All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
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.
While many claim this is Martin Scorsese best film I must respectfully disagree! I see it more as the primordial ooze from which all of Scorsese's films draw their first breath! His artistic seminal gene pool if you will!
A difficult film to rank as it deals with a very flawed real life character whom has no redeeming qualities! The strengths of the film revolve around the brutally realistic fight scenes! And what I consider to be Robert De Niro's role of a lifetime! All of which pales in comparison to Scorsese's directorial expertise!
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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…
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…
I'll need a re-watch to review this one. Don't think I felt this real properly. And won't be doing justice writing about it now.
So maybe 2-3 months later.
You don't need to read this review to find out what you already know, that this film is a modern masterpiece so I'll list the best things about it.
1. One of Deniro's and maybe his best performance. Very deserving of his Oscar win.
2. Easily one of Scorsese's best and possibly one of his top 5 films.
3. Some of the best editing and camera work in a film especially the boxing scenes which might be some of the most cinematic and beautiful ever filmed.
4. One of the best scenes of all time: the "You didn't get me down Ray" scene which reminded me a lot of the Psycho shower scene and upon reading more I learned that Scorsese was inspired by it.
Probably more reasons....
You didn't get me down, Ray.
There are movies that transcend our expectations, with innovative effects and different visuals. Movies that are ahead of their time, that become a landmark in filmmaking, like 2001: A Space Odyssey. And then, there are those movies that are no more than a drama, with simple filmmaking techniques, but such strong characters that they manage to become a reference to any filmmaker, and a great example of how to make a perfect character study. Movies that take the drama genre to a different level. Raging Bull is one of those movies.
By the opening credits, it's already clear that something extraordinary is about to happen. Then, Jake La Motta is introduced and you can…
I would say Raging Bull is definitely one of the best and most compelling boxing movies to date. It is so well made one can hardly believe that it came out all the back in 1980. The boxing matches are very artistically done in this but it is what happens off the ring that makes this movie so fascinating and heartbreaking. Robert De Niro has yet again embraced the role as if he were living in it and it's hard to think of anyone else that could of done the character better than him. As it is there in the title it's safe to say that rage, violence, and emotional turmoil are going to be very heavy themes throughout this…
Doesn't floor me the way Scorsese's other films do, though it's still one of the better ones by far. Stumbles into some pitfalls endemic to the biopic genre, i.e. suffers from a lack of overall continuity / momentum. Individual scenes are unquestionably great (esp. the boxing matches), but the overall arc flags somewhat, with a stop-start pacing that wouldn't bother me so much if some of Scorsese's other films (see: The King of Comedy, After Hours, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) weren't so flawless in that respect. Arguably, the fact that this more a character study than anything else should make the narrative elements matter less than the psychological ones, but it does leave me wanting. Most impressive and fascinating element…
Probably Scorsese's strongest mastery of visual language and what may be De Niro's greatest performance too. Raging Bull is always engaging, gorgeously shot and wonderfully performed. A fascinating study on a very unlike-able but also kind of charming character who constantly has you questioning on whether you should succumb to his charms or look down at him.
Yeah, yeah. I know. I should have seen this — one of the great American films, one of Martin Scorsese's best — much earlier. Well, I got to it today and ... oh my god.
This is a devastating, sad, tense, occasionally darkly funny film about, in my view, the punishing and constraining role of manhood, told about a man who can express himself no other way.
The film is lean and cruel; the performances, not only by Robert De Niro but by Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty, are terrific. But most of all I was astonished by the direction by Scorsese, as well as the editing by his longtime collaborator Thelma Shoonmaker. This, truly — and maybe more so…
The Remainder #9: Raging Bull
I'm the bossI'm the bossI'm the boss
That is the line that ends Raging Bull, a movie that I really should have seen before now. I'm not the biggest fan of Scorsese, nor have I ever been. I enjoy almost all of what he does, but he'd never rank as my favorite director for any reason. But this might change that, if only because of how amazing and disturbing and true to life this movie is. Unlike anything else, Raging Bull feels like the kind of movie that life makes, if that makes sense. More than Goodfellas or Wolf of Wall Street, this feels like it was made to be made.
Nothing can be said…