Ghosts: Road to Perdition

Hello all. I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been very busy with life. but I've managed to get enough time together here to post another great scene from another great movie.

One of my personal favorites, and possibly one of the most underrated films of all time, Road to Perdition (2002).

The film is the follows a American-Irish Gangster Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) and his son Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin).  Michael Sullivan works as a hitman for mob boss Rooney Sullivan (Paul Newman) and his son Connor (Daniel Craig). Conner turns against Michael and his family when Michael Jr. witnesses a crime he committed, a which point Michael and his soon flee to Chicago.

A couple of points to note here. Mainly that the whole of the main cast, Tom Hanks, the great Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, and Jude Law (who makes an appearance as an assassin) are all at the top of their game here. Thomas Newman did the soundtrack here, and as is always with him, it is great.

WARNING: this scene contains spoilers.
In this scene I have chosen, Michael Sullivan has no options but to take revenge on his previous boss. This scene is very well shot, with the poetic weather and a great piece from the soundtrack. My favorite scene from the movie.


Go home, get your Shinebox: Goodfellas

I could have picked perhaps any scene in this movie, and it would have been a classic. And I may just put more scenes up later, but this is one of the best from the movie, Goodfellas (1990).

If this is a movie you haven't seen, it is a movie you must see, especially if you like Gangster movies. Based on the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, and directed by the great Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas follows the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), and his fellow wiseguy colleagues, Jimmy "The Gent" Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) during their rise and fall in organized crime, spanning three decades.

In this scene, quick tempered Tommy is rattled by another gangster Billy Batts (Frank Vincent), and things quickly turn violent.

Martin Scorsese is on top form when directing this movie, and this is without a doubt a classic. I challenge anyone to not enjoy this movie. The main cast preform fantastically, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci all being at the very top of their game. This movie is truly one of the greatest gangster films ever made.

GoodFellas @IMDb


Spectacular: American Beauty

I'm not sure where most people stand on this movie, but for me, it's one of my favorites of all time. Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball, American Beauty is the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) a middle-aged office worker who has a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari).  There is really more to the movie than that, but for the nature of this scene, that is all that is necessary to give away.

There is so much about this movie I think makes it great, to name a few; Kevin Spacey's performance. I'm a Spacey fan as it is, but he was just top notch in this, not much more than that to say, he was fantastic in this movie. It also helps that the movie score was Thomas Newman, who is a well known composer when it comes to film scores, and did a great job here. And finally the directing and writing of this movie and just to a standard that you don't see often in film. Some people have a different opinion about this movie, but if you ask me, this is truly a modern classic.

American Beauty @ IMDb