Three sentence movie reviews: Goodfellas

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Some elements of this movie (the multiple freeze frames, the voice overs) seem a bit dated, but overall, it’s still a gripping and enjoyable descent.  There are plenty of scenes that are magical in the configurations* and the acting is fabulous.  And, holy crap, there’s Samuel L. Jackson playing the doomed Stacks Edwards.

Cost:  $3.00
Where watched:  at the Laurelhurst

*My favorites:  the trip through the kitchen of the Copa followed by Karen’s wide-eyed question “What do you do?”; the perfection of blending “Layla” with a montage of dead and discarded gangsters; the claustrophobic build of the busy last day before the Hills got busted.  It also has one of the best lines in movie history:  As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

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  • balyien

    Gosh, it's been ages since I've seen this film. I love Joe Pesci in it. I end up quoting "but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you?" on a startlingly frequent basis.

  • Patricia

    That quote was the reason I saw the movie. I had a friend who used to say it often enough that I wondered why I hadn't seen the movie.

  • Sara K.

    Wow! I have not seen this gem since it came out. Joe Pesci is hilarious!

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