Which movie was better: Mean Streets or The Sting? There’s no wrong answer, but here’s something that’s criminal. The Sting, George Roy Hill’s crowd-pleasing reunion with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, won seven Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture. (That’s not the criminal part…) Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese’s gritty crime pic with Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, on the other hand, won zero Oscars. It didn’t win any Oscars because it wasn’t even nominated for a single award. Not one.
You love your family? Is there anything you wouldn’t do to keep them safe, to give them a fighting chance in the cold, cruel world?
In Ramin Bahrani’s real-estate thriller 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield plays Dennis Nash, an everyman who is evicted from the home that he shares with his son, Connor (Noah Lomax), and mother, Lynn (Laura Dern), during the mortgage meltdown. He soon starts working for the devilish real estate broker who delivered the bad news, Rick (Michael Shannon), in order to buy his home back — but things go very badly when he starts forcibly removing other people enduring similar circumstances.
The recent economic tremors on Wall Street and around the globe are reminders that things can go south in a hurry. It was less than a decade ago when the American financial system teetered on the brink after banks gambled heavily on subprime mortgages. In 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon play two men caught in the maelstrom. Garfield is a blue-collar single dad evicted from his home by Shannon’s callous real-estate leech. But…
The real-estate meltdown that shook Wall Street and Main Street in 2008 was caused by rampant greed, and even after the economy teetered towards the brink of collapse, there were vultures still preying on the weak in order to make a fortune. In 99 Homes, Michael Shannon plays one of those sharks, a man who personifies the most cynical version of the American Dream. “America doesn’t bail out the losers,” Shannon’s real-estate broker says in the new trailer. “American was built by bailing out winners…
Spider-Man would never cross paths with General Zod, but in 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield plays a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted when the bank forecloses on their home during the economic downturn. In order to get back in their house, he makes a dirty deal to work for Michael Shannon’s crooked real-estate broker, the same man who caused his trouble in the first place.
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