Richelle Charkot and Lisa Gallagher, Special to Cinefilles
We’re going to make it our New Year’s resolution to start calling movies with rad female involvement “girly” movies, because we like that word and we like the idea of taking it back. Goodfellas, our January programming pick for The MUFF Society, is undoubtedly girly, thanks to editor Thelma Schoonmaker (whose birthday just passed, so happy b-day, Thelma!), who has been Martin Scorsese’s editor for over 40 years!
Thus far, a lot of our programming has focused on female writers, directors and characters, but because there are super-cool ladies across the board in filmmaking, we wanted to branch out and celebrate women in roles of all kinds. Now, you may ask, “If Thelma’s been working with Ol’ Marty for over 40 years, why did you pick Goodfellas over all their other films?” Well, No. 1: We just love Goodfellas. But No. 2: Remember this little enraging article? After reading that, we made it our MISSION to prove that the author of that article, a.k.a. a piece of human garbage, was as wrong as wrong could be.
Need more reasons to come check out Goodfellas at Toronto’s Carlton Cinema on January 13th? Well, lucky for you, as long as we can remember we always wanted to write an article detailing why Goodfellas is amazing…..
5. Ray Liotta’s Derpy Face
When discussing our Goodfellas screening game plan, one of our MUFFians, Andrea, confessed that all she could remember about the film was “Ray Liotta’s derpy face.” A lot of giggling and Googling ensued, and we ended up putting it on one of our limited-edition buttons for January. And then way more giggling happened.
Holy Italian Grandma, there is a lot of delish food in Goodfellas. Salami, prosciutto, cheese, bread, wine, scotch, fresh lobster and shrimp, sausage, meatballs, cutlets, and so very much pasta and tomato sauce—colour us buckling-at-the-knees-with-desire. If we could, we’d add at least three intermissions to our screening just for eating spaghetti. To quote Homer Simpson, “really, the only word for it is… *drools*.”
3. The Soundtrack
Sweet Bobby Vinton the Goodfellas soundtrack is good. Want a film that is going to earworm you worse than Tarantino on speed? Then come see this movie.
We defy you to not look at the image above and think about The Crystals classic “And Then He Kissed Me”. Or furthermore, think about anything other than Robert De Niro’s contemplative/terrifying face when you hear “Sunshine of Your Love”. Just watch Goodfellas and then tell us you aren’t picturing a certain montage whenever you hear the end of Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla”. Let’s just listen to this soundtrack forever and ever until the end of time. Anybody wanna dance or nah?
We don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but this movie doesn’t end so well for everyone, if you get what we’re saying. But Karen, above all else, is a survivor. She is a woman who has survived where many of the men didn’t. Karen is not only the only character to challenge Henry Hill’s omniscient narration throughout the entire film (during the infamous double date scene—we’ve all been there, Kar), but she remains a consistent and heavy source of influence throughout the course of the story. Her morals may be occasionally vacant and deplorable (really, the entire cast of characters are on a scale of morality), but she is no side-character.
1. Thelma Schoonmaker
We could talk about our love for Thelma Schoonmaker for days—DAYS, we tell you!—but, we’d rather SHOW you. And THAT, our friends, is the #1 reason why you should come see Goodfellas on January 13th.
The MUFF Society’s screening of GOODFELLAS is on Wednesday, January 13th. Join them starting at 8 p.m. in the lobby for MUFFtails, limited-edition buttons, and as always—a photobooth! The screening will start at 9 p.m. and will be preceded by a short film from a local female editor. For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.
And make sure to catch next month’s MUFF Society screening of AMERICAN PSYCHO on Wednesday, February 17th!