A list of films I haven't seen........
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When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.
Martin Scorsese's films very often take on the body, mind and soul of their leads, which make them that much more fascinating. When that lead is spiraling into madness, the film becomes this for us to unravel; when they're cocky and banal, the film is this; when they're lusting for a continuation of a thrill when it's gone far wrong, the film is this bordering depletion of fun. For Raging Bull, self-destruction has rarely been this hard to take on screen, but this hard to turn away from at the same time.
The film is inside the mind of Jake LaMotta and loathing it, just as he loathes himself. The misogyny, brutality, jealousy, distorted self-imagery, carelessness and behind it all,…
"Raging Bull" is a cinematic art at it's highest form, a tone poem, a character study, and a biography all flawlessly rolled into majestic package.
Throughout the entire film the acting is simply impeccable, De Niro and Pesci are both stunning. The fight scenes are famous for their brutal realism and it's easy to see why. Scorsese puts you right in the ring with the fighters and you can't help but admire their technical brilliance.
"Raging Bull" is a masterpiece and definitely a cinematic gem in black and white.
The most frightening thing about Jake LaMotta isn’t his rage. It’s that look in his eyes when he’s caught onto something, when he thinks he has somebody cornered. He latches on to a sentence, or a phrase, and then he repeats it over and over until it starts to take on a different meaning for everybody in the room. He makes himself believe things that aren’t true, perhaps because he wants these things to be true, because he wants to punish himself. But why?
"You ever think of anybody else when we're in bed?"
Raging Bull explores the classic Madonna-whore complex: a man falls in love with a woman, and as soon as he touches her, he realizes that other…
I thought LaMotta was gonna unzip his pants at the end and pull out a giant fake cock.
Kind of overrated if you ask me. Great performance from De Niro though. I just didn't find it that interesting or engaging. It was good, but one of the best movies of all time? I think not.
"The thing ain't the ring, it's the play. So give me a... stage where this bull here can rage and though I could fight I'd much rather recite... that's entertainment."
In 1976 Martin Scorsese teamed up with Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader to deliver what in my opinion is one of his best films: Taxi Driver. That year that complex character study lost out on the Oscar to Stallone's Rocky. So what does Scorsese do next? He directs a real boxing movie with another memorable and complex character played by Robert De Niro making Rocky look like a cartoon character. Don't get me wrong, I loved Rocky, but Jake La Motta is a character that feels much more…
Now on my journey through Scorsese we get the anti-Rocky. After losing the Oscar to Rocky for '96, Scorsese had this movie. De Niro even persuaded him to do it. And it isn't surprising the physical bounds he went through by going into boxing tournaments, getting into some serious shape, getting actually tutored by the real Jake La Motta, and then gaining 60 pounds for the end for the last 30 minutes. Now that is dedication. It's such a shame because he mostly phones in performances now-a-days and he did so much for a role and put so much into it and gave us some of the best performances of all time. But anyways, to the review.
This movie has…
Raging Bull, Considered a great movie and I can now say that I agree with that statement.
Now earlier in the year I had stated in a review that I wanted to watch more movies that were directed by Martin Scorsese. I still wanted to so I rented Raging Bull and once again Martin Scorsese makes me want to watch more of his movies. Before this movie I had only seen two Scorsese movies. That being The Wolf of Wall Street and The Aviator and both movies I loved. There are still so many I need to see. I won't list them on this review but you can probably guess.
So this movie tells its story very well. It was…
After I watched Taxi Driver for the first time last month, it became one of my favourites of all time, so immediately after when I started Raging Bull I was expecting the greatest film of all time.
Because that is what I wanted. But my first viewing honestly didn't give me that. In fact it underwhelmed me, but I tricked myself into thinking I liked it much much more than I actually did because that is what I wanted to believe.
Which is very ironic in a way, as I took an idea into my head, kept repeating it until I believed in it. Which is exactly what Jake La Motta does.
Then after some time came, I started realising…
"You didn't get me down, Ray," LaMotta tells Sugar Ray Robinson in the ring following a vicious beatdown, his eyes so swollen they could pass for tennis balls.
The most brutal part for me, though, has always been those last twenty minutes, the final scene with DeNiro shadowboxing in the dressing room, muttering to himself, "I'm da boss, I'm da boss, I'm da boss" (which PTA essentially lifted for Boogie Nights. I don't blame the man). There, in that final frame, the movie is elevated to Shakespearean tragedy. Which I'm frankly not sure was Scorsese's, or DeNiro's, or Schrader's intention while they were making it. And though it's a bookend - his downfall is telegraphed inside that very same…
I heard someone say once that you can't disregard a genre of movies by giving the example that you might say you don't like movies about boxing - but you like Raging Bull.
After watching Raging Bull I completely agree with that sentiment - and, in fact, I think I like boxing a little more now because of this movie. It's like when you see a great documentary: you become interested in the subject even if you weren't at all interested before because it's been framed by the filmmakers in a way that speaks to you. A well-told story increases the empathy of the watcher/reader/listener.
That's what I took away most from Raging Bull: empathy. Jake LaMotta is a jerk;…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The black-and-white art direction is a great choice than ordinary technicolor than most boxing films, otherwise it wouldn't blend very well with the story. Did you know that Scorsese used Hershey's chocolate syrup for blood when Jake La Motta lets himself get beaten up by Sugar Ray? I guess you can say that maybe it was a cheaper way to use blood instead of using red Hollywood corn syrup like in all the "generic" action movies.
The editing by Thelma Schoonmaker is perfect the way it jumps from time to time from every fight to domestic abuse and to every fight back to Robert De Niro abusing the shit out of his wife. Now if you listen closely to all…
Scorcese já mostrava o potencial que tem naquela época.
Um filme implacável e mesmo com suas barrigas notórias vezes é um filme bem construído e bem dirigido, com a fotografia muito bem feita e pensada e direção cinematográfica além de seu tempo, sem dúvida leva a ser um filme de respeito para o titio Scorcese. Não deixando, é claro, de dar todo crédito ao monstro DeNiro, que por sua vez é realmente um touro indomável dentro e fora do filme, louco, romântico, maluco e totalmente desequilibrado ele constrói um personagem implacável junto com Joe Pasci, que atua tão bem quanto DeNiro em seu personagem.
Um bom filme que realmente vale ser visto e lembrado.
He hops around, bouncing back and forth. Jerking his arms in an upwards motion. He's quick on his feet; I can tell. Dodging, blocking, punching. The black and white. The gorgeous black and white. The greatest black and white looking film ever made. He hops. Why? He fights? Why? He pushes. Why? He is alone. Why? Cavalleria Rusticana plays in our ears. His ears. He hops. Dodges. Punches.
Welcome to the best opening scene of any film ever.
Film #13 of July 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #17: A black and white movie after the 1960's (from 1970 onwards).
Regarded as one of Martin Scorsese's best, Raging Bull tells the story of boxer Jake LaMotta and his brutal life inside and outside the ring.
Great performances all around, especially from De Niro.
The fight scenes were beautifully shot and gruesome at the same time. This film is quite graphic and depicts the violent nature of LaMotta towards his family, which can be difficult to watch at times.
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
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