Ordinary people have houses or apartments. Perhaps, in time, you acquire a summer house, or move up to a mansion, even an estate. But why do only far-flung criminal enterprises, like the Corleones or the Kennedys, have a compound?

Aaron Haspel | Posted March 4, 2003 @ 10:49 PM | Language,Movies

9 Responses to “On Watching The Godfather for the 400th Time”

  1. 1 1. C.Bloggerfeller

    Surely any decent compound must include the following: kennels for blood-crazed Alsatian guard dogs; ample accommodation and leisure facilities for Neanderthal-jawed henchmen (pool table essential); swimming-pool well-filled with bikini-clad cuties within easy reach of personal cocktail bar; helipad for visits from cigar-chomping Mr Big for suitcase-full-of-money-style deals; on-site lab for boffin who ensures compounds security with the latest in hi-tech devices (electric eye and voice-activated gate, walkie-talkies for perimeter-patroling heavies- woah, cutting edge!); huge garage/workshop with a decent supply of motor spares where you can lock up the A Team and from which, much to your surprise, they will emerge forty-five minutes later, guns blazing, in a fully-equipped self-built Armoured Personnel Carrier.

  2. 2 2. Aaron Haspel

    Naturally. I note only that the billiard cloth can never be green. Black or tan only. I learned that from MTV Cribs.

  3. 3 3. Alan Sullivan

    Jonestown was called a compound, too. It’s an interesting usage which I’ve never pondered before.

  4. 4 4. Ian

    You don’t live in a "compound" until

    a) you profess to like guns;
    b) a federal agency surrounds your house or cabin looking for publicity;
    c) the media decide to make you seem more sinister.

    Then your house, or cabin, becomes a compound.

    It also helps if your wife is gunned down while brandishing a dangerous assault baby.

    (Yipe, I’m a mite bit cynical today!)

  5. 5 5. jay mckee

    Ian has it exactly right

  6. 6 6. Aaron Haspel

    Ian does have a point. I was thinking of aspiring to a compound (after I get a job), but now I’m not so sure.

  7. 7 7. C.Bloggerfeller

    Supervillains usually go one better than a compound and get a whole island of their own, complete with private army and subservient peasantry, e.g. Kananga in Live and Let Die. Or Fidel Castro, come to think of it.

  8. 8 8. chutney

    That’s exactly it. Thugs: compound. Supervillains: lair.

  9. 9 9. Floyd McWilliams

    There’s a gaming company called Cheap-Assed Games that makes, well, cheap-assed games. They usually have cheap paper components and cost $3 or $4. One of their games is called "Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond." You are an evil supervillain; spies come into your lair and you get points for killing them.

    But not many. To get a lot of points, you must taunt them. Your hand is full of "taunt" cards such as:

    Before I kill you, Mr. Bond, would you like to sign a declaration of your incompetence using your ordinary-looking fountain pen?

    For each Taunt there is a matching Escape, so taunting carries the risk that you will not score any points at all.

    I’ll shut up now.

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