Martin Scorsese is a renowned director who has won awards for films across the span of his lifetime. Thus, it baffles me that many of my friends and colleagues have yet to delve into the world of Scorsese. While his films are sometimes deemed violent, which I must admit they generally are, his severe attention to detail is impeccable. The casting of his films is spot on, and never before have I loved the work of one director so much. If you are new to Scorsese, or a seasoned vet, below you’ll find my top three flicks from the mind of a directorial genius.
“I want ten chocolate chip cookies, medium chips, none too close to the outside.”
One of Scorsese’s most beautifully made movies to date. From the costume and set design to the filming techniques, it truly is one of the director’s best. The film, set in the early to mid 20th century, follows the life of aviator and director Howard Hughes, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. From his rendezvous with Hollywood starlets to his battle to maintain his sanity, DiCaprio’s performance is spectacular, only made better by his co-star Cate Blanchett, who plays the role of Katharine Hepburn. It is a true epic, drawing close to three hours long; yet, never once do I find myself bored watching this film.
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
Not only high on my list of Scorsese’s best, but also one of my favorites from the mob movie genre. The film spans over three decades, following the life of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta. One of the best gangster movies ever made, “Goodfellas” is based on a non-fiction book written by a New York crime reporter, which makes it seem even more real. The characters are clearly researched well and the supporting cast of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci give breathtaking performances. The film incorporates everything one could ever hope from a gangster flick, and does so in a phenomenal way.
Gangs of New York
“Thank God. I die a true American.”
A true American epic. Gangs of New York, set in mid 19th century New York, highlights the violent conflicts between Irish immigrants and those “Native” to the country. While the film may not be entirely historically accurate, there is a vast amount of truth within the script. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead protagonist, Amsterdam Vallon, an Irish immigrant whose father died at the hands of “Native” Bill “The Butcher” Cutting, portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis. Day-Lewis and his flawless acting steals the show, and every time he arrives on screen your attention is transfixed. Not only is the film itself a joy to watch, Day-Lewis’ acting is rivaled only by his role in “There Will Be Blood.”
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