See also: Scorsese Marathon (1963 – 1978)
The Scorsese marathon took a two month break after the last time we checked in on it, mostly because I couldn’t bring myself to watch “Raging Bull.”
But once things got started again I got right back into the flow, and while I don’t think I’ll finish the marathon by the end of the year, I should get to “Hugo” before “The Wolf of Wall Street” opens here on January 16.
Ugh, this movie. I avoided it forever because I hate boxing so much, but in the end I didn’t mind those scenes at all. Instead, we get two hours of Robert DeNiro yelling at people. It’s basically a better looking “New York, New York” but somehow his character is even more one-dimensional.
Ah, that’s more like it! As a “Tonight Show” fan there is a lot for me to love in this movie. I hear they even asked Johnny Carson to play himself, but Jerry Lewis is an inspired choice, as well. All-around great performances. (4 out of 5 stars)
Even better! I tend to like movies that take place in a short amount of time a lot more than those vast, decades-spanning epics, and this telling of one Kafkaesque night in the life of an ordinary man is right up my alley. Also, it’s nice to see some new faces working for Scorsese for a change. (4)
This is an episode from Steven Spielberg’s anthology TV series “Amazing Stories,” and while the story of a Steven King-like author being haunted by a spooky phantom that only appears in mirrors isn’t all that enthralling, it’s interesting to see Scorsese go full-on, schlocky horror, which hadn’t really happened before – or after, as far as I know. (3)
Paul Newman is fantastic – is he ever not? – and I guess I liked the movie, but to be honest I’ve forgotten pretty much all about it already. The 80s sure had some awful music! (3.5)
Wow, this is pretty bad. (Ha, I typed this and only then realized that I used the word “bad” to describe the thing that’s called “Bad.” It really is, though.)
It’s a miracle Willem Dafoe didn’t doze off during his own performance. (1 star)
This is the first of three segments in the movie “New York Stories,” the others being by Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen, respectively. The characters are pretty unlikable, but not as much as those in some of Scorsese’s other movies, and it’s short, so that’s good. (3.5)
These the rise and fall of movies are almost always too long for my liking. “Goodfellas” is extremely well done and the story moves along swiftly, so this is one of the rare cases where it worked for me. Of all of Scorsese’s films I’ve seen, this and “The King of Comedy” have my favorite Robert DeNiro performances. (4)
This so-called documentary short is nothing more than a 20-minute ad for Giorgio Armani. Looks pretty, but it’s boring as hell.
Here’s how I imagine Scorsese pitched this movie.
“Hey, you know how the original ‘Cape Fear‘ was so scary because they couldn’t show most of the awful violence Cady committed and the viewers had to use their imagination? Kinda like the way the first ‘Alien‘ worked so well because you didn’t see the monster? Yeah, let’s not do that, but instead show everything, including all the notions of child rape that were so powerful when merely hinted at in the original. Modern audiences are lazy, they don’t want to think during a movie, they want to have everything spelled out for them.
Oh, also, let’s cast both Robert Mitchum and Grogory Peck, but never have their characters actually meet. I mean, who would want to see that?” (3)
I enjoyed this movie, thanks mostly due to Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer’s presence and the innovative way Scorsese and director of photography Michael Ballhaus filmed it, which reminded me of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” (3.5)
Apparently Martin Scorsese was supposed to direct this movie with Robert DeNiro starring, but instead they went off and made “Casino” so Spike Lee stepped in and DeNiro was replaced by Harvey Keitel. Win win! “Clockers” is an excellent movie with some very intriguing performances, not only from Keitel. It’s one I definitely want to visit again. (4.5)