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The Best of Marty


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In honor of Martin Scorsese's long overdue Oscar for Best Director, would anyone like to take a crack at listing their favorite Scorsese films? Here are mine:

1. MEAN STREETS

2. GOODFELLAS

3. TAXI DRIVER

4. KING OF COMEDY

5. RAGING BULL

6. THE DEPARTED

7. NEW YORK, NEW YORK

8. ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

9. CAPE FEAR

10. AFTER HOURS

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"Mean Streets" is wonderful. "Taxi Driver" is simply brilliant, and "Goodfellas" is perhaps the best gangster movie ever.

 

"New York New York" is good in its uncut version, and I think "King of Comedy" has never been fully appreciated. "The Aviator" is also one of Scorsese's best in my view. He successfully took on a big romantic epic, yet he put his personality on it.

 

"After Hours," "Last Temptation of Christ" and "Life Lessons" from New York Stories are also favorites of mine. I haven't seen them since they first came out, however.

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Gee, what if all of Marty's films are favorites? They're always great to watch!

 

Alright, let's see....

Raging Bull

GoodFellas

The Departed

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Aviator

Gangs of New York

The King of Comedy

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Mean Streets

The Age of Innocence

Bringing Out the Dead

New York Stories - "Life Lessons"

Cape Fear

Kundun

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

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One really great film that hasn't been mentioned is Scorsese's documentary: "My Voyage to Italy" (1998). If you haven't seen this movie you are missing out on one of the best documentaries on Italian films.

 

Scorsese is such a pleasure to listen to, and he goes through a lot of the great ones on this 2 DVD release.

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I think I managed to see this theaterically, not sure if it was a festival or a regular engagement. Should love a repeat viewing. :)

 

And you're right about the pleasure of listening to Scorsese -- how many of his own movies has he done audio commentaries for? Hasn't he recorded some commentaries for some P&P movies?

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I am not into gangster movies.

 

Well, what about The Age of Innocence, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Last Temptation of Christ, After Hours, New York Stories, The King of Comedy, Bringing out the Dead, The Aviator and New York, New York? Those weren't gangster movies, were they? :)

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> I think I managed to see this theaterically, not sure

> if it was a festival or a regular engagement. Should

> love a repeat viewing. :)

 

Give me a ring the next time your in TX. I'll put the coffee on and we'll have a viewing!

>

> And you're right about the pleasure of listening to

> Scorsese -- how many of his own movies has he done

> audio commentaries for? Hasn't he recorded some

> commentaries for some P&P movies?

 

I know "The Red Shoes" (1948) contains some of his personal collection of memorabilla. "Black Narcissus" (1947) has his commentary. "BN" is my personal fave of all the P&P work.

 

I love his commentary for "The Setup" (1949). He also did a nice 20-30 min intro for the Criterion version of "La Strada" (1954). Worth every penny. On some of my old VHS tapes of "Johnny Guitar" (1954), "Force of Evil" (1948), and "Pursued" (1947) he did 15-20 min, intros that had quite interesting views on the films.

 

The DVD of "Force" has no commentary to speak of. Don't know about "Pursued", and "JG" has not been released yet as far as I know.

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> Haven't been to Texas in ages -- would love to be in

> Austin for SXSW one of these years... when do they

> have that, again? :)

 

You've probably been to Austin since I have. I have not been down there in years (I'm in Ft. Worth/Dallas area). As far as SXSW, never been.

 

TX is an unusual state in tastes. I discovered a long time ago that I'd starve making the kind of music I want here, so I went into the family business instead and built my own studio to record (2" analog) my own stuff just for my ears.

 

My wife did a lot on the stage scene around here as an actress, stage manager, etc. She had some amazing offers, but at that time she had to quit to take care of her mother who has since passed on. I would like to see her get back into it though.

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The Best of Martin Scorsese, eh? This is should be fairly easy...

 

1. Raging Bull

2. Goodfellas

3. Taxi Driver

4. The Aviator

5. Casino

6. Mean Streets

7. Gangs of New York

8. The Departed

9. After Hours

10. The Last Temptation of Christ

11. The Color of Money

12. Cape Fear

 

These are the Scorsese films that I have seen, and the only one that I didn't really like was Cape Fear. It's not Marty's kind of story, and Robert DeNiro, great as he is otherwise, is nowhere near as menacing as Robert Mitchum in the same role. Even without comparing his performance to that of Mitchum's, it just doesn't hold up for me.

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It seems like "Age of Innocence" is conspicuous by its absence from most of these lists.

 

I missed it in the theaters, and when I rented it on tape, I just couldn't connect with the film.

 

"Bringing out the Dead" (???) is another Scorsese film that I couldn't enjoy.

 

"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is very good. I love the scene in which Ellen Burstyn plays "Where or When." You can tell she is thinking "why can't life be like this song, why did my life turn out this way instead." Very touching.

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I wouldn't really call The Age of Innocence a weak link by any stretch of the imagination. I don't know I suppose other directors could have achieved something different with it, but to me it was really exciting to watch a period movie by Scorsese that took place in New York. :)

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