Scorsese’s Interest: “What About the Soul and the Heart?”

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"As you get older, ideas go and come," says Martin Scorsese. "Questions, answers, loss of the answer again and more questions, and this is what really interests me."He's answering a question about a movie, believe it or not. And if you've been following this blog for long, you'll know which one. But it's what he goes on to say about his motivations that I find most intriguing... … [Read more...]

Will Martin Scorsese Ever Give Us Some Silence?

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To be frank, I hope nobody tries to make another movie of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence.The experience of reading this novel is so harrowing, so moving, that I would prefer to have people experience the story on the page, and in their own imaginations, rather than have them spend two hours watching how someone else pictured it. Participating in this novel, and living in it for a while, by reading it... it's an incredibly personal experience.Nevertheless, I can't help but wonder what … [Read more...]

Casting News So Extraordinary, I’m May Not Sleep Tonight

Shusaku Endo's Silence is the most harrowing novel I've ever read (yes, even harsher than The Road), and one of the most moving and profound.I've been reading about Martin Scorsese's plans to make a film version for several years now, trying to imagine how anyone could translate that riveting nightmare of a story to the big screen.Well, if he's going to do it, he certainly moving in the right direction. This news is going to make it hard for me to think about anything else for a … [Read more...]

The Departed (2006)

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You might be a cop. You might be an undercover agent. You might be a crime kingpin, or a sexy psychiatrist. No matter who you are, it's like the Bob Dylan song says... "You gotta serve somebody."In The Departed, Martin Scorsese's hyper-violent remake of the Honk Kong crime classic Infernal Affairs, everybody has secrets, agendas, and a willingness to pull the trigger. And underneath their carefully composed disguises, all of them are devoted to the service of somebody-either a criminal, a … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert Remembers “The Last Temptation of Christ”

Congratulations to my friend Steven D. Greydanus. His review of The Passion of the Christ was persuasive for Roger Ebert when that film was released. Now, his review of The Last Temptation has proven useful to Ebert as well. There's a reason that Greydanus is my favorite writer among Christians who review movies. He's really, really good.Ebert: The film is indeed technically blasphemous. I have been persuaded of this by a thoughtful essay by Steven D. Greydanus of the National Catholic R … [Read more...]

Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” to star Williams, Ruffalo, and… yes… DiCaprio

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting on Hollywood. So all is right with the world. And today, the HR site reports on Martin Scorsese, who appears to have a crowded calendar for '08.Alas, while I've been eagerly awaiting updates on Scorsese's adaptation of Shusaku Endo's Silence, it appears that another project has developed that will be filmed and released first: "Shutter Island"... is an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel that follows two U.S. marshals who are sent to a federal institution … [Read more...]

Specials: Superman footage!; heist flick for Cusack, Thornton.

Today's specials:The trailer for the new Martin Scorsese film about Bob Dylan: No Direction Home. Okay, add THAT to my Christmas list as well.It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a Christopher Reeve lookalike!John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are starring in a heist film directed by Harold Ramis. Cusack hasn't had anything really memorable for a while. Hopefully this will get him back on track. Oh how I long for a sequel to Grosse Point Blank. … [Read more...]


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