Favorite Movies A-Z: The Godfather

This is the quintessential mafia movie. More than Goodfellas, more than Little Caesar, more than anything else before or since. It is so influential that despite its fictional nature even real-life mafiosos have had their behavior and attitudes affected by the film, not just film and television gangsters. This mark of its greatness is also its greatest flaw.

Favorite Moves A-Z: The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

When he does manage to talk to Taeko for more than just a few moments and attempts to explain how he feels, he says that what he likes is "the flavor of green tea over rice". She does not find this illuminating. As viewers, however, we are afforded an additional insight into his character that his wife is denied when a chance encounter leads to him reuniting with his wartime platoon sergeant.