Binge Watch: Ray Liotta

The latest big release in theaters is Cocaine Bear, the wild tale directed by Elizabeth Banks and based on a true story. In that film is Ray Liotta, who makes his final big screen appearance after passing away last year. In honor of Liotta and his on-screen legacy, this week’s Binge Watch takes a look at five of his films I’ve enjoyed over the years.

Field of Dreams (1989)
Kevin Costner is a man on a mission, building a baseball diamond in an Iowa corn field here. But Liotta plays a crucial role as disgraced star Shoeless Joe Jackson. It’s a solid performance in a powerful film.

Goodfellas (1990)
In a complete 180-degree turn from the last film, Liotta plays the lead in this Martin Scorsese classic. This film is based on a true story and Liotta is great in the lead role. This is one of Scorsese’s best.

Marriage Story (2019)
One of the best releases the year it came out, this film chronicles the relationship and implosion of the relationship for Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Liotta plays a crucial role as one of the divorce attorneys in this powerful and emotional film.

The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
In 2021 Liotta returned to his roots in not one but two roles as a mobster in a film released straight to HBO Max. In this first one, he plays a crucial role in the prequel film to the popular HBO series The Sopranos. He’s solid in the role though it wasn’t my favorite overall film.

No Sudden Moves (2021)
Liotta plays a gangster again here, this time in a period piece directed by Steven Soderberg. This was an under-rated release and one that I quite enjoyed. It’s well worth checking out if you missed it when it was dropped straight to streaming.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.


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