Sometimes you have to be a guy. It doesn’t matter what century it is, it doesn’t matter how cultural you might be, how "evolved" your thinking is and how equality and bla bla bla, sometimes you have to be a guy. A real guy. Now, you can go the modern way , get drunk with your buddies and staple something to your forehead while filming it on your iphone or you can be classy and go old school, get a nice suit and be a wiseguy. The best kind of guy.
Jimmy was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies."
For us to live any other way was nuts. To us those goody-good people who worked shitty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work and worried about bills, were dead.
They were suckers. They had no balls. If we wanted something, we just took it."
Every time I watch the goodfellas I feel the testosterone levels in my blood rising. My testicles are getting bigger just by connotation, just by watching the film. These guys are tough, real tough. In a good way. An entertaining way. Joe Pesci is tough. Fuck, if Pesci can be tough so can I. right? I mean, ok, I am no Robert deniro, and ray leote is a pretty boy, but Pesci? Really? Yes, really. He was tough as nails. And that was the beauty of it all.
These were wiseguys, they weren’t boxers, they weren’t soldiers fighting to see who is stronger, no, it's a different set of rule, where the balls are more important than the brawn.
I know there are women who would have gotten out the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on."
Other than the obvious great acting, the brilliant dialogues and the epic voiceover, goodfellas became a cult movie among men all over the world because it is traditional, it has an old fashioned sense of internal logic to it. Rules are rules, the game is what it is, stand tall and take it like a man.
Jimmy : What's the fuckin' matter with you? What - what is the fuckin' matter with you? What are you, stupid or what? Tommy, Tommy, I'm kidding with you. What the fuck are you doin'? What are you, a fuckin' sick maniac?
Tommy:How am I meant to know you're kidding? What you mean, you're kidding? You breaking my fuckin' balls?"
The essential simplistic worldview we can embrace. Well, at least in the movies, where we are all men. Real men.So you know the lines, you remember the jokes, you rinse and repeat.
That's how a cult is made, that's how this brotherhood of men work. Grunting into the sunset with our new found set of false idols in expensive Italian suits and funny accents. We are easy that way, we get swept away you know.And let's face it.
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."
Who doesn’t want to be a gangster?Yes, the one with the R in the end, not the blingbling gangsta. The real deal, with meatballs. Huge meatballs.