films seen
24
average score
1.39*
nationality
USA - 79 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the prime livings icons of American commercial auteur cinema, who made a name for himself directing character dramas and crime films. I'm not a fan of Scorsese's work, but he made so many classics that his oeuvre is impossible to ignore.

Worthy but flawed

Hugo

by Martin Scorsese
2011 / 126m - USA
Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
2.5*/5.0*
Hugo poster

Shutter Island

by Martin Scorsese
2010 / 138m - USA
Mystery, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Shutter Island poster

The Aviator

by Martin Scorsese
2004 / 170m - USA
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
The Aviator poster

New York Stories

by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese
1989 / 124m - USA
Comedy, Drama
2.5*/5.0*
New York Stories poster

I was a bit surprised to bump into this film. With names like Scorsese, Coppola and Woody Allen directing, you'd think the film would be better known. Honestly, I'd never heard of it before. Anthologies are rarely seen as worthwhile films though, so that's probably what's been holding this one back.

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Scorsese's short is pretty decent for a Scorsese film, but his attempts to be a bit more artistic feel rather forced and Nolte's performance is too over the top (2.0*). Coppola's entry is probably the weirdest of the bunch as it seems to be targeted at kids (2.0*), luckily there's Allen's film to give this anthology a needed quality boost (3.5*).

Allen's short is by far the most interesting and funny of the bunch. It's also the film that feels the most like "New York". While not a terrible anthology, considering the names involved people would be excused for expecting a bit more. Apart from Allen, the other directors disappoint.

Dubious filler

Cape Fear

by Martin Scorsese
1991 / 128m - USA
Thriller, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
Cape Fear poster

Goodfellas

by Martin Scorsese
1990 / 146m - USA
Crime
2.0*/5.0*
Goodfellas poster

Raging Bull

by Martin Scorsese
1980 / 129m - USA
Drama, Sport
2.0*/5.0*
Raging Bull poster

Plain forgettable

The Irishman

by Martin Scorsese
2019 / 209m - USA
Crime
1.5*/5.0*
The Irishman poster

It's a little ironic that Scorsese spent so much time digitally de-aging his actor, but forgot to do the same to his actual film. The Irishman feels like a relic of the past, a film that got stuck in the early 90s, just like its director. Not one second does it warrant its 3.5 hour runtime, not one moment did I feel like watching something special of worthwhile.

Silence

by Martin Scorsese
2016 / 161m - USA
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Silence poster

Gangs of New York

by Martin Scorsese
2002 / 167m - USA
Crime
1.5*/5.0*
Gangs of New York poster

The Color of Money

by Martin Scorsese
1986 / 119m - USA
Drama, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
The Color of Money poster

Scorsese's sequel to The Hustler. It's another crime flick, this time mixed with some drama and sports elements while taking on the snooker hustling business. As a non-fan of Scorsese, it's rather disheartening that all of his film look alike, regardless of setting and themes, making this another failure in my book.

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Newman reprises his role of Eddie, only he's a lot older now. He has lost the taste for pool hustling, until he runs into Vincent. He's a young pool wizard who has all the skills, but lacks a mentor. Eddie decides to take Vincent under his wings and teach him the tricks of the trade, Vincent is only too happy to oblige.

It's sad to see Scorsese reigning in Cruise here. He's only a shadow of his usual flamboyant self. The soundtrack is pretty bland, performances are unremarkable, and the plot is stretched way too thin. It's not Scorsese's worst film and at "just" 120 minutes, not his longest either, but I doubt there's anything here that will stick with me.

Who's That Knocking at My Door?

by Martin Scorsese
I Call First
1967 / 90m - USA
Drama, Romance
1.5*/5.0*
Who's That Knocking at My Door? poster

Big nopes

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

by Martin Scorsese
2019 / 142m - USA
Documentary, Music
1.0*/5.0*
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese poster

Scorsese's second Bob Dylan-based documentary. Only interesting for fans of Dylan and/or of bygone eras. Scorsese hardly cuts in the performances and the talking heads don't have much interesting to add. The fact that are some hidden faux documentary bits doesn't improve things at all. A terrible doc.

The Wolf of Wall Street

by Martin Scorsese
2013 / 180m - USA
Crime
1.0*/5.0*
The Wolf of Wall Street poster

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

by Martin Scorsese
2005 / 359m - USA
Documentary
1.0*/5.0*
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan poster

Casino

by Martin Scorsese
1995 / 178m - USA
Crime
1.0*/5.0*
Casino poster

The Age of Innocence

by Martin Scorsese
1993 / 139m - USA
Drama, Romance
1.0*/5.0*
The Age of Innocence poster

Scorsese doing costume drama. The result is a sludgy and overworked affair that brings nothing new to the table and takes way too long to get its point across. The voice over slows things down even further and some questionable performances are the cherry on the cake. Another Scorsese fluke, I'm still on the lookout for that one film that might redeem this man's work.

After Hours

by Martin Scorsese
1985 / 97m - USA
Comedy, Thriller, Crime
1.0*/5.0*
After Hours poster

The King of Comedy

by Martin Scorsese
1982 / 109m - USA
Comedy, Thriller, Crime
1.0*/5.0*
The King of Comedy poster

Taxi Driver

by Martin Scorsese
1976 / 114m - USA
Drama, Crime
1.0*/5.0*
Taxi Driver poster

Irritation overload

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

by Martin Scorsese
2011 / 208m - USA
Documentary, Music
0.5*/5.0*
George Harrison: Living in the Material World poster

The Departed

by Martin Scorsese
2006 / 151m - USA
Thriller, Crime
0.5*/5.0*
The Departed poster

The Last Temptation of Christ

by Martin Scorsese
1988 / 164m - USA
Drama
0.5*/5.0*
The Last Temptation of Christ poster

Not a big Scorsese fan, but this must be one of his absolute worst. A cheesy and overwrought adaptation of Jesus' final days. I'm afraid I've had it with purely religious films, the gravitas and weight Scorsese put in here almost feels like a parody of the real thing. No doubt this was a serious struggle for the director, but it sure was one for me too.

Mean Streets

by Martin Scorsese
1973 / 112m - USA
Drama, Thriller, Crime
0.5*/5.0*
Mean Streets poster