3 – The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The ring Fredo,we have to destroy the ring!

The ring Fredo,we have to destroy the ring!

I said in my very first post that i would watch every film in order and i have up until this.Lord of The Rings and Star Wars included.But they messed me around doing that so seeing as i’m at the last 2 films I’ve gone ahead and watched Godfather I first.Right Godfather II follows on from Micheal Corleone takes over from his dad and becomes the don.The film has two time lines running at the same time.In one we have Micheal as he runs the Mafia and gets indited and in the other we have the tale of how his dad becmae the don.I found the flashback story to be better.It stars De Niro as Vito and takes place in or around the year 1917.Vitos dad gave guff to a mafia boss in Corleone Italy and was killed for it.They also killed his wife and his son,Vito barely made it away.He’s about 12 years old and bundled off to America on his own.He ebbs out a life and has family and slowly gets involved in small time crime.It’s a good story but on the whole i found the film to be boring,i drifted off a few times and had to rewind it back 10 minutes.I can see why it’s on the list,great acting but just long and boring.Robert Duvall is my favourite character in this.A solid performance.

IMDB RATING      –     9.2
MY RATING     –    7.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  NO  FOR ME.BORED ME TO PIECES.

15 – Goodfellas (1990)

What do you say to a crazy woman is pointing a loaded gun in your face?Whatever the fuck she wants to hear.

What do you say to a crazy woman pointing a loaded gun in your face?Whatever the fuck she wants to hear.

It says in the beginning,after a really really ugly bunch of title credits,that the film is based on a true story and for anyone who has ever watched Banged Up Abroad there is an episode that is nearly a scene by scene remake of this film.The real guy is narrating it too. Goodfellas is a descent gangster/Mafia film.As per-usual we have the regular actors like  DeNiro,Liotta,Pesci and a few other regular faces you might recognise from The Sopranos.The film is the life story of a kid who gets in with the wise guys in his neighbourhood,starts doing small jobs for them and gradually makes his way to the big time.He gets in deep with drugs after a stint inside and that’s his downfall.Well really it’s some of the women who fuck shit up for him too.Martin Scorsese directed this and had a fine cast to work with.There’s something about Ray Liottas laugh that i find funny,i was trying to find a clip of him on YouTube where he hits a toad with a golf club and there’s a half minute montage of all his laughs from Goodfellas. I noticed Samuel L.Jackson had a part in this film too.One shot,from the moment we see him until he gets killed.A whopping 46 seconds.Is there any role he won’t turn down?

IMDB RATING      –     8.7
MY RATING     –    8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD BUT SOME VERY GRAPHIC/BLOODY SCENES.

 

sam l 46 seconds