The latest Martin Scorsese film, Killers of the Flower Moon, could have really benefited from an intermission with its lengthy run time. I’ve been struggling what to say about the new Scorsese film for the better part of the month. It is a very long film–running nearly 3.5 hours long. Honestly, I don’t blame the theaters that decided to give it an intermission. Personally speaking, I’d have done the same if I were watching the…"Killers of the Flower Moon Needed An Intermission"
Titanic takes a Romeo and Juliet approach while James Cameron and the crew go to painstaking efforts in recreating the ship and sinking. “It’s been 84 years…” There’s something about the RMS Titanic that has a staying power in the public consciousness. Maybe its because this supposedly unsinkable ship became just that: sinkable. The reported want of White Star Line managing director J. Bruce Ismay (Jonathan Hyde) to have Titanic to make the news in…"Titanic Is An Epic Achievement In Filmmaking Over 25 Years Later"
Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained marked the tenth anniversary of its 2012 theatrical release earlier this week. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who happens to land an unlikely encounter with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). He’s the key to helping Schultz find the Brittle brothers and for his help, the bounty hunter promises to free him. When Django fulfills his obligations, he chooses not to go his own separate way but…"Django Unchained Marks Its 10th Anniversary"
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…"The Aviator: Another Martin Scorsese Epic"
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…"The Wolf of Wall Street: An Epic Masterpiece"
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…"Don’t Look Up Cast, Crew on Jennifer Lawrence"
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…"Don’t Look Up: The Best Picture of 2021"
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…"Gangs of New York Is A Flawed Epic"
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…"Inception: Nolan Film Marks Its 10th Anniversary"
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.…"Catch Me If You Can: An Incredibly True Story"