With The Wolf Of Wall Street out recently (which is excellent, by the way), it got me thinking about Martin Scorsese.
Of course, he’s one of the greatest directors of all time. No doubt about that. And we all know how amazing Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and Goodfellas are.
But sometimes we forget the little guys. The movies that sort of got away. They’re not even “b-list” Scorsese because, to be honest, they’re almost as good as the classics.
Let’s call them “The 4 3/4 Star Scorsese.”
It didn’t do much box office (many of his don’t, really), but it deserved a giant-sized audience. If ever there was a children’s story that was written for Martin Scorsese, Hugo was it.
If after seeing this movie you don’t want to rummage through Netflix or a library to find silent films, then you are probably inhuman.
He starts with the beginning of the silent and ends right around 1969. Along the way, we’re treated to his personal take on what these films mean and how the influenced his own art. It’s one of the best documentaries about film that I’ve ever seen. Just hearing someone who is so in love with film talk at length about specific films is something that every film fan should experience.
If ever there was a documentary made with Scorsese AND Tarantino talking and talking and talking and talking about film, I’d totally be in.
Everybody remembers New York, New York even if they don’t like it. Everybody remembers The Color Of Money even if they haven’t seen it. People tend to dismiss or completely forget The King Of Comedy.
Alice is the story of a woman (Ellen Burstyn) who escapes from a humdrum life only to end up in another one. She and her son head out so that she can become a singer. Instead, she ends up working at a diner with a gruff boss (Vic Tayback) and a couple of weird waitresses (Diane Ladd and Valerie Curtin). She also meets two men, Ben and David (Harvey Keitel and Kris Kristofferson), neither of which are particularly good for her.
Personally, though, I’m gonna have to go with Shutter Island. Yes, it has a twist ending that you can kind of see coming a mile away, but that really didn’t matter. The movie kept me on my toes and entertained me for over two hours.