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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 2)

16 March 2011 12:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.

“It’s true that some films will involve me more than others,” admitted American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. “It’s also true that I might have never made Taxi Driver [1976] were it not for the success of Alice [Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974]. The question of commercialism is a source of worry. Must one make a choice, must it be a matter of either setting your sights on winning an Academy Award and becoming a millionaire, or making only the movies you want to make and starving to death?” The $1.3 million production about a lonely New York City taxi driver (Robert De Niro), who has an unrequited romantic attachment with political campaign volunteer (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes a vengeful angel for a child prostitute (Jodie Foster), potently harnessed the sense of public disillusionment fueled »

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The Mechanic review

24 January 2011 8:01 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

In 1972 Charles Bronson starred in an Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff production of The Mechanic. The duo, whose previous successes include the Rocky franchise and Raging Bull, are true Hollywood legends and it appear that their children - David Winkler and Bill Chartoff - are eager to follow in the illustrious footsteps of their fathers. First they brought back Sylvester Stallone’s iconic fighter for one more slug-fest in Rocky Balboa (2006), and now they have gone one step further by remaking Bronson’s genre flick about an elite assassin whose particular skill is making a murder look like an accident.

Stepping into Bronson’s boots for this latest remake is action-hero of the moment, Jason Statham. Statham - best known for his no-nonsense portrayal of Frank Martin in the Transporter trilogy - plays Arthur Bishop, a ‘mechanic’ who quickly demonstrates his special talent at eliminating targets without rousing suspicion. However, »

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