Movie #54 Goodfellas
(1990, US, d. Martin Scorcese)
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”. Hands down: one of the best films ever made. My Crime Movies professor described the film as on par with the Godfather films (the first two) and while I don’t think I’m in the position to make that comment since I haven’t seen even 5 percent of number of crime films he has, it’s already one of my favorites. And just to clarify, yes, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this film. Watching DeNiro and Pesci in their heyday is the most incredible thing. They have such on-screen presence. Pesci (who took home the film’s only Oscar, an embarrassment to the Academy) was like a firecracker the entire way through and DeNiro…well…he’s incredible as usual. The only part of the film I didn’t dig too much was the whole “last day” sequence at the end, but I’m guessing that was the point – to make it as unclimactic and pathetic and trippy as possible.