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I Watched Goodfellas Last Night


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This is one of those films that I always end up watching half of.

I'm not actually sure if I've seen it all the way through before.

So anyway when I was in Blockbuster looking for something to rent I spotted the 2 disk special edition for £5.99 and decided to take it home.

Stuck it on last night with the girlfriend and we watched most of it. I got up to the bit where they have just executed the Lufthansa heist and Jimmy is getting annoyed with all the goons for turning up in showy gear.

What I have never noticed before is how 'clean' the film looks. I really enjoyed watching it, as did my girlfriend. Although every time Joe Pesci killed someone she crapped herself :P

Going to watch the rest tonight.

Please mark any spoilers after the bit I'm up to.

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What the... bite size movie watching?

Although in saying that, I've never watched all of casino, probably because it shown on tv at 10 and goes until 1am and I usually do the 'I'm too tired to care about this anymore'

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I actually worship Casino more and more every time I see it. Sure, its just goodfellas mark 2, but the characters are fascinating, and the situations tense and gripping. The performances give me a stiffy too.

Goodfellas is, of course, uttermost perfection.

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One thing I've noticed, and I think I've 'improved' in spotting genuine good acting and directing recently, is that all of the performances in Goodfellas and the direction are absolutely amazing. Apart from Ray Liotta's laugh. Weird faceman.

I love the way the atmosphere takes such extreme turns - one minute it's like the happiest jolly story ever, and the next it's brutality or paranoia.

Joe Pesci has to display the best ever highly strung person ever.

I do sense a rather unsettling ending coming up, but no spoilers pls.

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The things that stick out in my mind are when the soundtrack fits the visuals so perfectly, like when Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" is playing and the camera slowly closes in on De Niro's face along the bar or when "Layla" plays and the camera looks into the pink Cadillac and then the long crane shot into the freezer wagon.

I saw the network TV version of this in the States once. It was on a 8pm! I've never seen anything so butchered before in my life. The whole film only lasted about an hour with all the cuts that were made.

CJ

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I think Casino is a good movie. Goodfellas on the other hand is just awesome. Easily one of my all time faves. I've seen it a couple of times but had a hard time pulling myself away from the telly and go when it was on recently.

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I do sense a rather unsettling ending coming up, but no spoilers pls.

I thought the ending of Casino was much more unsettling although what happens to a certain person is the exact same in both but outlined in different ways.

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I like Goodfellas and everything, but Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull are all better I reckon.

Goodfellas is incredibly slick, but it just doesn't have the same emotional punch as those three. It's definitely not the best of Scorsese.

[/devil's advocate mode]

The scene at Joe Pesci's mother's house ('A hoof?') is absolutely priceless. Scorsese is a great comic director sometimes. Also the Mean Streets 'What the hell is a mook?' scene is genius.

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I like Goodfellas and everything, but Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull are all better I reckon.

I have always thought Raging Bull was a wee bit over rated. Kudos for De Niro's performance but the film dragged on numerous times for me. By no means a bad film but not one of my personal favourites.

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Goodfellas is one of favorite films and I was really looking forward to Casino. But it just didn’t seem to have any plot and I thought it was too violent. Now I love gangster films and I’ve no problem but the violence in Casino was unnecessary, the vice scene especially. *shudder*

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I have always thought Raging Bull was a wee bit over rated. Kudos for De Niro's performance but the film dragged on numerous times for me. By no means a bad film but not one of my personal favourites.

Raging Bull is always the 'critic's fave', isn't it?

I love it, but I think Taxi Driver is probably better. They're kind of his 'personal' films, aren't they? As oppposed to the studioy type films he also made. Boxcar Bertha, anyone? But also things like The Aviator, and I would say Goodfellas fall into the studio entertainment category - you know, make this film for the studios, and you'll have that much more chance of getting your more interesting personal project off the ground.

I suppose I just kind of buy the idea that Charlie (the Harvey Keitel character in Mean Streets), Travis Bickle and Jake LaMotta are representations of elements of Scorsese's character, much more than I buy the idea that any of the characters in Goodfellas have anything to tell me about sin and redemption and so forth.

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The things that stick out in my mind are when the soundtrack fits the visuals so perfectly, like when Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" is playing and the camera slowly closes in on De Niro's face along the bar or when "Layla" plays and the camera looks into the pink Cadillac and then the long crane shot into the freezer wagon.

Which piece are we on about?

We're talking about the bit with Layla in it ;)

I refer the honourable gentlemen to the information I posted earlier today. :(

CJ

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Which piece are we on about?

Sorry, I'm hijacking things a bit by babbling on about Scorsese aren't I?

It's just I saw Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull on a cinema screen recently (NFT have been doing a American cinema retrospective type thing), and they are just fucking fantastic on the big screen. Some of the effects in Taxi Driver are really startling. And the music in all three is awesome.

But, you know, Goodfellas is good too...

;)

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How can you watch half of Goodfellas?!

Quite easily when you have the stupid double sided DVD of the film. Completely and utterly stupid.

Anyway, I need to have a look at Mean Streets. It's just* come out on DVD hasn't it, along with that limited cinema re-release? Or was it just at the cinema?

*Well, a few months ago now.

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