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Alan Shore versus Denny Crane

Posted by MAaP on September 16, 2008

Flamingoes in Boston Legal

Flamingoes in Boston Legal

I’m back on my Boston Legal marathon, and I thought, “Why didn’t I make a comparison between the great Alan Shore and the infallible Denny Crane months ago?”

They’re both lawyers. They’re both rainmakers. They’re both brilliant. And they’re both amusing, and funny, and interesting. They both have voracious sexual appetites. Both have their own mental issues. Both can humiliate you off the court with just their words. And both have “bullseyes on their asses.”

And they’re both flamingoes.

Prone to Word Salad: Alan Shore

He certainly has a way with his words that I think he would be nothing without them. His “word salad dilemma” made that all too clear. His word salad episodes, however, were only for a short while. With his words at his command, he’ll definitely have the jury at his mercy.

Not that his method is intimidating. He just has a way in twisting the thoughts of other people into thinking that cannibalism or shooting a photographer/papparazzi is ethically acceptable. Alan Shore would occasionally cross the line beyond his professional training, however, and resort to illegal means just to help a client. Alan Shore is depicted as a cold and insensitive lawyer, but he has also shown, in great respect, a relevant amount of kindness and care for those around him when he can.

He also has the face, a face that visibly challenges those who he thinks are a good “rattle.” And he’ll rattle you back. With flair. And you could end up liking him for it.

Mad Cow Diseased: Denny Crane

Undisputedly one of the great (fictional) lawyers of all time.. with no losses and a hundred percent victory rate in the courtroom.. it’s Denny Crane.

He’s a crazed one. But he is still unbelievably effective in the courtroom, as Boston Legal has shown time and again. He shocks us a lot with many of his conversations and actions, yet in the end he is still the king of the show (even though the show isn’t all about him).

He’s the funniest one in Boston Legal, I’m sure. Despite his sexual innuendos, he never fails to crack me up with even just a single phrase. Well, two words, in fact: Denny Crane.

Who’s crazier? Denny Crane.

Who’s funnier? Denny Crane.

Who’s more successful? Denny Crane.

But I choose Alan Shore.

While Denny Crane can make me laugh all throughout the series, it is still Alan Shore who gets me interested. His vastly complex character leaves the impression that there are still things he’s hiding. His twisted way of winning a case may be ethically challenging, but then his cases calls for it. And while he has suffered losses and Denny Crane has not, Alan shore surely had more stimulating cases than Denny Crane did.


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Al Pacino versus Robert de Niro

Posted by MAaP on September 1, 2008

It’s been a month and I haven’t written anything of late. My fault, as I had many tasks lined up, and I’m also quite prone to a lot of distractions which I feel inclined to devote some of my time to. But I can never leave this blog hanging. I’ll always come back to make some comparisons. And here we go again…

First off as a post for my birth month will be among two gangster-criminal-like actors who are screen legends, both of them. I wanted to make a post on them earlier, but i only got around to thinking about them recently. I especially heard that they were going to make another movie together, entitled Righteous Kill.

Al Pacino and Robert de Niro already acted on two movies together: Heat and The Godfather II. In both movies, they showed just how convincing they could be as men of guns. Whether the role calls for a hitman, a gangster, a cold-blooded criminal, or a hardcore cop, these two never fail to deliver their best.

The Godfather Gangster: Al Pacino

He has taken on roles that involve a lot of hitting, a lot shooting, and a hell lot of killing. With award-winning performances in many of his movies, Al Pacino knows his character and embraces it. He was terrifying in his gangster roles like in Scarface, feared in The Godfather trilogy, and realistic in his dramatic performances like in Scent of a Woman.

Al Pacino has a long list of nominations and awards for his roles. His easy yet convincing portrayal of his characters undoubtedly made him a star. His dedication to his craft was very evident to the entertainment industry and his fans.

While he branched out to dramatic roles, and even won awards for them, Pacino is best remembered as a gangster or a criminal lord. To this day, while I favor Scent of a Woman a lot, his image still comes across me as a man with a mission.. and a gun.

Enigmatic: Robert de Niro

Robert de Niro also shines as a gangster. He’s at par with Al Pacino in this one. The only difference I can think of between the two of them as gangsters is, while Al Pacino would be holding the gun, Robert de Niro would just be sitting back in his armchair smoking a cigar, with a devilish smile and a deceitful glint in his eyes. Pacino would go out shooting people; de Niro would stay in giving orders to kill.

This is another star who just has that natural charm of bringing to life strong and aggressive portrayals like Al Capone and Vito Corleone. He also an impressive list of awards, as well as branching out to producing and directing films (like Pacino).

The one area where de Niro seems to outshine Pacino is his sense of humor, probably. In recent years, de Niro has starred in comedy films like Analyze This and Meet the Parents. He also shared his voice to the animated film Shark Tale.

Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

Who do YOU go for?

I honestly like them both. They’ve shown great talent and that’re both geniuses in their craft. Despite their gangster-like faces, they are awesome and entertaining legends who have given us films that are most likely part of our top 20 favorite films list.

But I choose Robert de Niro over Al Pacino. This is mainly because Robert de Niro showed us his sense of humor and actively acted in comedy films. Al Pacino is all drama, which is not a bad thing. But I tend to like dramatic actors who can also be convincing in a funny role.

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