10 items from 2013
Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
There are few things more valuable at a film festival than catching a retrospective screening that puts it in perspective, resets your cinephilic enthusiasm, and reminds you what movies can be. Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964) served just that purpose as Cannes neared its halfway mark. Beginning with a beautiful sequence of pure cinema, for the first time I saw the link between Ray and Martin Scorsese (who holds the Indian filmmaker in the highest regard). Alone in a room in her home, the title character wanders to a window with her binoculars, opens the shutters and watches people outside. To track them, she moves from window to window, opening each shutter and observing their movement. It's hard not to think of the young Henry Hill looking out his window in Goodfellas, and even more recently, Hugo peering from behind the clock in the train station, »
- Adam Cook
There are few directors still plying their trade today who can rival Martin Scorsese when it comes to the quality and variety of their filmography. The native New Yorker has frequently created brutal and violent stories featuring deeply flawed and morally questionable protagonists, covering such sombre subjects as guilt, greed, machismo and mental instability along the way. However, despite these dark elements which give his work such an incisive edge; his movies are always energetic and vibrant affairs and represent pure escapist cinema at its best.
Not only does he deliver movies filled with unforgettable images, but also equally unforgettable soundtracks. In addition to being a master storyteller, Marty is also a master of the pop soundtrack, with so many of his movies reverberating with his love of pop, Motown and rock and roll.
Just a quick glance over some of Scorsese’s masterpieces and immediately you are hit with »
- Rob Keeling
Quentin Tarantino once described Howard Hawks’ 1959 western Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin, as a “hang out movie” because it’s a movie you watch, not just because of its artistic qualities, but also so you can spend time with the characters.
It’s one of those phrases that once you hear it you realize how many of your most beloved films could be labelled as hang out movies, ones in which the characters start to feel like old friends. The more times you watch these films, the more you know these characters, the more a part of you they become.
So, with that in mind, we’ve put together ten films that fit in with Tarantino’s casual genre-making comment. Behold, the “hang out” movies…
While the idea of hanging out with violent gangsters may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, the genius »
- Andrew Edward Davies
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
Alice Vincent writes for the Telegraph about the upcoming Gangs of New York TV series:
"Gangs of New York was released in 2002 and starred Leonardo Di Caprio and Daniel Day-Lewis, who was nominated for an Oscar for best actor for his performance as Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting, a gangster. The film was praised for its accurate depiction of gang rivalries in mid-19th century Manhattan and was also put out by Miramax. Scorsese said that there were characters and stories from the era which the film 'could not fully explore' and that a television series would allow 'the time and creative freedom to bring this colourful world to life.'""
Read the full article here.
- Flickering Myth
With Father’s Day coming up, it makes perfect sense for Warner Bros. to look to the past, and release two impressive Blu-ray collections. Ultimate Gangster Collection Classic and Ultimate Gangster Collection Contemporary should make plenty of men happy*.
*Women are also allowed to be happy by this news.
Here is the news release…
Burbank, Calif., March 11, 2013 – As part of the studio’s 90th Anniversary celebration, eight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ greatest gangster films – from Edward G. Robinson’s 1931 classic Little Caesar to Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning masterpiece The Departed– will now be available in two Blu-ray sets May 21. Released to coincide with Father’s Day gift-giving, the WB genre greats, along with one of Paramount’s best gangster films, will be offered in the Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classic and Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary.
The four films in the Classic Collection have been remastered for their Blu-ray debuts. They include »
- Jeff Bayer
There are few things that can be described as perfect – Reservoir Dogs, the early seasons of The Simpsons, Nutella, and the riveting The Walking Dead – perfect. And now we have a Goodfellas spin-off television show and it cannot be described as perfect because it’s nowhere near it.
I was a bit hesitant when Disney came out saying they will be making more Star Wars films, but after hearing J.J. Abrams is attached, I am a bit relieved. However, I don’t understand why people just can’t leave movies be. Goodfellas has to be one of the best films ever made, arguably Martin Scorsese’s best. And when you hear news that AMC s planning to make a TV series out of it, your heart just can’t help dropping.
Well you heard it here folks, AMC is making a Goodfellas TV show. The rumor has always been out there, »
- Catherina Gioino
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For's cast has just gotten a lot more sinful as super agent Ari Gold, reformed gangster Henry Hill, and a lesbian werewolf named Diane have officially joined the cast! Oh, happy day!
The Playlist broke the news that Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, and Juno Temple have all signed up for active duty on the Robert Rodriguez directed sequel. What their roles will be is being kept quiet but the trio join the previously announced Mickey Rourke as Marv, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Rosario Dawson as Gail and Jaime King as Goldie/Wendy and newcomers to the fold Josh Brolin as Dwight, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, Dennis Haysbert as Manute (replacing the late Michael Clarke Duncan), Jamie Chung as Miho, Chris Meloni and Crystal McCahill.
- Uncle Creepy
There are many factors that go into making a truly great video game, but undeniably it’s the characters within the story who draw us into the story the most, providing us with the motivation to continue playing, and bestowing the game with a very distinct personality. Recent years have seen the video game medium evolve considerably, with more and more talented, A-list voice actors from Hollywood showing up to lend their talents, accepting that not only is gaming a viable way for them to earn some cash, but it’s also a viable medium that is essentially surpassing movies in many quarters. So, here we take a little look at a few of the actors who have put their considerable vocal talents down and really made a mark of their own on the titles that they have starred in.
Here are the 10 greatest casting choices in video game history. »
- Adrian Poole
In a career that is now entering its 45th year, Martin Scorsese’s is considered one of the most acclaimed in film history. He has built his career on telling visually stunning and equally impressive stories over the years, but he is also one of the most inspiring directors for an actor to work with. Actors under Scorsese’s direction are given an opportunity to not only work with one of the greatest modern film-makers, but also flourish in their trade.
This list celebrates not only the craftsmanship and quality of Scorsese’s films but also the performances that he helped create with the actors mentioned herein. Throughout his career, Scorsese has directed 18 different Academy Award nominated performances, with 5 actors winning the Oscar under his charge. Without Scorsese’s sure handed direction, it is rest assured that none of these films or performances would have been as memorable as they were. »
- Kyle Hytonen
10 items from 2013
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