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Interestingly enough, IMDB.com says he directed Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, didnt know that.

Left off a few, feel free to bitch if ya think theyre significant.  "Gangs of New York" is lookin interestin, as well.  

While Taxi Driver is indeed a classic - Junker put it in a whole new light by callin it a "more modern Searchers", i still might lean towards Raging Bull.  Even so, i wont vote till i see "King of Comedy".  Hell, i havent seen Cape Fear or After Hours, either.

Finally, id like to thank DA JUDGe for this badass pic of Scorses & De Niro on the set of "Raging Bull".  

 

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I love Goodfellas. I feel that (if this poll gets alot of votes) all of the attention will go to (mostly) Raging Bull and (the rest going to) Taxi Driver. It's always strange voting for an underdog just because you feel he/she/it would get the votes, but that's my choice.

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Yeah, it might be sort of an obvious choice, but I went for Taxi driver.  It's a great example of scorsese's style and sense of atmosphere.  He was one of the first and best at getting a character's subjectivity across.  It's one of the loneliest, most pathetic characters ever written and he makes him very human, it's painfull to watch him try to connect with peopel and fail.  There's a reason this one's a classic.  It has competition though.  Raging bull is also up there for many of the same reasons.  Goodfellas just rocks, and King of Comedy is really under appreciated.  Out of these I haven't seen color of money and after hours, but all the others I really like.  And I don't think he's lost it at all.  I thought Bringing out the Dead was awesome and I have high hopes for Gangs of New York, something pretty different from him, it'll prolly still be very violent tho.  Another one he's working on is "Dino", story of Dean Martin.  So far him and Speilberg are back at making great stuff, I'd love to see more of the older guys come back strong.

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No Mean Streets!!! BAH!!!   ;)

Seriously though this is an excellent idea for a poll (No offence to JMT and his music poll antics) ;)  

Still have to see Gangs Of New York (When the fuck is it out over here?) and The Last Temptation Of Christ (Only seen about 25 minutes/Stoned! )

I'll be back...

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Never even heard of mean streets?  I thought it was kinda odd that this one didn't make the cut.  Mean streets is great, one of scorsese's first major movies, his first with deniro and keitel.  Damned fine gangster movie, you should definately see it.

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Looking back, still never caught Mean Streets.

 

Finally got around to watching King of Comedy, courtesy of Junker (thanks again man). At first, it feels like a mixed bag...

It's not De Niro's best, and I had to try to not find Sandra Bernhart annoying as piss (even tho thats largely her role here, so i guess it worked, i just find her annoying normally).

Also, its a damn sad movie, which is evident early on with De Niro's props & such around his room, but when youre finally able to hear his whole comedy routine, its hard not to find it heartbreaking, especially with the note he ends it on.

Overall, he really made you empathize with what otherwise wouldve been a loser character, and Jerry Lewis felt like he'd done this role with ease (if you see the DVD version, catch his 5 minute monologue on the show, its a deleted scene - not really funny but he nails a lot of Johnny Carson's bits, etc).

I dont think it stands out the way Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, even Deer Hunter do, but i agree with Junker in that its underappreciated, and definitely worth seeing, whether a Scrocese or De Niro fan (see if you can catch the cameo of Scorsese himself in it!). I think Yahven would really love this one.

Thanks again, Junker. :D

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Not enough respet going on for Goodfellas for my liking. Are you tellin me the close-up on Ray Liotta's when he slams the boot and says For as far back as I can remember I wanted to be a gangster ain't genius in its purest form?

 

Personally I didn't like Raging Bull. King of Comedy was exellent but I happen to think more for the script than the directing. Taxi Driver will be a close second I think but Goodfellas gets it by a nose.

 

DA Judge where you been man? Gangs of New York is long gone :D

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Yeah, "Marty" seems to pop up in all his movies.

 

Mean Streets is a good..though not great movie. There's alot of religious stuff in there that wasn't my cuppa cha, but DeNiro is soooo good in it it's worth a watch for him alone. He's such a dick head he's great. Scorcese makes a blink and you'll miss him cameo in the opening credit sequence. Actually, speaking of that that's probably one of the best openings ever. The music (as always with Scorcese's movie is top class) but "Be my Baby" in the opening credits here is the second best.

 

Taxi Driver is another classy one. The bit when Travis Bickle takes Betsy to the porno theater is ledgend as is the the climax. The score also puts this one in a league of it's own. There's two more Scorcese camoes in this one too. He is a passanger in the cab and he's in the place that Betsy works.

 

My vote is going for "Raging Bull". This opening sequence in this movie is sooo fucking powerful. I like boxing (especially old school 40s-70s boxers) so this could've kinda added to my enthusiasm for this. The De Niro-doing-La Motta-doing-Brando-doing-Malloy - there's nothing to be said about that except "wow". Sure the boxing wasn't that realistic, but this movie wasn't about the boxing, it was about a man that could never be redeemed. Plus the editing in this movie deserves a thread of its own.

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Hah...good one but im not voting till i finish "Cape Fear" and "The Color of Money", too i only partially saw (not to mention ive never seen "After Hours")...this poll's a good one, im gonna be fair & try to see the other options first, tho i think Raging Bull is gonna be a hard one to not get my vote - might re-watch Taxi Driver soon, that might take it also.

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someone's gotta give me an update on this one. I am so fucking hyped, Damon and DiCaprio can nail this one. They have to.

 

My offer still stands to send anyone copies of Infernal Affairs (PC viewable) to whoever wants to, i just gotta find the program for subtitles again. Seriously, its smarter and better than most american cop dramas ive seen.

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rastaman - nah, i hadnt heard taht - which one was that again? i think you reviewed it inna kurosawa thread, so im off. oh, and PM me your addy again when you can man, with whatever name you want it sent to, as well.

Shit, i still gotta see Mean Streets one day.

 

MM - glad someone else caught it. Again, its a trilogy, 2 was a prequel (about the characters childhood) and i never caught 3 yet, lookin forward to it tho.

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