The most memorable lines from Sorkin’s instant classic.

On Friday, Netflix released the latest and much-anticipated new film from writer-director Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most memorable lines from Sorkin’s latest instant classic.

“Indict us… or shut the hell up.”

“History isn’t written in pencil. It’s written in ink.”

“If you haven’t seen Tom Hayden lead a protest, then you haven’t seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done.”

“If you guys were the inventors of the Chicago 7, you’d have invented the Chicago 7.”

“Prosecuting you is like prosecuting a StairMaster!”

“We can do that ourselves…


A timeline of the devastating events in startup culture you may have missed this year.

With all the political, medical, and social news that 2020 has generated, it has been hard to keep track of the goings-on in the internet media sector. Here is a brief recap of the year’s most critical events in the digital startup space.

Jan. 5: Sporkle Media Group acquires CinemaBeast, HomeSpin, Standard Deviation, and TuneJam.

Jan. 7: To remain competitive, Frulx Digital agrees to acquire websites Finyl Track, The Gridiron, and SkippleCurrent. The three popular online destinations each boast an audience of 70 billion users per day.

Jan. 18: EarWave Inc. announces it’s selling its stake of Digiboom and Hashtagogo.


1927–2020

What a loss.

I grew up watching Jerry Stiller bring us Arthur Spooner on The King of Queens, a character who became something that only Jerry Stiller could have made him. He was a force like no other; unique and effective.

He seemed to nail every moment onscreen, be it acting big or small; broad or nuanced. There was a nuance in his broadness, and a relatable broadness in his nuance.

Some call Arthur Spooner another Frank Costanza, but he’s not. So much of the difference lies in the heart Jerry brought to the Arthur character.

My dad & I…


Some thoughts on the passing of author Tomie dePaola (1934–2020)

Author and illustrator Tomie dePaola passed away at 85 on March 30, 2020. I posted some thoughts about it on Twitter; reposting here for whatever fleeting sense of posterity the internet allows.

Around 1998–99, my first-grade class wrote a letter to Tomie dePaola after reading Strega Nona & other books of his. He wrote us back, and it was so exciting to me that I got his address from my teacher and sent him at least two more letters on my own. He responded each time.

Quite a few Tomie-related memories remain unusually intact for those of a 7-year-old: how…


The Rock is starring in “Young Rock,” a series about his formative years on NBC. But where does it stand in the chronology of the other films and TV series about his life?

Instagram/@therock

Over the years, there has been no shortage of articles written to explain the basic chronology of events across the Star Wars films and television series, and in what order each installment should be watched — if at all. …


Did Martin Scorsese drop a clever homage to his 1990 mob epic ‘Goodfellas’ in ‘The Irishman’?

As Martin Scorsese’s latest mob drama The Irishman is viewed by the masses after dropping on Netflix, there’s been a lot of talk about whether its opening scene — a slow tracking shot through an assisted living home — is a nod to Goodfellas’ famous tracking shot through the Copacabana. But as fans debate which, if any, figurative elements of The Irishman are homages, they might be missing a more straightforward one.

Some 30 minutes into The Irishman, Whispers DiTullio (Paul Herman) pulls up to a diner to meet with Robert De Niro’s eponymous character, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. …


Finding the filming location from the final scene of Goodfellas.

Ray Liotta as Henry Hill in “Goodfellas.”

Spoiler alert: At the end of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 Mafia epic Goodfellas, Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) finds himself forced to enter the Federal Witness Protection Program (“WITSEC”) along with his family. In the final scene of the film, the camera trucks down his new block in an unidentified, cookie-cutter suburb of somewhere, America. It stops on Hill stepping out of his front door to get the paper, as he tells us in his voiceover that he gets to live the rest of his life like a schnook.

The final scene of “Goodfellas,” depicting Henry Hill (Ray…

With Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood nostalgia in full swing, here’s how to accurately transform yourself into Fred Rogers.


In the summer of 1989, Martin Scorsese filmed one of cinema’s most renowned films in Astoria, Queens. Three decades later, not much of the neighborhood remains.

Christopher Serrone, Robert De Niro, and Joseph D’Onofrio on the set of “Goodfellas” in Astoria, Queens. The lot where they’re standing was built over in 2016. Young Henry Hill’s house in the background is one of the few locations that remains.

30 years ago this summer, Martin Scorsese returned to his birthplace of Queens, New York, to shoot his next project in the neighborhood of Astoria. The director was born in the borough in 1942, and now he would capture some of its streets on film, albeit disguising them as those of East New York, Brooklyn, circa 1955. Over what was likely just a few production days of the May-August 1989 shoot, Astoria and its surrounding areas served as the backdrop for a number of scenes in the flashback first act of Scorsese’s mafia movie Goodfellas.


Incohesive thoughts on the decline of a genre & its influence on young people

I finally saw Booksmart. It was honest & seamless & carried what felt like just the right amount of weight — and more than anything, reinforces my worry about the lack of films like this for young people these days. I think this current generation of teens will be the first to not be widely exposed to coming-of-age films — a genre that can do so much for their development.

The last generation or two had them, albeit at the expense of some responsibility and realism — the early 2000’s gave us less Stand By Mes & more Superbads —…

Nick Riccardo

Writer; non-fiction, TV & pop culture pieces scattered across the internet. The remainders fall here. www.nickriccardo.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store