5 Movies to See Before Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

1. Goodfellas

Arguably the most definitive gangster picture and the best Martin Scorsese film. This classic offers excitement from the start as we are seduced by the glamor and thrills of the gangster lifestyle. The great voiceover work from both Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) offer unique perspectives on the mafia life and why it was easy for these characters to choose it.

In the final half-hour, Goodfellas becomes even more extraordinary as everything comes to a screeching halt. There is no more doo-wop songs of the 50s and 60s. Instead, prominent guitar riffs of rock ‘n’ roll fill the soundtrack as the coke-fueled Henry Hill is paranoid and always on the run. With superb work from long-time collaborator Thelma Shoonmaker, the film is edited in such a fast-paced style that we the audience feel the high. As the movie reaches its end, and Henry has to deal with the consequences of his crimes, Hill does not express any guilt or remorse. He is still a young man perfectly happy with his choices because he doesn’t have to worry about his tomorrow or future just yet. He lives for today. For the thrill of the moment. Thus, it makes the perfect prologue for The Irishman

Why you should watch it: You should always watch Goodfellas. Now go get your shinebox.

By Louie Coruzzolo

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