"Gangster."

The word has so many connotations in today's media-saturated, Hollywood-influenced world. It's hard to believe there ever was such a thing as a non-archetypal gangster. This great new video essay from Press Play by Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz explores the various identities of the Hollywood gangster over the years.

What's your favorite gangster flick? I'm partial to Goodfellas myself, but hey, what else is new. Go ahead and talk gangsters, stabbings, shine boxes, and whatever else, here or over in the Talk Amongst Yourselves forum. Have good chatting, and don't forget to take the cannoli.