Scorsese, Marvel, and Oscar: Part 4—Where They Tear Down All the Old Casinos

Back to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 How much money would you trust this person with? United Artists had recently needed to answer that question not just for Cimino, but also as it applied to Martin Scorsese. The director had begun work in 1979 on what endures as one of his masterpieces: 1980’s Raging Bull. […]

Scorsese, Marvel, and Oscar: Part 3—Hell’s Gate, or… Orson Welles that Ends Well, or not

Next: Part 4 here… back to part 2… or back to part 1 How much money would you trust this person with? That was the question facing United Artists as they undertook to begin production on Heaven’s Gate. The studio, which had been founded by D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks in 1919 […]

Scorsese, Marvel, and Oscar: Part 2—In the Sights of The Deer Hunter

Next: Part 3 here… part 4… or back to part 1 How much money would you trust this person with? For Clint Eastwood in 1974, the answer to that question was $4m. Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions trusted Cimino, who had cowritten Eastwood’s Magnum Force a year prior, to direct the actor and costar Jeff Bridges in Cimino’s first […]

Scorsese, Marvel, and Oscar: Part 1—Adventures in the New Hollywood

Scorsese typically loses at the Oscars, and the awards for Best Picture and Director which Scorsese secured for 2006’s The Departed were almost certainly conciliatory for the many great films he made during the prior three decades. But this year is different.

My Childhood Correspondence with Marvel Comics

As a kid, I dreamed of becoming a brilliantly-talented comic book artist and writer. I spent most of my free time—as well as too much of my otherwise spoken-for time—drawing characters and developing stories around them. When I wasn’t creating comics I was reading them, and Spider-Man (across all his comic iterations at the time) […]

Free Movie Ideas for Hollywood

I’ve chosen to share the following ideas for films. These creations are available with an Open-Source-Public-Media-Commons-Credit-Liberty license basis. They should add some new value and revitalizationism to the industry. 1) Batman. This is a film based on the popular film series. Bruce Wayne is an eccentric, freaky rich guy who can’t get over his parents’ murder […]