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Bickle’s Got Talent? The King Of Comedy

      In this age of television wannabes and quick fix celebs, it is fitting to look back at The King Of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s prescient examination of the modern age’s obsession with fame, and a film he himself acknowledges as a sequel of sorts to Taxi Driver, another classic misfit story. Both have […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Untouchables

  The Union Station Shoot-out We’re so used to many directors storyboarding out scenes nowadays that it is a surprise to see how a complex piece of gun play like the railway steps scene from The Untouchables wasn’t even scripted. The surviving “Untouchables” Elliott Ness (Kevin Costner) and foot soldier Stone (Andy Garcia) discover from […]

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Hey Mickey – You talkin’ to me?

I don’t know what’s more perverse – Taxi Driver’s glimpse into the scum slicked mind set of Robert De Niro’s disturbed urban avenger, Travis Bickle, or this nuts and very funny parody by Bryan Boyce, Walt Disney’s Taxi Driver. We first see Cybil Shepherd’s Betsy with an animated blue bird fluttering on her arm. Instead […]

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Downtown Takedown – Heat’s Bank Robbery Shoot-out

For visceral impact, Heat‘s sustained ten-minute cops and robbers shootout in L.A’s financial district following a bank robbery by Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and gang is hard to beat. Cop Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and his own crew have been tipped off anonymously by disgruntled ex-gang member and psychopath Waingro (Kevin Gage) that the score is going down. […]

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Heat Anniversary Screening with Q & A

On Wednesday evening, September 7, director Christopher Nolan hosted a special 4K screening of Michael Mann’s glorious crime drama Heat at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in L.A, followed by a special Q & A fielded by him with Mann himself, Robert De Niro (cool thief Neil McAuley) and Al Pacino (wired cop Vincent Hanna). Other […]

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Scene Is Believing: Heat

Heat, Michael Mann’s sprawling, glorious epic of obsessive professionalism, ego, single mindedness and doomed relationships on either side of the law, sprang from that most innocuous of accidents: a cop bumping into a suspect and inviting him for a coffee. Mann first had the idea for Heat in the 1970’s when his friend Chuck Adamson, […]

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Documentary: Martin Scorsese Directs

Here’s a treat for you – Martin Scorsese Directs, an hour long film from 1990 by Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, part of the PBS American Masters series. The in-depth look at the man and his career up to then features numerous contributions from Marty collaborators such as Joe Pesci, Roger Corman, Robert De Niro, […]

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O que é Brasil? – What Is Brazil?

  What is Brazil? Brazil is the demented, surreal flip-side of George Orwell’s dystopian warning – 1984½ was director Terry Gilliam’s originally mooted title. Yet it is Gilliam’s comic vision that depressingly reflects and permeates our everyday culture. One of bureaucratic balls-ups, government catch-all catchphrases (“We’re all in this together”), and an ineffectual war on […]

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Taxi Driver: New York Gothic

Travis Bickle, despite his occupation, is God’s lonely passenger through life, observing but failing to connect with others. It is telling that he informs the garage boss when he applies for a job that he has been riding the trains and buses at night, unable to sleep. He says he will work “anytime, anywhere,” but […]

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