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When most people talk about Martin Scorsese’s influence on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, the first scene that comes to mind is the opening tracking shot by steadicam operator Andy Shuttleworth – which begins on a crane, moving through a couple dutch rolls and tilts down to the ground, entering a nightclub, tracking the action for a duration of nearly 3 minutes. The scene is reminiscent of the long tracking shot in Goodfellas, as Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) takes his wife-to-be Karen (Lorraine Bracco) into the Copacabana nightclub. But very few people speak about the influence of another Scorsese film, Taxi Driver. Well, Ali Shirazi has edited together the following video showcasing two scenes from Boogie Nights and comparing them to similar sequences in Taxi Driver. Take a look below and let us know what you think. Enjoy!
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Asaro, 78, is accused of helping to direct Lufthansa Airlines robbery, one of the largest cash thefts in American history
More than 30 years after hooded gunmen pulled a $6m airport heist dramatised in the hit Martin Scorsese movie Goodfellas, an elderly reputed mobster was arrested at his New York City home on Thursday and charged over the robbery and a 1969 murder.
Vincent Asaro, 78, was named along with his son Jerome and three other defendants in a wide-ranging indictment alleging murder, robbery, extortion, arson and other crimes from the late 1960s up until last year.
The Asaros, both identified as captains in the Bonanno organised crime family, pleaded not guilty and were held without bail at a brief appearance in federal court in Brooklyn.
The elder Asaro's lawyer, Gerald McMahon, told reporters outside court that his client was framed by shady turncoat gangsters, including the former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking »
The wide-ranging indictment naming Vincent Asaro, his son Jerome and three other defendants alleges murder, robbery, extortion, arson and bookmaking. Asaro was accused of participating in the Dec. 11, 1978, armed robbery – one of the largest cash thefts in American history.
Hooded gunmen invaded the airline’s cargo terminal and stole about $5 million in untraceable U.S. currency being returned to the United States from Germany. The cash was never found. Authorities say jewelry worth about $1 million also was taken.
The Asaros, both alleged captains in the Bonanno organized crime family, also were charged together in a 1984 robbery of $1.25 million worth of gold salts from a Federal Express employee. Information on their attorneys was not immediately available.
All five defendants were in custody »
- Associated Press
An unlovable central character is just the main flaw in a slick but wearying saga of a stockbroker's quest for riches
In 1929 the New York Times's "motion picture critic" Mordaunt Hall opined: "The Wolf of Wall Street is a talking feature that causes one to sigh… This yarn is not materially different from other Wall Street tales that have come to the screen. Money there is, also madness, women and swindling... Such a state of affairs. Oh dear, O, dear!"
There's no direct connection between Rowland V Lee's black-and-white drama and Martin Scorsese's black comedy (a very broad term) with which it shares its name. Yet watching the familiar elements (money, madness, women, swindling etc) I felt a certain empathy with Hall's sniffy reaction to the movie he saw "decorating the Rialto screen" all those years ago. Based on the self-aggrandising memoirs of convicted stock market trader Jordan Belfort, »
- Mark Kermode
A debauched end-of-empire horror story disguised as an outrageous comedy, with remarkable performances from Leonard DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. I’m “biast” (pro): love Scorsese and DiCaprio
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s a few things I don’t quite get about the chatter around The Wolf of Wall Street. I would never have noticed that it’s now the F-bomb champ of cinema history if that hadn’t become a thing, because it doesn’t seem any more sweary than any other Martin Scorsese movie. (I do wonder about the sort of person who would decide to count the naughty words in a movie.) Probably it’s no more dense with profanity than any other Scorsese flick, but with a director’s-best length — one minute under three hours — the same »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It's not subtle, but Martin Scorsese's depiction of the debauched rise and fall of a wayward Wall Street broker is an exhilarating riot of bad taste
If you can imagine the honey-gravel of Ray Liotta's voice in Goodfellas saying: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a stockbroker" you'll get some idea of Martin Scorsese's new movie The Wolf of Wall Street. It's a raucous, crazily energised, if occasionally slightly shallow epic on a familiar subject, conducted in the classic voiceover-nostalgia style with sugar-rush jukebox slams on the soundtrack. I've watched it twice in quick succession now, and though it skirts the edge of cliche, the sheer sustained blitz of bad taste is spectacular. This movie sprints frantically, in the direction of nowhere in particular, like our appalling hero after his first ecstatic toke of crack cocaine. It is based on the »
- Peter Bradshaw
"This was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be," Tina Fey announced at the end of the Golden Globes. Amy Poehler crowed, "And I got to make out with Bono!" Both ladies were correct. It was the real American Horror Story: Coven up in here tonight, as this year's Golden Globes bash turned into a rowdy celebrity pageant of Wasted Ladies Kicking Ass. Tina and Amy led the way, though they saved their best line for the final stretch: "And now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio. »
Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street hits the big screen next week, and if you can look past the controversy you'll find a fast, funny and hugely entertaining look into the lives of some very bad men.
The heralded filmmaker has always had a keen eye (and ear) for marrying image to music, so with Wolf of Wall Street poised to open on Friday (January 17) in the UK, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great uses of pop songs in Scorsese's career.
The Ronettes - 'Be My Baby' (Mean Streets)
"For a brief, fleeting moment, I’d forgotten I was rich and lived in America."
The Wolf of Wall Street—Martin Scorsese's first out-and-out comedy since After Hours—transforms the rise and fall of real-life stock swindler Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) into three hours of drug freak outs and privileged misbehavior. It wouldn't be too hard to turn Belfort's story into a tragic cautionary tale—a young man overwhelmed by the lure of sex, drugs, and power, etc.—but Scorsese, DiCaprio, and screenwriter Terence Winter play him up as an overtly comic, ridiculous figure: a big-time brat, incapable of controlling his impulses, who runs his penny stock empire like a demented Greek-letter fraternity, entertaining his pledges / employees with competitions, marching bands, strippers, and rah-rah pep rallies.
Surprisingly, the movie is less decadent style-wise than any of Scorsese's recent work, set mostly in offices and generic mansions lit with realistic, inexpressive flat whiteness. »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
In Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas, a pre-Quentin Tarantino movie that is turning out to be the post-Tarantino touchstone for how to make a drama about the lethal seductions of bad behavior (Boogie Nights, The Sopranos, and American Hustle are all honorary sons of GoodFellas), Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), the shark/schlub wise-guy antihero, sucks the audience right into his dream of doing whatever the hell he pleases the moment he announces, in that opening voiceover, “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” To watch GoodFellas is to think: And who wouldn’t? »
- Owen Gleiberman
10 items from 2014
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