Hosts Jay, Brian and Nick of Reels, Booze & Bro’s always wanted to be gangsters but never fully amounted to it.  So, listen to them review, arguably Martin Scorcese’s best picture, Goodfellas.  The booze they bring along on this wannabe gangster journey comes from Red Tank Brewing Company.  

Goodfellas is a movie that needs no introduction. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie is widely regarded as one of the greatest crime dramas of all time. Released in 1990, Goodfellas tells the story of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, a mobster who rises through the ranks of the mafia in New York City. With an all-star cast that includes Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas is a gritty and intense portrayal of life in the mob.

The movie is based on the real-life experiences of Henry Hill and his associates. It follows Henry’s life as he enters the world of organized crime as a young man and works his way up the ranks to become a trusted member of the mafia. The movie is known for its realistic portrayal of life in the mob, including the violence, the loyalty, and the code of honor that exists among the mobsters.

One of the standout features of the movie is the performance by Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito, a volatile and unpredictable mobster. Pesci’s performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and it’s easy to see why. His portrayal of Tommy is both terrifying and darkly humorous at the same time.

Robert De Niro also delivers an outstanding performance as Jimmy Conway, a seasoned mobster who takes Henry under his wing. De Niro’s performance is nuanced and understated, and he portrays the character with a sense of weariness and regret that is rare in movies about the mafia.

Another standout aspect of the movie is the music. The soundtrack is filled with classic songs from the ’50s and ’60s, which are used to great effect throughout the movie. From the opening scene to the closing credits, the music adds to the overall atmosphere of the movie and helps to transport the viewer back to a different time and place.

Throughout the movie, there are several instances of ad-libbing, which add to the overall realism of the movie. Many of these ad-libs were made by Joe Pesci, who was known for his improvisational skills. One famous example is the scene where Tommy asks Henry if he’s funny, and then proceeds to intimidate him. Pesci’s performance in this scene is both hilarious and terrifying, and it’s a testament to his talent as an actor.

Goodfellas received critical acclaim upon its release and has since become a classic of the crime drama genre. It holds a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising its direction, performances, and writing.

So, if you’re in the mood for a gritty and intense portrayal of life in the mafia, grab a drink recommended by Reels, Booze & Bro’s podcast, and give Goodfellas a watch. It’s a movie that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Booze we had for the podcast

  • Style: IPA Milkshake
  • ABV: 7%
  • From: Red Tank Brewing
  • Style: Farmhouse Ale – Saison
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • From: Red Tank Brewing