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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: The King of Comedy (1983)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.

It was only through dumb luck that I found out that yesterday was Martin Scorsese’s birthday. If you’re a regular reader here, then you know that I think the world of Scorsese. He’s a perfect embodiment of America as a melting pot, translated to the big screen. And he accomplishes all of it- all of his subtle winks and nods to foreign film movements gone past- without once sacrificing the entertainment value of his films. In that way, you could argue that he’s like Hitchcock- his films are equal parts artful and engaging. All of this discussion of Scorsese appreciation is pointed towards one end. Namely, I honored his birthday by re-watching The King of Comedy (1983). Continue reading

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Poster Art: If Goodfellas was a Romantic Comedy

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If there are two things I love, it’s Goodfellas (1990) and making fun of shitty romantic comedy clichés. Chief among the rom-com clichés is the poster art, which has five or six different templates to choose from. Just add two actors who have given up on awards and you’ve got yourself a rom-com poster. Here’s one version of how a Goodfellas poster could play out if it were a rom-com. Continue reading

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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: Mean Streets (1973)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.

I recently flew to Florida. Since my flight was three hours long, I knew I’d need something to entertain me. And for absolutely no reason at all, Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets struck me as the perfect choice. Having already seen it, I knew that I’d enjoy it on some level. And as a Scorsese junkie, I know that his films are well worth multiple viewings. And yet, a second viewing of Mean Streets had eluded me. Had my attitudes about this film changed? Continue reading

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Deconstructing Taxi Driver (1976)

Thanks to the awesome folks at Destroy the Brain, I had an opportunity to see one of the most critically acclaimed films- Taxi Driver (1976)– from one of my very favorite directors, Martin Scorsese, on the big screen over the weekend. I had only seen Taxi Driver once before, about six years ago, although a great deal of it had stuck with me. All the same, the gap between viewings made a spectacular film seem extraordinarily fresh to me. I picked up on a great deal more the second time around. Continue reading

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Great Moments in Movie History: Taxi Driver (1976)

A long time ago (2 years) in a galaxy far, far away (about four miles from where I’m sitting right now), I started this site with no real purpose. But one thing that I knew I wanted to do was institute a series of great moments in movie history, memorialized using stick figures. It’s where the tagline comes from– come for the stick figures, stay for the Bergman. I busted out several early on, especially in the first year of operation. Then it slowed down almost to a crawl. I realized the other day that it’s damn near at a total stop. I haven’t done one since October (you can find the full list here, along with every time I’ve used the phrase ‘Great Moments in Movie History’). I need to get back to my roots. This is all a really long way of saying, “Hey, I turned Travis Bickle and Taxi Driver into a stick figure!” Enjoy: Continue reading

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