King of Comedy (1983): Scorsese’s Underestimated Movie

As directed by Scorsese, “King of Comedy” was misinterpreted by many film critics–the black comedy offers a pungent (ahead od its time) look at perverse obsession with celebrities.

Raging Bull (1980): Scorsese’s Masterpiece, Starring De Niro in Oscar-Winning Performance

In Raging Bull, Scorsese equates sexuality with brute force and erratic violence; it’s a vicious circle. Freud has called it the “Madonna-whore complex.” Prizefighter Jake LaMotta suffers such low self-esteem and insecure masculinity that he cannot respect a woman who would sleep with him, and is convinced that given the choice she would rather sleep with another man.

 

 

Gangs of New York (2002): Scorsese’s Violent Epic, Starring DiCaprio and Day-Lewis

Though nominated for 10 Academy Awards (and losing each one of them), “Gangs of New York” is one of Martin Scorsese’s weakest epic films, a sprawling tale of revenge and violence, which does not even look right; the film was hot on sound stages in Rome’s Cine Citta.

 

 

Shutter Island

The new trashy horror noir, "Shutter Island," based on Dennis Lehane's popular novel, represents a mid-range and mid-achievement for Scorsese. The film is dense in imagery but not rich enough in ideas, entertaining but not entirely gripping, stylistically overwrought without being truly poignant, but DiCaprio is both terrific and terrifying.

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Shutter Island: Scorsese’s Paranoia Film

Based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 best-selling novel, “Shutter Island,” Martin Scorsese’s new film is a haunting tale of psychological suspense and mysterious paranoia, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in his fourth collaboration with the director.