Film Summary: Goodfellas A young half-Irish and half-Italian boy named Henry Hill works at a cab stand in East New York, Brooklyn in 1965, for Paulie Cicero; a mob boss. Henry ran errands for the mob such as; bombing and lighting cars on fire. Henry’s father finds out that he is skipping school in return beats him. After the mob finds out about Henry’s issue with the school they threaten the mail carrier to send all of Henry’s school mail to them. Later, he meets Jimmy Conway who at the time is one of the most feared guys in the city because he is a known hitman, he would steal trucks full of cigarettes, alcohol, among other things. At the age of eleven, Jimmy has himself arrested for the first time and was doing hits for the bosses at the age of sixteen. Henry meets a young Italian boy named Tommy who is around the same age as Henry. Jimmy steals a truck full of cigarettes which Henry and Tommy sell on the streets. This results in Henry’s first arrest for selling stolen cigarettes on the streets. Fast forward to Idlewild Airport (modern day JFK Airport) 1963 where Henry and Tommy are stealing trucks from the airport, in which they conspire with truck drivers. Henry Hill, Tommy, and a security guard meet at a restaurant to plan to steal four hundred and twenty thousand dollars from Air France. Tommy brings Henry Hill along on a double date and introduces him to Karen a young Jewish woman who later becomes Henry’s wife. On June 11, 1970, Billy Batts, a mobster in the
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The film starts out in a predominantly Italian American neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York in the mid 1950s. The values that were held the highest at that time in place were family and money. The film's other major setting is John F Kennedy Airport, which is the scene of many of the hijackings and robberies that occur in the movie.
In the film Green Mile, different sociological theories and concepts can be useful in considering how societies rule our behaviors in life within different cultural places and times. A theory developed by sociologist Emile Durkheim known as the functionalist perspective profoundly applies through out the film. Concepts that are also seen in the film includes: human agency, norms, folkways, mores, and master status with a few theories and concepts of deviance.
With regards to Goodfellas, the film starts off by stating that the main character Henry Hill from as far back as he could remember always wanted to be a gangster, which is another term for mobster. Particularly, he started off working at the cab stand across the street at just about ten or eleven years old, and the cab stand was a place where mobsters worked. His parents who were working class citizens, and made lousy money were happy that he had found a job because his father had always believed that American kids were spoiled rotten. Furthermore, as he progressed into the field of a mobster living he was
The critically acclaimed film, Goodfellas, is a gangster crime drama that features an incredible amount of talent. Household names such as: Robert De Niro (Jimmy Conway), Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito), Paul Sorvino (Paul Cicero), and promising stars like Ray Liotta (Henry Hill) and Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill), attracted numerous Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. That type of cast power, linked with the signature talent of Martin Scorsese as a director, made for cinematic gold. Unquestionably, the actors and actresses did an excellent job augmenting the verisimilitude of this film and compelling audiences to empathize with their characters. But the cinematography in this film plays just as large a role in having audiences feel what the characters are feeling at a specific moment. Through the use of freeze frames, we learn of significant moments that shape Henry into the man that he is. By means of first-person narration we are able to know exactly what is going through a particular character’s mind. Finally, wonderful editing made great use of point of view and multiple jump cuts, which added to the sensation that we are undergoing the same experiences as the characters on screen. I will go into further detail and specify scenes that convey these elements as the essay progresses. Altogether, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas effectively depicts paramount scenes and allows the audience to empathize with the characters by virtue of stylistic editing and cinematography.
Fight Club: every white man’s favorite movie and my worst nightmare turned reality. Much of the novel version of Fight Club struggles with this issues of toxic masculinity, feminization, and emotional constipation. No character addresses these topics better than Robert Paulson, better known as Big Bob; it is his character that serves as a catalyst for both The Narrator, and Project Mayhem.
Henry Hill was just the average kid growing up. He had a job parking cadillacs for Paulie and went to school just like all of the other kids. He always wanted to be a gangster growing up. Henry stopped going to school and started working for Paulie. When he worked for Paulie he was doing illegal acts; robbing money from vehicles at the airport, selling cigarettes off the street, and killing.
Siegel became a hit man for Luciano and instead of ordering others in Murder Inc. to go and kill the targets; he would go and commit the assassinations himself because it gave him a thrill (Carter 182). As Siegel, Lansky, and Luciano became close to one another, and business began to grow, Lansky and Luciano needed somewhere to put the money. Lansky and Luciano asked Siegel to go and look at a bank that they had chosen. Siegel went to the bank, and hated it he claimed it was too easy to rob and a few weeks later Siegel robbed the very same bank for eight thousand dollars (Carter 180). This relationship practically created Las Vegas, and eventually led to the death of Bugsy Siegel. After a few years of working together the three mobsters began to spread their business westward towards Los Angeles, and who better to run the operations than the suave Siegel? Luciano asked Siegel to go to L.A. and keep watch over their businesses there (Bugsy Siegel Encyclopaedia par. 3). It was here that Siegel began to have many mistresses, including Virginia Hill, even after his wife Estelle Krakower, married since 1929, bore him two girls (Carter 187, 180; PBS par. 5). When in L.A. Siegel met up with one of his childhood friends George Raft (PBS par. 6). It was also through Raft that Siegel met Jean Harlow, Siegel’s soon to be daughter’s godmother (PBS par. 6). While in L.A. Siegel began to dream of a gambling oasis in the desert. Siegel found the little town
Martin Charles Scorsese was born November 17, 1942. Suffering from asthma, he spent most of his time watching movies and by the time he was eight, he was already drawing his own storyboards that were directed/produced by himself. Although he considered going into priesthood, making movies was Scorsese’s true calling and he went on to make some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Incorporating themes from his Italian American roots into his visceral, cinematic storytelling that has influenced generations of filmmakers. He is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. Scorsese 's body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also notable for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity. Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history. For three decades Scorsese has been at the forefront of American cinema. Its most avid champion and often its most electrifying practioner. The most cinematic of directors, he has also been among the most formally restless and exploratory, evolving an obsessive-compulsive mise-en-scene based on dynamic, agile camerawork and radical editing rhythms.
In the film, Good Will Hunting, the main character, Will Hunting, is a gifted mathematician who struggles to find a productive and fruitful life. Throughout the film, Will displays outstanding and one-of-a-kind abilities in the field of mathematics. However, his emotional and social intelligence falls far behind his intellectual intelligence. With a rap sheet stocked full with assault and aggression, Will must navigate himself through life by learning to trust, love, and learn.
I have watched a considerable number of movies this semester so it was hard to choose which one to analyze. It came down to “Remember the Titans” or “Good Will Hunting”. However, the movie that I will be analyzing is “Good Will Hunting”. The reason I chose this movie is that it can be analyzed in many different ways. I will be analyzing different scenes of the movie and analyze them from different angles. I will be analyzing about the symbolism that is happening in the movie. I will be analyzing many different things about the movie. The first thing I will analyze in this movie is the symbolism of things, objects, colors, and
Jeffrey Lebowski represented a pacifist 60’s anti-war student leader that grew up and is lost in the materialistic world. He is the zeitgeist of the 60’s, he is groovy yet also is also a lazy stoner that is usually in his pajamas or bowling shoes.” He means no harm to anyone and even attends his landlords dance recital after promises him he would go to it. Lebowski is introduced to the audience as “The Dude” and proves to be the most just and kind persona in the film; this is made easy by the shady and ploys that are only in their self-interests. He drinks often and sometimes smokes away his daily pains, and is continually confronted even when he trying to just chill. Infact there are nine separate time throughout the movie where he goes
On the sketchy and narrow road, a speeding car passes Frank and Joe Hardy, who are on their motorcycles. Out for a Saturday morning ride and an errand for their father, the boys are angry with the reckless driver who appeared to have red hair. They continue to drive to Willowville. The boys decide to stop at Chet Morton’s house on the way back. Chet is a close friend of the Hardy boys. On the way back they find a crashed vehicle but don't see anyone nearby or injured.
In the film Silver Linings Playbook, by David O. Russel, delineates two primary characters, Patrick Solitano Jr. also, Tiffany Maxwell, that both battle with mental clutters. Patrick Solitano, who was a previous secondary teacher, gets his significant other in the shower with another man (the history educator) while his wedding tune was playing, in this way in a split second getting to be plainly vicious. Because of going wild on the history instructor, he needs to burn through eight months in a psych ward, and is determined to have bipolar turmoil. Then again, we have Tiffany Maxwell, who is tossed into an ocean of gloom because of a sudden auto crash that murders her better half.
After the death of Tommy everything fell apart. Jimmy turned his back on Henry leading to Henry later “ratting” on the organization. Overall, the plot could be shown as; Henry works his way up through the system in the Mafia, it also shows his hardships throughout the movie. The movie also introduces the life of a gangster during that time period, it showed how one day everything could be fine and the next not so well.
In the film Pulp fiction, Quentin Tarantino decided to make the film non-linear in order to keep the attention of the audience as well help develop the story. Tarantino has been know to tell most of his narratives in this very disjointed manner. The non-linear order in all of his films helps to develop the characters much more before you get to see how they are related to the main narrative. It also helps to keep the audience’s attention and makes them really focus on the individual scenes presented in the film. You can tell that Tarantino wants the audience to pay close attention to the main narrative as well as the message behind the film because he has always presented his films this way. Although there are benefits of this type of disjointed narrative, there are also a few things that could go wrong with them.