Tag Archive: Martin Scorsese

Aug 15 2016

Episode 76 – Taxi Driver

Taxi DriverThis week, we take a look at one of the most iconic films of the 70’s, Taxi DriverWe are joined by movie know nothing Salsa Sterling as we explore Martin Scorsese’s dark masterpiece.  We follow Jody Foster from The Silence of the Lambs to her breakout role more than decade prior. This film also established Robert DeNiro on the A list where he has remained there ever since.  And, of course, it features one of the most iconic scenes in film.  It is so well known, the odds are you have seen dozens of parodies even if you have never watched the original.  Join us to explore this dark vision of psychosis.

Our next movie will be, surprisingly, more upbeat as we watch The Shawshank Redemption.

Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver poster Rating: 8.3/10 (565,071 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Paul Schrader
Stars: Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Victor Argo, Gino Ardito
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 08 Feb 1976
Plot: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Dec 21 2015

Episode 60 – Hugo

HugoNote: We apologize for the late posting of this episode.  This episode, we return to the works of director Martin Scorsese to watch the film Hugo.  Jena was unable to join us so we appointed stunt Jena Sean O’Laughlin to watch the film with us.  Hugo is notable for being a film almost completely unlike any other film by Martin Scorsese.  It starts out as a children’s movie and morphs into a love letter about film preservation.  It is also visually amazing.  We dissect all of this in our conversation after watching the film.

A few things to watch if you have the time:

This video showing a breakdown of the final shot in the film.

A full length, color version of George Melies’ Le Voyage Dans la Lune.

Our next episode will be about Horror of Dracula!

Hugo (2011)
Hugo poster Rating: 7.5/10 (265,179 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz
Runtime: 126 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Released: 23 Nov 2011
Plot: In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

May 01 2014

Episode 22 – Goodfellas

GoodfellasHard to believe we’ve made it this far in the life of our little podcast without getting down with some Martin Scorsese!  Have no fear, this episode we take a look at one of his masterworks, GoodfellasDeNiro, Pesci and Liotta take us through the world of the gangster in a way that is very nearly Shakespearean.  Larger than life characters play across the screen until we start to understand that they are are all seduced by their own ideas of their lives.  Enjoy our trip through the lives of gangsters, Scorsese style!

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater on Sunday the 4th of May!  We’ll be watching “Bridge on the River Kwai!”  Join us!

Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas poster Rating: 8.7/10 (807,995 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay), Martin Scorsese (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco
Runtime: 146 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Released: 21 Sep 1990
Plot: The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.