It could be argued that many of Martin Scorsese's most famous characters are raving lunatics. Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Jake La Motta from Raging Bull. Jimmy Conway from Goodfellas. Max Cady from Cape Fear. Basically, anybody played by Robert De Niro. I kept hoping for a De Niro cameo in the prison for the criminally insane that provides the setting for Scorsese's latest movie, but alas, no. I had to make do with other cameos, namely several all-too-short appearances by the amazing cast of character actors Scorsese has assembled to populate the 1950s nightmare world he's created. The story itself is a real potboiler, as well, but the plot is less important than the look of the film and the (often brief) performances Scorsese gets from his cast, not to mention the startling fact that Max Von Sydow is still alive. How old is this guy?
For the staff at Movies Without Pity, there is usually only one reason to watch the Super Bowl: to recoup our gambling losses for the season. Also, new movie trailers! Granted, not all of them are first looks -- all of these films have had teaser trailers and even full trailers before -- and all of them are a content-light 30 seconds. But for movie buffs like us, the excitement of who will win the game nicely translates into excitement (and sometimes disappointment) for the films advertised.
Oh, to live on Shutter Island, with the prison and the deadly typhoons. You can't be crazy and leave Shutter Island, or we're thinking you'll be leaving there too soon.
Take a classic, family-friendly film property and add a fan-favorite director, an iconic movie star and 3-D glasses, and you've apparently got a smash hit on your hands. Alice in Wonderland, the latest funhouse-mirror remake by director Tim Burton, opened to $116 million at the box office, the sixth biggest opening of all time, helping make it the biggest March opening ever in the U.S. That beats Burton's previous biggest opening, for Planet of the Apes ($68.5 million), and considering how much better this movie is than Apes, we hope it will outgross it in the long run, as well. Another $94 million from overseas placed it at number 14 on the list of biggest worldwide openings, so things are looking good there, too.
For the second weekend in a row, Martin Scorsese's psychological horror-mystery Shutter Island is at the top of the box-office chart. It seems positive word of mouth has kept it alive, although a 45% drop-off to $22 million has placed it just above Kevin Smith's latest, the buddy comedy Cop Out. While $18.5 mill is nothing to sneeze at for a Kevin Smith opening (it's almost double what Zack & Miri and Clerks II opened at), you'd think an action comedy with cop-movie legend Bruce Willis and hot comedy star Tracy Morgan would be #1 at the box office, right?