This one is obligatory for a few reasons. First, Bill Murray. Second, Peter Boyle. Third, it’s the first adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s life for the big screen. Pre-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, this was the only way you could see Great Gonzo’s life in moving pictures. Now it’s a semi-forgotten classic that garners you instant cool points for eve knowing about. You’ve got those points, now get some extra points by actually watching the movie. Go ahead and close the browser right now and find a copy of this somewhere. Go ahead. This article will be here when you get back. (Editor’s Note: Do Not Leave. Keep Reading).
Great cast, great subject material, great movie. Our only complaint? Where the hell is Humphrey Bogart? He only founded the Rat Pack. Either way, you’re going to get an inside look into the world of a group known as “The Summit” or “The Clan” (but never “The Rat Pack”) by its members. These guys were the original kings of cool who knew how to drink their own weight in gin while still putting on a great show.
Like The Godfather but real, or an updated version of Mean Streets, Goodfellas shows you the nitty-gritty life of an American gangster. Henry Hill is certainly no hero and his post-mafioso life is nothing to envy. His glory years, however, are a gripping yarn about a meteoric rise to the top and summary fall to the gutter. Also, it’s got Joe Pesci at his absolute manic best. What guy under the age of 40 doesn’t have the “I’m a clown? I amuse you?” scene committed to memory? Every time you’re in a dive bar and the final part of “Layla” comes on the juke, don’t act like you aren’t pretending you’re a made man.