365 films in 2016: film 6 (Goodfellas 1990)

Ray-Liotta-“Goodfellas”Goodfellas is undoubtedly one of the best films of all time, if you were to look up a list of perfect films there’s a 99% chance that goodfellas is on it.Goodfellas alongside casino (1995) are (in my opinion) the two best crime/gangster movies since the godfather, and it’s no coincidence that they share the same director, Scorsese’s style and atmosphere is always at the forefront of his films. There’s probably a million articles about why Goodfellas is a great film but what I don’t think gets enough attention is the editing, the way the story is stitched together keeps you interested and excited throughout the whole 2 and a half hours somehow without making you check your watch constantly, it’s not even that the film is constantly exciting, it’s just that it’s consistent, unlike other gangster movies I don’t feel like goodfellas had a low point where everything grinds to a halt for about half an act or so. It also helps that Henry Hill is such a likeable bad person (something Scorsese is really good at e.g. Travis Bickle.), Ray Liotta delivers one of his best performances as Henry Hill, somehow making hollywood giants like De Niro and Pesci look almost quiet (not that Joe Pesci is quiet at any point in the film) in comparison. There’s something that’s just really cool about goodfellas, if I had to describe it i’d say Goodfellas is like hanging out with the cool kids, Scorsese delivers 148 minutes of beautiful shot footage that creates one of the most immersive and timeless films of all time and that is why Goodfellas is in my opinion a perfect movie, Goodfellas is a 10/10.

 

in 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.

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