I gave some serious thought to how I would rate each movie on this site. I considered the obvious 5 star rating system and scores out of 10 or 100, but that’s all been done before and quite frankly they’re rather dull. Gangster Flick deserves better; it deserves a rating system that’s totally unique and complements the site and most importantly you the reader. So what I’ve come up with is the GFlick Scale. It’s not exactly a sliding scale, but I think it does the job quite nicely.
from Donnie Brasco – As agent Pistone explains Fuggedaboutit is a very versatile word. You can use it in agreement like “Raquel Welch is a one great piece of ass” – Fuggedaboutit! or you can use it to disagree like “a Lincoln is better than a Cadillac?” - Fuggedaboutit!. However, you can use it describe the best thing in the world like “Minghia! Those peppers! Fuggedaboutit!" And that’s exactly what we’re doing. This rating is reserved for a select band of gangster flicks that are considered the best-of-the-best.
Don’t get it confused; sometimes it can mean go to hell too - like, "Paulie, you got a one-inch pecker." And Paulie says, " Fuggedaboutit."
Minghia! Those Peppers! Fuggedaboutit!
- As good as it gets
from Pulp Fiction – Vincent Vega is surprised that a shake can cost five dollars – just milk and ice cream; no bourbon in it or anything? However his reaction when he has a taste is “Goddamn! That's a pretty fuckin' good milk shake. Don't know if it's worth five dollars, but it's pretty fuckin' good.”
A $5 shake rating means the flick is “pretty fuckin’ good” - not a classic, but nevertheless a damn fine movie.
- Really good - thoroughly enjoyable
Martin & Lewis $5 shake
from Reservoir Dogs - Mr Pink delivered his famous philosophy about tipping and to be blunt he doesn’t tip; not unless the person really puts forth the effort. The waitress in question is described by Mr Blue as nice. Mr Pink’s opinion is that “She was OK - but she wasn't anything special… Now we've been here a long fuckin time, and she's only filled my cup three times. When I order coffee, I want it filled six times."
Some movies are just like this waitress and her three refills instead of six- OK, but nothing special.
When I order coffee, I want it filled six times
- OK, nothing special
Egg noodles and ketchup
- Very disappointing
From Goodfellas - When Henry Hill entered the Witness Protection Program he left the gangster life behind and all the benefits that came with being an associate to the mob. He finds his new life very difficult to come to terms with and being just another shmuck is a very disappointing - particularly when he is used to the high life. Ordering a simple Italian dish encapsulated his feellings. “Right after I got here I ordered spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup”
We've all seen these movies that promised so much, but ended up being a monutmental let down.
Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes
- Absolutely awful
from The Godfather - Put simply, this movie brings shame upon the gangster movie genre. Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes and just like Don Corleone’s trusted enforcer this movie also deserves to reside at the bottom of the ocean.
Pulp Fiction (199)
- Quentin Tarantino
The Departed (2008)
- Martin Scorsese
American Gangster (2007)
- Ridley Scott
Donnie Brasco (1997)
- Mike Newall
Gangster Squad (2012)
- Ruben Fleischer
- Martin Scorsese
Miller's Crossing (1990)
- Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Rating System - The GFlick Scale
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Bronx Tale (1994)
- Robert DeNiro