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Thursday, August 4, 2011

AMC's Mob Week and Ray Liotta

Are you watching AMC's Mob Week movies?  This whole week the cable network AMC has been airing everyone's favorite gangster films.  Since Monday they have been showing The Godfather movies, Carlito's Way, Donnie Brasco, Scarface, The Juror, Pulp Fiction and The Untouchables among others.  Click here for the complete schedule:  AMC Mob Week. My favorite of these movies airs Saturday night at 8pm (EST): Goodfellas

I've seen this 1990 movie so many times, I've lost count.  But my favorite scenes come immediately to mind:  the exteme long take following Henry (Ray Liotta) and his date into the back of a restaurant, through the kitchen, into the dining area and to the front of the house where they are seated in front of the stage to see a performance by Henny Youngman--all set to the Crystals' song "And Then He Kissed Me;" the scene late in the film where Henry is paranoid from too much cocaine, driving around town fearing helicopters are following him--set to Eric Clapton's "Layla;" and the scene where Karen (Lorraine Bracco) speaks to Henry about her ex-boyfriend, Henry crosses the street to confront the ex- and beats him with the butt of his gun as Karen watches, impressed and turned on by Henry's bravado.  What are your favorite Goodfellas scenes?

Did you watch this sitcom about the staff at a fashion magazine in NY City?
If you've been impacted by this movie like I have, then you'll understand how funny it is to be reminded of the yuletide episode of the TV sitcom Just Shoot Me which includes guest star actor Ray Liotta as himself.  In the 2001 episode entitled "Christmas? Christmas!," Maya feels out-of-place at the jaded Blush office Christmas party because she loves Christmas so much.  At the party, she meets actor Ray Liotta who also professes to love Christmas.  They bond and seem to have a lot in common until Maya is forced to realize that Ray is OBSESSED with Christmas! He takes her back to his apartment where she sees for herself exactly how much he loves Christmas, with extravagant decorations filling the rooms, hired elves and later he throws a tantrum when the holiday is over!  He's so over the top, you have to see it to believe it.

Actor Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill in Goodfellas
I love it when actors are willing to mock their own persona.  Here he's clearly willing to play off his own tough guy image and go for the laughs.  Though this episode is not released on DVD yet, I did find it on Youtube.  Judge for yourself to see how silly this episode is:

Part 1

Part 2

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