There, I said it. Godfather’s second incarnation is better than the first, having a cleaner plot and an interesting juxtaposition of past and present.
American Film Institutes Ranking: #32/100 Awards: Nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (De Niro), Adapted Screenplay, & Score. My Rating:
Initial reaction to this movie was divided with many people not liking the two story arcs happening at once. Canby writing for the New York Times described the film as “stitched together from leftover parts.” The film later became a focus of reevaluation with some considering it a better film than the first. Roger Ebert even went as far as to re-rate the movie with his highest ranking retrospectively.
Something about this film caught my eye more than the first, and I think it centers around me viewing the two-story arcs positively; it gives us time to breath from present day events while providing a solid, stand-alone story.
Popeye Doyle is unethical and unscrupulous, but at least his fixation is in the right place.
American Film Institutes Ranking: #70/100 Awards: Nominated for eight, winning Best Picture, Actor, Director and Adapted Screenplay. My Rating:
The movie is a sprint interspersed with a few jogs to slightly catch our breath.
This rapid pace doesn’t allow us to get to know anyone or anything — the driving force behind all the characters is a complete enigma to us. This had the potential to detract more from the movie than it did if it weren’t so gripping due to acting and action.
Yes you do Joe Pesci! Along with the rest of this crime film’s cast of characters.
American Film Institutes Ranking: #94/100 Awards: Nominated for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Actor and Actress with Joe Pesci winning Best Actor. My Rating:
Finally, a contemporary movie to review! I actually know some of these guys.
GoodFellas is a great crime film with plenty of gore, curse words and crude behavior. The long scope of its timeline allows you to dive deep into the intricacies of being involved in the mob, following Henry Hill from an outsider admirer, to being one of its main players, to the ultimate down fall.
The arc is bittersweet, almost feeling sorry for the unfortunate endings of the depraved characters you somehow become attached to.