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Ranking The 20 Greatest, Most Celebrated Long Takes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 27, 2014 2:39 PM
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Long Takes
This weekend, “The Raid 2” opens, in all its chop-socky glory, in limited release and will expand in the weeks to come. Continuing on from the original “The Raid,” though by all accounts (ours included) creating fight scenes even more fluid and flabbergasting than its predecessor (which was pretty much all one fight scene), it employs many takes of above-average length to give an extra edge of realism and dynamism to the old ultra-violence. This approach characterized Gareth Evans' shooting style last time out too and still feels like a refreshing counterpoint to the hyper-kinetic Michael Bay school of editing, which often feels like it’s hiding as much as it’s showing.

Watch: Supercut Of Martin Scorsese's Use Of "Gimme Shelter" In 'Goodfellas,' 'Casino' & 'The Departed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 11:17 AM
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Casino
While there are many recurring motifs, themes and interests one can talk about when discussing the five-decade-plus long career of Martin Scorsese, when it comes to soundtracks, he's long shown an affinity for The Rolling Stones. Close pals with the rock 'n roll legends (he directed their 2008 concert doc "Shine A Light"), even since "Jumpin' Jack Flash" rumbled through "Mean Streets," he's kept an ear for opportunities to use the tunes of Mick 'n Keef. But one song in particular has been a favorite.

5 Men From Real Life 'Goodfellas' Crew Arrested For JFK Heist, Watch Clips From The Film & Doc About The Case

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 24, 2014 10:17 AM
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Goodfellas
When the controversial “The Wolf Of Wall Street” began screening last month, references and comparisons to Martin Scorsese’s other two narration-heavy crime epics were hard to miss. So it makes a sort of perverse sense that not long after we hear about Jordan Belfort’s continuing legal troubles with the government comes this bit of news (via Newsweek) that concerns the real life-counterparts of characters in “Goodfellas” getting into some legal trouble of their own for their criminal misdeeds.
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Retrospective: The Films Of Martin Scorsese

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2013 2:05 PM
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Retrospective: Martin Scorsese
As a director Martin Scorsese ranks at the forefront of the all-time top tier of American filmmakers, but even as a presence in the film world in general he is pre-eminent. It is merely the just desserts of a life which, more than any we can think of, has been entirely dedicated, saturated and invigorated by cinema. For any of us who spend any portion of our days thinking about movies, Scorsese is, as much as we have one, a patron saint, perhaps the figure to whom the less Godly among us might whisper our evening prayers. Yet Scorsese also belies the directorial cliché of egotism, a Welles or a De Mille striding around with a bullhorn booming out orders to scuttling minions, because he has always been dinstictively softly if rapidly spoken, and thoughtful, especially when talking about cinema. Just to hear him talk about cinema is one of the great joys of the man. He is erudite, passionate and opinionated, with a film knowledge so vast that it’s hard to imagine where he ever found the time to make a single movie himself.

Writer Terence Winter Says Scorsese’s ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Is Like ‘Goodfellas’ For The Seductive Stock Broker Set

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 21, 2013 5:05 PM
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The fourth season of HBO’s mob drama “Boardwalk Empire” ends this Sunday. It’s an engrossing conclusion that brings heartbreak, tragedy and left-turn surprises you probably wouldn’t have expected. You’ll have to tune in Sunday night for more, but trust us when we say the underrated show is doing some of its best work this season and it’s must-watch TV in general, with one of the best casts on television right now (Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Jeffrey Wright, Michael K. Williams, Kelly McDonald, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg and many, many more).

Watch: Woody Allen Explains Why 'GoodFellas' Is A "Great American Movie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 3:35 PM
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While Woody Allen tends to not think much of his own output, he's more than happy to recognize talent among his colleagues, and it may surprise some to know that Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" is one that he considers to be a "great American movie."

AMC Picks Up 'GoodFellas' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 11:45 AM
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This one has been brewing for a while now. As early as 2009, word first emerged that a TV series based on Martin Scorsese's classic "GoodFellas" was in the works. Then, in the fall of 2010, that talk became much more real as Martin Scorsese came on board, joining the film's original producer, Irwin Winkler, in the behind the scenes talent, with Nicholas Pileggi writing the series. Well, one of cable's biggest networks right now is throwing their weight behind the series in what will likely be one of the most anticipated shows in quite some time.
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Michael Powell Realized The Awesomeness Of Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' Before Anyone Else

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 9:02 AM
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If the name Michael Powell doesn't mean anything to you, stop reading now and line up your Netflix queue with the some of the films he did with Emeric Pressburger, including "The Red Shoes," "I Know Where I'm Going!" and "A Matter of Life and Death," and then get back to us. But as Martin Scorsese fans already know, his connection with the filmmaker runs deep. He was a good friend of the legendary filmmaker, introducing him to editor Thelma Schoonmaker whom Powell would later marry. But Scorsese was a longtime admirer of the director and it turns out, he sent him an early draft of "Goodfellas" (back when it shared the title of the book it was based on "Wise Guys") to see what he thought. And likely before anyone else had their input, Powell knew it was a winner.

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