When we first got married, I was so obsessed with this passion/”problem” that one day he stood in front of me and said, “You know this isn’t normal at all, right?”
So now I try to sneak in when he’s not at home, or sometimes when he’s upstairs practicing the keyboard. I can’t seem to help myself. He catches me a lot, but I don’t care. I’m just getting ready for a biting comment, or at least a giant eye roll.
I’m going to share my obsession with you before your mind starts going in all directions and I have to hit you. But it has to stay between us, okay? An omerta, just like it is.
Y’all are bad. At one point, I came home from get off work every day and put it on. I am now cutting down about two to three times a week. I can see you rolling your eyes – like my significant other – and I’m totally fine with that.
Based on the true story of mob accomplice turned government star witness Henry Hill tells the story of how Hill went from being a boy in love with organised crime to losing everything. Pesci alone deserves admission, as his portrayal of rogue Tommy DeSimon is a masterclass in how to play a ruthless killer.
The movie took me down a rabbit hole where I could read everything about the real life behind the characters, including the Nicholas Pilegi book on which the movie was based.
When it played in theaters, I couldn’t see “Goodfellas” many times because I was young and definitely broke. But once it was on DVD and later streaming, it became my jam. I even keep the sanitized TV version on my DVR because – to be honest – I don’t like profanity and violence like stories.
This may sound odd to anyone who claims to love a movie that seems to glorify mob life, but it isn’t. Goodfellas, directed by film guru Scorsese, is actually a solid take on how the Mafia is anything but glamorous.
However, we still can’t help but love a movie like this.
Long before The Godfather, there was the 1927 silent film Underworld, which set the template for films about the rise and fall of gangsters.
While most of us—I hope—neither want to break the law or break the law, we recognize that in many ways these stories are as American as apple pie. At their core, they are about family bonds, tradition, ambition and the pursuit of a better life than you have.
It’s about being almost fearless when it comes to pursuing whatever you want. Deep down in our hearts, whether we like to admit it or not, there is a little admiration for those who are willing to do whatever it takes.
At the same time, we are ostracized by those who harm others and commit acts of violence. In this regard, gangster movies still keep us satisfied, because (spoiler alert) truly evil people always get their retribution in the form of death or imprisonment.
There is no “Happy From Here” when your business is built on destroying other people’s lives.
With all this, how can you not love these movies? I can not.
So much so that “good guy” has become an integral part of my “how cool you and I will be” test when I meet new people. If I say “fun?” and don’t reply “in a funny way, like I’m a clown, like I’m teasing you?” I know we can only go so far on this.