Thursday, March 15, 2012


I really really like this movie. Honestly I do. But I feel blasphemous for probably not putting this in my top five Scorsese films. Off the top of my head, I would probably put it at number six behind (in no particular order) The King of Comedy, After Hours, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Mean Streets. That being said, nothing he's done since this film (with the exception of The Departed) even comes close to being as entertaining as this film.

I remember seeing this for the first time (I believe with Terry Crummitt at Wheaton Plaza) and my take on it then was somewhat similar to what it was now. The first half is better than the second. That Joe Pesci guy is even better in this than he was in Lethal Weapon 2! Ray Liotta is a weird dude. Robert de Niro is the best! Scorsese's song choices are the best! The editing - wow - the editing! Whoa, they really messed up that guy in the trunk. That paranoid being chased by a helicopter scene is long.

But what am I talking about? This movie is pretty damn incredible. It really is the touchstone of modern gangster films. And there definitely would not have been The Sopranos without this film. The dialogue has become part of the cultural lexicon. This is an excellent movie. There is no shame that it can't beat out Taxi Driver and Raging Bull or two of my all time favorite comedies. And to be honest, I haven't seen Mean Streets in years so maybe that doesn't hold up and this one can squeeze into the vaunted top 5.

And for the record, this concluded the gangster trilogy I wanted to introduce Sujan to after watching the first two Godfather films.

Directed by Martin Scorsese


Anonymous said...

I love this movie. It gets better with repeated watching. For me its 4 behind King of Comedy, Taxi Driver and After Hours.

I actually really like the first 2/3rds of Casino a lot.

Lover Larry

Listmaker said...

i've only seen casino once while i was living in nc and remembered disliking it.

on another note - did you like the departed?

youthlarge said...

I love the departed so much! Also I watched goodfellas again on my 7am flight back to NYC from Austin and agree that its even better the second time, even with the tv editing The use of " what is life" for the helicopter scene is so good.