Ultimate 90’s Blogathon: Goodfellas (1990) by MovieRob

Ultimate 90's blogathon

Next up is MovieRob. MovieRob is the blogosphere’s movie watching beast! If you head over to his blog, you’ll see so many reviews already done.  He runs a monthly segment called Genre Grandeur and on this milestones, he’ll do various franchises or invite fellow bloggers to join in on a Movies From the Hat segment. If you haven’t followed him, you should to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun! He’s giving us a look at a 90’s favorite, Goodfellas.

Its all yours, Rob!

Huge thanks to Kim and Drew for hosting this awesome blogathon.

Here’s my review of Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas“For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world. ” – Henry Hill

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’90. cable, video, 8 May 2008 and 2 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of a New York gangster during the 60’s and 70’s.

My Take on it – This is one of the best films of the 90’s and it gives us an excellent look at how the life of New York mobsters were run in the 60’s and 70’s

The cast is superb and a little known Ray Liotta plays the lead role so well.  He is joined by excellent performances by Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino.

This is Director Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece IMHO mainly because he is able to manipulate the audience into caring and in some cases even loving these characters no matter how terrible the things they do are.

In some ways, it is quite easy to see this as a continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather series and it’s somewhat ironic that the final chapter of that series and this film both vied for Best Picture in 1990.

Love how this film tries to show us the ‘modern effects’ of the mob on society.

This allows us to feel the realism of the story.

This film is classified as a biopic despite the fact that we will never truly know how much is fact and how much is fiction.

This is one of Scorsese’s best film mainly because of the fact that it feels so realistic and that the characters are so strongly created and likeable to us.

Bottom Line – Excellent look at the life of mobsters in New York in the 70’s. Scorsese does an amazing job getting us to love these characters despite everything they do. In some ways, its easy to see that this is a continuation of Coppola’s Godfather series to show the ‘modern’ effects of the mob on society. Works really well as a biopic despite the fact that we’ll never really know how much is true. Amazing cast led by little known Liotta.  One of Scorsese’s best films to date because of the realism and strong characters. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The now-legendary Steadicam trip through the nightclub kitchen was a happy accident. Scorsese had been denied permission to go through the front, and had to improvise an alternative. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)

Thanks to MovieRob for a great review! 🙂
Tomorrow’s entry will be over at Drew’s Movie Reviews, remember to head over there to check it out!

Stardust (2007)

This week seems to be birthday week for celebrities.  We have Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis.  I was struggling to find a movie to watch for the next review and with that, I debated between “I am Sam” and “Stardust”.  Stardust won that battle.  Its one of those really fun adventure, romance and fantasy stories that I love.  I’ve had a tiring week (as I’ve mentioned SO many times before), so this seemed like a good choice to relax a bit 🙂

stardust posterDirector: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Kate Magowan, Mark Strong, Ricky Gervais

In the village of Wall, a boy Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox) sees a shooting star fall out of the sky and in pursuit for a girl, he promises her that he will get her that star even if it means crossing into the unknown on the other side of the guarded wall.  At the same time, he learns of the magical story of his parents and his life and this leads him to have to travel across the wall to search for his mother as well.  Travelling unexpectedly to the unknown, he crashes (literally) into a beautiful girl, Yvaine (Claire Danes) who turns out to be the shooting star he was looking for.  However, while he is trying to lead Yvaine back to Wall to see the girl he likes, they also learn that Yvaine is seeked by an old (and evil) witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wants to cut out her heart to regain her and her sister’s youth.  Tristan has to protect Yvaine in the process.  In addition, the magical world is also going through a leader dilemma as the former king on his death bed sent out a gem that will only change back to the original color with the destined heir who finds it.  With coincidence, it also leads to their search for Yvaine and Tristan.  As Yvaine and Tristan escape, their paths are intertwined with friends such as Captain Shakespeare (Robert DeNiro) and not just enemies.  They both also learn a little bit more about what love is.  As the narrator (Ian McKellan) says at the beginning: “This is a story about how Tristan Thorn becomes a man, a greater challenge altogether.”

stardust

This movie is adapted from a book by Neil Gaiman and thats something I didn’t know for so many years that I’ve been watching it.  I’ve never read or heard of the book so I’ll probably need to look it up someday.  I’m a huge fan of this flick.  Its magical, fun, humorous and just completely adventurous.  The story itself is so cute and just brings up this desire to fall in love and how love is quite magical in its own way.

stardust yvaine

The main characters have to be Claire Danes.  I’m a big fan of hers.  I haven’t seen her in a whole lot of stuff but every time I’ve seen on her scene, she has this elegance to her.  I don’t consider an absolutely beauty but she has a very elegant feeling to her when she talks and when she acts.  In this movie, we see both her as Yvaine and Charlie Cox (who I have never seen in anything else) as Tristan being pretty naive youngsters. They do a very good job at it.

stardust robert deniro

My favorite character was Robert DeNiro as Captain Shakespeare.  He plays a role where he pretends to be someone else to live up to his reputation.  As the Captain of a flying ship and following his father’s footsteps, he hides the fact that he actually is into plays and acting and occasionally dresses up in gowns and prances around with fans and whatnot.  Robert DeNiro is very much a manly man but its refreshing and funny to see him do this particular role.  It always makes me smile 🙂

stardust lamia

I watched this movie in honor of Michelle Pfeiffer’s birthday. Her role as the evil Lamia was amazing.  But then, when is she not, right? I’m a huge Michelle Pfeiffer fan and same with Meg Ryan, I have a lot of catching up to do for her movies as well.  In this one, she is so awesome.  And her makeup as an old woman is quite worth the applause because it is very convincing.  When she needs to pull out the evil side, she does it in such a convincing way from her expressions to the tone of voice.

stardust lamia and sisters

Stardust has a fantastic cast and I love the story.  What makes this movie very good is that its a little over 2 hours long and I never feel the length of it at all.  Its not because all the movies nowadays are at least 2.5 hours long but rather, this movie doesn’t give you too much of a down period and keeps the adventures going and moves the storyline along very efficiently.

If you haven’t seen Stardust, I highly recommend it.  Its fun and amusing.  Its like entering into a fantasy magical world and meeting all your fairy tales good and bad all at once.  Plus, its about searching for true love, with princes, pirates, witches and a hero that shines through to his full potential when he becomes a man.

I’m a bit late for the talented Michelle Pfeiffer’s birthday.  Are you a fan of Michelle Pfeiffer? What made you like her or dislike her?