Martin Scorsese

Silence (2016)

It has been said that Silence is Martin Scorsese’s passion project. A fan of Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel, he has apparently been trying for three decades to bring the story of Jesuit priests in 17th century Japan to the big screen. You can tell from the gorgeous and raw imagery and the soul-searching of the …

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Taxi Driver

Would Martin Scorsese put a hit on me if I said I didn’t like Taxi Driver? ‘Cause he sure looked miffed when he didn’t win the Oscar this year. Maybe I should see if any Academy members have recently had their kneecaps broken before I proceed, because never in my life have I heard anyone …

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The King of Comedy

It’s a strange thing watching a movie without a hero, and by hero, I don’t mean anything extraordinary. I’m just talking about someone remotely likable who could be identified as a protagonist. As Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy begins, your hero radar quickly hones in on Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro). We meet him at …

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Shutter Island

Almost from the opening frames, I couldn’t help but notice that Shutter Island oozes with style. From the booming Hitchcockian soundtrack to the arty and transfixing flashbacks, you can tell right away that this tale isn’t being conducted by a director-for-hire. That said, the plot balances on a thin line between a masterpiece thriller and …

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