Today I saw Goodfellas & Mean Streets at the New Beverly Cinema. Seeing those movies in a theater was awesome but this was extra awesome because Nicholas Pileggi and Paul Sorvino did a Q&A before Goodfellas. Their stories about working with Scorsese, Deniro and Liotta were priceless. They talked about everything Goodfellas including how Pileggi & Scorsese connected to make the film, adapting Wiseguy into Goodfellas, casting real life wiseguys, improving on the set, Scorsese's planning the soundtrack, the dinner in prison scene, how Sorvino prepped for the role, Sorvino's thoughts on acting and so much more. If you're a fan of Goodfellas and haven't read Wiseguy, I highly recommend it. Also, if you haven't seen Mean Streets, I recommend that as well.
Sorvino said a great line about Italian cooks: "If you tell an Italian restauranteur, 'Give me a bad meal or I'll blow your brains out,' the cook says, "Pull the trigger, I can't help you."
"One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect."
I finally saw Where the Wild Things Are. And I'm glad that I did. Am I going to run out and by the DVD? No, but I liked it. (And by "run out and buy the DVD" I totally mean "go to amazon.com and buy the DVD.")
Lines that stuck out:
- "That was fun, we forgot how to have fun." Think about that for a minute. When was the last time you had fun? Did you have fun today? Have fun. Have more fun.
Also, James Gandolfini does the voice of Carol. Sometimes I pretended that Carol was the Tony Soprano of the Wild Things. Some of the lines could have worked for either Carol or Tony and that made me chuckle.
Another addition to my Midnight Run collection: Midnight Run Japanese program circa 1988. Yup, I really like this movie.
And since I'm Italian and not Japanese, here's an Italian Midnight Run trailer.
This reminds me of when I was in Rome, Italy with my family. It was late at night and we were all hanging out...my Dad was channel surfing and he found Midnight Run dubbed in Italian. We watched the whole thing. I love my family.
The Hangover was very, very funny. Funniest movie ever? No. Do I think it will become funnier/more quotable after a second viewing? Yes.
Up was great. I saw it in 3D and think you should too if you have the opportunity. It's one of my top three Pixar movies. I want Imaginary Foundation to make an Up shirt with balloons, the house and the sky. (Take a look at their shirts and you'll get what I'm sayin'.)
Before Up, I saw the trailer for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. This looks great - a movie about food falling from the sky. It's insired by the book with the same name...I just put a hold on the book at the library. I'm on a read (or reread) the book before I see the movie tip.
So I got a package from The Other Mother in the mail today..
Fancy blue box...
And now the awesomeness:
One of 100.
CORALINE - can you find the Nike sneaker box?
You can't get a pair with the packaging and buttons like mine (unless you want to pay $4,000 on ebay), but if you see the movie and stick around after the credits, you'll have a chance to get a pair of your own.
I wanted to see Wanted when it was in theaters but I missed it. I recently watched it and I really liked it. The Matrix meets Fight Club in a bar, they get drunk and have a baby and that baby is Wanted. That's how I'll describe it. It had some very good lines and that's one of the things I always think about with movies - was there a great quote? My favorite quote from the Wanted is the last line of the movie. If you saw the movie, you know what I'm talking about. If you didn't, throw it on your Netflix queue and find out.