Look how old you've become.
Madone. "The Many Saints of Newark" is like that old saying: 10 pounds of shit in a five-pound bag. It almost never works -- so clearly a limited series turned into a movie for reasons unknown -- and that's before even accounting for the performances. Everyone here is "doing 'The Sopranos'" except for Michael Gandolfini. It makes the entire production feel like a weird off-brand parody. I kept thinking of Sbarro.
Sometimes, it seems like Ridley Scott has an active contempt for the audience. He demands viewers bear witness to offensive, violent actions and teases out nuanced, contradictory emotions with morally ambiguous characters. So am I surprised "The Last Duel" is a nuclear bomb at the box office? Not at all. But like Joey Knish, Sir Ridley keeps grinding out that rent money -- and even if this is the last time a movie like this ever gets made, at least…
Samuel L. Jackson tells a story about seeing "Star Wars" for the first time on opening weekend in 1977. Everyone in the theater was smoking weed, he told "60 Minutes" a couple of years ago, and when the opening titles exploded onto the screen, it blew him back into his seat. He had never seen anything like what George Lucas had created.
I saw "Dune" at a press screening in August. No one was smoking weed, everyone wore masks. But…
"How's your mother?"
"She's on her way out."
"We all are, act accordingly."
I wouldn't go so far as to call Martin Scorsese cynical. The man is more of a realist. He, perhaps better than any filmmaker, understands the complexity of human nature, the allure of the underworld, the tantalizing thrill of doing the wrong thing. Scorsese doesn't ever judge his characters for behaving badly; he presents the good and the bad and allows the audience to sort it out.…