Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Goodfellas (1990)

Synopsis: Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) enjoys a meteoric rise through the Mafia until one bad day when he starts seeing helicopters...

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “You have to see it to believe it – then watch it again. Goodfellas explores the criminal life like no other movie.”

What Did I Learn?: If a ‘made’ guy decides to bust your balls a little during his I’m-out-of-jail party, maybe you should just shrug it off and find another bar.

Really?: 1) Why don’t the other wiseguys involved in the Lufthansa heist either leave town or whack Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) when he starts to bump everybody off? 2) Considering Paulie (Paul Sorvino) gave Henry a stern warning against selling drugs, and Henry faced maybe 25 years in the slammer for dealing, why does Paulie give Henry $3,200 out of his own pocket? Why doesn’t he just have him whacked?

Rating: Goodfellas is a character-driven masterpiece with many strong performances. 10/10 stars.

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