The Aviator: Another Martin Scorsese Epic

Martin Scorsese successfully gives the biopic treatment to Howard Hughes with a superb performance from Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. This is the second annual year in which I watch a film that Thelma Schoonmaker worked on for her January 3rd birthday. Last year, I decided on Gangs of New York, a film which is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year. Schoonmaker’s work in this film is what earns her a second Oscar. The other…

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The Wolf of Wall Street: An Epic Masterpiece

The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardio DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie, is an epic visual storytelling masterpiece from Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese and masterpiece are words that seem to go together every few years. Looking back on its 8th anniversary, this film is no exception. With the filmmaker supervising a new film transfer, the picture has never been more beautiful. Both Scorsese and DiCaprio have a history so there’s a shorthand in their…

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Don’t Look Up Cast, Crew on Jennifer Lawrence

Writer-director Adam McKay and the cast of Don’t Look Up discussed working with Jennifer Lawrence while the actress spoke about McKay. Of all the Netflix press conferences that I’ve had the pleasure to attend, the Don’t Look Up presser was the funniest and most nerve-wrecking of them all. When you’re in the same room as McKay, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jonah Hill, there’s bound to be some nerves. I mean, you already…

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Don’t Look Up: The Best Picture of 2021

Adam McKay is a genius behind the camera as Don’t Look Up takes the satire to the next level with one of the best ensemble casts ever. Please stay until the end of the credits. There is a mid-credit and post-credit scene. This film has talent on the same level as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World while reaching satire at the levels of both Dr. Strangelove and Network. Like those films, Don’t Look…

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Gangs of New York Is A Flawed Epic

Gangs of New York may have a lot to enjoy about the film but at the end of the day, it is a flawed epic and well short of being a masterpiece. In many ways, this is the history of New York City according to Martin Scorsese.  The script itself is based on Herbert Asbury’s The Gangs of New York.  However, it gets an original screenplay nomination because they drift so far from the book’s…

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Inception: Nolan Film Marks Its 10th Anniversary

Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the Oscar-winning sci-fi heist film about dreams, marks its tenth anniversary since its theatrical release in 2010. When most people think of extraction, it’s usually sending in covert agents to get someone out.  This isn’t so much the case with this film.  Not even by a long shot. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a particular set of skills that make him a dangerous person.  Granted, this also depends on who you are…

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Catch Me If You Can: An Incredibly True Story

Steven Spielberg manages to change up his filmography with the incredibly true story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. Spielberg may be reuniting with Tom Hanks but the film marks his first collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio.  Moreover, Frank W. Abagnale, Jr.’s story is one that was just ripe for filmmaking.  It was in development hell since 1980 but never really made any progress until Spielberg decided to take it on.…

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The Departed: A Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Departed continues filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s trend of making at least one motion picture masterpiece per decade–this time, winning an Oscar. Even though the film adapts a story from another country, the filmmakers still find a way to tie it to Boston.  This is one of the best ideas to go into the film.  For all intents and purposes, mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is Whitey Bulger.  Basically, the film deals with crime and…

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: I Have Words

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes us back to 1969 in a way that only Quentin Tarantino can do so, while completely wasting Margot Robbie. After viewing the film, I can safely say that Inglorious Basterds remains my favorite Quentin Tarantino film.  While the third act of Hollywood is entertaining, I really wish I could say more about the rest of the film.  For the large majority, we’re viewing the film through actor Rick…

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Ice on Fire: Climate Crisis Doc is a Horror Film

It would not be unfair to state that the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Ice on Fire documentary is a horror film because the global climate is at a crossroads. This is yet another climate change film.  However, there’s something that is strikingly different about this film.  I’ll get to more on this later.  There’s some beautiful imagery–don’t get me wrong–but it’s unfortunate the reason.  While Leonardo DiCaprio is a brilliant actor, he’s found a way to blend…

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