I rang in 2012 by jumping into a frozen lake and then watching a violent three-hour movie about gangsters. And both were awesome!
In the event that you've been living under a rock (like me) The Godfather is the story of an Italian crime family headed by Vito Corleone. The family makes its money dealing in gambling, alcohol and sex workers, but they're loosing their stronghold because Vito isn't interested in expanding their holdings to include narcotics. Vito's youngest son Michael is an ivy league graduate and decorated war hero who has no interest in the family business, but when a rival mobster has Vito gunned down while he's buying oranges, Michael decides to step up.
The movie includes Everyone Famous Ever (Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, James Caan and Diane Keaton) and it's worth watching just for young Mr. Pacino's lips and heavy-lidded eyes. Watching his character morph from an uninvolved, idealistic college boy to hardened, crafty godfather is unnerving and un-look-away-able. I guess The Academy probably knew what they were doing when they gave this movie the Best Picture Oscar in 1972. I guess.
Have you seen The Godfather? What other classics do you love?