Martin Scorsese western

In his 50-plus year career as a filmmaker, Martin Scorsese has never directed a western. But that’s about to change with his next movie, Killers of the Flower Moon, which reunites him with his two muse movie stars: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Read Scorsese’s comments on the new film below. Read More »

How to Make a Long Movie Shot

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how long shots that appear to resemble single takes, such as the entirety of 1917, are created with seamless visual effects, camera movements, and editing tricks. Plus, watch the Director’s Guild of America‘s feature film symposium with the nominees of the 2020 DGA Awards, and listen to original All That cast members answer some burning questions. Read More »

shutter island 4k

Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island comes to 4K this week, and we’re giving away three copies, because that’s how we roll. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Shutter Island is a gorgeous, gothic horror-melodrama following a U.S. Marshall (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigation the mysterious disappearance of an inmate of a secluded, island-bound insane asylum. It rules.

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The Irishman Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, director Martin Scorsese provides insight into a scene from The Irishman involving a meaningful exchange between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Plus, an astrobiologist breaks down apocalyptic scenes from movies like I Am Legend and Waterworld to look at their accuracy and likelihood of actually happening, and Andy Samberg, John Mulaney and Kenan Thompson stop by Late Night with Seth Myers to act out an aired sketch on Saturday Night Live. Read More »

The Irishman Table Read

It was a long road for Martin Scorsese to get his crime drama The Irishman off the ground. The film was in development for nearly a decade before Netflix gave the legendary filmmaker the money he needed in order to make the multi-generational-spanning story come together properly, largely due to the visual effects technology needed to digitally de-age Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Now you can get a taste of the film from those early development years with a clip from the very first table read back in 2013, and then you can see how Martin Scorsese brought it to life on set, earning the film 10 nominations at the Oscars. Read More »

Martin Scorsese Coca-Cola Energy Super Bowl Commercial

In case you haven’t heard, Coca-Cola has launched a new energy soft drink called Coca-Cola Energy, and they’re making a big push for it with a new Super Bowl commercial starring Martin Scorsese. Because when you think energy, you think Martin Scorsese. But don’t worry, because the director’s Wolf of Wall Street supporting star Jonah Hill shows up (though he almost doesn’t) to make this even more weird. Watch the Martin Scorsese Coca-Cola Energy Super Bowl commercial below. Read More »

The Irishman VFX

In recent years, the visual effects used to de-age actors has produced impressive results. Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Michael Douglas have all been made young again in the movies of Marvel Studios. But those are blockbuster movies. Could the same digital technology be effectively used to craft an award-worthy drama featuring de-aged actors? Director Martin Scorsese wasn’t entirely sure it was possible for his long-gesting movie The Irishman, but Industrial Light & Magic visual effects wizard Pablo Helman made it work with an entirely new approach to digital de-aging.

Learn how The Irishman VFX came together below. Read More »

martin scorsese joker reaction

Whatever you think of Joker (it’s fine!), you have to admit that Todd Phillips’ dark, violent take on Batman’s arch-nemesis owes a considerable debt to the work of director Martin Scorsese. Scorsese was even mentioned as a possible producer at one point. You would think that might inspire The Irishman filmmaker to watch the movie, but you’d be wrong. According to Scorsese himself, he has yet to watch Joker, and probably never will.

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Killers of the Flower Moon filming

Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman is now on Netflix and will probably be a contender come Oscar season. But Scorsese is already moving on to other things. Not only is he set to make a documentary about the music scene in the 1970s, he’s also about to film his next feature: Killers of the Flower Moon. While the casting hasn’t been officially announced yet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are both expected to star in the film, which chronicles the investigation into The Osage Murders of the 1920s. According to cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, Scorsese’s next movie will start filming in March 2020.

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The Irishman as a TV series

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest champions of the cinematic form, but he’s not averse to television. Over the past decade, he’s directed the pilots for and executive produced both Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl for HBO – but in a new interview, he says he never once thought about making The Irishman as a TV series. His new Netflix epic has raised eyebrows with its three-and-a-half-hour runtime, leading some to wonder if the story may have been better served as a limited series. But Scorsese is adamant that it could only have worked as a movie. Read More »