I love this movie. My high school English teacher played it for us just before Christmas, over three classes. It was one of the most educational moments I remember from that class. It’s about a guy who always sacrifices for everyone else and never realizes how good he is, or how good he’s got it.

Eighth in a series of “throwback” posts. The Godfather is the movie that sparked my interest in criticism. When I saw it, I went to the library and started reading volumes from the Contemporary Literary Criticism series. This might be my first written review – in any case, it’s the earliest one I still have.

In Hindsight: As I transcribe these throwback reviews from yellowing dot matrix printouts, I get a clearer picture of my young adult mind…The Untouchables is NOT “the first time [De Palma had] everything working just right” – that would be Blow Out (1981).

In Hindsight: This is the first “throwback” movie I haven’t seen since I originally wrote about it. I purchased the DVD years ago and haven’t watched it. The Deer Hunter is known for its Russian roulette sequences. I became aware of the movie when an older boy in our town died, specifically imitating scenes in the film. I find it curious that I didn’t address the tragedy when I wrote this, because it’s the reason I watched. I don’t remember being upset by the news (I didn’t know him) but my ambivalence suggests otherwise.