A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
The bull rages against the dying of the light, and the garish home movies present a happiness that never existed, which immediately contrasts with the "banal" reality of prizefighting. Easy enough. But then Joey tries to tweak his story about Salvy at the Copa, and for whatever reason I thought back to those scenes and imagined them in color. And from the way he dodges Jake's interrogation, I realized just how clearly he remembered it, and of course he would see his own past in full Technicolor. But what's past is past, and it's all past: the championship, the retirement, the nightclubs and the obnoxious ties--even the sad "present," the recitations from a washed-up bum--all presented in that same mournful…
This film is undoubtable excellent directed and well performed, but I couldn't get much into the story.
Makes Rocky look like a kids movie.... Don't mess with DENIRO in any Scorsese movie
This is undeniably well-directed, and the actual fight scenes were really beautifully staged, but it just didn't grab me. The main guy was a jerk, and there wasn't much to root for with the other characters either, and a movie doesn't have to have likeable characters for me to like it, but... I don't know, just wasn't feeling it.
with audio commentary by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker
I can say with confidence that this is the best sports movie of all time. Yes, this fights with Rocky for the position of my favorite sports movie, but this is undoubtedly the better film. I don't need to say it, but I want to, Scorsese is one of the greatest directors to ever come near a camera. This film for me is his most visually poetic and cinematically stunning piece of work. The life he captures in every frame with a mesmerizing dance of shadow, sweat, smoke, heat, blood and aggression has never been paralleled... more from:
Like many of Scorsese's best works, this can be sometimes difficult to watch, mostly due to how much of a detestable character its protagonist is. Make no mistake, Jake LaMotta is a despicable bully, selfish and borderline sociopathic -- but for whatever reason, you can't take your attention away from him.
Personally I think this has a lot to do with DeNiro's performance; he has never been better than he is in this movie. The first time I saw that climactic scene of him helplessly pummeling the wall of his prison cell was one of those movie moments that made my jaw kind of hit the floor. It's a static shot that leaves everything up to DeNiro, and he just…
I wish I lived in the Scorsese bizarro world where Cathy Moriarty is the main character.
Pretty sure this was in my top ten films of all time once upon a time; not sure it would be in my top five Scorsese now. Boxing scenes still indelibly great, but it's not the groundbreaking shock that it was back then; more problematically, it founders on biopic narrative tissue, which essentially gets structured around protracted acts of martyrdom, masochism, or stupidity (that LaMotta advised on this film seems to be the most profound act of self-flagellation one can imagine). Great to see Pesci back when his performances had textured light and shade, though.
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