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  1. I've read about him in the past only because crime and courtroom stories interest me. I don't know who else here knows much about John Gotti, but this should be interesting. Armand Assante played Gotti last back in 1996, but I can't say I've ever really thought Assante was a very good actor. Nick Cassavetes is not a favorite director of mine by any stretch of the imagination, but I will give him points for writing the screenplay to Blow. Looks like now John Travolta could take on the role (with maybe James Franco as Gotti Jr.?) The Mobster/Mafia/Gangster film genre has always fascinated me. Not the least because some of my friends believe most of these films glorify the mafia and turn murderers and criminals into heroes. The stories in these films always end up with characters that you want to cheer for. The Godfather films, Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Scarface and even Public Enemies all have a weight to them that borders on the Shakespearean. Miller's Crossing shows this too, if even with a slightly tongue-in-cheek tone. There's a reason that James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Muni, John Garfield and Edward G. Robinson were as popular as they were years ago - and that would be their roles as mobsters. Some mobster films glorify the mobsters, others seriously question what a life a crime does to a character's soul - like, oh say, Angels with Dirty Faces, Carlito's Way, Donnie Brasco, City of God, Mean Streets and Road to Perdition. I enjoy both kinds of films. There's a good argument for The Sopranos being one of the greatest TV shows ever made, and Boardwalk Empire definitely has the potential to turn into another. Another thing I haven't completely thought through yet is the one film all my friends seem to somehow love is The Untouchables, but that one has always bothered me. Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and the government are all doing all this work and killing to stop mobsters from selling alcohol to Americans. I have a hard time viewing them as heroes for doing that. But then, does that mean I more easily find the mobsters as the heroes instead? But mobsters kill people. Funny, but I'd understand objections to glorifying the mobster on film more than I do objections to glorifying the sport of boxing on film. And yet, I still can't help loving mobster movies.
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