Still my No.1 after all these years. There's simply nothing sufficient here. I usually don't identify with any sort of this kind of "masculinity", I even despise it deeply, but this movie is so perfect in every possible way, especially storytelling and the Pesci's acting.
What makes the movie work is how funny it is, the quick paced editing, the brilliant use of popular music and the realism. While some scenes have been played out ad nauseam (the funny like a clown scene, for example) it stills retains thier bite with sincere and honest delivery. This is Schoonmaker's finest hour, quick image and sound cuts highlight a sense of urgency, especially the last hour of the film.
I've easily seen this film over a hundred times, and it remains in my eyes one of the most compulsively watchable, fascinating, effortlessly brilliant pieces ever. A real testament to Scorsese's genius.
(rewatch) this begins the flashy, amoral arc of scorcese's career, but it gets it off to a good start. i was pleasantly surprised by how unlikeable everyone is in this movie, right down to liotta breaking the bro-code and snitching on his homies. it doesn't have much to say, but it's honest about its lack of depth, and moves along at a snappy pace. sincerely outperforms all the impersonators it inspired. good fun.