Monday, November 02, 2009

Movie Monday

This week's movie topic is all about Mobsters...

I hate to be so damn predictable, but I must go with the Corleones. I saw The Godfather for the first time at a highly impressionable age and my primary takeaway was that you could have sex standing against a door. Who knew?

Repeated viewings, however, convinced me that I and II are among the best movies ever made. The lush soundtrack, the meticulous attention to detail, the performances (no one in this movie has been better elsewhere -- except Keaton, she kinda sucks as Kay) and, oh, the dialog:

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
"I made him an offer he couldn't refuse."
"Read the papers! That's your husband! That's your husband!"
"Today I settled all family business."
"I don't want my brother coming out of the john with his dick in hands."
"I don't need to wipe out everybody. Just my enemies."
"I know it was you. Fredo, you broke my heart!"

The dark side to these masterpieces is, of course, how quickly we are seduced into abandoning our own moral compasses and cheering for the bad guys. Make no mistake about it -- everyone in these movies is a bad guy. Even the ones, like Sonny and the Don, that we come to feel affection for.

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  1. The Godfather is a great movie (and the book is even better). Good choice!

  2. I haven't seen The Godfather in ages -- not since it was shown as a double feature with The Little Mermaid in college. I chose a more comedic track this week. My list.

  3. Hahaha - Heather's double feature is a riot!

    We own the trilogy and I must have seen all of them front to back several times - but the majority of my viewing is in bits and pieces as I flip channels and they are always on somewhere. So I get confused by the plot piecing it all together that way. I need to read the book. And then watch them all over again - except for the last one. That one can stay in the box.

    P.S. I thought you were going to give me a nice oldie like On The Waterfront. Brando was better to look at in that one ;0)

  4. Interesting observation at the end of your post. It's true, we find ourselves cheering for the bad guy in lot's of movies. If you want to come on by here’s movie list

  5. The Godfather had some great quotes, and I did watch it a couple of times, but I didn't really like it. Probably for the reason you said. I couldn't get past what the characters had done enough to like them.


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