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.

The Future is Famously Hard to Predict

In an eight-month period between October 1997 and June 1998, a hitherto obscure filmmaker emerged to release two mainstream movies about technology and the future. His name was Andrew Niccol, and if it wasn’t yet a household one, his sudden success and unique talent seemed to imply it would be on the lips of the […]