Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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,…
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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"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.
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.
I think for everyone there is a movie that seems to elude them. For me it was Scorsese's Raging Bull. I know, I know. Some of you are probably already shaking your heads. I absolutely LOVE Scorsese. I think he does great things for cinema and for Hollywood as well. His movies are highly accessible and (for the most part) profitable, but they offer up lots of great stuff for cinephiles and film critics to eat up. If you ask any film fanatic today what movies and or directors got them into film, I'm sure Scorsese's name pops up on the list. But all of this does not excuse the fact that I waited so long to see this movie.…
"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…
At last i watched it. Little dissapointed though.
DeNiro Spectacularly portrays a Stupid but Brilliant boxer "Jake LaMotta". The Acting is just Priceless.
Taxi Driver just could be the greatest film ever made by Scorsese.
'Nobert ReDiro' fails to attract my mind into his own world of boxing and stupidity.
However it was captivating to see it from a Fighting, head of rock ,Stubborn man's point of view.
But not His/Their Best.
The home video montage in this is one of my favorite things... in life.
Chronicles the rise and ultimate fall of professional boxer Jake LaMotta (De Niro), and features performances from Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty that can challenge De Niro's in the film's own arena.
As a character study it doesn't quite reach the highs of Taxi Driver - as Scorsese doesn't position us in the same way - and it doesn't have the smart narrative of Goodfellas. Nevertheless, Raging Bull is easily the director's best looking film, particularly in its depiction of LaMotta's fights.
"You didn't get me down, Ray"
Robert De Niro amazing.
Martin Scorsese is visionary.
Raging Bull is revolutionary.
It's Just sooooo good!
A long overdue first watch of this classic movie. I like most Scorsese films, but this didn't really do it for me. I can see why it's highly regarded, but I didn't care much for any of the characters. De Niro acts well as Jake La Motta and the fight scenes are impressive, but for the most part it left me cold.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
Ten years earlier, the Oscar nominated film Love Story let loose one of the dumbest lines in cinema history: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Raging Bull tears that idea down and throws it to the dogs.
At what point is redemption beyond one's grasp? Recognition of one's own sins usually doesn't occur until you've hit rock bottom, but by then it's too late. You've alienated everyone you love. There's no one for you, not even yourself. Just your shattered legacy that slipping into obscurity.
Raging Bull is not simply one of the best films ever made, but it is one of the most personal films ever made. Martin Scorsese made the…
A beautifully shot movie with incredible cinematography, coupled with a masterful performance by Robert DeNiro. Raging Bull was mostly entertaining but I was not riveted by it's writing and story-line progression. I understand the impact a classic film like this can have on today's movies but I do not quite see the greatness of it. Maybe it requires more viewings, but as of now, Raging Bull was a good movie.
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