#64: Organized Crime Vol. 1 (GUESTS: Mike and Cailyn Bruno)

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NJAM loves crime! Timmie and Ryan welcome back Mike and Cailyn Bruno to discuss Organized Crime, Italian Mob style.  Listen as we talk Public Enemy (1931), The Godfather I & II, Goodfellas!  We’re gonna give you a show you can’t refuse.

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I. Intro 

A. Welcome Back Mike & Cailyn

B.  We Love Crime

C.  Organized Crime

D.  Let’s Talk About The Italian Mafia

II. So Many Films [00:04:00]

A.  We Really Had To Narrow It Down Here

  • The Public Enemy (1931)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
    • 25th Anniversary!

III. Why Do We Love These Stories? [00:11:45]

A. Intrigue

  • Complicated & intricate plots
  • Action
  • Hierarchy of the Family
  • Violence

B. Characters

  • Archetypes
    • Ambitious upstart gangster that we root for
    • The Don
    • “Evil” rival gangsters
    • Innocents/civilians that are complicit
    • The “Loose” Canon

C.  Anti-Hero As Protagonist

D. “Family” Values and Morality

E.  The American Dream

IV. Common Elements In These Films [00:51:00]

A.  Long Time Spans

B.  Doing Favors & Expecting Them To Be Returned

C.  Being Set Up & Shot At By Machine Guns

D.  Domestic Abuse

E.  Food & Alcohol

F.  Music

V. Is The Godfather The Best Film Of All Time? [01:06:00]

A.  Storytelling At A Master Level

B.  Experimental Filmmaking

C.  Gordon Willis’ (The “Prince of Darkness” Visuals)

VI. Mini Segments [01:20:12]

A. NJAM Sees It: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

VI. Conclusions [01:26:00]

A. Related Links

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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