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Henry Hill, the man Scorsese based his mafia classic Goodfellas on, has passed away, of natural causes.  A real larger-than-life character whose life was riddled by crime, drugs, betrayal- he snitched on his mob pals to help the Fed, was put on witness protection but then blew it because he  got into drug-related problems again.

In later years, he was a guest on Howard Stern’s radio show, opened a restaurant called Wiseguys, hosted mob-movie marathons, and hawked his own line of marinara sauce.

It seems like he really went away scot-free and even opened up his own business ventures post-mafia world. Makes you wonder why didn’t some mobster just lop off his head and be done with it? After all, his turncoat act landed 50 convictions of other mobsters. So why was he never taken down by other gangs, mafia movie-revenge style? 

This documentary, First Position, is about young dancers training extremely hard for one of the world’s most prestigious competitions and I really want to watch it. I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for dance shows- Footloose, Saturday Night Live, So you think you can dance etc. There’s something about dance that makes me really love watching it, perhaps it’s the entertainment and wow value, when you see someone successfully attempt a body-bending feat. Sometimes it’s the music, sometimes it’s funny, and sometimes it’s nostalgic and reminds you of another bygone era, be it that of the waltz, ballet, lindyhop etc.