Happy 70th Birthday Martin Scorsese!

Martin Scorsese, whose directorial style in the world of cinema has placed him in the absolute pantheon of some of the all-time greats past or present, celebrates his 70th birthday today!

The works of Scorsese are held in the highest regard, the running themes for the most part of his still on-going filmography have points mired in guilt and ultimate salvation through redemption, mostly by way of extreme violence or some sort of characterization which breaks down (lifts up as?) naked, exposed as shameless or triumphant, but in its uncomfortably organic foundations. Themes of alpha males in trouble, or self-abuse that manifests itself to the destruction of themselves and characters around them, usually done for the most part in an Italian-American milieu. Scorsese never makes things easy, he never makes watching his films easy, in fact quite the contrary, when one embarks on watching one of his works they have not seen before, there’s always a backburner with the reminder that a Scorsese production is going to get jarring, it’s going to get intense, it is going to be visual and with the upmost respect and passion for filmmaking as an art as well as taking care of its narratives. With a Scorsese film, with a Scorsese production, whether the end result is satisfying or not, and the entire Scorsese filmography for certain has peak high and valley low all over it, there’s still going to be an instant stamp on it, a branding that only this Italian-American pioneer has mastered in his own right.

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Doom Digest: Star Wars, Taxi Driver, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man
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Every day here at Doom HQ we receive tons of tips from our readers about really cool stuff from the world of geek, as well as promotional materials for new films, comic books, collectibles, and much more. While we do our best to bring you as much of it as possible, we don’t always have enough geek manpower available to cover it all on a daily basis. But we hate the idea of all of this really cool stuff wasting away in our inbox. How could we NOT cover it? Hence why we’ve resurrected our long-defunct column Bits Of Doom, now rebranded and revamped as Doom Digest, a collection of easily digestible bits of news, videos, photos, and other goodies.

Today: Red Letter Media targets Prometheus, Spidey plays basketball in The Amazing Spider-Man, what Taxi Driver would be like today, an exploding Rubix Cube shirt, and footage from the would-be game Super Modern Mario Bros., plus Bits Of Doom.

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UPDATED! ‘Antichrist’ Director Lars Von Trier To Challenge Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro To Remake ‘Taxi Driver’
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UPDATE: This is why I loathe rumors. Lars von Trier’s business partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen tells ScreenDaily “I have seen it [the story] in the Danish film magazine and what is written there is not true,” and that it’s all “rubbish.” Lesson learned. If the Danish say something, don’t listen to it.

Apparently Lars von Trier, director of the recent controversial film, Antichrist, is now the Jigsaw Killer of all film makers, setting challenges at the feet of his peers.

Many reports out of the Berlin Film Festival state that von Trier is challenging none other than Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to remake their 1976 classic, Taxi Driver. The news is so insanely preposterous that it wasn’t even worth a glance at first; but with more and more reports indicating that an announcement will come soon, we all can’t help but wonder: is this really true?

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Perfect Progression? Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro To Re-Team For New Mob Movie
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Reuters is reporting that while in Berlin for the Berlin Film Festival, director Martin Scorsese confirmed a dream of many film fans: the re-teaming of himself and Robert De Niro for another go in the violent world of mobsters.

When these two mega-stars of cinema history team up, classics have been known to be born. The first time they collaborated in 1973, a movie called Mean Streets was made. Since then, many beloved titles have followed, including Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Casino, which was the last time they worked together (not counting Shark Tale, of course).

In what sounds like the perfect next step for the duo, they are planning to work again, only this time, it sounds like it will be more of a reflection piece, with De Niro playing a big name in organized crime looking back on his life.

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