Maybe because it's very un-Scorsese? Ha just finished Casino and I was thinking about the music use as well. And I couldn't agree more, listening to old Marty is like free film school lectures. It isn't exactly right, but it's as close as I could find. However, all the songs you selected from Goodfellas are indeed brilliant. But, again, oh well, the man is still a master.
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I sent a message to Yahoo about a virus and compromised account and received NO feedback. Yet, you want me to sign the new policy??? Also his mom cooked almost all the food they showed in the movie. You imagine the conversation they had.
I'll make some sauce and pasta and you'll bring it. That was Paulie who used a razor to slice the garlic. He'd fry 'em up and they'd caramelize in the pan. I think it's also brilliant character development.
It demonstrates what complete sociopaths they were to be able to commit a violent murder then strap on the feedbag at moms house with the "dead guy" still in the trunk of the car. They laugh and carry on and make jokes about the dead guy also. The most hilarious indifference to me is that he borrows mom's carving knife to cut the guy up and promises to give it back after!
Interestingly Henry is the one that is comparatively quiet and reserved which hints that he might not really belong with the other two lunatics. This is my favorite part of the movie. Henry is the ultimate unreliable narrator. When he is telling the story he is always around when bad things are happening but doesn't actually take part to the extent Tommy and Jimmy take part.
He is trying to tell a story in which he won't be implicated for the murders, he was just there but he leads you to believe that he wasn't an active participant. They ad libbed somewhat to make it more naturalistic.
That's Scorsese's mom playing Tommy's. What gets to me about this scene is Henry's demeanor. In this scene of normality, it's hitting him who his friends are, and probably the fact that there's some chance they're going to dispose of him along with Batts. The real Henry Hill talked about the fear of his lifestyle, being surrounded by these evil monsters and having to seem like nothing bothered him so they wouldn't see him as weak. Seeming weak would be all the more dangerous.
It's disturbing when they're having a laugh about the painting, like "Hey, that guy looks like the dude we just murdered whose body is outside in the trunk and we're going to dismember later, that's fucking hilarious! I'd be a little scared, too. Meanwhile DeNiro and Pesci are chowing down their food like it isn't bothering them at all. Kind of like the soldier who walks past progressively bigger piles of bodies, crying at first, then just sadness, finally at the end he goes "I'm hungry".
You know, I never realized that's what that meant. I thought they were joking about his mother - didn't notice until just now that Tommy says "him. Keep in mind this movie is based on Henry's testimony and his version of events. It's odd that he's always there but never seems to be quite as big of a scumbag. I was really damn tempted to throw the Raging Bull intro to number one, for all the reasons you mentioned.
And I also agree about the score with Shutter Island - little to much for me. But, again, oh well, the man is still a master. I immediately thought that Layla should be 1, but as I read through 5, 4, and 3, I realized that all those were great choices too. I'm also a big fan of Gimme Shelter at the opening of The Departed, but it does probably pale in comparison to I'm Shipping Up to Boston for that movie. Thanks Dan, really glad you like the choices!
I think you nailed the top 3,when I saw the title,it is exactly the same 3 I first thought about. Really cool that we're right in line there. Good list as always, I also love the "Sunshine of your love" by Cream while Jimmy decides he's gonna whack Morrie in Goodfellas.
His stare, the way he doesn't blow out any smoke. Few directors can cut a scene to a track more appropriately than Martin Scorsese. Here are my 10 favorite examples as to why. Casino will always live in the shadow of GoodFellas. And, I suppose, the reasons as to why are fair. There are plenty of similarities between the two, chief among them is the exercise in killing off most of your cast in one sequence. The result is a series of calmly executed scenes of extreme physical mayhem.
Bravado filmmaking at its most raw. As iconic as music in movies gets. How can you possibly stop that speed of chronological pacing to focus on just one day? The clip below has been slightly reedited by the uploader. It isn't exactly right, but it's as close as I could find. Damon pretends to be on the level, DiCaprio agrees to go under, cut to a dolly shot of a cold prison cell, cue title card. But watching the scene, it is virtually impossible to imagine anything else.
This is pop pulp cinema at its absolute finest, folks. You better believe it. I learned a long time ago, that many people are responsible for the use or lack thereof of opening credits in films. Union contracts from the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, and so on, stipulate that if someone of moderate prominence that was involved in the film wishes that their name appear in opening credits, then the director must add credits.
So, essentially, for a director to not include opening credits, about 30 people have to agree that the exclusion of credits is okay. If one person gets up a fuss, then the director must include them. Now, that really has nothing to do with anything related to Raging Bull , but my point is, if you are required to include opening credits in the beginning of your film, there is simply no better way to do it than this.
Mean Streets was one of the last Scorsese films I saw. As a freshman in college, I had seen damn near every other Scorsese picture, but for whatever reason, Mean Streets was left outstanding. I was literally stunned, and then it clicked. This was Scorsese asserting himself as someone different.
Someone who had a vision and would be damned to alter it for anyone. But sitting there, watching Mean Streets for the first time, I realized that this was the one that started it all. Click here to view more lists from And So it Begins Posted by Alex Withrow.