Goodfellas – tape 1834

Presented as part of Channel 4’s DeNiro season, here’s Scorsese’s Goodfellas. It’s a film I have problems with. I find it admirable as a film, well directed, as you’d expect, but I just hate all the characters in it. It’s a problem I have with most movies about gangsters, if I’m honest. I just get uncomfortable with the glorification of thugs.

However, as a movie there’s plenty to admire. The long single take in the nightclub, Joe Pesci’s “Do I amuse you?” speech, and the very effective, but simple, scene when Samuel L Jackson gets shot in the head. The effect is achieved by someone off camera hurling a load of fake blood at the bed and Jackson just mimes getting shot. No squibs or makeup – the gun doesn’t even need to go off, just a sound effect.

After the film, the recording continues, with a World Cinema presentation of A Summer at Grandpa’s. The tape runs out during this.


  • Vauxhall Cavalier
  • Tom & Viv in cinemas
  • Shell
  • Power Macintosh
  • Carlsberg – Angus Deayton
  • Levi 501 – this advert won all sorts of awards, and gave Stiltskin perhaps the most undeserved number one single in history.

  • Micra
  • Heineken – Stephen Fry
  • I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter
  • Striking Distance in cinemas
  • McCoy’s
  • Abbey National
  • Lynx
  • Nissan
  • Coca Cola
  • Holsten Pils – Jeff Goldblum
  • Dulux Roller Coaster
  • Wrangler – City Slickers rip-off
  • Phileas Fogg
  • Flora
  • Ford Probe
  • Remegel
  • Rover
  • Budweiser
  • Puma
  • Vanish
  • Pepsi
  • Bodyform
  • Johnson’s Baby
  • trail: Mean Streets
  • Post Office
  • Holsten Pils
  • Listerine
  • Philips CDi – check out the slipcases at the end – a glimpse of one of the (apparently infamous) CDi Zelda games.

  • Kotex
  • Texaco
  • Midland Bank
  • American Airlines
  • trail: Soweto: A History
  • Vauxhall Corsa
  • Prestige
  • Texaco
  • Today
  • Power Macintosh
  • Chatterbox
  • Viennetta
  • Wilkinson Sword Protector
  • Direct Line
  • Fiat Punto
  • New York Deli Turkey Rashers
  • HP Deskjet
  • Shell
  • One Plus One
  • Spiller’s Prime
  • Abbey national
  • Coca Cola
  • Woolwich
  • Carlsberg
  • AA Autoquote
  • Chatterbox
  • Kotex
  • Wilkinson Sword
  • Fiat Punto

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