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    Also, I really like the fight between Luke and Vader in ESB for having surprisingly little score. There's very not much music during the fight. The scene where Vader is force throwing **** at Luke has some, and the short scene where Luke is in the hallway has a note on the high strings. Other than that, the entire fight is played pretty much directly with no score whatsoever. It's a great technique because it adds far more suspense.

    The other tack is to do what Marvel films do: plaster every scene with recycled temp music that smashes your head in with the most cliche, direct cues. Oh, I guess this time being punched through a wall was really serious, unlike the last four, because now we hear low sinister tones.

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    Last post for tonight: Catch Me If You Can is great. Definitely worth a watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    Casino is a goddamn amazing film. I think Goodfellas is still the 2nd best Scorsese film (nothing will beat Taxi Driver), but Casino is incredible. Goodfellas just wins on pacing and editing. Casino has much more granularity on a horribly ****ed up marriage in the context of horribly ****ed up mob life.

    I dunno what to say. Scorsese rules.

    Edit: Let's just say if Casino was by any other director, I would probably consider it their magnum opus. For it to be third for Scorsese just speaks to his incredible directing talent and shouldn't take anything away from that film.
    Wow, I've seen 9 Scorsase films and not even heard of Casino. I had no idea, I should watch it.

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    The YouTube channel History Buffs is excellent (and quite addictive). I mention this because I somewhat recently watched his reviews of Casino and Goodfellas. If you like those movies I think you'll really like his videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookie06 View Post
    The YouTube channel History Buffs is excellent (and quite addictive). I mention this because I somewhat recently watched his reviews of Casino and Goodfellas. If you like those movies I think you'll really like his videos.
    You were right, those were super interesting videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    Casino is a goddamn amazing film.
    I watched it about a year ago and I found it a little derivative, to be honest. It took too much from Goodfellas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eversor View Post
    I watched it about a year ago and I found it a little derivative, to be honest. It took too much from Goodfellas.
    In which ways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    You were right, those were super interesting videos.
    I had no idea though the steadicam shot was considered such a great scene. It's good but I never thought of it as highly as I guess some do. That makes more sense of Reverend Jones' comment on the last page...

    The zolly shot near the end was cooler. I'm also a sucker for those.

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    Holy crap, I just found out that I agree with Reid on some stuff.

    Casino was fantastic, one of my all time favorite movies (also watch Heat if you haven't already).

    I also agree that the latest Avengers movie was meh. I didn't feel like my time was completely wasted. It was enjoyable. There were some good scenes and whatnot. But it was really predictable with the only mystery being, "are they actually going to permanently whack any of these heroes?"

    I also recently watched Captain Marvel because I was afraid I was going to miss out on something if I watched Avengers first. I enjoyed some of it but she's like the Marvel version of Superman. Totally overpowered with no significant weakness. Interesting story on this one and the sci-fi aspects were ok. But eh...

    Both of them were like eating cake. It's nice when you're doing it but after you sorta wonder whether you should have done it in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    In which ways?
    In like... every way. It's like they're made from the same formula.

    A lot of the same actors reappear and play effectively the same characters in both movies, the distinctive use of voiceovers and music to interweave episodic sequences together (and a lot of the music is pretty similar, esp. The Rolling Stones), the gradual arc of a gangster advancing through the career and abundance turns into excess until it becomes unsustainable and his life falls apart and everyone in the mafia begins to turn on each other, the male fantasy of a man as a provider (both movies have a scene where the main character shows their wife a new fancy home and she's astonished by how nice her new home is), the relationships between the main characters and their wives follow parallel arcs with each other and with the turn from abundance to excess... a bunch of other things (although listing those things, it shares lot of them with twolf of wall street, too.)

    I mean don't get me wrong; I did enjoy watching Casino, but it seemed a little like Scorsese rehashing familiar terrain. I don't think it'd make my list of top 5 Scorsese movies.

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    Heat is an amazing that I also rewatched in the past year or so (although of course that's Michael Mann and not Scorsese)

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    Cape Fear is also really fun to watch and surprisingly topical politically, although quite camp. It does a fantastic job of telling a story about individual characters that really focuses on those characters and the personal drama between them, while subtly saying something about the hypocrisy of both southern values and upper middle class life and the way that the ostensive civility that both entail are premised on violence and exclusion (and the anxieties, paranoia and precariousness that define upper middle class life, given that it depends on violence and exclusion). It also manage to have all sorts of fascinating racial undertones despite not having many African American characters.

    And DeNiro's character we find out read Nietzsche in prison so of course you'd like it for that reason, Reid. :p
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    It's not a movie but this Chernobyl miniseries on HBO kicks ass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eversor View Post
    In like... every way. It's like they're made from the same formula.

    A lot of the same actors reappear and play effectively the same characters in both movies, the distinctive use of voiceovers and music to interweave episodic sequences together (and a lot of the music is pretty similar, esp. The Rolling Stones), the gradual arc of a gangster advancing through the career and abundance turns into excess until it becomes unsustainable and his life falls apart and everyone in the mafia begins to turn on each other, the male fantasy of a man as a provider (both movies have a scene where the main character shows their wife a new fancy home and she's astonished by how nice her new home is), the relationships between the main characters and their wives follow parallel arcs with each other and with the turn from abundance to excess... a bunch of other things (although listing those things, it shares lot of them with twolf of wall street, too.)

    I mean don't get me wrong; I did enjoy watching Casino, but it seemed a little like Scorsese rehashing familiar terrain. I don't think it'd make my list of top 5 Scorsese movies.
    You have some good points, they do cover much of the same ideas and in a similar way. I find it's a bit different in style and tone, and is different enough to not feel like it's just piggybacking off the success of Goodfellas. I do know what you mean though about Scorsese films.. he does tend to make films with similar themes. Someone starts out as a young criminal, gets successful and married, then the lifestyle and authorities catch up to them by the end. I guess it's something to consider that accurate portrayals of mafia life will tend to play out similarly?

    But yeah, I can see the complaint. I must have an easier time overlooking the flaws or something.

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