Life by Bryan Darrah
It is often pondered, what is the meaning of life, the question that has plagued mankind for centuries, for eternity. People once put “faith” into fictional stories, fables of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The media, majority rules, whatever everyone else thinks might as well be good enough for me, yes I agree, ill jump on the band wagon. No. who is everyone else, that is the question, it isn’t you, what do you think, why do you do the things you do, go to school, go to the gym, get a job, get an education, become “something.” Something to who, what are you trying to prove, and who are you trying to prove it to. Yourself, individuality, fuck everyone else I’m gonna do what I want where I want when I feel like doin it. Why accept this conformality of society, this “bandwagon” be your own fucking person, say what you wanna say when you wanna say it. Society as a whole can go fuck themselves, sure you get a job, make a buck, find some girl in the same “dead end” situation you’re in fuck, her have a baby and there ya go that’s life, welcome to the real world buddy you got responsibility. Heres your kid Johnny, make sure hes fed, clothed, educated, doesn’t joint a cult and doesn’t kill anybody, congratulations youre a part of the American fuckin dream. Enjoy the thrill cuz it don’t last long. Before ya know it johnnys in college youre wifes fuckin god knows who and your nailin anything with tits and mouth that wont ask you when youre gonna recoat the porch like you’ve promised a 100 times over. Youre thinking about all the time you wish you had spent with your son teaching him about being a man and what its like to raise a boy to a man, and how important that in is in a boys life, no woman can ever teach a boy to be a man. And the boy is only a product of his teachers. His decision of what is right and wrong is all that counts, it’s a fucked up world out there, you gotta do what it takes to survive, to make sure you come out on top, and don’t go silently into the night with the weak and outspoken. Be the top, nobody is better than you, speak better than them and you are better than them. So where’s faith been this whole time, wheres “god” been while all these “sins” are being, a lot of shit goes down behind closed doors, when “nobodys looking.” Faith doesn’t cover that stuff, see speech is everything, if you can quote someone on something that’s it, its done, if they deny somthing you don’t know what the fuck is going on, so you speculate, your opinion, and because your some hot shot know it all reporter working for some big time news magazine, and some stupid fuck has the money to send your worthless opinions on the world to the peanut galley of society. They fucking eat it up, they think you are so fucking brilliant, hes so smart I agree, I think what he thinks why the fuck not its too much trouble to tell people what I want out of life. Sometimes you feel like smoking a joint, drinkin a 12 pack nailin some blonde bitch with big tits you met a casino then goin home kissin your kids goodnight and fallin asleep with your wife. You did it because you could, because whos gonna stop ya? If your smart you can get away with anything, they say it’s a free country, but it sure as fuck it aint, but it’s a free world, and im gonna do what I want and get away with it. Why make trouble why make a scene, work with the system learn it and beat it that’s the key, theres always a way to outsmart the opposition, do it without them even noticeing, so obvious its unobvious. The “law” cant touch me, who makes the laws, some rich fucks who make and break laws like they go through bottles of scotch. They are evil, they, the ones who have control over society, over the majority, they have the power because majority rules, its all about the bandwagon, people don’t think for themselves, not nearly enough of them. The ignorant fucks they just drone on it life never contributing a thing never dong what they want, accomplishing things they dreamed about as a kid. Theyre sellin shoes at macys tryin to make a buck and feed Johnny and keep the blonde bitch with big tits happy. It’s the same story, Johnny the bitch with big tits and where are you the jerk always tryin to make a buck. A buck, what is this emphatuation with money, the need for material items. No doubt I enjoy them we all do luxury is bliss, as is ignorance while we enjoy these luxuries we lose sight of what is important, we seek more and better material “expensive” possessions, until it is possessions that possess us. The pursuit of everything bigger and better.

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A boy comes of age in an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. His father gives him a piece of advice: “Nothing is more tragic than a wasted talent.” A street-corner gangster gives him another piece of advice: “Nobody really cares.” These pieces of advice seem contradictory, but the boy finds that they make a nice fit.
The kid, whose name is Calogero but who is called C, idolizes Sonny. He likes the way Sonny exercises a quiet authority, and talks with his hands, and dresses well. When C is 17, he goes to work for Sonny, against his father’s wishes. And in the year when most of the film is set, he learns lessons that he will use all of his life.
“A Bronx Tale” was written for the stage by Palminteri, who plays Sonny with a calm grace in the film, but was Calogero in real life. There have been a lot of movies about neighborhood Mafiosos (Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” was the best), but this movie isn’t like the others. It doesn’t tell some dumb story about how the bus driver and the mobster have to shoot each other, or about how C is the hostage in a tug of war. It’s about two men with some experience of life, who love this kid and want to help him out.
Lorenzo, the bus driver, gives sound advice: “You want to see a real hero? Look at a guy who gets up in the morning and goes off to work and supports his family. That’s heroism.” But Sonny gives sound advice, too. One of the things he tells C is that you cannot live your life on the basis of what other people think you should do, because when the chips are down, nobody really cares. You’re giving them a power they don’t really have. That sounds like deep thinking for a guy who hangs on the corner and runs a numbers racket, but Son
ny, as played by Palminteri, is a complex, lonely character, who might have been a priest or a philosopher had not life called him to the vocation of neighborhood boss.
Nine year-old Calogero (Francis Capra) is the streetwise son of Lorenzo Anello (Robert De Niro), a bus driver who takes pride in his work ethic and expects to instill the same values in his son. Calagero, however, is in awe of the local mob boss, Sonny (Chazz Palminteri), and when Calogero keeps his mouth shut after witnessing Sonny do a hit, the boy is taken under Sonny’s wing and shown the ways of the wiseguys.
Lorenzo cannot keep his son away from the influence of Sonny, much as he tries, and a battle of wills ensues, pulling Calogero in both directions until he decides to settle the matter himself by seeing Sonny on the sly and behaving the best he can with his family. As he reaches his teen years, Calogero (now played by Lillo Brancato who looks so much like De Niro it’s downright spooky) finds that Sonny has become a true friend and that his education is twofold – both from school and from the streets.
A young Italian American named Calogero (played by Lillo Brancato and Francis Capra), grows up in the Bronx, torn between the quiet honor of his father (Robert De Niro), and the authoritative aura of a neighborhood Mafia boss, Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). Both men care about the boy, but, against his father’s wishes, Calogero (nicknamed “C”) goes to work for Sonny. Calogero ends up participating in activities he wants no part of, but cannot refuse due to peer pressure. He falls for a black girl named Jane (Taral Hicks), during a period when racism against blacks is intense and violent, but he must find his own way in life.


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