Thursday, April 8, 2010

#90 Goodfellas: Now, now, you insulted him a little bit.

1990. dir. Martin Scorsese, starring Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino.

Seen it before? I could probably recite the entire thing from memory at this point

Scorsese's masterpiece, which somehow lost out to stupid Dances With Wolves at the 1990 Oscars. Ray Liotta plays real-life Mob informant Henry Hill, and we see his rise to wealth and power, and then his decline. Memorable performances all around; Robert DeNiro is quietly intimidating. Joe Pesci uses "fuck" the way most people use commas. In fact so does everybody else, this movie is like a F-bomb symphony.

My favorite scenes:
  • "What, like a clown? Like I'm here to fuckin' amuse you?"
  • "Now go home and get your fucking shine box."
  • The scene where Henry introduces all of the gangsters. Love Pete The Killer ("I took care of that thing for ya") and Jimmy Two Times ("I'm gonna go get the papers get the papers.")
  • Tommy's mother making dinner for them at 3 AM... Tommy borrows the butcher knife.
  • The famous Copacabana tracking shot.
  • The whole "Jump Into The Fire" sequence where Henry is strung out on drugs. It's 9 minutes long, and he just gets more and more jittery and paranoid. I find this Karen line hilarious for some reason: "Will you please stop feeding the dog from the table... from the plate on top of it!"
  • The scene where they're in prison, and Paulie is shaving the garlic with the razor blade. I gotta try that.

    Position on the list: 15
    Animaniacs: Hey, remember the Goodfeathers? That shit made no sense until I saw this movie. Why would they have expected kids to have seen an ultraviolent, swear-filled R-rated movie? Sheeeeeeeit.
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