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« #75 : October 18, 2015, 02:49:08 PM »

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I think I missed his masterclass (the other week?) so that will be hard :)



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« #76 : November 12, 2015, 02:21:08 PM »

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Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 heist retold in 'Goodfellas'
By TOM HAYS
 
NEW YORK (AP) -- An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia's strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas."
A federal jury reached the verdict at a Brooklyn racketeering trial where it heard testimony that portrayed 80-year-old Vincent Asaro as a throwback to an era when New York's five organized crime families comprised a secret society that committed brazen crimes and settled scores with bloodshed.
Asaro, whose father and grandfather were members of the secretive Bonanno crime family, "was born into that life and he fully embraced it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicyn Cooley said in closing arguments. His devotion to the Bonannos "was as permanent as the 'death before dishonor' tattoo on his arm," she added.
The defense accused prosecutors of relying on shady paid cooperators, including Asaro's cousin Gaspare Valenti. They argued that the witnesses had incentive to frame Asaro to escape lengthy prison terms of their own.
"These are despicable people," defense lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio said in her closing. "They are accomplished liars."
At trial, prosecutors described how Asaro rose through the ranks and developed an "unbreakable bond" with the more notorious James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, the late Lucchese crime family associate who orchestrated the holdup at the Lufthansa cargo terminal at Kennedy Airport. Taking the witness stand last month, Valenti testified that Asaro and Burke killed a suspected informant with a dog chain in 1969 before ordering Valenti to help bury the body.
Valenti also testified that Asaro drafted him for the Lufthansa heist, telling him, "Jimmy Burke has a big score at the airport coming up, and you're invited to go."
When he learned about the mountain of $100 bills and jewels taken from a Lufthansa vault, Asaro was "very happy, really euphoric." Valenti testified. "We thought there was going to be $2 million in cash and there was $6 million."
In the aftermath, Asaro survived a bloodbath portrayed in "Goodfellas," with Robert De Niro's character going ballistic over fellow mobsters' purchases of flashy cars and furs and, fearing they would attract law enforcement attention, having them whacked. Prosecutors claimed he collected at least $500,000 from the score but had a gambling problem and squandered it away at the racetrack.
Jurors heard recordings made by Valenti on which Asaro complained in a profanity-laced rant, "We never got our right money, what we were supposed to get. ... Jimmy kept everything."
He also was taped lamenting, "I'm the only wise guy left in the neighborhood."


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« #77 : November 13, 2015, 06:04:58 AM »


In the aftermath, Asaro survived a bloodbath portrayed in "Goodfellas," with Robert De Niro's character going ballistic over fellow mobsters' purchases of flashy cars and furs and, fearing they would attract law enforcement attention, having them whacked.
That's the suggestion the movie makes, but I'm not sure that's what really happened. It's more likely that Jimmy just wanted all the money for himself and whacked his partners so he wouldn't have to divvy up the spoils.



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« #78 : November 13, 2015, 11:59:36 AM »

I think I missed his masterclass

I think you were afraid.




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« #79 : November 13, 2015, 12:02:19 PM »

I think you were afraid...

... of YOU bullying me once again.



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« #80 : April 05, 2018, 01:29:46 AM »

Saw it again yesterday. Still a near masterpiece. Still learning new stuff about filmmaking by watching it for the 100th time.

What struck me this time is how each scene is treated as a full piece with its own little story and emotions: each one could be a separate short movie (with its own protagonist). It results in an incredibly lively, substantial and dense movie.

Of course, Thelma's masterful editing perfectly ties everything together so the inherent flaw of such a structure is brilliantly dodged.



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« #81 : April 05, 2018, 10:36:45 AM »

Saw it again yesterday. Still a near masterpiece. Still learning new stuff about filmmaking by watching it for the 100th time.

What struck me this time is how each scene is treated as a full piece with its own little story and emotions: each one could be a separate short movie (with its own protagonist). It results in an incredibly lively, substantial and dense movie.

Of course, Thelma's masterful editing perfectly ties everything together so the inherent flaw of such a structure is brilliantly dodged.

Why only a NEAR masterpiece? Just call it the masterpiece that it is!


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« #82 : April 05, 2018, 11:19:50 AM »

Because it lacks some of the grandeur you'll find in Casino. In the end, The Goodfellas is nothing more than a documentary about a mob's life disguised as a drama. It's exactly as good as it can get so it's 9/10, but it isn't masterpiece material. It's near masterpiece material.

In a way that's just semantics because that movie is awesome, but I need something to distinguish the top of the top of the top from the top.



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« #83 : April 05, 2018, 11:25:10 AM »

Because it lacks some of the grandeur you'll find in Casino. In the end, The Goodfellas is nothing more than a documentary about a mob's life disguised as a drama. It's exactly as good as it can get so it's 9/10, but it isn't masterpiece material. It's near masterpiece material.

In a way that's just semantics because that movie is awesome, but I need something to distinguish the top of the top of the top from the top.

Goodfellas is better than Casino.


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« #84 : April 05, 2018, 11:38:40 AM »

Maybe, but 9/10 is alright.


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« #85 : April 05, 2018, 12:10:44 PM »

Because it lacks some of the grandeur you'll find in Casino. In the end, The Goodfellas is nothing more than a documentary about a mob's life disguised as a drama. It's exactly as good as it can get so it's 9/10, but it isn't masterpiece material. It's near masterpiece material.
I agree. The ending--with Henry Hill appealing directly to the camera for absolution--is a weakness. Not that that drug-pushing piece of shit wouldn't be trying to justify himself up until the very end, but Scorsese should not have let him off the hook like that.

I do prefer Casino. The ending is stronger, and it's got Rickles.



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« #86 : April 05, 2018, 02:23:19 PM »

Casinoís advantages: Rickles, Sharon Stone, the cornfield scene


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« #87 : April 05, 2018, 03:17:00 PM »

Casinoís advantages: Rickles, Sharon Stone, the cornfield scene
. . . and Jimmy Woods. You're right about the cornfield scene, though.



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« #88 : April 05, 2018, 03:37:05 PM »

. . . and Jimmy Woods. You're right about the cornfield scene, though.

You're right, Woods is very good as the creepy junkie pimp. And the hilarious scene where the FBI guys surveilling Rothstein's property run out of gas and have to land the plane there!

Look, Casino is a very good movie. No doubt. But it ain't Goodfellas.


Casino is glitz, Goodfellas is grit.

And once you're bashing Goodfellas' ending, how about Casino's, with the complaints that Vegas is no longer the same and has become a corporation. Is that a good ending? Come on ...


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« #89 : April 05, 2018, 11:16:39 PM »

Of course it is. That ending isnít only about Vegas.



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