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Martin Scorsese

Five of our favorite Daniel Day Lewis movies (so far)

Article: Five of our favorite Daniel Day Lewis movies (so far)

Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “Gangs of New York,” an epic so sprawling it actually rivals R.Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” for sprawlingingness. The film is set in Civil War-era Manhattan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a poor little orphan named Amsterdam who grows up with a chip on his shoulder. The…

Shelf Life: “The Last Temptation of Christ”

Article: Shelf Life: “The Last Temptation of Christ”

Religion is something I no longer give much consideration to, but the idea of faith, and spirituality, is something still find to be profound, important, and for those who possess either (or both), valuable. That may seem contradictory, but the point is that devotion to some greater force or power, assuming that commitment is in…

Hollywood’s top 10 maverick directors

Article: Hollywood’s top 10 maverick directors

Hollywood demands plenty from directors. In a forest of remade classics, “Chipmunks” sequels and other safe, dependable investments, studios want bankable reasons to invest in innovation. Indie filmdom has long been a launchpad for Hollywood careers, but only a select few filmmakers can claim to have gone against the grain with enough force to change…

Michel Gondry films two-minute “Taxi Driver” remake

Article: Michel Gondry films two-minute “Taxi Driver” remake

Michel Gondry is probably the only director who can make the word “cute” apply to Martin Scorsese‘s classic, “Taxi Driver.” But really, that’s the only word that comes to mind when watching his two-minute short film remake of the drama. Maybe it’s something about the French subtitles, or the fact that Gondry hired a couple…

“Corman’s World,” reviewed

Article: “Corman’s World,” reviewed

Producer/director/schlockmeister Roger Corman famously made over a hundred movies in Hollywood and never lost a dime, in part because he never financed stuff like “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.” That’s not to say this documentary about the maverick drive-in movie maven’s life is bad; on the contrary, it’s a breezy, informative ninety minutes…

Shelf Life: Harold Lloyd’s silent classic “Safety Last”

Article: Shelf Life: Harold Lloyd’s silent classic “Safety Last”

With the simultaneous release of Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and Michael Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” in the past two weeks, audiences are discovering a whole world of entertainment that preceded the panoramic, 3D, stereoscopic experience they currently talk and text through: silent film. Apparently, for more than the first 30 years of filmmaking’s existence, Hollywood actually made…

Martin Scorsese’s next film to be long-anticipated adaptation of “Silence”

Article: Martin Scorsese’s next film to be long-anticipated adaptation of “Silence”

After many years of putting it on the back-burner, Martin Scorsese has finally committed to his planned adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence.” It has been rumored that he would follow up his hit film “Hugo” with an adaptation of Joe Nesbo’s thriller novel “The Snowman,” or “The Irishman” and “The Gambler,” but in a…

Is this the age of fanfiction films?

Article: Is this the age of fanfiction films?

Last week, film critic Drew McWeeny wrote a really interesting piece at HitFix called “Muppets, Avengers, and Life In The Age Of Fanfiction.” It was inspired by a conversation with his colleague, TV critic Alan Sepinwall, who described the new “Muppets” movie as “the greatest work of fanfiction [he'd] ever seen.” That spurred McWeeny to…

National Board of Review names “Hugo” best film of 2011

Article: National Board of Review names “Hugo” best film of 2011

Basically when it comes to this year’s awards season, if you ain’t about old movies, you ain’t nothing. Earlier in the week, The New York Film Critics Circle named the silent film homage “The Artist” their Best Film of 2011. Today, the National Board of Review chose the silent film homage “Hugo” as their Best…

Martin Scorsese considers shooting all his future movies in 3D

Article: Martin Scorsese considers shooting all his future movies in 3D

Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” has turned a lot of 3D naysayers into believers. Even Roger Ebert, a notorious 3D hater, conceded in his “Hugo” review that Scorsese used the technique “as it should be used, not as a gimmick but as an enhancement of the total effect.” Personally, as a guy who wanted to believe there…

“Hugo,” reviewed

Article: “Hugo,” reviewed

Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” is a movie about magic, but it’s also a movie as magic trick: Scorsese convinces us he’s made one film then uses some crafty sleight-of-hand to transform “Hugo” before our eyes. Though I’ve read interviews and articles about the film that reveal its secrets, and even listened to the director himself spoil…

Martin Scorsese to direct Norwegian crime thriller “The Snowman”

Article: Martin Scorsese to direct Norwegian crime thriller “The Snowman”

Martin Scorsese is going to be returning to his comfort zone in his next movie. Since “Shutter Island” was released in 2010, the esteemed director helmed the pilot episode of HBO’s hit “Boardwalk Empire” and also made his first CGI-heavy “kids” film, “Hugo.” With the latter set to be released on Wednesday, Scorsese has finally…

New “Hugo” trailer features Martin Scorsese proclaiming his love of 3D

Article: New “Hugo” trailer features Martin Scorsese proclaiming his love of 3D

Much has been made of “Hugo” being the first foray into 3D for legendary director Martin Scorsese, and apparently the filmmaker is just as excited as anyone else to see the results. In a new trailer for the film, Scorsese raves about the medium — describing it as a “dream” to use — as scenes…

Thoughts on “Hugo”‘s work-in-progress screening

Article: Thoughts on “Hugo”‘s work-in-progress screening

The surprise work-in-progress screening at The New York Film Festival turned out to be Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo,” and the director himself was on hand to present his almost completed 3D family film. As Scorsese explained before the movie, “Hugo” really is a work-in-progress: a few CGI shots were unfinished and a few green screens were…

Five more directors who should act more

Article: Five more directors who should act more

We were delighted to hear the news that Werner Herzog is going to appear as the villain in Tom Cruise’s next movie, “One Shot.” Herzog’s a great director, but he’s an equally great screen presence. We’ve dug his serious movies with Harmony Korine and his silly movies with Zak Penn. We have no doubt he…

What to Watch on IFC: August 29 – September 4

Article: What to Watch on IFC: August 29 – September 4

How did it get to be September already?! If you’re as taken aback as we are, you’ll want to curl up on the couch and ponder the passing of days. Or maybe make a fort and watch some quality programming. Either way, we have some shows to comfort and entertain you while hang out in…

The five-albums test for movies

Article: The five-albums test for movies

At The AV Club, Steven Hyden wrote a really interesting piece today calling for a new measurement of excellence in the world of popular music. In addition to judging a band’s “popularity” and “critical respectibility” he suggests you apply “the five-album test” to determine musical greatness. If an artist puts out five great albums in…

Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” gets a chase-heavy trailer

Article: Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” gets a chase-heavy trailer

Cinema icon Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” is ostensibly the director’s first foray into younger-skewing subject material (and 3-D), but given it’s from the mind who gave us “Taxi Driver,” “Goodfellas” and “The Departed,” we’re going to go ahead and say it’s probably worth watching for all ages. Based on the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,”…

Can’t Be At Cannes 2011, Friday Edition

Article: Can’t Be At Cannes 2011, Friday Edition

It sucks not being at the Cannes Film Festival. To keep you up-to-speed on all the latest developments with the minimum amount of pain and jealousy, we’ll be providing frequent roundups of all the biggest news and best reviews. This is the second; for additional installments, along with all our Cannes coverage, can be found…

New York: Filmmakers Love You

Article: New York: Filmmakers Love You

New York City has long been a favorite backdrop for filmmakers. The skyscrapers, famous skyline, renowned landmarks, mountains of garbage, notable mass transit system, beautiful parks, and streets lined with crazy people are an alluring setting for everything from romantic comedies (Weekend at Bernie’s 2), tragedies, (Autumn in New York), mysteries (Desperately Seeking Susan), adventure…

Martin Scorsese Inspired Springsteen’s 1978 Rock Classic

Article: Martin Scorsese Inspired Springsteen’s 1978 Rock Classic

Bruce Springsteen was at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” which chronicles the long writing and recording sessions with the E Street Band that lead up to the 1978 release of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Springsteen’s 4th album. Edward…

World of Perfume Advertising Not Notably Improved By Addition of Frank Miller

Article: World of Perfume Advertising Not Notably Improved By Addition of Frank Miller

Frank Miller, the comic book creator turned “Sin City” codirector, has a new ad for Gucci Guilty — starring Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans, the music of Friendly Fires and a greenscreen — that’s apparently so momentous that it warranted its own trailer. Presumably there’ll be a longer cut of the ad due out as…

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