Welcome to the latest installment of Flickchart Road Trip, in which I’m starting in Los Angeles and “driving” across country, watching one movie from each state and posting about it once a week. The new movie I watch will go up against five movies from that state I’ve already seen, chosen from five distinct spots on my own Flickchart. Although I won’t tell you where the new movie actually lands in my chart (I don’t like to add new movies until I’ve had a month to think about them), I’ll let you know how it fared among the five I’ve chosen. Thanks for riding shotgun!
There are so many things to talk about in New York, I’m gonna need a bigger post. (With apologies to Jaws.)
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is preparing to develop his 2002 film Gangs of New York into a television series for Miramax. The film focused on early confrontations between rival gangs in New York in the late 1800s. The series is intended to expand on this, depicting the birth of organized crime in America, and events surrounding gangs at the turn of the century in not only New York, but other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans.
Of the television project, Scorsese said, “This time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film. A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life.”
Gangs of New York is currently ranked a very respectable #538 on the global Flickchart, but only #9 among Scorsese’s films. The first of Scorsese’s collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio, it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Scorsese and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, but it didn’t win a single one.
Scorsese has had success in television before, executive producing HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and winning an Emmy Award for directing the pilot episode of that series.
Gangs of New York (R | 2002)
Flickchart Ranking: #301
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
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One of the most brilliant things about Flickchart is the vast size of its ever-growing database. Unfortunately, that’s also one of the most problematic.
Simply put: Flickchart has those obscure movies you know you saw, but can’t remember a damn thing about. Since you know you saw them, you can’t rightly click the “Haven’t Seen It” button, can you? It would violate proper Flickchart etiquette.
Doesn’t matter if you’re shipping up to Boston or dropping by the Overlook Hotel for a cozy winter getaway, the films in this week’s Reel Rumbles are sure to leave you blown away. For director Martin Scorsese, it was the film that finally earned him the respect of his peers. Uniting a stellar cast of hot new stars and old favorites, the auteur breathed his own style into the modern Asian classic Infernal Affairs (2002) with a tale of isolation and deception that struck chords with critics and delivered a shocking and graphic finale for audiences. But it has some stiff competition in the form of an unforgettable horror masterpiece from one of cinema’s most influential directors, Stanley Kubrick. Sharing one star and a common theme on the dangers of isolation, Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel emblazoned horrifying imagery into popular culture and stands as perhaps his lead’s finest hour. Believe your eyes. Watch your back. And beware of Jack Nicholson. It’s time for The Departed vs. The Shining.