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Movie Hero: Sonny LoSpecchio

Hero: Sonny LoSpecchio

The Three-Fingered Hero…Sort Of.

At the beginning of “A Bronx Tale,” our narrator and main character, C, introduces local mobster Sonny, explaining that, “Sonny had five fingers, but he only used three.” This refers to the gangstery way Sonny used to talk with his hands. The nine-year-old C (short for Calogero) looked up to Sonny (played by Chazz Palminteri) which caused problems with C’s father (Robert DeNiro), a straight edge bus driver who didn’t want his son involved with the local hooligans. Despite his father’s warnings, however, C looked up to Sonny as a role model, and though he was indeed a cold-blooded murderer, Sonny did have some valuable lessons to teach. There was the time Sonny and his crew beat the snot out of a biker gang that messed with the wrong peeps.

After asking them to leave nicely, and getting not quite the polite response he wanted, Sonny locked the door, silently saying, “Now yous can’t leave.” Bad news for Satan’s Messengers. Good learning for Calogero. Sonny also gave great dating advice, like if a girl doesn’t unlock the car door for you should dump her, plus love advice claiming that, “You’re only allowed three great women in your lifetime. They come along like the great fighters, every ten years. Rocky Marciano. Sugar Ray Robinson. Joe Louis…You gotta do what your heart tells you to do.” Though wise in the ways of the world, it wasn’t enough to keep Sonny around for very long. He was killed by the son of a man he’d whacked years earlier. But even in his death, he continued to teach Calogero a lot about life. Salut, Sonny.

Goodfellas 25th Anniversary

Goodfellas 25th Anniversary Spotlight Image

Come On, F*ckos, Let’s Watch A Movie.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Martin Scorsese gave us the classic movie that produced quotes like: “I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?” and “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut” and of course, Jimmy Two Times’ “I’m gonna go get the papers, get the papers.” But the release of the “Goodfellas 25th Anniversary” Blu-ray ($35.00) confirms that yeah, it’s been a quarter of a century since Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta made movie magic with the darkly funny yet frighteningly violent gangster story, based on the true story of Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguys.”

To commemorate this milestone anniversary, “Goodfellas” got a beautiful 4K remaster, and the special edition disc includes interviews with the cast and Scorsese himself, plus commentaries like “Cast and Crew and Cop and Crook” and “Made Men: The GoodFellas Legacy.” No matter how many times you’ve seen this six-time Oscar-nominated movie, it’s never enough. Or as Jimmy Two Times would say, “It’s never enough, never enough.” Enjoy, ya stuttering prick, ya.