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Thread Starter 

Was looking at the Spielberg moments thread and thought it would be cool to have one for Marty too.

 

 

Even in Scorsese's first film, he was the master of music and image. 

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Just re-watched "Who's That Knocking" last week. Love the sequence where the city boys go into the wilderness and climb the mountain.

 

Also: The 'helicopter is following me' sequence in "Goodfellas" is a master class in editing and music cues.

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Pure genius.

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While Spielbrg excels at creating emotionally transcendent moments, Scorsese is a master of the "Visceral" where the reality of moment is magnified & slightly exaggerated to great cinematic effect. I love the opening scene with Newman quietly chatting up his girl at the bar when he keeps getting distracted by the unusually loud WHACK of the cue from a far away pool table. Each time he hears it, the camera swings faster & tighter on Newman. It's a visceral moment that you feel in your bones. I can't imagine another director at Scorsese's level creating that kind of tension or directing that scene to similar effect.

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And of course...

 

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Jamie, just watching that clip made me want to go home right now and watch it all over again.

 

When I first Casino, I unfairly viewed it as "Goodfellas plus an hour", which wasn't fair to what I think is one of his more underrated efforts. The grisly fate of Joe Pesci and his brother still haunts me:

 

 

The dull ping of those aluminum bats. GAH.

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Arguably the most brutal moment of any Scorsese picture, and that's saying something!

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I'm the guy who loves Gangs of New York, and no there are not dozens of us. DOZENS!

 

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MEAN STREETS - DeNiro's intro to "Jumpin' Jack Flash". Maybe the coolest moment in the whole canon.

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MEAN STREETS - Keitel''s intro to "Gimme Shelter". Maybe the coolest moment in the whole canon.


Fixed (arguably).

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My favorite scene from Goodfellas

 


 

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The first time De Niro sees Sharon Stone in Casino, instantly falling in love and not knowing that would be part of his downfall in Las Vegas. It's not popular, but I love Casino, the gaudy flashiness of 70's and 80's Vegas and a different take on Mob Life from Goodfellas. De Niro, Pesci, Stone and all the rest are great.

 


Edited by Cameron Hughes - 12/27/12 at 12:42pm
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Honest question. I've seen Goodfellas. Many times, as have the rest of you.

 

Was Henry's little brother Michael supposed to be retarded in addition to being paraplegic?

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My favourite Marty cameo moment is from After Hours where he's dressed as a Military Dictator & shining a spotlight down on a nightclub dancefloor. His most tongue-in-cheek cameo, I think.

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Favorite GOODFELLAS moment.  I love the tracking shot through the restaurant as the introductions are done.  Of course, we have the single best one scene character of all with Jimmy Two Times..

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From Scorsese's most underrated film. One of the most expertly shot sequences I've seen in any movie.

 

 

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"It is accomplished."

 

So many dichotomies in one moment: flesh and spirit, awe and horror, triumph and loss, reality and artifice.

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Henry Hill breaking the fourth wall during the final court scene of Goodfellas. Breaking the movie's roles in such a well executed move that gives you one final punch before the credits.

 

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Not enough KING OF COMEDY love in here.

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Honest question. I've seen Goodfellas. Many times, as have the rest of you.

 

Was Henry's little brother Michael supposed to be retarded in addition to being paraplegic?

 

Don't think so.  IIRC in the book it says he suffered a spinal cord injury.

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Scorsese's most underrated: his segment of NEW YORK STORIES.

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Agreed:

"Get the papers, get the papers"

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Not enough NEW YORK, NEW YORK love in here.

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I swear to God, if you say "Not enough KUNDUN love in here.", I'm gonna kill this thread with an aluminum bat & bury it in the desert.

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Moltisanti hasn't posted in the thread yet.

 

"Yo, Marty!  Kundun!  I liked it!"

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Not enough MICHAEL JACKSON'S "BAD" VIDEO love in here.

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Finally! A Scorsese fan!

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Not enough love for The Departed here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited because I put two of the same video, so I added the cranberry juice beatdown.


Edited by Cameron Hughes - 12/28/12 at 5:28pm
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I'm a big Departed fan as well. There are other great scenes in it that I'll let other people post, but I want to salute Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Ellen Burstyn is so good in this film. In her audition at the bar, you can see Scorcese do a lot of the same camera movements and cutting that he would put to use in The Last Waltz a couple of years later:

 

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The beat down that Billy Costigan gives to the gangsters from Providence. It's a total surprise and is so crazy, and I love how the store owner is yelling, "No! What are you doing?" along with "Nobody But Me" right when the song goes, "No no, no, no", and me in the audience saying in my head, "No!" But at the same time being exhilarated by how insane it is. It's like the movie was saying to Costigan to stop, because this was crazy, as well as the store owner saying to stop. And yet, the movie showed us a magnificent beat down, anyways.

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Goodfellas: Michael Imperioli's performance in the scene where he actually stands up to Pesci. It's just a perfectly observed little bit of character acting.

 

The Age of Innocence: "He guessed himself to have been, for months, the center of countless silently observing eyes and patiently listening ears. He understood that, somehow, the separation between himself and the partner of his guilt had been achieved. And he knew that now the whole tribe had rallied around his wife. He was the prisoner in the center of an armed camp."

 

The Aviator: Alec Baldwin's quiet "Fuck". And the way the famous "blueprints" scene shifts from comedy to horror through sheer repetition.

 

The Departed: Mark Wahlberg's face in the final scene.

 

Shutter Island-Ben Kinglsey's creepy-ass delivery of "Baby, why you all wet?"

 

Hugo-Sacha Baron Cohen's anguished expression after his leg squeaks when he tries to approach Emily Mortimer.

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DeNiro's vigilante rampage at the end of TAXI DRIVER. Stolen by other movies, but never surpassed as chilling shocker.

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Scorsese's most underrated: his segment of NEW YORK STORIES.


Just watched this for the first time in 20 years on blu. "Underrated" doesn't even cover it, the segment is a flat-out masterwork & I'd rank it among his Top 5 films. It's a hypnotic, perfectly measured concentration of Scorsese-style. It also helps that Richard Price's script is fuckin' brilliant, as is Nolte.

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Glad to see The Departed love here. Great movie (Best of 2006 for my money) and Scorsese's work there alone was worthy of his Oscar win. Fuck the "He only won for his legacy!" detractors.

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Its an obvious choice, but for a good reason. It also for shadows Henry ratting out the crew.

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I always crack up when Tommy yells "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!? SHE'S RIGHT, HENRY! YOU'RE NOT NORMAL! WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU?!?"

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I'm the guy who loves Gangs of New York, and no there are not dozens of us. DOZENS!

 

I'll be in yer number, fer free.

 

Such an odd flick.  After watching it I felt like I knew what a Scorsese fantasy film would be like.  But while it's stylised, there's quite a lot of reality in there (including he-shes and crazy cat ladies).  In hindsight it's a lot like Deadwood, with the old world being encroached upon by the new; the transition to civil life with its big peace and bigger wars.  Only instead of the frontier it's this one bonkers corner of Manhattan.  Much to love.

The bit where they're taking the immigrants off the boat signing them up and sending them to front, then unloading all the corpses at the other end is a pretty classic shot.

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Maybe my favorite music performance segment ever. Mavis Staples' final utterance is so fucking wonderful:

 

 

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I'll be in yer number, fer free.

 

Such an odd flick.  After watching it I felt like I knew what a Scorsese fantasy film would be like.  But while it's stylised, there's quite a lot of reality in there (including he-shes and crazy cat ladies).  In hindsight it's a lot like Deadwood, with the old world being encroached upon by the new; the transition to civil life with its big peace and bigger wars.  Only instead of the frontier it's this one bonkers corner of Manhattan.  Much to love.

The bit where they're taking the immigrants off the boat signing them up and sending them to front, then unloading all the corpses at the other end is a pretty classic shot.

As much as I like Boardwalk Empire, there's a part of me that would have rather had a HBO TV spin-off of Gangs of New York. That world is rich with possibility.

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