“Morrie’s Wigs Don’t Come Off!”

6 thoughts on ““Morrie’s Wigs Don’t Come Off!””

  1. Very funny Mr. Biblio. That ad is quintessential New Yawk. How DO you get it off? Never? What happens when you want to scratch your scalp? Even under water.

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  2. I don’t understand why GoodFellas isn’t recognized as Scorsese’s masterpiece. It is the best American film of the last 25 years and how it doesn’t make the Sight and Sound list is beyond me, and shows how calcified such lists are. This movie is so rich and complex and exciting and funny and scary. It’s everything. The acting is superb, and the editing has never been equaled, not even by Scorsese himself.

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    1. “Calcified” is the right word. If you look at the directors’ votes for the top 10, you can kind of see the shift in Scorsese appreciation, from Raging Bull in the past 20 years to Taxi Driver now—I think it has more to do with what a film might speak to the era its reevaluated in (Vertigo “topping” Citizen Kane, for instance; or Tarkovsky showing up on the list, etc.). I imagine that for a lot of critics it doesn’t seem as “serious” as Raging Bull or Taxi Driver, too—that it’s more of a concentrated narrative + rich setting, as opposed to a film that explores a specific philosophical viewpoint (like Taxi Driver, for example). I agree with you—it’s definitely my fave Scorsese, and I watch it at least once a year.

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      1. Those lists are like the Miss America contest for ‘serious’ films. Like the must-read books of HS teachers past, what is so significant about some of the films escapes me. Rarely are musicals or comedies listed, even as screenplay. Some of the directors of times past are overrated with too many films on the must-see list. Seldom the great works of directors off our shores mentioned either.
        Scorcese’s documentaries are regarded ‘as also created’, probably because documentaries aren’t, well, fantastic enough. His ‘My Voyage to Italy’ informed me more than would a semester of Foreign Film 101-a.

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  3. I don’t think Taxi Driver is told from a philosophical position; the narrative is focused through Travis and he does not deduce his opinions out of an inquiry, he is plagued by them. He does not act according to a logically constructed set of rules, he is forced and tricked into it by his own perception. It is a story of a person hurled around and sabotaged by his own mind, distorted from isolation; a character study just like Raging Bull and Goodfellas.

    P.S. Great blog!

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    1. I think Taxi Driver definitely explores philosophical issues: purity and defilement, vengeance and justice, etc. Bickle isn’t the philosophical surrogate; the milieu itself is, the setting, the scenes, the characters, etc.

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