Best Shot: Taxi Driver

Finding the “best” shot from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is downright impossible. Filmed by Michael Chapman, the movie is basically made up of perfect frames, over 150,000 of them. You can just scroll to any random scene and get something like the shot above, one of the many great night shots with DeNiro driving through New York […]

Scorsese Marathon (1995 – 2013)

See also: Scorsese Marathon (1963 – 1978) Scorsese Marathon (1980 – 1995) We did it! Loses points for being way too fucking long and not giving Don Rickles anything good to do. (3 out of 5 stars) Movies. They’re magic, man. I love the personal approach Marty takes with this documentary. He talks about the […]

[Top 5] Movies Watched January 2014

(Words are hard. Lists are easy. Images, too. So there.) Out of all the films I’ve watched this January, here are my favorite five: “La passion de Jeanne d’Arc” (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) “The Gradute” (Mike Nichols, 1967) “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” (Martin Scorsese, 2011) “Cool Hand Luke” (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967) “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du […]

Top 5: Discoveries and Surprises of 2013

Each week Filmspotting‘s Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larson share their respective Tops 5 of a given topic (often, but not always, tied to the main review of that week’s show) on the podcast. It’s December, so right now they are looking back at the year that was with lists about 2013 Discoveries (FS #470) and Surprises […]

Scorsese Marathon (1980 – 1995)

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 […]

Top 5: Conversations About Movies

When I came up with the idea of compiling a Top 5: Conversations About Movies, I had two scenes in mind already, quickly came up with two more and then struggled for weeks to find a fifth one. I’m sure there are some good ones I’m missing, and I’ll be happy to read about them […]

February’s movies reviewed

Here’s what I watched last month, in order of release year, because why not. “The Shining” (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) As it is my tradition, I watched the movie as soon as the winter’s first real snow fell. The fact that I’ve long been able to quote every single line of dialogue as it happens didn’t […]