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5 items from 2015

‘Raging Bull’ still transcends genre at 35

14 November 2015 2:01 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull—oft-cited these days as the director’s magnum opus— first premiered in New York on November 14, 1980 to a volley of mixed reviews. At least, that’s what the Internet would have modern researchers believe. Now, 35 years later, digging up a negative review of this not-quite-a-sports-movie, not-quite-a-bio-pic seems limited to a shallow dig by Variety critic Joseph McBride, who wrote that Scorsese “excels at whipping up an emotional storm but seems unaware that there is any need for quieter, more introspective moments in drama.” Meanwhile, a glance at Rotten Tomatoes’ records show that 98 percent of contemporary critics have showered Raging Bull with praise, and even Roger Ebert, reviewing in 1980, rejects McBride’s view, awarding four stars to a film that does “a fearless job of showing us the precise feelings of their central character, the former boxing champion Jake Lamotta.”

Fearless though it was in the characterization of its violent antihero, »

- Christina Leo

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‘Chinatown’ as Greek Tragedy, Roger Deakins’ Favorite Docs, ‘Raging Bull’ Opening, and More

29 September 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

After reading our in-depth interview, see Roger Deakins share his 15 favorite documentaries at Nonfics:

Few artists in the history of the medium have done more to create this synergy than Roger Deakins. A man of sublime taste in the projects he chooses and impeccable craft in the visions he provides, the 12-time Oscar-nominated director of photography has granted audiences images as indelible as any in film history. From his longstanding work with the Coen brothers through to his most recent work with Denis Villeneuve, Deakins has pushed the boundaries of both analogue and digital photography in ways both pioneering and poetic. He’s a giant in his field, »

- TFS Staff

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Watch: See The Streets Of New York City Through Travis Bickle's Eyes In This 'Taxi Driver' Supercut

24 August 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There isn’t much that this writer can say about “Taxi Driver” that hasn’t been said a million times already. Lonely Travis Bickle’s slow descent into madness brought on by a nightmare vision of New York City is one of the greatest films ever made, as well as one of the most iconic examples of the best era in film history, '70s American cinema. Read More: The Essentials: 16 Great Robert De Niro Performances As timeless and universal as the themes of "Taxi Driver" are, the film also works as a perfectly stylized time capsule depicting the scummy, sinister, and dangerous streets of mid-'70s New York. The city itself is drenched in a sewer stream fog, which works as the ideal metaphor for the way Bickle looks at the world around him. The way Dp Michael Chapman captures these streets finds a delicate balance between stark realism »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

4 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10. Chinatown (1974)

Lost to: The Godfather Part II

Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.

#9. Cabaret (1972)

Lost to: The Godfather

Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »

- Joshua Gaul

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