The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘G’

The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘G’

For years I have threatened to watch as many movies as I could from AFI’s top 100. Since the release of our favorite local film critic’s alphabet of all times greats I’ve decided to make it happen! For each letter, I will watch Mark Burger’s pick, an AFI pick, and my own pick.

Mark Burger’s G: Goodfellas

GoodFellas
I’ve seen this movie several times over the years. Enough to know I couldn’t handle it one more time. It’s an excellent mob film, arguably the best of the genre, which makes it so hard to watch. The script, characters, and story feel so real. When the violence happens, it is bon-a-fide emotional and leaves me downright sad for a few days.

If you haven’t seen it and can tolerate the harshness of it, then you really have to give it a go.  I give it an A, but only in the right frame of mind.

AFI’s G: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

GuessWho1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a liberal and forward thinking discussion on interracial marriage at a time when it was still illegal in 17 states.  There are some really great moments in this film. My favorite, when Katherine Hepburn fires her bigoted employee.

While I think it is interesting to watch this film to get a sense of what life was like 45 years ago, I can’t help but be far more focused on the parents’ support of their kids getting married after having only known each other 10 days. They lost sight of that almost instantly. I hung on to it for the whole film!

I give it a B. Nice, solid, interesting film.

Suedre’s Pick: Get Shorty

GetShortyDo you know how sometimes you watch a movie at exactly the right moment and it speaks to you? This film was like that for me. I loved it, like watched 20+ times loved it. I probably still quote this movie once a day (take the tour, see the shark). The cast is awesome, they all play their parts so well, it is hard to believe that’s not who they are in real life. Ray “Bones” is my favorite mobster of all time!

I’m not positive it completely holds up. There’s been so many films and TV shows like it since its release that are better, it may be hard to go back. That said, I’m sure I’ll love it forever!

Wanna see the rest of the alphabet? A ~ B ~ C ~ D ~ E ~ F ~…..

What would you put on your G list?

12 Comments

  1. It’s so funny – when I saw the thumbnail of the first movie, I assumed it was Godfather for some strange reason!! Great set of movies, Susan!!

    -Soma

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    • I’m so glad it wasn’t Godfather! I never really loved that movie so much and I was relieved not to have to watch Goodfellas again. I think I’m getting a little soft in my old age and just can’t handle the “real violence”.

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  2. Gee, that a great trio of films!! I’ve actually seen all of these films, You’re right that Goodfellas has to be one of the best of it’s genre! If I was having a G night at the movies I’d watch Gone with the Wind, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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    • I haven’t seen Gone With the Wind in several years. My mom and I were just talking about that one not too long ago. I need to watch it again. That and the North and South mini-series.

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  3. Get Shorty is one of my favorite films, too!

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    • Ha! I love that you love it! 🙂

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  4. I don’t think I’ve seen any of these either, except, maybe Goodfellas or bits of it. I’ve always been more of a book person than a movie person. This series does make me think I should watch more movies 🙂

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    • There’s a few good ones out there that are worth the time to watch them! I’ve learned that I need to watch more foreign films. They are often my favorites at film festivals as such. If only I had a committee to pick though them all and tell me which ones to watch in real life too!

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  5. I haven’t seen any of those films being a person who can’t take graphic violence. Like you said about GoodFellas, any film with that type of violence and jarring emotional impact stays with me a long time.
    My favorite G movie is Giant. I love the story. Who can resist Luz Taylor at that age with those gorgeous eyes? What hooks me is the growth and development of the characters through the movie. You might want to give it a try!

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    • Sweet! It is on my list for the next round!

      Get Shorty is a comedy. It is a dark comedy, but not disturbing like Goodfellas.

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  6. Haven’t seen any of these!!!! I am horrible right:) I have this gap in my past where I must not have seen any movies, lol. Some catching up to do.

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    • Nah! I’m only doing this because I had not seen more than 1/2 of the AFI list. A movie buff that hasn’t seen half of the best movies ever? hmmmm. What’s your favorite G?

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