitches, but that didn't (and shouldn't) detract from the overall quality of this film; script, performances, camera work... all of the greatest calibre. 8 months went into this film, you say? Well, it shows... very fine piece of work... justifiably worth 5 starts in my humble opinion.»
«I have a few things to say:
I love mafia movies... and you have a great history here with great characters...congratulations.
The directions was right, you know how to use the freecam and the music was fantastic....another good point to you.
But I noted some mistakes...for example in the robbery banking scene there is a security camara in the bank... They had not that kind of technologies in the early 1900´s.
But its a great movie...you have my 5 starts
«At first, I was nitpicking the scene pieces you used for the conversation with Antonio and his son. The one with the laugh track, I would have worked around. Then the scene in the alley, then the silence with the music at the graveyard was pretty awesome. The movie really picks up for me from there. The voiceacting was very well done by everyone involved. Nice dramatic effect when the Don was walking along with his guards. Nice shooting in the graveyard conversation. I really like your choice of camera shots throughout. The music in this was brilliant as well as your use of it.
I really enjoyed the flick! Very well done!»
«The hard work shows. The script in particular was very well done. You put a lot of effort into your costume choices, the music fit the scenes nicely, and your actors sounded involved in their roles. Occasional prop flickering distractions and uneven sound leveling were distractions, but not enough to detract from the overall feel of the movie. Very enjoyable and a work to be proud of.»
«A really impressive piece of moviemaking, and well worth the time and effort you put into it.
An epic tale, very well written, and very well acted across the board. Your use of music is also very appropriate, and I like the use of classical music to help with the epic feel of the film.
If I have one thing I can say that's not positive, it's that the between-scene blackouts are a little too long - they run for about 5 seconds each, and I think 2-3 seconds probably would have been more appropriate - but it's a minor issue, and it still works thanks to your deliberate pacing.
Terrific work, Filipe - this is a film to be proud of, and well worth the long wait.»
«It was a honour to be in this movie, I saw it prior to the release on TMU, and let me tell you, It blew me away, some brilliant acting, I'm not going to say mine in case I may be bragging, The script was fit for the genre and the set dressing was beautiful, Everything about this movie was pitch perfect, I don't think I can really fault it, because it was really enjoyable to watch so Filip, well done... You have come up with something in my opinion, as The Greatest Gangster Movie on TMO and TMU, and this has to be good to beat some of the great mafia movies which are out there!
And for me to say this is better than Affari! is something, because I love Affari and in my opinion it is one of the best mafia movies on TMO and TMU but this has come and kicked it off it's spire and has set a whole new level for Mafia/gangster movies.
So well done on this monumental movie which rises to the level of other classic greats on TMO and TMU
So all I have left to say is.... Thank you for giving me this oppurtunity to voice act in the movie, it was the biggest role I have ever had being in as a first supporting role, and it was fun and all you can do now is sit back and relax and watch all them reviews pour in!
Well Done and Kiss The Ring, Caphice!
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