Posts tagged Martin Scorsese
Posts tagged Martin Scorsese
“Marty had this determined feeling that the last part of that Quaalude scene, of Leo dragging himself across the ground to get to the car, and getting his legs stuck in the door, all of that, he decided that he wanted that just as a master shot. And when I saw the dailies I said, didn’t you get a close-up of it? And he said no, no, no, the humor is there in the master shot. This is my favorite shot in the whole movie, so I just want to hold on it. And he was dead right.”
— Thelma Schoonmaker
A young Thelma Schoonmaker and Martin Scorsese.
MARTY SCORSESE IN A T-SHIRT OF THE CLASH!!!!!!!!!
Director Spike Jonze actually has a cameo in Martin Scorsese’s tale of amoral Wall Street greed, popping up in the first act as a small-time broker who teaches Leonardo DiCaprio the ins and outs of penny stocks. “That happened because Ellen Lewis was the casting director for Her, and she also cast The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jonze explained to Vulture. “When we were auditioning people for our movie, I would often read with the people we were auditioning, and she called me up later and said, ‘Hey, you’re actually an okay actor! You want to come do this thing?’”
85: Around the World In Eighty Days
Okay, now we’re out of the ‘30s and into the ‘50s. This white elephant, a particular bete noir of Sarris’ if I recall correctly, is the sort of thing that made people think the Eisenhower administration was dumb. S.J. Perelman admirers feel as bummed out to be reminded of this as Joan Didion fans are to be reminded ofUp Close And Personal. Makes It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World look like Love And Death.
The movie that introduced the world to Ben Kingsley while also showcasing maybe about one-tenth of his range. Watchable.
53: The Sound of Music
I played Captain Von Trapp in Seltzer School’s 1972 production of this musical, and Max Detweiler in Jefferson Township High School’s 1977 production of same. I love this movie. If you have a Sound of Music problem I feel bad for you, son. I’ve got 80-something Oscar problems but The Sound of Music ain’t one.
50: In The Heat of the Night
Pioneered the “look at all these people sweating” genre that A Time To Kill so adroitly picked up on.
46: The Lost Weekend
Kate Aurthur, who wrote the Buzzfeed piece that indirectly inspired this one, is taking a lot of heat for it in the comments and in the Twittersphere and elsewhere, and as someone who reveres or just likes a lot of the movies that come in for her disdain in the piece, I understand the pain of the howlers. But Ms. Aurthur and I have some mutual friends, and I’m assured that she’s a good egg, and I believe those assurances, even as I recognize, whenever I happen to read her writing, that we don’t have a whole lot in common in terms of taste and sensibility. And as a grateful recovering alcoholic, I do wince as the “you will laugh watching it” assurance in her entry on this film—it seems a little presumptuous. I haven’t had much patience to the “alienating to contemporary sensibilities” condemnation critics so readily tar movies with, for one thing. Still. This is a Buzzfeed article we’re talking about here. We are not, for better or worse, Buzzfeed people here, so why get so bothered. Also: Nick Tosches hates this movie, too, partially because he’s very much higher on Charles Jackson’s book, and then because he thinks the movie’s an egregious piece of Hollywood hackwork. So go tell HIM he’s full of shit. And finally, the bat really IS bad. That said, I’m pretty fond of the picture.
MINNELLI POWER MISE EN SCÈNE POWER CHEVALIER POWER FUCK THE HATERS
27: The Departed
Oh the incredible irony that a movie its director, one of our greatest living filmmakers, had so relatively little personal investment in, would gain him these industry honors.
25: Kramer Vs. Kramer
I read how this movie is now unacceptable because sexism and I’m not going there, not here. My high esteem for it comes from its being the one Best Picture winner that most resembles a Truffaut film, stylistically.
15: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Because without it, no The Geisha Boy.
4: The Best Years of Our Lives
Eat it, Raymond Chandler!
This list is great by Glenn Kenny.
On the set of The King of Comedy, 1983 — Steve Schapiro
Martin Scorsese and Jerry Lewis on the set of The King of Comedy
I think any young film film fans who were intrigued by the comedy in The Wolf of Wall Street would look at The King of Comedy in understanding where DiCaprio’s characterization is most informed by. It’s totally Jerry Lewis. Not Jerry Langford the character but, clearly, Scorsese has always held him in high regard- hence why he is placed in the Carson role.