Martin Scorsese: Ranking His Feature Films

Let’s get on with the Scorsese business in hand. The votes are in, the poll is now closed. Here we will now run down the 20 highest ranked films of Martin Scorsese as chosen by all of you. Before we kick into that spectacular 20, we have to shout out to those that did not […]

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The Alienated Majesty of Travis Bickle – Taxi Driver Review

Screenwriter Paul Schrader’s first creation was a collaboration with Martin Scorsese called Taxi Driver. He came up with the idea when he was going through something of a nervous breakdown and full on personal crisis. He imagined a kid trapped in a Taxi Cab floating through a sewer, getting madder and madder playing with a […]

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Casino: Same Old Song & Dance?

Casino

In the hands of almost any other filmmaker, Casino would be a considered a watermark in that person’s career. Critics and film nuts (such as the very fine folks here at Filmotomy) would still be talking about the fantastic performances of Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci, two wiseguys hired by the midwest mafia to run […]

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King For A Night – The King of Comedy Review

Rupert Pupkin (Robert DeNiro) is obsessed with fame and more directly with his celebrity idol Jerry Langford. Langford is seemingly a fictitious replacement for the real king of late night in America at the time, Johnny Carson. He’s a big star and he’s played by real life comedian and comic actor Jerry Lewis. These are […]

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A Perception of Color in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator

The 2004’s The Aviator, Martin Scorsese wanted to imitate the color techniques from his memories watching the films of the era as a child. You can almost feel him relish the prospect of being able to make a motion picture about the movies. About an integral, transitional period of cinema. Experimenting with color palettes and […]

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No One Stays At The Top Forever – Casino Review

There’s a heartfelt and thoughtful monologue heard in voice over by one of Casino’s main characters and protagonist Sam “Ace” Rothstein at the beginning of the film. When you love someone, you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point? And […]

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The Angel of Death: Revisiting Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead

There’s always been something about the loner that Martin Scorsese keeps returning to throughout his work; the individual who is on the fringes of the society he inhabits, the outsider who doesn’t belong, and he may seem crazy but perhaps he might well be the only sane person there. Like Travis Bickle who came before […]

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The Last Temptation of Christ: Marty Tests the Faithful

As Jesus hangs from the cross in agony, fulfilling his duty, a child appears to temporarily remove his spirit and guide him through “what could be”, should he decide to forsake his destiny. What he presents to Jesus is a logical and simple argument, a promise of a normal, long-lived life filled with love, children and, most appealing, normalcy. It’s a fantastic, life-affirming sequence and, unfortunately, one that drove the Christian purists absolutely nuts.

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 20: The Martin Scorsese Epic

Podcast

There’s little silence in this 3 hour Martin Scorsese epic podcast. But hang in there, it’ll be worth it. Yes, we’re talkin’ to you. Coinciding with the extraordinary 10 Days of Martin Scorsese coverage over at Filmotomy, we discuss the many wonders, moments of genius, great scenes, unforgettable dialogue, and the whole unmatchable legacy of […]

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Scorsese and the Oscars: So Many People Have Been Wishing This For Me (2004 – 2016)

Following the complete shutout for The Gangs of New York two years prior there may have been a touch of Academy guilt attached to the potential lavishing of Martin Scorsese’s latest venture – The Aviator. Add to that, of course, the fact this phenomenal film director had yet to receive a single Academy Award for directing. […]

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To Live As A Monster or Die As A Good Man – Shutter Island Review

From the very start of the opening credits we’re introduced to the insistent and recurring score that haunts the 138 minute run time of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. The choppy North Atlantic waters are too rough for Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) when we first meet him, head thrust into a toilet bowl aboard a ferry […]

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Scorsese and the Oscars: Actors’ Wins, For and Against (1973 – 1991)

Heading into the 1973 Oscars, up-and-coming actor Robert De Niro was hotly fancied for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. And he had two very good chances, one with John Hancock’s baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, and another in a small New York picture called Mean Streets – directed by Martin Scorsese. Come nominations morning […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Raging Bull

When the opening credits begin in Raging Bull and we see a distant, hooded figure in the smoke-filled ring in warm-up sparring mode – presented in cosmic slow motion and set to the celestial “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria rusticana and the pop of flashbulbs – we sense that we are entering untrod territory.

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Marty’s Overambitious Disaster: Why Did New York, New York Flop?

It was a struggle trying to track down a copy of Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York, I couldn’t find it on Amazon Prime, or ITunes and in the end I purchased a second-hand DVD. The cover features Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli walking down a sidewalk in the nighttime, it looked like a still from Scorsese’s […]

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The Weight Of The Irish – Martin Scorsese’s The Departed

In the early months of 2007 Martin Scorsese’s name was called, winning for the first time in his storied career the Academy Award for Best Director. The film that he won for, The Departed, is an epic and violent saga involving the state police in Boston and the Irish gang they pursue throughout the city. […]

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Goodfellas: Martin Scorsese’s Magnum Opus

It is hard to know where to begin when talking about Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus. It is a crime saga that demonstrates the themes of pride, family, and power while chronicling the real life story of the person it is depicting. Also, because of how the filmmaking is such perfection and so distinctive, other […]

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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the sole voice and spirit of Martin Scorsese’s 2013 Oscar nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street. And he holds our attention for nearly three hours. Debauchery of every kind is on display, boys will be boys behavior is rampant, cocaine and naked women aplenty. This is the early 90’s […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Age of Innocence

Whenever asked about my favorite Martin Scorsese film, I typically went with the usual, more generally acceptable suspects across Scorsese film geeks. Movies like Goodfellas or Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. Those are the generally agreed-upon classics. And they’re great, don’t get me wrong. But they weren’t films that lived in my heart. Those are […]

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Alice in Wanderland: Why Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is More Than Just a “Woman’s Picture.”

Despite having an impressive filmography Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) remains Martin Scorsese’s first and only film starring a female protagonist, but regardless of the gender of its central character, it is very much a story about finding one’s identity in the chaotic world and the evolution of relationships between certain individuals. It is a film that is […]

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