BEST SCENE EVER #56

GOODFELLAS directed by Martin Scorsese

Genre: Thriller

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a “made guy,” an actual member of the crime family.

Rating: 9.5/10

Note: well, I did cook italian (even sicilian) this week-end, and I always think about this scene when I am cutting garlic or onions.

Extra: the song is “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin

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BEST SCENE EVER # 41

– AMERICAN GANGSTER directed by Ridley Scott starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

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Genre : Thriller- Crime- Drama

Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin (Denzel Washington) who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. 

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver for one of the inner city’s leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream.

Rating : 7.5/10

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BEST SONGS

– “Atomic” by Blondie from the movie Trainspotting directed by Danny Boyle

TRAINSPOTTING directed by Danny Boyle

Genre : Drama

Trainspotting the 1996 Danny Boyle’s drama takes you in the life of those who have ventured into the darker corners of addiction know that one of its few consolations, once the fun has worn off, is the camaraderie with fellow practitioners. Substance abuse sets the user apart from the daily lives of ordinary people. No matter how well the addict may seem to be functioning, there is always the secret agenda, the knowledge that the drug of choice is more important than the mundane business at hand, such as friends, family, jobs, play and sex.

Terrifying !

Rating : 7/10

BEST SONG

– “You never can tell” by Chuck Berry

from PULP FICTION directed by Quentin Tarantino

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Genre: Thriller

Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation.

Rating: 9/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 39

TRAINING DAY directed by Antoine Fuqua starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke

BEST SCENE EVER # 37

– Malcom X directed by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington

BEST SCENE EVER # 36

– Troy directed by Wolfgang Petersen

Hector chose to save Paris over honor, true heroism …

BEST SCENE EVER # 35

– Casino directed by Martin Scorsese

BEST SCENE EVER # 34

Pay it Forward directed by Richard LaGravenese starring Kevin Spacey

“How about possible?”

Enjoy a slice of optimism, so sweet… an excellent movie.

BEST SCENE EVER # 33

– The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola