My Favourite Things: January 2016

My Favourite Things is a precursor to TC’s Treasures. Starting in November 2016, all My Favourite Things posts will be known as TC’s Treasures.

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It’s the first Tuesday of a new month, and it’s time to do Raisa and Eirene’s wonderful link-up, My Favourite Things. Two weeks ago, I developed this sudden urge to finally watch some mob movies that have been sitting in front of my TV for months. I’ve always been into mob films, so my boss and I did a movie exchange, but I’d just not been able to watch them yet because of lack of time and not being in the right mood. Well, I finally got in the mood, and I watched The Untouchables, Casino, and a little bit of Scarface with Al Pacino. Having watch those, I watched all the mob movies on my to-watch list with the exception of one, so this month’s favourites will showcase the gangster films I love.

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

I absolutely adore Once Upon a Time in America. This, to me, is the epic of all gangster films. This is actually the first “mainstream” gangster film I saw, and I’m really glad I watched the uber long director’s cut version instead of the craptastic shortened version they released in theatres. This movie has it all — childhood friendship being torn apart by adulthood, the raw drama and love between the characters, the 1920s setting which is my absolute favourite era, and one of the most heart-wrenching, beautiful film soundtracks by Ennio Morricone. Not to mention the brilliant cast consisting of Robert De Niro and James Woods. Then there’s the super ambiguous ending that still puzzles me, but it also fascinates me. This film is meant to be Sergio Leone’s magnum opus, but unfortunately it was panned by the critic when the shortened version came out in theatres. The horrible reviews broke Leone’s heart, and I’m just sorry he’s not alive to see just how much of a masterpiece this film is considered today.

The Untouchables

The Untouchables

I just recently saw The Untouchables, and all I can say is this: why did it take me so long to watch this?! While nothing can take away Once Upon a Time in America’s top spot, this one almost came close. Finally, I watch a film where I like Kevin Costner! And Sean Connery? Oh, my goodness. Just, wow. I was amazed and impressed by those two, along with Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith. Also, Robert De Niro as Al bloody Capone? Guhhhh. I was, almost, a pile of goo after watching this film about these group of men trying to bring down Al Capone. It has a perfect mix of action and drama, and once again that soundtrack by Ennio Morricone?! I can’t stop listening to its main theme. I am so glad my boss had this!

The Godfather

The Godfather

The Godfather trilogy and I had a long history. See, I bought the DVD set, but it took me several years before I finally got around to watching them. And when I did? I was so hooked on the fictional world of the Corleone family. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone is completely riveting to the point that I developed a mad crush on young Al Pacino. And then there’s Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, and I was moved by his presence and performance. It was so gory, but so realistically portrayed.

The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II

Then there’s The Godfather Part II. I have to say I do prefer the first one, but this was a very strong sequel. I particularly enjoyed how they took Vito’s and Michael’s story and had them parallel each other. The contrast between them and how they came to be mob rulers are really compelling. Robert De Niro as young Vito Corleone was brilliant. And while Michael Corleone’s considered a villain in this film, I feel that he’s a tragic hero instead.

Goodfellas

Goodfellas

Goodfellas is a film I’d only seen once so far, but it made enough of an impact on me to put this on my top gangster films list. Honestly, I think the main reason why I loved this film so much is because of Joe Pesci. He’s. Fucking. Amazing. He was also fantastic in Casino, but I feel that Goodfellas is a much stronger film overall. Joe Pesci made the movie for me, and I can so see why he won best supporting actor for his work in this film.

Welp, those are my top gangster films. I’m still hoping to watch the 1930s Scarface one of these days and hope I can stomach that more than the 1980s Scarface with Al Pacino. Long story short — I couldn’t stand Tony Montana, so after 20 minutes, I ended up cutting that one off. Anyway, that aside what are your favourite gangster films if you’re into them? Let me know in the comments, dear readers! ^^

Comments

  1. I’ve never seen any of The Godfather movies, even though I hear they’re great. Unfortunately, unlike you, I don’t really have that much attention span for them. I believe I’ve seen Goodfella’s though.. or maybe it was Scarface, lol I don’t even know.. I’m terrible with them :P

    • I adore these kinds of movies, but I have to be in the mood to watch them. Otherwise, my attention span would be lacking as well XD;;;

  2. Joe Pesci is hilarious. I haven’t seen GoodFellas but I would probably watch it just for him.

    Most people I know prefer the first and third Godfather movies over the second. I only remember the first one, and I remember it being scary haha…

    I haven’t watched many mob films of this type, and I don’t think I enjoy them that much. It might be because I don’t watch movies often and when I feel like watching, it’s usually something comedic or ‘easy’ to watch in a lazy mood.

    • Joe Pesci is awesome. I didn’t find Godfather scary. Well, yes, the violence is scary, but because it’s not happening to me, and it’s all just on the screen, I am able to just watch it XD;; I do prefer movies that make me think more than anything.

  3. YOUR LIST IS EPIC. I have seen all Godfather 3 movies but I admit I didn’t give it the much deserved “leave everything behind” attention. I planned on binge-watching all 3 but I still need to buy a box of Cigars. You know, to go with the theme. Huhu.

    I should watch all the movies you mentioned in this list.

    • I could binge-watch Godfather 1 and 2 a lot, but not 3. I pretend 3 doesn’t exist XD

      I hope you’ll watch them again soon :)

  4. I watched the Godfather films with my dad, but I still need to see Goodfellas! Doesn’t look like it’s on Netflix though. :(

    • I’m surprised Netflix doesn’t have Goodfellas! I hope it comes out soon so you can watch it! ^^

  5. Oh no! I’m not familiar with any of the movies in the list. I’m never a movie junkie anyway, so I shouldn’t be surprised haha I hope to watch more movies this year, hoping I get more extra time! And I’ll try to find copies of these movies you listed. :)

  6. I just realized I’ve never seen a gangster film before. Wow, I am rather uncultured haha. The Godfather is something I’ve always wanted to see and it correctly portrays what gangsters actually are, not some guy wearing a backwards cap and loose jeans.

    • I am not certain just how accurate the gangster life is portrayed in the Godfather . . . but I did read that mobsters loved it when it came out in the 1970s, so I reckon it’s accurate enough XD I do agree that there is something classy about the mob movies like the Godfather, and I think that’s what really appeals to me.

  7. What a cool thing to do! :D it’s so interesting to get to know the different types of films that people like.

    I can’t remember seeing Once Upon a Time in America. I might see if it’s available in one of the online subscriptions I have. :D

    I have never watched The Godfather as an adult to really view it with more mature eyes. I will have to watch that one again too.

    Thanks for sharing these, it’s great that you have a number of mob themed films that you enjoy!

    What about Lawless? Have you seen that one. Although.. it’s more kind of outlawish. But, TOM HARDY. :P

  8. I only recently watched The Godfather films (only 1 and 2! heard bad reviews about the third one), and the finale scene from the first movie was absolutely amazing!

    Have to check these other films, thanks for sharing!

    • The third movie is indeed not that great (to me), so I usually will not include it in my re-watch. No thanks! The finale scene in the first one is definitely amazing. So’s the finale in the second one XD

  9. I love love Goodfellas. Great choices, though I am the first to admit that I haven’t seen any of the Godfather films but they probably aren’t my cup of tea to be honest.

    • Huh, I figure if you like Goodfellas, then you may like the Godfather since they are a similar genre and all. But it’s okay if it’s not your type of movie :)

  10. I don’t think I’ve actually seen any gangster films. I’ve always been curious about the popular ones like The Godfather, but have never attempted them. Maybe I will now!
    Xxx

    • I highly recommend them, but if you’re squeamish about violence, gore, and profane language, then perhaps not ^^;

  11. This post makes me want to watch all of these movies because I’ve seen so few of them! We recently watched Scarface, which I really liked, but we have yet to see the Godfather. It’s right at the top of our list, we just struggle to watch such long movies haha.

    • I couldn’t do Scarface X_X I give you kudos to watching that! I definitely prefer the Godfather over Scarface XD

  12. Funny thing I just watched all of these just a few years ago. Godfather was definitely an epic one, but also one that kept me up at night for some days. I love how you listed them!
    Once Upon in China – I think I will have to pull that out of my archives and re-watch it!!

    • Ooooh! Glad to know there are others who watch mob films and enjoy them :D And I’m surprised you’ve seen Once Upon a Time in America since that one is the most least “known” one on the list! Still, glad you’ve seen it!

  13. I’ve been meaning to watch most of the movies on your list! Especially the Godfather trilogy. I feel like I’m missing out by not seeing it. When it comes to gangster type films, I’m a big fan of Hong Kong triad movies XD

    • Ah, I need to check out more Japanese yakuza films and Hong Kong triad films when I run out of American mob films LOL

  14. Oooh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen American gangster films but I’ll definitely reference this post if I ever do decide on seeing them. Especially the Godfather trilogy, I feel like I’m missing out on something great haha.

    • At the least watch Godfather 1 and 2 :D They are the most popular and most well-known on my list XD

  15. I haven’t seen most of these films but I saw the Godfather movies! But Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are great. I remember Jackie Chan talking about Robert De Niro and how he wants to be an actor first, a fighter second (like De Niro).

    • Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are both amazing actors. They really play the mob films well!

  16. It’s pretty cool how you like mob films! I don’t think I watched any in the recent years @___@. (Boo at me and my obsession over hero movies).

    I’ve heard of people referring ot The Godfather a lot. Especially during banquets or formal events where guys are supposedly dressed up like some guy in the movie. I think this is the mob movie I’ll give a try at if I have a chance!

    Once Upon a Time in America sounds like an interesting movie. It’s interesting to know how mobs were a thing back then and not so much these days. ‘Gangsters’ these days are a whole different topic. Goodfellas sound so familiar, but I can’t make the connection

    • Do give Godfather a chance! It’s really “classy” in some ways, if that makes any sense XD;;;

  17. My favorite one by far would have to be goodfellas. I could watch that movie over and over again. Never gets old

  18. I’m not really into mob films. I tried to watch the Godfather, but it was waaay too long for me to try it. I think I’ll definitely give it another go though. New year, new me. Lol. Marlon Brando is hella hot; I actually have his biography, which I need to get round to reading.

    Truthfully, I haven’t watched any of the films listed, but I am always looking to extend of genre horizon so I’ll definitely be adding these to my list :)

    • Well, if you do watch them, let me know what you think! I understand that mob films is not for everyone, but I hope you will like it this time around!

  19. Not really a fan of gangster films but I’ve heard of Godfather references in a lot of the TV shows I watch which makes me really curious!

    • I do recommend the Godfather if you were to choose one gangster film to watch. Once Upon a Time in America is my absolute favourite, but I can see that not appealing to everyone, while the Godfather would. ^^;

  20. Godfather is one of my favorites!!! EVERY TIME it is on tv I have to watch it. Even if its the 100th time I am viewing it – it is just one of those classic movies that still is amazing!!!

    • Yes! It’s definitely a classic :D I can watch it all the time and never get tired of it. ^^

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