Saturday Double Feature: The Family (2013) and…

Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Sigh… One really has to wonder what has happened to Robert DeNiro. There was a time when knowing he was in a film was instant credibility for the flick. Now it seems to be almost the opposite. Admittedly, he was good in Silver Linings Playbook, but that’s one that was destined to be good with or without him. For the most part nowadays, he simply seems to be coasting, and The Family appears to be yet another Just for the paycheck slide downhill.

It’s not necessarily that the movie looks that bad, it simply looks, well… mediocre? Which is kind of a shame. Amyway, what to pair it with? Well, I figured since it’s about people in witness protection trying to make a new name for themselves but being unable to change their ways or escape their past we could go that way, So, since I recently watched 1937’s You Only Live Once which has the same theme, but in a darker, more noir film, that would make for a pretty good pairing.

I don’t have a trailer for it, but here’s a series of clips that will give you a pretty good feel for the film:

I will, by the way, be posting more about You Only Live Once soon. It’s actually quite an effective film.

So  there you go. And how about you? Any other ideas for pairing films with The Fami;y? if so, let me know below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!


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