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« #90 : April 06, 2018, 07:54:32 AM »

I think I prefer Goodfellas. Maybe. But, if Casino has come out first, I’ve got a feeling that the tables would be turned in terms of fan status today.

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« #91 : April 06, 2018, 09:45:28 AM »

But, if Casino has come out first, I’ve got a feeling that the tables would be turned in terms of fan status today.
I've got that feeling as well . . .



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« #92 : April 06, 2018, 11:14:53 AM »

I don't think so. The main thing is that Casino is harder to watch while THe Goodfellas is the cooler one.

The Goodfellas has everything that people like in 90's movies: fresh take on the good old gangster movie, over the top narration that plays with codes and many other things. It's something that works with movie goers, it's a known fact. In a way, it's Martin Scorsese meets Tarantino, or early PTA. The most important thing is it's only fun and gore until the final 40 minutes: it doesn't take itself too seriously to forget to be entertaining.

Casino has a lot of that, just way less. It's more of an auteur film. It tries to tell at least 5 stories (rise and fall of the self made man, a love story, a friendship story, Las Vegas' history, America's history) where The Goodfellas focuses on only 2 (Henry Hill, and organized crime in NYC for a few decades). Casino is about much more than organized crime, which is why its main character is also way more complex (which means harder to "get") than Henry Hill. Casino features way more scenes that describe complex processes instead of following the protagonist, while The Goodfellas only does it a couple of times, and it stays utterly down to earth each time.

I guess I'm just explaining something quite obvious: while these two movies look very similar, only one is mainstream. I watch The Goodfellas once a year, Casino maybe once every 3 year. Many people over the year have told me they got bored several times when watching Casino. Almost nobody ever told me that about The Goodfellas (some people don't like the final 40 minutes though, it's too dark or them).

I won't waste much time in arguing why Casino is in another league though: they both rock, if you like either of them you're good to go.

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« #93 : April 07, 2018, 08:24:02 AM »

Holy shit, n_l just knocked his post out of the park!  O0



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« #94 : April 07, 2018, 05:36:36 PM »

No “The” in “Goodefellas.” It’s like “Facebook”  ;)


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« #95 : April 08, 2018, 02:05:05 AM »

Drop the « the »  ;D

The French title is “Les Affranchis” (kind of “the emancipated”), hence my mistake. Also I have to say I never totally understood the use of “the” in English.



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« #96 : April 08, 2018, 08:35:45 AM »

No “The” in “Goodefellas.” It’s like “Facebook”  ;)

Not like The Johnny Be Goodefelals? Or is that the sequel?


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