the irishman de-aging

Digital de-aging is either the scourge of cinema or an exciting new tool for filmmakers, depending on whom you ask. But the effects in Martin Scorsese‘s new gangster epic The Irishman lie somewhere in between. This conversation comes on the heels of the technology’s busiest year yet, with studios smoothing out the faces of their stars in Captain Marvel, It Chapter 2, and Ang Lee’s upcoming Gemini Man. In each of the aforementioned films apart from Captain Marvel (thanks to Marvel Studios having almost perfected the tech), the de-aging has been roundly criticized, though perhaps not nearly as much as the effects in The Irishman.

When the first trailers for The Irishman were released by Netflix, the grumblings over Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci‘s silky-smooth skin and uncanny valley faces began, and were amplified when the streaming giant released stills of De Niro looking like a PS2-era video game character. But rest assured, the de-aging effects in The Irishman (mostly) work. At the very least, there is no other way that Scorsese could have made his latest masterwork.

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the irishman review

The Irishman opens with a long, one-take tracking shot that feels familiar. One of the most famous film moments of director Martin Scorsese‘s acclaimed career involves the long, one-take tracking shot in Goodfellas, following gangster Henry Hill and girlfriend Karen as they descend through a series of backrooms and basements to work their up way into the Copacabana.

That scene is breathtaking – bustling with electric energy, scored to the Crystals enthusiastically singing the bouncy “Then He Kissed Me.” But when Scorsese returns to a similar set-up for The Irishman, things have slowed down. The camera glides at a much more languid pace, taking its time, as The Five Stains croon the measured, somber “In the Still of the Night.” If Goodfellas is a young man’s film, loaded with manic, coked-up life, then The Irishman is the film of a man slowing down, confronting the inevitability of mortality. This is not Goodfellas. This is not Casino. This is Scorsese at his most reflective, crafting a masterwork that finds the filmmaker reflecting on everything he’s done, and what it’s all amounted to. The results are breathtaking, and one of Martin Scorsese’s very best films.

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The Irishman Trailer

Martin Scorsese returns to organized crime in a big way with his first Netflix movie, the three and a half hour drama The Irishman. The film is playing at the New York Film Festival this week, so a new trailer has arrived to showcase the movie starring Robert De Niro. And in case you somehow didn’t know, this isn’t just an old De Niro, but also a much younger De Niro brought back to the big screen thanks to digital de-aging technology. Watch the latest The Irishman trailer below. Read More »

The irishman Release Date

Just last week, we heard Netflix and a couple major movie theater chains were struggling to work out a deal for the theatrical release Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming mob drama The Irishman. Movie theaters wanted a more traditional three month window in which the movie could play in theaters before it was added to Netflix’s library, but the streaming service didn’t want it to be in theaters for more than a few weeks. We’re not sure how those negotiations turned out, but The Irishman release date, both in theaters and on Netflix, has officially been announced. Read More »

after exile

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf are joining forces for After Exile, a crime drama based on true events. Oddly enough, this movie isn’t a sequel, nor is it an adaptation of a comic book or a TV show. Weird, right? Do they even make movies like that anymore? Joshua Michael Stern, director of the other Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, is set to helm this story of an ex-con and his ex-criminal father.

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the irishman trailer

Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci are together again in the first trailer for The Irishman. This highly-anticipated crime epic finds Scorsese returning to the gangster lifestyle for the first time in years and bringing two of his most famous collaborators with him. And as if that weren’t enough, Al Pacino is involved as well, marking the first time the actor has worked with Scorsese. Based on the (allegedly) true story of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, the story spans decades and includes a glimpse into the underbelly of history. Watch The Irishman trailer below.

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killers of the flower moon cast

Martin Scorsese is getting the band back together for Killers of the Flower Moon. The filmmaker is currently scouting locations for his true crime saga, and while it was previously reported that he would reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio for the flick, it’s now been revealed that Robert De Niro might be a part of the cast as well. This would mark the first time Scorsese worked with both DiCaprio and De Niro in the same feature film.

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robert de niro bagel commercial

Robert De Niro was once hailed as the greatest actor of his generation. Now, he’s selling bagels in the UK. The acclaimed actor pokes fun at some of his famous wiseguy roles in a truly strange new commercial for British baking company Warburtons. The gist of the commercial is that New York tough guys are particularly outraged that folks across the pond would try to muscle in on America’s bagel action.

At least, I think that’s what’s happening here. What makes this extra weird is the fact that De Niro is apparently playing himself, not a character. Which means this commercial is implying Robert De Niro is a real mobster, not just an actor who sometimes plays one. See for yourself and watch the Robert De Niro bagel commercial below.

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the irishman vfx

We still haven’t seen any footage of Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman, and there’s a good reason for that. Scorsese and company are working hard to make the film’s special effects perfect. The movie spans several decades, and rather than cast different actors to play the cast of characters throughout time, Scorsese instead employed the type of de-aging tech Marvel uses. Robert De Niro, who reunites with Scorsese to star in the film, offered some insight into the process.

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