I don’t think there’s anything that helped form me into the person I am today better than gangster films. I remember my dad telling me to come watch Scarface when I was six. Then after Scarface it was Godfather. Now I’ll be honest, I didn’t understand the complexity behind Godfather until years later, and even still everytime I watch it I learn something new. I think out of all my mates, I enjoy films the most. And when it comes to gangster movies, I watch the same ones tens of times while they’d watch it once, tell me how much they liked it, and forget about it the next day. But not I… No sirry Bob. I start imitating the character’s characteristics. From the way they walk to how smooth they talk.
Now I’d like to mention a few of the greatest gangster flicks I’ve seen in my lifetime. There’s obviously the greatest gangster flick by the title of Pulp Fiction. There’s no one smoother than that bad matherfucker Jules Winnfield, our man from Inglewood. It was like Sammy L was born for that role. He knows what to say, how to say it, when to say it, and most importantly why to say it. When he opens his mouth people really listen, and if they don’t, well there’s a silver Deagle ready to make them listen.
Then there’s The Godfather Trilogy. When people say that the third Godfather movie is garbage, I’d like to spit in their face, because the third one is better than 99% of the real garbage movies out there. Of course it’s not as good as the first two, but I wouldn’t discard it as bad. It just takes a little different approach. Michael Corleone might be the most rational film character out there. Every single decision of his is logical, cold-hearted, and genius. I’ve got to say that I believe every true man out there should strive to be like Don Corleone. Even though his father Vito used to be more outgoing when it came to people that turned on him, Michael is extreme when it comes to betrayal. It actually seems to lead to his downfall that he was too emotionless.
Tony Montana has become the iconic gangster in the past few years, so I don’t wanna talk too much about him as some shite character I like. The entire story of Scarface sounds unrealistic. He would’ve been taken out much earlier than he actually was, because he was just too fucking crazy. Nevertheless, Oliver Stone really did write a hell of a good dialogue for the Cuban psychopath gangster.
We can’t forget Guy Ritchie. In fact, what pissed me off recently was that I was reading a review of RockNRolla a few days ago and someone had credited him as “Mr. Madonna”. Jesus Christ, don’t people have the decency or respect to call him by his fucking name. No, instead they call him by his EX-wife’s stage name. Mr. Ritchie has created some of the greatest gangster flicks out there. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t seen RockNRolla yet, but from what I’ve seen in “Lock, Stock” and “Snatch.” I’ve gotta say he’s created some bad motherfuckers with some bad motherfucking ways of speech. The bad guys in his movies look fucking bad. And they talk bad. And they ain’t scared of making sure everybody around them know they’re bad. From each character to each word to each action to each song used on the soundtrack. He’s one bad motherfucking director who knows how to make some of the greatest gangster films ever.
Robby De Niro. I haven’t included a single movie with our good ol’ favourite actor Robert De Niro (well except for Godfather part II, but I didn’t really go into detail about his fine performance in it). Do I even need to mention the countless amounts of insanely great gangster masterpieces he’s been in? Well I’ll do it anyways. There’s Godfather part II, Casino, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, and I’m probably even forgetting a few. And you better not say Taxi Driver, because even though one of the best films, it’s not a gangster flick. I wish I could mention Ronin as well, but frankly, I don’t think it qualifies for a gangster flick either. It’s definitely got some of the essentials for the making of a gangster flick, but it’s more of a heist-type film.
Gangster flicks is shite I definitely enjoy watching any time of any given day, but I’d also have to say that there’s been a definite shortage of good ones lately. American Gangster is garbage. Thank God for Scorsese though, The Departed was another fine piece of art. Oh, and Leon (the Professional) is another insanely great gangster flick that is a must see. If no other movie can sway you to want to become a gangster, this movie will certainly do the job.
Some other great ones to check out: Gangster No. 1, Once Upon a Time in America, Bugsy, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Blow, and of course City of God.
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