Jarv’s Best Film of 2000-2009: City of God

Well, here it is. I can’t believe that anyone is surprised that I picked the Brazilian monster for my best film of the decade, but I find something new to love about it every time I watch it. In the last decade, which all in all has been quite good (despite what every summer has made me think), I can’t think of another film as good as this one.

City of God is largely based on a true story. I know that is usually enough to get most (including me) reaching for the off switch, but this film transcends that stigma. It charts the gang war that tore Rio’s slums apart in the 70’s/ early 80’s through the eyes of aspiring photographer, Rocket, as he battles to survive the war and maybe (hopefully) lose his virginity. The characters that populate the city are all vivid and believable, and the story is itself is gritty, often funny, occasionally touching, frequently terrifying and so is completely compelling from the opening explosion of kinetic energy to the newsreel footage that the film closes with.

All the acting is magnificent, and even more impressive when you know that the vast majority of the child actors are actual street kids plucked from obscurity and that a lot of their dialogue was improvised. They are without exception superb, whether it’s the look of glee on Little Dice’s face as he guns down people, or the shaking and abject terror when Rocket is confronted by genuine life threatening danger. These are simply superb performances. Daniel Radcliffe eat your heart out.

There’s been a lot written about flashy editing techniques, split narrative and the rest of it, and I’m in no way qualified to talk about these, aside from saying that they don’t intrude- rather they add to the spiraling vortex of samba fueled energy. Instead, I’m going to talk about a handful of scenes in it that I think are peerless in the 21st Century. Firstly, there’s a chapter about 2/3 of the way through City of God entirely devoted to Rocket’s brief and pathetic flirtation with crime. Rocket is simply not cut out for it. He’s useless. This is an important scene, although it doesn’t initially feel like it, as it introduces the General of Carrot’s gang, Knockout Ned. Rocket initially intends to rob the bus back to The City of God (choosing such a terrible target is pretty much indicative of how useless he is at crime), but Ned lets one of them through for free, and talks to them as adults. They, as a result, decide that they can’t rob him because he’s “too cool”. Still, our hapless heroes won’t be deterred so easily, so they settle on holding up the local bakery. However, the girl behind the counter was “too cool” to hold up, especially as she flirts with Rocket and gives him her phone number. However, incompetence aside, they’re not done yet, and decide as a last ditch attempt to car jack a Sao Paolo resident who is deeply lost. Luckily for him though, he gives them some weed, and as Rocket ruefully comments: “Who’d ever have thought a guy from Sao Paolo could be cool?”. The punchline for the scene is when Rocket explains how he’s brilliant at skinning up, but hopeless with women, and wishes it was the other way around. Meirelles focuses the camera closely on the burning joint to reveal that the dozy little bugger has used the girl’s phone number for cigarette paper. Hilarious.

This scene is spikily written stuff. Rocket and his friend clearly do not have it in them to be master criminals- as they’ve found almost any excuse not to go through with the crime. It’s also, in a film that is for the most part violent and serious, very funny. The performances are superb, and the way the story unfolds through short, sharp segments is similar to a master story teller telling a lengthy joke. Each scene builds to the punchline, and when it comes, it’s more than worth the wait.

The second scene is, I think, one of the most harrowing moments of any film. When the deeply unhinged Little Ze discovers that a “gang” (although you can barely call them such) of pre-pubescent kids have been robbing in his slum he, and this is an enormous understatement, takes it badly. Looking to punish the children responsible he grabs lookout (Steak) and chases down The Runts- although he can only catch 2 of them. In a moment of pure psychotic sadism, he forces the two children to chose whether they want shooting in the hand or in the foot, before eventually compelling Steak to kill one of them. This scene is horrendous. It’s gripping, nauseating and harrowing- to put it simply, it’s one of the most graphic and convincing scenes of violence ever filmed. What is really impressive, though, is that these children are not professional actors, and this scene was mostly improvised. The writing, cinematography and acting in this scene is so good, pitch perfect in fact, that the sympathy of the viewer goes to first the children (who are not sympathetic in the slightest), but more importantly to Steak. He’s tormented and tortured by having to execute a child, but this single action condemns him to a life of violence and an early death.

I can continue with picking out individual moments from this film, as the whole film is full of moments of joy and moments of terror. The opening sequence itself, for example, with Rocket caught between Little Ze’s gang and the police is simply thrilling, or the horrendous slaughter in the brothel, or the decline of Ned into being a “hood”, but I think these two scenes brilliantly illustrate the contrast in this film. It is, at the end of the day, about life in the City of God- and life is often joyful, frequently terrifying and full of sadness. I can’t think of another film that manages to weave a tapestry like this one (not even Goodfellas- which lazy critics *cough*Empire*cough* insist on comparing this film to).

Finally, before I sign off from this slightly long winded review, this film remained with me for a while after I first saw it, but I was damned if I could single out individual scenes or performances. What I had most was an impression of boundless energy, and that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a film that moves at speed, jumping from scene to scene without pause while the Latin soundtrack pumps and the camera whirls to capture the story. Nevertheless, as energetic as it is, it’s accessible, entertaining, and never confusing.

City of God- finest film of the 21st Century so far.

The list:

10- Tsotsi

9- WALL-E

8- Daisy

7- The Descent

6- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

5- This is England

4- Requiem for a Dream

3- Battle Royale

2- The Lives of Others

1- City of God

All these, and the regional list that I drew them from can be found here.

It’s been a blast doing these, but I’m now going back to what I do best- reviewing utter nonsense that nobody else is remotely interested in.

See you next time,

Jarv

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Workshy cynic, given to posting reams of nonsense on the internet and watching films that have inexplicably got a piss poor reputation.

143 responses to “Jarv’s Best Film of 2000-2009: City of God”

  1. Jarv says :

    Thank the lord!

    Finished. Back to being rude about complete crap.

  2. Droid says :

    What? No Love Actually? I’m surprised, Jarv.

    • Jarv says :

      Ha!

      No you’re not. This was obvious.

      Just because your top 10 is full of Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed, Alvin and the Chipmunks and other such “gems” doesn’t mean that those of us with class and taste wouldn’t pick proper films.

      • Droid says :

        Those are on the fringe of the ten. Garfield 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Marley & Me are all Top 10!

      • Jarv says :

        Garfield 2 is sooooooooo awful.

        I’ve been trying to erase it from my memory.

      • Droid says :

        I can’t remember if I made it all the way through. He was in England right?

        Did you see the Van Wilder sequel that doesn’t actually feature Van Wilder? I haven’t, but that was also in England I think? What’s with shitty sequels to shitty movies being set in England?

      • Jarv says :

        Yes- it’s loosely based on The Prince and The Pauper and sucks cock.

        It has Billy “sell out” Connelly in at and I’m of the opinion that seeing his name is enough for me to know that the film sucks cock.

  3. Droid says :

    My Top 10 is going to divide many people I think. And I couldn’t give a shit.

    • Jarv says :

      Fair enough.

      It’s your choice.

      Mine has been fairly “safe”. I don’t think there’s anything really controversial about it,

      • Droid says :

        Yours was safe, but I can’t really fault it. Of the ones I’ve seen they have all been good movies. Mine features a couple at least that comes right down to personal taste.

      • Droid says :

        And by personal taste I mean that I can appreciate that some people may dislike them.

      • Jarv says :

        I thought quite a lot about it, and although it’s fairly safe- The Descent, Eternal Sunshine and Tsotsi are probably the only ones I was expecting argument for. The top 5 in particular is tough to argue against.

        Fuck it, they’re only really starting points for discussion anyhow.

  4. Droid says :

    I probably have to give this flick another watch. I remember it being really good, but I hardly remember any actual details.

    • Jarv says :

      That’s the point I was trying to get across in the last paragraph.

      When I came out of it, I was just left with an impression of “wow” and the buzz of it- but it really, really rewards rewatching.

      It’s fucking superb.

  5. Jarv says :

    I was trying to do this without spoiling so deliberately picked up on small scenes.

    The whole film is full of fucking great moments though.

  6. Droid says :

    I’m similar to frankie, in that I have a bit of an aversion to foreign language films for the lazy bastard reason of having to read subtitles.

    Truth is if I’m not particularly enjoying a film I’ll do something else as well, like emailing or whatever. But if it’s subtitled then I have to commit 100% to the movie even if it’s no good.

    That’s one excuse anyway.

    But I did make it through all 5 hours of Red Cliff in one sitting, along with half a dozen beers and half a bottle of Gentleman Jack. I was pissed off my head by the time the credits rolled.

    • koutchboom says :

      Yeah i know what you mean. It really fucking pisses me off when Heroes and Lost throw in that subtitle bull shit. I’m like I DO NOT WATCH THESE SHOWS TO FUCKING PAY ATTENTION!

  7. koutchboom says :

    Whats amazing about this film is that it fucking holds up. I’ve seen it probably 3 times now and each time its still fantastic.

  8. koutchboom says :

    Whats sad is that his next two movies kind of sucked. Though I haven’t seen Blindness its pretty much hated by everyone. I don’t get the love for The Constant Gardener.

    • Jarv says :

      Did not like Constant Gardener. Mrs. Jarv Loves it, though.

      Donor was so rude about Blindness, and it’s such a shit book, that I think I’ll miss that one.

      • Droid says :

        I liked CG, but have zero interest in Blindness.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s a fucking dismal book- and the casting is waaaaaay off. I can’t see (no pun intended) who they’re aiming for with it. It can’t be fans of the book, and I can’t imagine anyone else wanting to watch it.

      • Hawaiian Organ Donor says :

        FUCK BLINDNESS!!! If the universe exploded tomorrow it would still not contain the energy I have in my hatred of that fetid turd.

  9. Bartleby says :

    What City of God as number 1? an outrage!

    Actually, I had this near the very top of my foreign films list, just swapped with Lives of Others which for me is slightly the better film.

    Again, a terrific review Jarv. You’ve definitely proven you can critique with the best of them…

    Now get your internets fixed so we can tagteam crap films…

    I’m putting up my top 15 english language films of the decade today. I expect Jarv to hate probably 10 of them…

    • Jarv says :

      I’ll do my best…..

      Actually, when I started out with this, this was 4th with Lives of Others 3rd BR 2nd and Requiem top- but as I watched them all before writing, the order changed. They’re all films that I know pretty much backwards.

      This was actually tiring to do- because I did them daily and it’s hard to find between 600-1000 words of superlatives every review.

      • Droid says :

        That’s why mine is taking so long. I’m irritating myself lavishing praise in every review. I need some garbage to vent on and rebalance.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s also that I found myself being repetitive and boring, and really these films have fuck all in common. That Lives one in particular was a bastard to write.

      • Droid says :

        I’m a bit stuck on my next one.

      • Jarv says :

        Can’t think of enough nice things to say about Bring it on, eh?

      • Droid says :

        There’s only so many times you can say Cheertastic!

      • Jarv says :

        That is one shit film. Is it fucking Dunst again?

        I vaguely remember wanting to fuck Eliza Dushku in it (who didn’t look a day under 30)

      • Droid says :

        Yeah, Dushku was a tasty little number in that. Time has marched on with that one though. She was looking a bit haggard in the episode of Dollhouse I watched.

      • Jarv says :

        I flicked it on and thought she looked OK. Nowt to write home about. I think she looked hotter than usual in that because she was filth up against the white-toothed cleanliness of Dunst et al.

        She looked like she would ride you dry and possibly give you a disease, but it would be well worth it

      • koutchboom says :

        Bring it On isn’t that bad? Sure its probably annoying because its about Cheerleaders but as far as sports movies go you could do a lot worse….and ummmmmm big dudes in tights rubbing each others asses, or cheerleaders?

        Yeah Dushku in Dollhouse is the reason the show failed, she isn’t a good actress she can’t carry a show on looks or acting.

      • Droid says :

        I saw the pilot and she looked like she was one failed series and 6 months of rejections away from being a crack whore. Skin and bones, and dead eyes. Not attractive at all.

      • Jarv says :

        Bring it on is fucking dreadful Koutch. Sure, you can crack one out over the cheerleaders, but that doesn’t excuse all the shit with robbing the cheers off the black school- or the awful acting/ script/ rest of it.

        It’s painfully embarrassing in places too- Jazz Hands leaping to mind.

      • Droid says :

        To be honest, I didn’t hate Bring It On. It’s shit, but it didn’t annoy me too much. Granted I was spending the entire time ogling Dushku and the black chick from Bad Boys 2, so I wasn’t paying attention. I suspect if I watched it today I’d probably hate it.

      • koutchboom says :

        I think the cornyness of Bring It On though goes along with Cheerleading. Its cheesy to begin with, and all cheerleders come of fake.

        Anyone ever see Jeff Bridges Presents Sitck It? It wasn’t half bad either.

        I mean lets face it, the world of Cheerleading and Gymnastics WE’VE GOT NOOOO fucking clue about.

      • Droid says :

        Jarv is an expert on both. It’s a common trait in paedo’s.

      • Jarv says :

        *sigh*

        I’ll have you know that not only are Varsity cheerleaders like in Bring it on are of age in most countries in the world, they’re also of age in most states in America where the age of consent is 16 or (Tennessee) less.

        Gymnastics on the other hand, bores me shitless and I don’t understand it or care about it.

        Now, degenerate, you go back to renumbering your bait Pokemon card collection.

      • Droid says :

        The other common trait is knowing off by heart the legal age of consent for each country.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s one of many useful facts in the book next to the toilet at home- along with the code for nuclear weaponry in America before 1989, the fact that America has accidentally nuked loads of different places, but the bomb hasn’t gone off, different things you can get high with, one of the popes wrote a scud book, and Ghandi was a shitheel.

        It’s a great book.

      • koutchboom says :

        Well either fantasy you two got with little girls, both movies I think gave us a decent attempt at a REAL look of how both worlds are.

        They added in a lot of technical shit you usually don’t get with sports films. I mean every baseketball/football/baseball movie assumes you already know how to play the game inside out.

    • Droid says :

      They added in a lot of technical shit you usually don’t get with sports films

      I have no idea what the rules are for cheerleading. It’s just some dance routine judged out of 10 isn’t it?

      If you want a half decent chick sports movie see Whip It. It also explains the sport because 99% of people wouldn’t have a clue how Roller Derby works.

  10. koutchboom says :

    Whats that saying Jarv? If its you that says it. You wouldn’t kick her out of bed.

  11. Jarv says :

    I’m fucking sorely tempted to delete all that Bring it on drivel from a City of God thread.

  12. just pillow talk says :

    Fucking Gilmore Girls finds it’s way into here?

    Damn you Frankie. Whether or not you started it, damn you.

  13. just pillow talk says :

    And I’ve heard that reason before here at work…people not watching movies because of the subtitles.

    Dumbest reason ever. It has never taken away from my enjoyment of any foreign film.

  14. just pillow talk says :

    Humph. Lazy bitches.

    I still have yet to see IP Man. I think I’ll have to purchase that at some point.

    Perhaps I should throw in The Protector tonight, as I think I’m in the mood for some bone breaking fun.

  15. lord bronco says :

    splendid review Jarv, of a splendid flick, just watched it for the first time a week ago. Brutal, but for a purpose, not meaningless, pointless savagery. the Party scene-yikes-heck the whole movie–really amazing stuff-Thanks again.

  16. ThereWolf says :

    I ended up seeing City Of God coz a lad at work kept on about it for fucking months and eventually came in and dropped the DVD on my desk. I thought – “I’ll stick this in and get on with something else…” – y’know, just half watch it…

    Locked on. From start to finish. The scene described with The Runts is about as merciless as you can get. It kind of makes you want to give up on Humanity.

    Well done, Jarv. And your reviews are not “long winded” at all.

  17. Droid says :

    Jesus tittyfucking christ you’re a bunch of whinging little bitches. I just watched Ip Man to appease you scumbags. It was terrific.

    Now can you cunts untwist your granny panties and pipe down?

    If not, I’ll get Frankie in here to wax lyrical about Gilmore Girls.

    • Jarv says :

      Don’t encourage him.

    • koutchboom says :

      Hahahahah says the guy that can’t be assed to watch subtitled films.

      I’ll watch that if you’ll watch either Save the Green Planet or The Good the Bad and the Weird.

      • Droid says :

        I’ve seen The Good the Bad and the Weird. So I guess you’re watching it then?

      • Jarv says :

        He’s already seen it-

        Don’t forget he liked Twilight 2: suck cock harder.

      • Droid says :

        Also…

        Hahahahah says the guy that can’t be assed to watch subtitled films.

        I don’t really know what this comment is in reference too.

        And…

        Another annoying phrase is “Says the guy…”

      • koutchboom says :

        You were talking earlier about how watching subtitled films is a pain, thats all.

        Then watched Save the Green Planet.

      • koutchboom says :

        Sooo i guess just because I didn’t shit all over Twilight 2, I’ve become its biggest fan? All I said is that the film wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and that there are a lot worse films you could get dragged to by your wife, girlfriend or boyfriend.

      • Droid says :

        I realise that, but I’m still not sure what the cackle etc was at? Were you referencing my rant?

      • koutchboom says :

        I wasn’t trying to be funny or anything. I just found it amusing that you were trying to get someone to watch a Subtitled film, when you yourself admit to it being a pain in the ass at times thats all.

      • Jarv says :

        I know- it’s just I think you’re the only one of us (aside from Jonah) that’s seen it, and gave it a mediocre review, so therefore it’s fair game to tease you about.

        Like Frank and the Gilmore Girls.

        Or Droid and Bring It On.

      • Droid says :

        Or Jarv and Johnny Depps Chocolate.

      • koutchboom says :

        Very well. I manged to get out of seeing the Blindside, thank god.

      • Droid says :

        Is that the Sandra Bollocks one?

        Golden Globe winner Sandra Bollocks?

    • Jarv says :

      I’m going to use that “Golden Globe Winner” in front of her name every time because it’s that unlikely.

      And I get loads of shit for films I hate (love, actually) so you may as well add Chocolate (French one) to that list as well.

      • koutchboom says :

        Well if she wins the Oscar she’ll hopefully be out of movies within Five years, isn’t that how it works.

      • Droid says :

        Not if you’re Meryl Streep.

        But thank christ that curse has helped take out Gwyneth Paltrow. Such is the power of her annoying personality, the Oscar curse wasn’t enough. It took the fuckhead husband curse to finally knock her off.

      • koutchboom says :

        Well she won back in the 80s, times were different back then.

      • Droid says :

        She’s only won twice? I thought she’d won more than that.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah for some reason I thought she won for Prada. Probably because all the Globes she won.

      • Jarv says :

        Someone I work with actually took Gwyneth and apple round a school- she was such a cunt that the school rejected the child.

      • Droid says :

        I think it’s actually a temporary curse though. Here’s my theory.

        – The winners are usually early-mid thirties

        – They’ve been around a while

        – They Win the award therefore believing they’re universally respected

        – They fuck off and let some twit dump his semen in them

        – They pump out a few kids, and name them Lullaby Pomegranate

        – They realise as their celebrity fades that kids don’t satisfy their selfish desires

        – They attempt a comeback.

        Examples are Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Helen Hunt.

        Thank christ for this curse though. I don’t like any of them.

      • Jarv says :

        Helen Hunt was in Trancers so I let her off.

        You missed Nicole Kidman, Holly Hunter

      • koutchboom says :

        Lets see how long the star of the Taxi series last……

      • Droid says :

        I don’t mind Holly Hunter.

        Kidman i mentioned and it’s well established what I think of her.

      • koutchboom says :

        Fuck Holly Hunter and her doppelganger Kevin Bacons wife.

        You guys don’t have TNT over there do you.

      • Droid says :

        Does one movie forgive a whole career?

        If so, Paltrow = Seven, Kidman = Dead Calm, Berry = Catwoman… okay, but you get the point. I can’t think of one for Roberts or Berry

      • Droid says :

        Is TNT a tv show?

      • Jarv says :

        Depends on the film.

        If it’s schlocky fun then that’s fine. I don’t actually hate Kidman as much as you do, because a)she gets them out (including her minge) and b)I don’t watch films she’s in.

        Paltrow being in 7 doesn’t count, because she was barely in it and didn’t annoy me.

      • koutchboom says :

        TNT is cable station over here. They play edited to shit movies and bad tv shows. Hunter had one and Mrs. Bacon has one called the Closer.

  18. kloipy says :

    wonderful choice Jarv. i love this movie and so has everyone I’ve recommended it to

  19. Jarv says :

    Thanks guys- I honestly can’t think of a better film than this one. There was quite a lot I didn’t talk about- like how the location is almost a character in itself, the complete lack of respect for life, the Tender Trio, but if I’d started going into depth on this one I’d have been here for ever.

    • Droid says :

      the location is almost a character in itself

      I can’t fucking stand that ‘location is a character’ horseshit.

      • Jarv says :

        Even when it’s true?

        It isn’t anything new- it goes all the way back to the dawn of time. I can think of loads of examples (Tacitus for example) where the setting is a character in it’s own right.

        It may be fartily pretentious but sometimes it is true.

      • Droid says :

        You can say a location HAS character, but until such a time that a location starts talking or some shit, actually IS a character, then the phrase will continue to be horseshit.

      • Jarv says :

        Not necessarily, you’re being very black and white with this- if the location develops and forces the human characters to behave in a certain way, then it influences events. Not to mention that it can also be a metaphor for how the characters feel.

        I agree, most of this critical thinking is horseshit, but this one is arguably legitimate.

        To be fair, a lot of different things try to do it, but most fail dismally and it’s just pretentious horseshit- One Hour Photo leaping to mind.

      • Droid says :

        if the location develops and forces the human characters to behave in a certain way, then it influences events. Not to mention that it can also be a metaphor for how the characters feel.

        See, I have no problem with this statement on it’s own because it’s true, but it does not serve as an explanation why a location IS a character.

        I think I just take issue with the whole use of the word. It’s horseshit. But it’s too early and there’s not enough coffee in my system to get into another argument over the use of a word.

      • Jarv says :

        The thing is, that I do essentially agree with you. Most of the time as a phrase it’s hopelessly misapplied. When it’s done properly, though, it is a legitimate argument.

        Too early to delve back into semantics and critical arguments though.

  20. koutchboom says :

    the location is almost a character in itself

    I don’t mind that, think about the movie Cube. I hate the use of the term zeitgeist. Such as: “This movie is the zeitgeist of our generation.”

    Really pretencious douche baggy thing to say.

    • koutchboom says :

      No one care to comment on this? I thought I figured out a good answer for when the location is an actual character. Also about this zeitgeist nonsense.

      • Jarv says :

        Cube is a good shout.

        Zeitgeist is just one of those *sigh* zeitgeist-y words that will vanish soon- like zenith or nadir.

      • Droid says :

        Still not a character. You could say that about any haunted house movie.

        I know what is meant by the phrase, I just object to the particular use of the word.

      • koutchboom says :

        I don’t know though Cube is a little different. Becuase the setting is the main bad guy. While Haunted houses its always some ghost or something.

        What about Simpsons movie or under the dome, where they TOWN is stuck, so the setting becomes real important.

      • Jarv says :

        Amityville Horror then. The house is 100% a character- they even went out of their way to find one with a “face”.

      • Jarv says :

        No to the Simpsons. That isn’t location as character in the film.

      • Droid says :

        I think haunted house flicks will get as close to it as possible without irritating me up the wall. I can’t be fucked on this subject (how did we get back to semantics again?) so I’ll concede on Amityville and maybe throw in a little The Shining for good measure.

  21. Jarv says :

    Seconded. No more semantics.

    Frank yesterday, you today, it’ll be me tomorrow- or you’ll call Bring it on 2: Shorter Skirts “Essential Zeitgeist watching” and Koutch will explode

  22. Droid says :

    Bring It On 2: Shorter Skirts successfully captures the teen zeitgeist. The young stars are about to achieve the zenith of their burgeoning careers, and the director, who so recently was experiencing the nadir of his, has filled the film with such creativity that the high school becomes a character in itself.

    *Head explodes*

    • Jarv says :

      Well played.

      I was tempted to write a schlock review for Die you zombie bastards in that style. But couldn’t face it. I got as far as “this, the apogee of undead cinema” and then abandoned it.

  23. Continentalop says :

    Interesting pick Jarv. I liked the movie, but I’ll be honest I’m one of those lazy people who compare this film to GoodFellas: similar plot (true story about organized crime), similar narrative device (VO), similar structure (flash forward to a later scene), similar style (using whatever cinematic trick to convey the emotion of the characters) and similar use of violence. I could actually go on, but it just proves my theory: GoodFellas is the most important film made in the last 20 years (cinematically).

    • Tom_Bando says :

      Nononononononononono-NO Conti Pops. Didn’t you git the Memo?!! it’s Pulp Fiction!!!!

      Da Noive of these here peoples. You are to bow down at the porcelain Idol of Cokey. So Harold Saithe, so Harolde decreethe.

      • Continentalop says :

        But Tom Bandito, where would QT be without Scorsese paving the way for taking the techniques of the French New Wave and making it digestable for American audiences.

        BTW – name a movie about a boxer on the run, a gangster & his moll, and two hitmen, told in non-linear fashion. Am I talking about Pulp Fiction…or Robert Soidmak’s The Killers?

      • Tom_Bando says :

        Personally I preferred the ones w/ the Giant Robots, but that was a foregone conclusion….

    • Jarv says :

      I agree that this film does owe a lot to Goodfellas (which I love), I was thinking more about the actual story itself- Henry wants to be a gangster, Rocket is desperate to avoid it. The timescale here is different.

      City of God is more about life in the favellas than crime, although crime is a constant feature of life in the favella.

      If that makes sense.

  24. Jarv says :

    Obviously, if there were some giant robots this would be the ultimate film.

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