Tag: Martin Scorsese

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The American Horizon: Working Life in the New Hollywood

“What is so strange about the New Hollywood renaissance of the 70s is that it took place at a time of acute crisis for the business. It was a signal of the industry’s weakness that these cracks in the veneer were not only permitted but encouraged…”

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

The Code Complex: Robert De Niro, Jake LaMotta and ‘Raging Bull’

“‘Raging Bull’ — a complex character study about methods and codes of conduct — all too often gets reductively tagged as Scorsese’s toxic masculinity sports movie that allowed De Niro to lose (and gain) weight in pursuit of an Oscar.”

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Martin Scorsese, ‘Mean Streets’ and Caravaggio’s Moment of Illumination

“In Caravaggio and Scorsese’s art, the silent actions of male and female characters speak louder than words. We don’t need to hear Holofernes scream to understand what Judith has taken.”

The Irishman 2019 Movie - Thelma Schoonmaker Editing

Don’t Make Him Wait: Editing, Thelma Schoonmaker and ‘The Irishman’

“Schoonmaker’s contribution to ‘The Irishman’ may be her finest effort: she shapes an epic that masterfully controls pace — accelerating and decelerating it at will…”

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Leopards in Winter: ‘The Irishman’ and the Banquet Sequence

“‘The Irishman’ may be the last film of an era. The banquet scene ranks among the most powerful sequences of Scorsese’s career because he allows it, following Visconti’s example, to linger.”

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VVIBES: Martin Scorsese and Marvel

VV’s D.M. Palmer, Peter Bell and Q.V. Hough on Martin Scorsese and Marvel

Rolling Thunder Revue Documentary Review - 2019 Martin Scorsese Netflix Film

Martin Scorsese and Bob Dylan Make Believe in ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’

“Not everyone, and not even every Dylan fan, will go along with the tall tales, but amidst the japes are several of the most riveting live performances of Dylan’s career.”

Love, Society and Nations in ‘The Age of Innocence’ and ‘The Remains of the Day’

“‘The Age of Innocence’ and ‘The Remains of the Day’ both explore strict societal expectations, unwritten rules and how they box people in, keeping them unhappy.”

Seeing Double: Richard Quine’s ‘Pushover’

“As a largely disregarded noir B-side, ‘Pushover’ deliberately recalls its more famous predecessor, playing upon audience expectations of MacMurray’s screen persona to create an experience of déjà vu.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marianna Aloisio-Seale on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

“No matter the fantasy and clash of culture that swirls around ‘Black Narcissus,’ it is probably best that The Archers did not revisit Orientalist ideas, and that they stuck to what they knew best — the human interest and depths of United Kingdom and European issues.”

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 6.1.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

A Community in the Dark: Dispatches from the TCM Classic Film Festival

Michael J. Casey on the TCM Classic Film Festival 2018

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 4.27.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Favorite New Wave Films

In the Vague Visages Writers’ Room on Slack, freelancers were asked to comment about their favorite new wave films from any international movement.

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 3.30.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marshall Shaffer on Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Silence of God’ Trilogy

“I’m convinced that understanding the progression is a crucial bridge in any attempt to understand how the two distinct portions of Bergman’s filmography interact.”

“Well, Childhood’s Over” – Claiming Adulthood with Some Help from Greta Gerwig

An Essay by Marshall Shaffer

An Ode to Alice Lowe’s Performance in Her Feature Directorial Debut ‘Prevenge’

“As any great piece of cinema should evoke in the viewer, Alice Lowe’s electric performance in ‘Prevenge’ makes one laugh, cry and shriek in terror.”

Jack Ascending: Nicholson’s 1980s

“There has always been a conflict at play in Nicholson’s screen presence: between ‘Nicholson’ and ‘Jack.’ The desire to be taken seriously and the lure of the riotous Jack persona have always done battle across his decades of stardom.”

London Film Festival Review: Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’

“This kind of world recreation doesn’t come cheap, and it’s a delight to see a filmmaker of Haynes’ caliber given such a worthy budget.”