Rapper Lil Boosie celebrated his release from prison on Wednesday night (05Mar14) by sharing a new song with his fans. The hip-hop star was freed after five years behind bars at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, was so eager to get back to his rap game that he recorded a new track - during the car ride home from jail.
Boosie posted a video on YouTube.com, titled The Ride Home, which featured him sitting in the backseat of a car, while freestyling about his new-found freedom.
In the 54 second clip, he raps, "Labelled me Scarface, Al Capone and Larry Hoover/You and I know it was damn wrong how they judged Boosie.
"Man just trying to take off these jail clothes... Shackled down from my feet to my hands/ Missing my kids, man, a feeling only I can explain... Get back to doing what I was doing with my money machine. Ching, ching."
Representatives at his label Atlantic Records have confirmed Boosie will be making his first official public statement on Monday (10Mar13), during an event in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mob movies are a part of our movie history - and where there are great mob movies, there are great quotes. It was hard to cull the list down to 10, but I think I did it. Please don't fit me for cement shoes and make me sleep with the fishes if you disagree with what I came up with.
"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Don Corleone, The Godfather
If I really wanted to, I could populate this whole list solely from this movie and its sequel, but that wouldn't be fair to the other mob movies. This is the line that most people tend to quote from The Godfather. Of course, they try to do it in Marlon Brando's jowly, mumbly style.
"I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II
This is one of the most powerful scenes in the movie. Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo the kiss of death. Yeah, we know how that one ended. It also made me leery of fishing for a while.
"You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little f----d up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you?" Tommy DeVito, Goodfellas
This was the scene that made Joe Pesci famous. It's a fantastic scene that shows how fast he could go from being calm to being a raging, homical lunatic. It made you fear him.
"That black book's a joke. It's only got two names in it for the whole country. And one of them's still Al Capone." Nicky Santoro, Casino
Yes, It's another Pesci appearance. It's like a race between him and Al Pacino to see who can get the most appearances on this list. It makes me wonder though... how would a fight between Santoro and Tommy DeVito go? It'd be one with a lot of violence and swearing at each other.
"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie." Tony Montana, Scarface
Here's another movie that I could just take 10 quotes from and call it a day. Pacino makes another appearance on this list and he deserves to be there for his fiery performance as Montana. I was tempted to use "Say hello to my little friend!" but this one won out for me.
"I didn't ask for that and I don't want it. Goodbye Leo." Tom Reagan, Miller's Crossing
A highly underrated movie, this line is so defiantly spoken to bat down the offer of forgiveness. The Coen brothers made a great movie here and this scene deserves to be here.
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part III
Yup. Another Pacino appearance. No, he's not paying me to put him in here. This was a very mediocre movie in comparison to the other two, but this was a very powerful line.
"Did he sound anything like that?" Eliot Ness, The Untouchables
Another great movie with an abundance of great lines, particularly Robert De Niro as Al Capone. This was the scene that really grabbed me though, as Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness served up some long-awaited justice. The first time that we saw it in the theater, people cheered.
"You a gangster now. You can't learn it in school...you can't have a late start." Carlito, Carlito's Way
Pacino again. What can I say? The man is good in roles that center around the mob or organized crime. This is one is a bleak statement about what people have to do to enter that lifestyle.
"What Freud said about the Irish is: We are the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis." Colin Sullivan, The Departed
It's kind of fitting that Matt Damon's Colin Sullivan was the one who spoke this line. His character was a sociopathic dirty cop who had no moral compunction about diminishing his badge by serving a master from the underworld.
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Something that always interests me as a cinephile is the evolution of film criticism and how the prevailing opinions of films can be shaped and changed by time; much in the same fashion that time tends to alter entire landscapes and shake sturdy mountains. Films that, upon their initial release, are touted as violent, trashy exploitation by the established film literati can grow and evolve into widely heralded classics. Such is the case with 1983’s Scarface. We hope you’ll consider revisiting this bloody triumph via Netflix Watch Instantly service over the weekend.
Who Made It: Scarface was written by Oliver Stone, who himself directed classic films like Platoon, Wall Street, and JFK. Brian De Palma, of Carrie and Dressed to Kill fame, directed the film. Scarface, at the time of its release, was a major departure for De Palma in terms of both his usual subject material and his usual style. Scarface is actually a remake of a 1932 film directed by Howard Hawks.
Who’s In It: The film stars Al Pacino in one of his most iconic roles. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
What’s It About: Scarface is the story of a Cuban immigrant who, upon arriving in America, turns almost immediately to a life of crime. He slowly rises from errand boy for a local drug pusher to becoming the narcotics kingpin of Miami. But his greed, his ambition, and his growing propensity to get high on his own supply lead him to inch closer and closer to a downfall of Biblical proportions.
Why You Should Watch It:
The biggest and simplest reason to watch Scarface is its star Al Pacino. Pacino was less than a decade removed from The Godfather Part II when he crafted yet another progenitor gangster role. His Tony Montana is however a vastly different criminal than Michael Corleone. Where Michael is a quiet, calculating mastermind who hardly ever seems rattled, Tony is a roaring hurricane of thundering expletives and savage violence. He doesn’t maneuver his way to the top as much as he does claw with razor-sharp talons, which he’s more than happy to unsheathe should anyone cross him or stand in his way. He’s flashy, loud, and unrepentantly evil. So why do we love him so much?
Plenty of film critics and historians have already observed that Tony Montana is, for all his innumerable faults, a champion of the American dream. Tony comes to this country with absolutely nothing and dreams of wealth, power, and prominence. His methods of achieving those goals are obviously repellant, and yet we can empathize with his ambition and his refusal to accept the position life has handed him. This is really the core of any great gangster story going back to the days of Al Capone. In fact, the 1930s gangster movie of which Scarface is a remake was based on a book by Armitage Trail which was itself based on the life of Capone. Merely replace bootleg liquor with cocaine and it isn’t hard to see how easily these themes correspond.
Scarface is a landmark film in a number of ways. First and foremost, it produced one of cinema’s all time great villains, and his quips and speeches are etched into our collective consciousness. It seems we can’t go a year without at least one film referencing “say hello to my little friend.” But apart from inspiring and informing subsequent celluloid bad guys, Scarface has certainly earned its reputation as a cultural phenomenon.
Rap culture in particular was quick to embrace the mythos of Tony Montana; many artists citing it as their favorite film and even a major influence on their work and their lifestyle. Lines from the movie frequently turn up in hip-hop lyrics and there is even a rapper who calls himself Scarface. But the influential reach of Brian De Palma’s extends yet further, and ventures to some very strange places. For example, Saddam Hussein apparently named his money laundering front Montana Management after the film’s antagonistic protagonist; not a ringing endorsement of course, but a further testament to the worldwide influence of Scarface.