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12-09-2006, 07:45 PM
Few directors have styles of filming that is recognizable, and Martin Scorsese is one of them. His trademark style is shocking violence, with appropriate music to accompany it.

Taxi Driver might be his most recognizable movie, but IMO Goodfellas is his best movie so far with very colorful characters and intriguing story.

12-09-2006, 08:51 PM
I loved the Departed, Taxi Driver is an indespensibly important film, but Goodfellas is the best film of the bunch, hands down.

12-09-2006, 10:22 PM
Unfortunately the list does not include a few other films that are worth mentioning. I think that GANGS OF NEW YORK should be on the list instead of THE DEPARTED or THE AVIATOR and a few other overlooked films would include AFTER HOURS, which is one of my favs mainly due to it's quirky characters and the incredibly style. KUNDUN is also an overlooked film that is just so beautiful and elegant. Of course another notable mention would have to be THE LAST WALTZ which has forever changed the concert-film and has created a new language in filmmaking. His 'masterwork' though would have to be RAGING BULL, which is so brilliant and innovative with each frame. CASINO and GOODFELLAS are also masterfully done, but RAGING BULL is a true master at work and in my opinion his greatest accomplishment thus far.

12-10-2006, 01:55 PM
Sorry PeruvianSkies, but had to leave couple out due to space problem.

Although have not seen THE DEPARTED or THE AVIATOR , but seen Gangs of New York and to me that movie moved too slow and didnít have the emotional punch of other well known Scorsese films. I liked Bringing the Dead with Nicholos Cage better than Gangs of New York.

But I agree that Ragging Bull is right up there with the best of his movies :)

12-10-2006, 02:15 PM
Man, that's tough.
FWIW, I think Gangs of New York is better than a few on the list, and Bringing Out the Dead was the only Scorsese film I didn't really like much, but I think that just shows he's capable of delivering a broad range of movies unlike some directors..

I loved The Aviator, but just saw it a week ago, so it's fresh in my mind and probably causing some bias. I'll exclude it. Casino, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver are all among my favorites. I guess I'd have to put Goodfellas and Taxi Driver a notch up though - Taxi Driver holds up well even today. Guess I'll go with that. It's a bit more unique than some of the others.

12-10-2006, 04:54 PM
I'll certainly doff my cap to Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Gangs of New York but, fuggedabbowdit, Goodfellas is the epitome of gangster flicks. Truly the stuff of which classics are made...

Dusty Chalk
12-11-2006, 03:14 AM
I really need to see more of Scorsese's films.

12-12-2006, 05:07 PM
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD was highly overlooked and still misunderstood. I actually really enjoyed the film after I looked at the film through a different perspective. The film is about 'compassion' and at the core of the film essentially we have a few characters who are responsible for caring for people, like doctors or ambulance drivers. However, the twist of the film is based on this question...

Is it possible to have compassion towards people who don't care about themselves?

In other words...should an ambulance driver, doctor, or whoever really care about a drug dealer who is bleeding to death? Or a drug addict who is killing themself day by day? Are we as a society responsible for people who don't care about themselves?

The film doesn't answer these questions nor does it attempt to sway the audience in a particular way. Instead it shows life through that lens in a humble examination of the human condition and we are left to decide.

Gerald Cooperberg
12-12-2006, 10:02 PM
Yah, easy to quibble with some of the omissions here, especially ones from his seminal period like Who's That Knocking At My Door and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as well as the aforementioned After Hours... the early stuff is really the stuff I prefer. I'd be hard-pressed to name a favorite but I guess Raging Bull is kind of his pitch-perfect one for me with hardly a missed note. Who's That Knocking At My Door and Mean Streets have that irrepressible verve too that I think really informs his whole career... Goodfellas really does nothing for me; I've never fully understood the universal acclaim on that one. I feel like the first 15 minutes of Gangs of New York are head and shoulders above anything else he's done in the last 20 years (strictly one man's opinion, of course).