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The Lufthansa Job – 5 Arrests after 35 yrs

Posted in Goodfellas, Movies, Whack Scenes with tags , on January 24, 2014 by mobflix

5 Arrests in 35yr Old Goodfellas Case

 

5 Arrests have been made in the Lufthansa job after 35 yrs.  This is the heist that was referenced in Goodfellas resulting in the deaths of most of the participants.

In the movie, Di Nero plays Jimmy Conway (Jimmy The Gent Burke in real life), who executes the biggest heist in US history.  Expecting to score $2 million, the haul is actually $6 million.

Rather than pay out the shares, Jimmy decides to whack most of the participants.

Here is the Wikipedia for Jimmy Burke:

Real Life Jimmy The Gent Burke – Lufthansa Mastermind

Here are those murdered after the Lufthansa Heist.  These murders follow closely the deaths in the movie:

Lufthansa Hit List

 

 

 

Whack Month Continues with Casino

Posted in Casino, Whack Scenes with tags , , , , on March 24, 2009 by mobflix

Is it me, or is does Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent always seem to be involved with the best whack scenes.  Either Pesci whacks Vincent (Goodfellas), or Vincent whacks Pesci.

Today we feature one of the best scenes ever filmed.  Why is it so good?  Because it is based on a true story of Tony Spilotro.  Tony was sent to Las Vegas starting  in the 1970’s to protect the Chicago Casino interests and insure money was flowing back to the bosses from their “Investment.”

Tony’s activities got out of hand over time and the order was given.  The Movie Casino is loosely based on this.  But I remember when the bodies of the Spilotro brothers were found in an Indiana cornfield not too far from Chicago.

One of the things that gets me is how real this scene feels.

My brother lives in Las Vegas and knows many people who were around from back then.  My brother told me that Tony Spilotro was one of the nicest people in the world as long as you didn’t owe him money.  Even if you owed him a nickel, he’d be after you and on you until you paid up & it could get very ugly very fast.

Whack Month Continues with Scenes from The Godfather

Posted in The Godfather, Whack Scenes with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by mobflix

We can’t have Whack Month without our favorite hits from The Godfather.

We begin with Sonny Corleone.  One of the most most famous hit scenes ever.  I remember going to the custom car shows as a kid at McCormick Place in Chicago and seeing the the shot up car from this scene.

James Caan plays Sonny Corleone who takes over leadership of the organization when his father, Vito Corleone was wounded in a botched hit.  Gianni Russo plays Carlo, Sonny’s brother-in-law who is married to Connie played by Talia Shire.  Carlo smacks around Connie, prompting Sonny to blow his top & come over to help Connie.

On his way to help Connie, Sonny has trouble paying a toll.

Carlo had beat up Connie to set Sonny up for the hit.

Michael Pays Back Carlo

In this scene, Michael exacts payback on Carlo for setting up the hit on Sonny.  Carlo takes a permanent trip to Las Vegas.

Clemenza seems to be the one to take care of inside family business.  I always wondered how they got rid of Carlo’s body while driving around in a car with the window kicked out like that.  Clemeza is not flashy in his methods.  He does is quietly.

You Won’t Hear From Paulie No More

Clemenza also takes care of Paulie who called in sick with the Blue Flu the day Don Vito was shot.  It is apparent to the family that Paulie is a traitor.

Clemenza takes care of the Paulie problem.

I’ve written a haiku poem about this scene.

Godfather Haiku – The hit on Paulie / Leave gun, take cannoli / Loyal Clemenza

Luca Brasi Takes A Nap

In this scene we see our favorite hitman / specialist falls asleep with the fishes.  We never get to see Luca Brasi in action, but that just adds to his aura.  Luca Brasi has to be one of the most menacing and intimidating characters to ever appear on the screen.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv1ey3HLsow&feature=related]

I can’t imagine how scary it would be to be to see Luca Brasi walking through the door.  Consider yourself lucky if you come away with your life and all your body parts intact.


Restaurant Hit

In this scene, Michael Corleone evens the score on the mobster who attempted to kill his father.  Not only does he kill Sollozzo, but McClusky, the corrupt Police Captain who broke Michael’s jaw when Michael stopped them from coming into the hospital to finish off his father.

Once Michael crosses this line, there is no turning back.  Michael goes from WWII War Hero to Jr. Mafia Don.  After the hit, Michael disappears and hides out in Italy.


All Debts Are Settled

Finally we feature the Baptism scene.  In this montage, Michael asserts his influence and power by having his enemies dispatched the day he becomes a Godfather to Connie & Carlo’s baby.

Barzini and the heads of the other familes incur Michael’s wrath.

Whack Month Continues – Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction

Posted in Pulp Fiction, Whack Scenes with tags , , , on March 8, 2009 by mobflix

John Travolta was nominated for an Academy Award for his role of Vinnie Vega in Pulp Fiction.  Samuel Jackson played his partner, Jules Winnfield.  To me, Jackson was the better actor in this movie and should have gotten the nomination.

This classic hit scene involves Jules (Jackson) and Vinnie (Travolta) confronting Brett (Frank Whaley) who has ripped off Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), they have come to collect and eliminate Brett and his colleagues.

It is this scene, in my opinion, that should have given Jackson the Academy Award nomination.  The diner scene also added to his stature as an excellent actor.

Ezekiel 25:17

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Watch carefully as they shoot Brett.  Jules and Vinnie ar estanding across from each other, one mis-fire and the other is a goner.


Pulp Fiction Haiku – Jules quotes the bible / That is a tasty burger / Execution looms

March is Whack Month at Mobflix with Billy Batts in Goodfellas

Posted in Goodfellas, Movies, Whack Scenes with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by mobflix

In Chicago, this time of year, everyone has cabin fever.  We’ve had frigid weather since before Thanksgiving and you are stuck inside after work (if you are working at all).   We tend to go a little crazy itching for the weather to change.

It is with this mood that we bring you Whack Month at mobflix.

Frank Vincent (Billy Batts) and Joe Pesci (Tommy) have an altercation that doesn’t end so well for Billy Batts.  Billy, a made man, comes home from prison after 6 years and insult Tommy.  Tommy used to be a shoe shine boy, and Billy wont let him live it down.  Tommy reacts by whacking Billy.  One of the best whack scenes ever filmed.